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Old 09-21-2014, 03:17 PM   #11
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2 bars is more than I get inside. I'd been looking at the Tram antenna. How many holes?

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No new ones - I pulled out the wiring for the TV antenna, used a 1" plastic conduit connector as an adapter to connect the Tram to the post for the TV antenna.

If you want to keep both, the included mount for the Tram has 4 3/8" holes; you will also need one for the cable. The antenna is designed so it can either use the supplied base and make a separate hole for the cable or mount to a marine thread mast (very weird size - 1" X 14 TPI) with the antenna cable inside the mast.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:15 PM   #12
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DISH now has Sirius so if you are using DISH, you might get away with not having a separate radio.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:43 PM   #13
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DISH now has Sirius so if you are using DISH, you might get away with not having a separate radio.
We use DirecTV and they have a similar sat radio provider but we cant use it without 110v. Thinking about a 12v tv like yours. Use much juice does it use?
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We use DirecTV and they have a similar sat radio provider but we cant use it without 110v. Thinking about a 12v tv like yours. Use much juice does it use?
No longer using a 12v TV. The viewing angle on the one we had was poor, and it was too small for the 19' trailer.

Using the inverter to power the 110 v one, 22" flat panel, and the DISH receiver. Used them for hours with minimal effect on the batteries, none that the solar panels couldn't recover the next day.
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:12 PM   #15
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Glad this came up before I bought one. I noticed most of the 12v tv's are off the wall brands.

I've been using my harbor freight el cheapo inverter for sat radio and it really sucks the juice out of the batteries. Guess I ought to dig deeper and buy a good one.
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Old 09-23-2014, 11:32 PM   #16
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Love this TV, huge view angles and a built in CD player @3.5amps max on 12V:

22" RCA 12v LED TV DVD Combo, DECK22DR RoadTrucker
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:24 AM   #17
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Glad this came up before I bought one. I noticed most of the 12v tv's are off the wall brands.

I've been using my harbor freight el cheapo inverter for sat radio and it really sucks the juice out of the batteries. Guess I ought to dig deeper and buy a good one.
This 19' came with a 1000 watt inverter built in and there is an outlet near the TV arm below the fridge that goes to it. The way the shelf was built-in for the SAT TV receiver, it can plug directly into the outlet on the inverter.

We rewired from the inverter to the batteries and added an inline fuze so the full 1000 watts can be delivered if needed.

I am not sure what the DISH Receiver draws, but the TV is pretty low I think.

In any case, it seems to work, and of course when we have hook ups, it is not an issue.

(BTW, I am camped in CanyonDam CA near Lake Almanor, came up for a little trout fishing. Had a nice fresh trout breakfast today!)
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Old 09-24-2014, 01:44 AM   #18
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Love this TV, huge view angles and a built in CD player @3.5amps max on 12V:

22" RCA 12v LED TV DVD Combo, DECK22DR RoadTrucker
thanks Charlie. I'll check it out. I have a 110v Samsung 22" in the rig now with a 12v right next to the tv. Might work ok,

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Old 09-24-2014, 08:11 AM   #19
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I ran my XM antenna wire from the compartment on the front passenger side up to the counter in the 5.0. I attached a metal mount to the top of the awning bracket. The magnetic antenna goes there when we are stopped.

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Old 09-24-2014, 03:01 PM   #20
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We have a Sirius "boombox" that we use at home. When we go Escape-ing, we put the boombox in the top left front cabinet and the antenna goes out onto the front window cover once it's in the raised position. Works beautifully. We have the boombox wired so it can be used straight from the batteries or from shore power when plugged in.

And, anyone that has the extra insulation in their Escape won't be able to get reception inside the trailer. The insulation is coated with aluminum foil which blocks all radio signals.

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