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Switch to Digital TV Complicates RVing for Some

June 15, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Friday’s switch to digital television went smoothly for many people, but for some people who own RVs the change was a bit more complicated. 

It’s all because most RVs aren’t built to have their television equipment removed from their interior fixtures. Installing a digital converter box in an RV usually means having to take apart permanent interior paneling and rewiring the entire television system, according to KHBS/KHOG-TV, Fort Smith, Ark. 

Chad Hinton and his family brought their RV to the Prairie Creek campground in Prairie Creek, Ark., over the weekend hoping to enjoy the Beaver Lake, nature and a some television. But Friday’s switch to digital television complicated their plans. 

“Well, I knew the signal was going out Friday and I hadn’t bought a converter or anything,” Hinton said. 

Once he bought the converter, he discovered the installation was going to be extra complicated. 

“I had to use extra cable, more than what the directions say and everything,” he said. 

That’s because Hinton had to take apart the entire facade of his television system just to hook up the converter box. 

Hinton said, “Everything is dressed in so I had to take off a lot of fascia, had to spin the TV around so I could get to the back of it and pull out the extra cables.” 

He said he knew exactly what he was doing, and the process still took a long time. 

“It took my knowing where everything was, about three hours to do it this morning,” he said. 

Hinton said it might take even longer for people less technologically inclined and could cost several hundred dollars for people who pay to have the job done. 

Both old and new RVs can have this problem. Hinton bought his RV in 2007 and even then it still came with an analog television system.

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