Trying to use new TV equipment with an older RV? Here’s the solution

A new RV today costs about what I think a house should cost. A new car today costs about what I think an RV should cost. That’s inflation, my friends, and it’s here with us for sure. Nothing you can do about it other than hope you can find a way to make more money so you can pay for the same stuff.

In the meantime, though, you don’t have to sit at home twiddling your thumbs. Chances are you’ve already figured that out. If you already have an RV, you can tune it up and use it for another year. If you have a few dollars to put down, you can get a used RV that’s been well maintained. Either way, you’re ready to explore the open road and get a whole new bunch of friends!

RVs haven’t changed much but…

The basic RV hasn’t changed a lot in the last 20 years. But, some of the technology in it has. Chances are, if you’re looking at an older RV, it has a boxy tube television wired to a VCR in a cabinet somewhere. That’s all well and good if you want to troll the thrift shops for VHS tapes. But, you probably have something a little better in mind for your evening entertainment. You might have decided to get an antenna or satellite system from Solid Signal, for example. There’s only one problem: that boxy tube TV I mentioned a few sentences ago. They don’t make ’em like that anymore, and let’s be honest: no one misses ’em. Today’s TVs are about a million times better, and pretty inexpensive too.

Welcome to 2022: more tech, more problems?

Finding a place for a modern TV probably won’t be that hard in your RV. They are kinda flat and light, right? But there’s a bit of a problem. How do you hook up something modern? Today’s TVs have HDMI connections, while the wires in your RV are that old-style coax.

Your old TV and VCR were probably wired in through the walls. Which means, you have something that looks like this where each of them used to be:

There’s nothing like that on your DVD player, satellite receiver, streaming box, or computer. There’s probably something like that on your TV, used for an antenna, but that doesn’t help you with anything else. Luckily, after years of searching I found a solution.

Take a look at these little boxes. They’re the Tech Choice HDMI Over Coax Extender solution available exclusively from Solid Signal. This is complex technology made simple. You connect HDMI to one end, coax to the other. On the other side, you connect coax to one end, and you get HDMI on the other end. The net result is like running an HDMI cable through a wall. It’s so easy, anyone can do it. Here’s a little video review I did:

and it gives you all the details. This is a real problem solver for the RV community and I’m glad to be the one who brought it to you all.

Not just for RVs

This same system solves problems in homes and businesses as well. It used to be that if you wanted run HDMI cables over a distance greater than 50 feet, you needed expensive modulator solutions. You could end up paying $1,000 for something like that. The specs on this device say it’s good for 600 foot runs. Add two 50 foot HDMI cables and you get a 700 foot run. Based on my estimates of signal level, that claim is probably pretty conservative! I wouldn’t be surprised if you got 800 feet or more from something like that. It’s enough to bring an HDMI source to a whole different neighborhood, if you’re willing to run that much cable.

Exclusively at Solid Signal

As I said, this part is found exclusively at Solid Signal. It’s here for you, and as I write this, it’s being sold at its best price ever. Try it, and tell your friends in the RV community that the solution they’ve been looking for is finally here. Need more information? Call us during East Coast business hours at 888-233-7563!

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.