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Old 06-27-2017, 03:14 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by MarylandMatt View Post
I swear that the engineers who design these things have never set foot in them before. I have seen some of the oddest decisions in campers. I had an old Travel Trailer, that had a mount for the TV, so you could move it from inside to outside. Two main issues:
1) The power cord for the TV went into a hole behind a panel I had to remove a lot of screws to get into. I added a power strip behind the TV so that I could power it there and remove it easily.
2) The mount was right next to the door, on the inside of the fold out handle. If I folded out the entry handle, I could not put the TV on, but if I did not fold it out it blocked the mounting bracket. The only thing I could do was fold out the handle so it blocked the door from opening/closing.

I have the 2017 31E, I know that I would love to have better connection options at each TV location, there is no good way to have some central media player or anything else. And for me, there is the radio in the dash that controls audio in the cab and living area, then a radio in the back that controls the back speakers and the outside ones???

I look forward to seeing what Mods you do. We have not done too much, I have been pretty happy with the layout and coach overall.
So last night I pulled the booster out, I added a coax connection to the wall plate and ran the satellite in through my directv box and then back out to the booster. I hooked up my satellite dish to the outside coax input and can now push the signal through all five tvs. It's not the best picture because its not HD, but it works for now. I didn't take pics because I was so excited to see if it worked. If the booster is off the satellite works, if we want locals, we turn the satellite box off and the booster back on and we have local antenna.

I agree that having no central entertainment location and the factory radio controlling the house speakers and the back stereo controlling the back speakers and outside speakers is a real engineering nightmare. I'm going to work on this as time goes on. We have a 10 day trip starting this weekend, so I at least can get the satellite to all the tv's for now. My eventual plan is to run hdmi signal to the living room tv and the outside tv at the minimum. I'm also going to look at putting a house radio where the dvd player is and have it control some speakers (whether already there or I'll install them) so I can have surround sound when watching a movie. I'm going to eventually get the dash radio to just work while moving and get it back on the chassis battery and not the house battery and only use it while travelling. Loosing the time everytime you park it and turn the store button on, is a pita.

I'm hoping to get these 6 volt batteries installed this week in place of the junk 12 volt house batteries.

We've added a few little things in the coach and took it camping last weekend. I'll post some photos here at some point.

Towing my Jeep on the trailer with it this weekend, so that should be interesting.

mac 'trying to make it my happy place' gyvr
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