Originally Posted by nomad297
.....buy their heavy duty tripod kit and you will soon be an expert at setting up your satellite. The folks at tv4rv will help you with any aspect of satellite for your RV.
With my setup from tv4rv, I take no longer than ten minutes to get tuned in to the three satellites needed for HD DirecTv.
This (with a cavet, read below)! If your looking for an "all in one" solution, TV4RV's Heavy Duty Combo Package is probably the most complete and sturdiest setup you will find. I use it with an extra SWM 5LNB Slimline dish I already owned. That setup has now twice, survived severe thunderstorms with 50+ mile wind gusts.
In hindsight, I found I could have gotten what I needed for a little less by buying a Bosch BT160 tripod that can be had on Amazon for 35.00-40.00. Home Depot also sells them, but at twice that price. It is the same tripod that TV4RV sells, but just a different brand. What TV4RV sells is a CST/Berger. Then you could just order the custom replacement mast and flat head bell housing from TV4RV for another 60.00 and by removing one bolt on the head of the tripod, replace the Bosch pieces with the TV4RV ones. Pick up a screw type dog stake and ratchet strap from almost anywhere for a few more bucks and you have the same tripod setup TV4RV sells for approx. 100.00. What you get from them for the extra 60.00 is their Bungee Cord, Bubble Level, Lensatic Compass, SF-95 Satellite Finder, Leg Restraint Kit and Heavy-Duty Handy Carry Bag. Your choice if you need the "extras". Personally, I have never used the bungee cord, compass or leg restraint kit, however I could see the use of the leg restraint kit if your setting up the tripod in a parking lot or other "hardened" surface. The zipper on the carrying bag broke the second time I used it, and their sat finder won't allow a SWM signal to pass so you have to keep taking it in and out of the line to get signal strengths to show on the receiver so although it is useful, it can be a pain if you need to do it more than once. I bought some quick connect coax connectors which makes it a little easier to swap in and out.
I use a small bubble level I already had to level the tripod and found an android app called Satellite Dish Finder that not only replaces a compass, but allows me to quickly locate where to place my dish, especially if I am trying to get thru some fairly heavy tree cover at some campgrounds. Setting up the dish, 5 minutes. Aiming to get a working signal - another 5 minutes and tweaking the alignment to maximize the signal and done.
As for receivers, I am using an HR44 in the living area of our trailer and a H25 mounted to the back of the bedroom tv using the wall mounting bracket. I can then easily move the 32" TV/receiver from the bedroom to the outside patio area as one unit.