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Old 07-31-2014, 10:29 PM   #1
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We are considering the possible purchase of a classic 5.0 SA. The trailer we are looking at does not have provision for cable TV hookup. Was or is this an option that ETI offers? Where would the connection normally be located? Has anyone tried to run the coax cable after the fact? The wall on the door side of the trailer next to the bed seems a likely spot to mount the swing arm for the tv but the wall seems flimsy. Is it strong enough? Can it be reinforced after the fact? Anyone install 12V outlets after the fact? Where did you put them and how did you run/ conceal the wiring? I am also considering installing two 100 watt solar panels. I'd like to route the cables through the roof and into the upper cabinet on the battery side of the trailer. There is a padded panel in the corner of the back and side walls. Can this panel be removed so the cables can be routed behind it down to the battery? Is 200 watts sufficient or over/ under kill?
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ooooh thinking about getting a 5.0 Classic, lucky you!

Don't over think this. My 26 y/o Scamp, I run the coaxial (which lays on the inverter) through the electric hatch (which is easy unless it's the solid removable kind). No special hookup needed. The other "end" is a hole in a cabinet. Not clean and tidy, but works as well as any regular hatch hookup. How often are you planning to need "cable"? That's really the answer you need before worrying about the aesthetics.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:18 PM   #3
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But it's such a pretty trailer- aesthetics are key...
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:39 PM   #4
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But it's such a pretty trailer- aesthetics are key...
Agree! But, the asthetics are on the inside (she says as she pokes the coaxial out the electric hatch).
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But it's such a pretty trailer- aesthetics are key...
Wayne, as you're in BC it would be well worth your time to visit ETI and see how they route the cables, plumbing, etc by doing a short tour (12-12:30) of the manufacturing area. I did that specifically because I will be making future mods; looks pretty simple as the vertical corner pads are removable to access the runs.
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Wayne, as you're in BC it would be well worth your time to visit ETI and see how they route the cables, plumbing, etc by doing a short tour (12-12:30) of the manufacturing area. I did that specifically because I will be making future mods; looks pretty simple as the vertical corner pads are removable to access the runs.
If someone would video such it would be a great item for future reference for those of us too far away to visit. Think I'll drop ETI an email...
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Wayne, as you're in BC it would be well worth your time to visit ETI and see how they route the cables, plumbing, etc by doing a short tour (12-12:30) of the manufacturing area. I did that specifically because I will be making future mods; looks pretty simple as the vertical corner pads are removable to access the runs.
This is good advice Wayne...or you could get ETI to do it for you.
When I bought my used 17 (same main body as the 5.0 single axle) I took it up to them and Reace installed some new 12v outlets, the tv mount and relocated the tv antenna/cable outlet + repaired some damaged veneer and installed a solar charge controller in a very short time for not much money.
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I appreciate the sense of community and camaraderie that exists on this forum and amongst you owners. Those of us that are in "another family" (let the reader understand) "get" commitment to community and strive to live it everyday.

Should this opportunity work out for us I will take on the role of point man. I am fortunate to live only 45 minutes away from ETI's facility and I'm in Chilliwack 4 or 5 times a year for medical appointments and to visit family. I will commit to visiting ETI when I'm there and will pester them with questions. I'll post the date(s) I'm there and petition this forum for questions and concerns and do my best to get them answered. As much as can be done in a half hour, anyway.
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You can glean a lot of info on the details of construction by spending a few hours/days/weeks going through all the posts on the It's Friday thread - that would let you sort through different models, too.
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Our 2008 5.0 has a coax cable connection coming in from the outside back end of the trailer and emerging on the curbside dinette bench. The 12v outlet connected to that does not fit standard 12v plugs so we are planning to add 2 12v outlets in the bed area...still working on where to tap into the wiring.

I strongly second the suggestion to visit ETI for advice and maybe even some of the work.
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