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Old 07-23-2013, 06:13 PM   #1
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DISH TV Experience Disappointing

We made the jump and bought a DISH Tailgater package to use in our new MH. We have UVERSE at home and have never had SAT TV. It's a great concept (monthly pay as you go, when you want it). Unfortunately, in the first month of trying to use it I've only been able to get SAT once (and that was at a park that provided cable TV)! I have found that nearly every park that we have stayed that there is enough tree cover to prevent the dish from finding the satellites. I feel like I've wasted $450 for the dish and receiver. Apparently, in Michigan and the northern states the sats are low enough on the horizon that trees easily disrupt the signals.

Do any people on the Forum have similar / better experiences?
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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I have the Tailgater too, on our 2nd trip with the MH the dish on the MH could only get 1 of the 2 sats. By using the Tailgater I was able to move it to a position the could get both Sats. It's just a matter of getting use to the unit and know where to put it to see thru/around the trees as the case may be. I use a web site "dishpointer.com" and can close-up any campsite so as to see exactly where to put the Tailgater. It's just a matter of getting use to the unit.
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Do you have a "smart phone"?

If so, you need to get one of the satellite-finder apps. Two popular ones are DishPointer Augmented Reality and Satellite AR. These let you look at the sky thru your phone camera and shows where the satellites are on that screen. This will allow you to place the Tailgater where it can see the satellites.
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Do you have a "smart phone"?

If so, you need to get one of the satellite-finder apps. Two popular ones are DishPointer Augmented Reality and Satellite AR. These let you look at the sky thru your phone camera and shows where the satellites are on that screen. This will allow you to place the Tailgater where it can see the satellites.
The whole purpose of the Tailgater is you don't have to do find the satellites. You point it Southwest and the Tailgater does the rest to find the satellites. We had issues with trees so many times we finally gave up using our Tailgater.
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Do you have a "smart phone"?

If so, you need to get one of the satellite-finder apps. Two popular ones are DishPointer Augmented Reality and Satellite AR. These let you look at the sky thru your phone camera and shows where the satellites are on that screen. This will allow you to place the Tailgater where it can see the satellites.
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I have little troubles and usually can work around trees.
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The reason for the phone app, or the web site is so that you can see WHERE to place the dish and avoid the tree issues to begin with. Yes the tailgater is an automatic dish, but if you have trees in line of sight then you need to know first to avoid the frustration of no signal.
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I, too, use the smart phone app. The one I use on an iPhone is called "Dish for my RV". It works great and is simple to use.
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"Dish for my RV", it works for me.
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We got the Tailgater in the spring of 2012 & found the same issue with dense tree cover.
I had some extra coax laying around from when I was in the cable TV field.
I made up a 150' length on a cord reel. That plus the 50' they give you & I am able to position the dish just about anywhere needed to get a signal.

Just a word of caution about the DISH month by month plan.
We discontinued our subscription at the end of Dec 2012.
We haven't been out yet this year. Got too much going on with the renovations around the house.
In June they started billing a $5 account "keep alive" fee.
I haven't had a chance to go back through the website but I don't remember seeing that when I signed up.
I'm sure it's buried in some fine print somewhere.
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We have Dish at home also and haven't noticed a "keep alive" fee. That may be the difference.
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