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Old 08-02-2016, 12:35 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone... I am new to the forum but have been reading and getting great advice from everyone. I truly appreciate it. We bought our 380rb Berkshire back in the fall and our family of 6 has been getting some good use out of it. It hasn't been without some issues/stories but we have gotten most of them resolved.

I'm having Dish installed at the house today in hopes of adding to the coach. We head out Monday for a 12 day trip. I've read as many threads that I can find about satellites in the Berkshires but may be more confused than when I started. My apologies if I've missed these answers in other places.

1) Satellite prep is marked on the roof with a sticker. No problem there. Am I correct that it is only 1 coax and no power? If so, anyone that has had the winegard sk1000 installed, how was the power run to this and approx cost if done by others?

2) Dome satellites- i lean this direction for cost reasons as we are not full timers and this is a want not a need. I was set to pull the trigger on the winegard pathway x1 bundle until i read it only reads off the western arc. As luck would have it, we are headed northeast next week and I've read the western arc satellites won't work in Maine. That took me to the winegard x2 portable. The pro is it reads off both eastern and western arcs, the con is I can't permanently mount to the roof. (this could be a pro for clear line of sight i suppose) Has anyone done the x2? Regrets? Happy?

3) If I use a portable satellite- can i plug directly into the coax in the electrical bay? Does this split before the area in the coach where i would hook up the receiver? If it does split and can't be used, how do others do the portable satellite wiring?

4) if I only have one receiver- any creative options for the remote when using in the bedroom? Seems like I would have to get out of bed to change the channel without some sort of repeater.

I appreciate all feedback in advance...

Also, any thoughts on adjusting the shower door? Mine doesn't "catch" at the bottom third. The magnets touch on the upper 2/3's... I've disassembled with minor improvement to the issue once put back together. Doesn't seem to be any adjustments. Only thing I can figure is to bend the metal piece slightly to match the misalignment???
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Old 08-02-2016, 02:26 PM   #2
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Satellite Questions

I have a tailgater by wine guard and Dish service. I admit that I have a simple need for live tv during NASCAR events and I don't record anything over the air. I went with this walkout solution for a couple of reasons:

1) really inexpensive. I think Campingworld was having a deal for under $300, including the box in the coach
3) Dish lets me subscribe for a month at a time with no contract.
2) hookup is easy. I attach a coax to the dome thing and run it to the back of the box under the tv, no power needed
3) the antenna inside the little R2D2 dome thing focuses itself with no input from me
4) i usually place the dome on the roof at the beginning of the weekend and simply run the coax through the window by my dinette and into the back of the box under the tv. This is a ghetto network, but it works well
5) if I'm ever under a tree, I can walk the antenna out into the clear and use it there. This does not happen at NASCAR races, but did save me one time with bored kids at a rainy campground with trees

I was unable to get the satellite to work using the coax jack in the electric bay. I have no idea why this is the case. Cable tv from the campground will work this way, but not the satellite.
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Old 08-02-2016, 06:27 PM   #3
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We have a roof mounted satelite but also a talegater for when under trees. The tailgater will not work with splitter in the line. Example the outlet in the electrical bay has a splitter in line so the tailgater will not work via outlet in bay. Easy to solve, we just run cable out window directly to tailgater.
Second issue is reciever in living area, and changing tv from bedroom, we just get up and go to living room to change channels.

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I hear that the Tailgater will not work with a splitter all the time and I have one 4 way splitter and a 3 way splitter on my 5er and the Tailgater works great. I can put my Tailgater in 3 different locations on the rear ladder and one place on the pinbox. Get reception from the Tailgater on all 3 tvs, LR, BR and outside. The missing coax in the picture was added to go forward to the pinbox.
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Hello Everyone... I am new to the forum but have been reading and getting great advice from everyone. I truly appreciate it. We bought our 380rb Berkshire back in the fall and our family of 6 has been getting some good use out of it. It hasn't been without some issues/stories but we have gotten most of them resolved.

I'm having Dish installed at the house today in hopes of adding to the coach. We head out Monday for a 12 day trip. I've read as many threads that I can find about satellites in the Berkshires but may be more confused than when I started. My apologies if I've missed these answers in other places.

1) Satellite prep is marked on the roof with a sticker. No problem there. Am I correct that it is only 1 coax and no power? If so, anyone that has had the winegard sk1000 installed, how was the power run to this and approx cost if done by others?

2) Dome satellites- i lean this direction for cost reasons as we are not full timers and this is a want not a need. I was set to pull the trigger on the winegard pathway x1 bundle until i read it only reads off the western arc. As luck would have it, we are headed northeast next week and I've read the western arc satellites won't work in Maine. That took me to the winegard x2 portable. The pro is it reads off both eastern and western arcs, the con is I can't permanently mount to the roof. (this could be a pro for clear line of sight i suppose) Has anyone done the x2? Regrets? Happy?

3) If I use a portable satellite- can i plug directly into the coax in the electrical bay? Does this split before the area in the coach where i would hook up the receiver? If it does split and can't be used, how do others do the portable satellite wiring?

4) if I only have one receiver- any creative options for the remote when using in the bedroom? Seems like I would have to get out of bed to change the channel without some sort of repeater.

I appreciate all feedback in advance...

Also, any thoughts on adjusting the shower door? Mine doesn't "catch" at the bottom third. The magnets touch on the upper 2/3's... I've disassembled with minor improvement to the issue once put back together. Doesn't seem to be any adjustments. Only thing I can figure is to bend the metal piece slightly to match the misalignment???
For question 4). Check the back of your receiver for an RF remote antenna input. It should be labeled and will look like a typical type F connection. If it does, you should be able to purchase an RF remote and change channels from a very long distance.

Once at a race, I ran a cable from my dual receiver box to a neighbors RV through his cable input. He was able to change the channel using the RF remote. We were both able to watch our own channels.
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I use the King Quest system in the TT with a A/V trans/receiver for the outside and bedroom tvs. You can change channels anywhere.
Nyrius NY-GS3200 6 channel wireless A/V sender with IR remote extender. Amazon

The bedroom tv works through an HDMI cable, but the outside tv only works with antenna or cable without the A/V connection.
You can even set up a receiver in the unit next to you and watch sat tv.
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If you are having the Hopper installed at your home, the only receiver they will allow you to add on for your RV is the VIP211 series.
211Z only has HDMI and RCA outputs.
211K has HDMI and COAX outputs.
This is important to feed your bedroom TV. What type is your RV wired for?

Here is a IR to RF converter so you can use the remote anywhere around the RV.
https://www.amazon.com/Next-Generati.../dp/B000C1Z0HA
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