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Old 10-23-2011, 11:47 PM   #1
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Satellite Dish mount for RV

I have been looking around for a good way to mount a 18" Satellite Dish on my 5th wheel. I have looked for PVC masts that I can attach to my rear ladder as well as PVC tripods. I know I can put my dish on the ground but looking at a more secure location attached to the ladder rail or actually on the roof.

Here is an idea someone cameup with which I may try for a roof location of the dish. sat

I would like to hear what you think as well as any mods that may fit my needs as well as others.

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Old 10-24-2011, 01:17 AM   #2
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I have built the PVC stand, it works well especially when you have trees to deal with and need to locate the dish in a clear area. I have also tossed this unit up on the slide as well. I also built a temp ladder mount with the mast that came with the dish and used turnbuckles that I opened up the eyes into hooks that snag on vertical pipes of the ladder. works great if you have a fairly clear shot.
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:30 AM   #3
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I have the usual tripod for the ground shot, which I anchor with tent pegs. But recently I installed a mast at the rear of the trailer on the roof, next to the ladder. It's a roof mount single mast that does fold down when not in use and I got it from Amazon for $20.00 (free shipping). You do have to remove the dish itself in order to fold the mast down, but I do have the option of using the tripod on the ground or the mast on the roof.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:09 AM   #4
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I use the tripod----------

Iggy, as you can see I use the tripod on the ground. From the photos you can see if the dish was mounted on the roof I would not have been able to get a signal in ALL CASES. Especially if you are in a lot of trees. The father north you go the more the dish is set at a lower angle to the ground. Also, I use the oval dish, not the 18" dish for two reasons. One it will have a three head LNB for more than one receiver hookup (ACTUALLY FOUR) if you use a receiver in the living room and one in the bedroom or hookup in the storage compartment or outside. Also the oval over the 18" dish will not lose the signal as easy in a heavy rainstorm. The oval has more receive surface than the 18" dish.

The first picture is in NOVA SCOTIA, backed into a place in the CG. I had to get a gap in the trees behind me for a signal. If it had been on the top/ back of the 5 VER, I would not have been able to get a signal.

The second picture, again is in NOVA SCOTIA in a CG full of trees, If it had been mounted on the roof, I would have been unable to get a signal.

The third picture is on BAR HARBOR in Maine. Again I was backed into a CG spot the if I had my dish mounted on the back ladder or roof, I would have been unable to get a signal.

You will be able to receive your local channels up to about 150-200 miles away from your home base, after that, no local channels because of "SPOT" channel receiving of local channels.

I also use tent pegs to prevent the tri-pod from being blown over (they are the large nail type)

Iggy, just keep in mind the above information for your use. I have even received a signal through a hole in the canopy of trees I was parked in. All the time the onlooker would be saying "You will never get a signal"
I am pretty persistent. I also use a signal meter that is used by PRO'S for dish set up.

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Forgot to include pictures in my post above.

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Old 10-24-2011, 11:38 AM   #6
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Thanks for the information everyone.
I do not planon using the SAT dish a lot and more worry about theft more than anything else.
Here is a site I found that the guy came up with a PVC mount that you reverse the dish to make it a lower profile. I knid of like ot because I can put it on the roof of my rig which will be a little more secure and out of the way.

LINK to the design page for PVC DISH mount

You do have to convert the numbers a little as it is mounted upside down. See the details before the pictures.
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:49 AM   #7
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iggy could you also make a mount for your ladder if you have one ?
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:29 PM   #8
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iggy could you also make a mount for your ladder if you have one ?

I guess I could but the problem would be that I need to make a solid platform attched to the ladder. I'm open to any design ideas as long as it is strong, not too heavy and can be easily removed/stowed.

You also have to make it accesable so you can make the appropriate adjustments while it is attched to the ladder. It has been awhile since I adjusted one but I know I can do it easily with my sat signal stength meter and my external power supply to poer everything up for adjustments.

Anyone have any design ideas how to mount a basic round dish to the ladder and still make adjustments. Thanks
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Watching this thread with interest.. Sorry I can't offer any suggestions other that what Daisy Boykin has already.
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Iggy I have made one from 1/4" plastic sheet like you use for windows I used four conduit clamps attached to the sheet that clamp to the ladder side rails so I can mount to either the top rails or the back rails I wish I had photos will have to get some to show anyway I used the original tube and mount to the plastic It also has the level built in so I can level it so far has worked in most places we have been.
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