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Old 01-15-2017, 10:43 AM   #1
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A/C and TV antenna before/after

I presently have both the AC and jack antenna on my built sheet. I know it's a matter of personal camping style/location in deciding on these options. If I don't get them now I will have the trailer prewired for later installation (17B). What I am curious about is whether it is a big production to add these items later if prewired?
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Old 01-15-2017, 10:48 AM   #2
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I dropped antenna as I hardly used over the air in my last 2 Escape, if we camped for any length of time there was cable, so I just got cable ready option. Definite on a/c though,
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Maybe someone who has done the prewire and then added the AC later might have more accurate info, but I would maybe inquire at a local RV place and ask them what they would charge for both the AC and the install. My guess is that it will be more than what ETI charges.
Jack antenna prewire I had not heard of, are you sure they will do that? Many people (including us) get the TV ready option. That gives you a coax outlet on the outside of the trailer and if we end up wanting an antenna we will use one on a pole on the bumper. So far in our use of the 17B we almost never used it - just a couple of times and only because we were in a boring commercial site and they had cable connections right on the power pole.
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Do you think it would an ordeal to install AC after if the trailer is prewired Jim?
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I dropped antenna as I hardly used over the air in my last 2 Escape, if we camped for any length of time there was cable, so I just got cable ready option. Definite on a/c though,
Jim, I know you generally stop at KOAs and most have cable. We personally avoid KOAs because we prefer not to "Kamp on Asphalt" or have to listen to the screaming and yelling of "Kids of America." But I can tell you only about 15% to 25% of private campgrounds have cable, and I have yet to stay in any state park that provided cable. So I would suggest that if the OP likes to watch TV, installing the antenna is a good idea. That way, if cable is not available, at least there is a way to have a signal.

And installing A/C after it is preformed would likely be more expensive. I'm not sure if ETI installs the digital thermostat on a pereira job, but the digital thermostat is definitely desirable.
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To be clear, AC means alternating current, (shore power), and A/C means air conditioner. Two very different things. The trailer will be pre-wired for the roof air conditioner whether or not you add one to your build list. Always nice to have more than one AC outlet.

I say get the TV-ready option. Works for your add-on bumper antenna and, for a KOA cable connection. Better (cheaper) to have and not need, than...etc.
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I would get A/C for sure and just pre -wire cable .If doing it again I would find out from Dish/tv what kind of cable they need to run there cable box with their little cable antenna then have ETI install that (quad core ) I think its a heavy cable with better insulation ? .
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We decided to drop the antenna this time around too and just go with the TV ready. We could never pick up any channels when we wanted to watch it. I purchased a Leaf type antenna which we used in our Casita if we are close enough to be receive TV signals.

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HDTV Antenna - Leaf Ultimate Indoor HDTV Antenna | Mohu

Trailer should be prewired for A/C except maybe for the digital thermostat wires which would be a big loss not to have if you were adding A/C anyway. It controls both the A/C and funance and is much nicer than the standard controls.
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To be clear, AC means alternating current, (shore power), and A/C means air conditioner. Two very different things. The trailer will be pre-wired for the roof air conditioner whether or not you add one to your build list. Always nice to have more than one AC outlet.

I say get the TV-ready option. Works for your add-on bumper antenna and, for a KOA cable connection. Better (cheaper) to have and not need, than...etc.
where is the exterior cable outlet located on a trailer?
RG6 cable?
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where is the exterior cable outlet located on a trailer?
RG6 cable?
Depends on the model but on the drivers side somewhere.
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