Easy Cable-TV Connection Saves Time and Aggravation

RV Cablgrip makes installing and disconnecting coax cables easier

I have struggled for years hooking up the cable-TV connection to the utility posts in almost every campground. My fat fingers don’t always fit into the small area where the cable connections go, and once you get the nut on, it’s sometimes almost impossible to turn. Then, when it’s time to remove it, more times than not it doesn’t budge. Forget about trying to get a wrench or pliers in the tight area. I don’t know how many times I’ve pulled the end off the cable wire trying to get it off.

My son and I were talking about what a great idea it would be to have a push-on connector. We looked high and low at local home-improvement stores to find some, but we just got the deer-in-the-headlights look from the salespeople.

RV Cablgrip makes installing and disconnecting coax cables easierI went online today and found a lot of listings for “push-on F adapters.” You just screw one of these on each end of the cable wire, and all you have to do is push the connectors on, and when you leave, pull them off. Doesn’t get much easier than that. I thought I would pass this along to other readers. What a time and aggravation saver!

T.J. McBrearty | Clovis, California

As a person with none-too-small hands and fingers, I can relate to your dilemma, T.J., and thank you so much for this suggestion. It’s something that many of our readers will find useful. For long-term use, you should be aware that push-on connectors can corrode and lose connectivity. There are a wrench made for coax connectors and a device marketed as an RV Cable Grip that can also help.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Better still, go to Home Depot/Lowe’s/etc. and get a 90-degree, push-on/pull-off coax connector. It will serve the same purpose as the item described, plus the 90-degree feature will reduce stress on the trailer’s coax connector.

  2. I purchased the RV Cable Grip at a big rally in Goshen, Indiana, a few years back and really love not having any trouble hooking up my cable either to my rig or cable stalk in any campgrounds. It is so easy to use.

  3. I first found the push-on connectors at a KOA in Carlsbad, New Mexico. They had them in a fishbowl sitting on the counter and sold them for a couple of bucks a pop. These didn’t have the plastic part that I see in your picture but did the same thing. I bought two. Of course, I eventually lost one of them. I had the same trouble finding replacements that you did, and also found them online. The ones I purchased online were the same as I had before, and were sold in a lot of 10 and priced at about $0.50 each. The only issue I have with these is that if you don’t lose them, the slide-on part eventually loosens up and can slip off. When I go through my current supply, I’ll look for the ones you have shown us.

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