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Old 09-06-2015, 09:01 AM   #11
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Joe, there is a lot to learn about satellite reception. My suggestion to you is please take your time, There is many past threads on this subject that probably got worn out. So do some searching.


From what I learned, I will just give you a few tips. The Winegard Travler appears to be the best fixed mounted. Dome antennas suffer from rain. Fixed mounts may have tree problems and is why some even have a mobile antenna as well. Local channels are only available within a spot beam of your home and you generally do not get locals in your camping area. An exception to this is if you sign up for an RV account with Dish,
DISHForMyRV: DISH Mobile Satellite Systems & Pay As You Go TV for RV, Camping, Tailgating, & the Great Outdoors


With this account you have a billing and service address. You can call them and change your service address when you are on the go and thereby get locals This account also has not contracts or fees and you pay as you go. Dish doesn't advertise but they have a starter package that is like $29/ mo.


Take your time on this upgrade because it could bite you later for a wrong decision.
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Old 09-06-2015, 09:33 AM   #12
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Take your time on this upgrade because it could bite you later for a wrong decision. __________________
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Thank you for your advice and to all the others as well. You have all been through these issues before and I value your input.
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Old 09-06-2015, 10:16 AM   #13
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JTN8 has the Winegard HD satellite system. It's a lot more expensive, but it has a greater chance of getting signals if there are trees around your campsite.
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Old 09-06-2015, 12:05 PM   #14
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Take your time on this upgrade because it could bite you later for a wrong decision. __________________
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Thank you for your advice and to all the others as well. You have all been through these issues before and I value your input.
Good advice..... I should have been more thorough in my previous advisory message.

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Old 09-06-2015, 01:25 PM   #15
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I do not like roof mounted dishes because I try to park in the shade. I can put a portable dish anywhere within about 100 feet of my RV which increases my chances of good reception.
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Old 09-06-2015, 02:00 PM   #16
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We have Dish at home and take 2 boxes with us in our 5th wheel. We receive HD in most locations. The auto search antennas don't provide HD for Direct TV. Also with DISH you can call from any location and have them switch your local stations to where you currently are, at no charge. We have a King Dome on the roof and a full dish with tripod just in case trees are in the way. If I were buying today I would get one of the available antenna that can be roof mounted and moved to be used as a portable. King has one specifically made for DISH. Make sure you get one that is specifically made for 2 TV's if you have two. There are some that say they can be used with two TV's but are not engeneered to do do do. Also be aware that with the auto searching antennas you can watch different stations on the two TV's, but they must be coming from the same satellite. Not usually a problem with Dish as in most locations all HD stations are on satellite 129.
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Old 09-06-2015, 02:02 PM   #17
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I bought a Tailgater when I bought RV. Use dish. Liked Dish so much, gave up Comcast and put Dish in house. With Dish and traveling, call them and give them zip code where you are staying and you get local channels.
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Old 09-06-2015, 02:34 PM   #18
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I just bought a Dish Tailgater, and receiver for about $400 that will allow me to look at all my home programs while on the road.
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Old 09-06-2015, 02:38 PM   #19
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I like the Dish Trav'ler. The basic crank up antenna that came with my Solera is useless outside of a large city and I'm usually not traveling in the city. Spending the extra money for the roof mount was well worth it for me. After a long day of driving and then setting up in my space, I'm tired and don't want the hassle of setting up a tripod, compasses locating the satellite & locking it to prevent theft. I researched the various systems and felt this was the best & easiest way to go.
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:09 PM   #20
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We bought a 211Z and Tailgater last year, we had some problems with a weak signal. So we returned it to CW and got a Winegard Pathway X2 that we have been very happy with.

We also picked up a Digital Over the Air Receiver and use the antenna for the locals rather than changing the dish as we move since it screws up dish at home.

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Digital Over-The-Air Tuner for ViP 211z Receiver - Pace International DISH-OTATUNER - Receivers - Camping World
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