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Old 04-30-2014, 05:46 PM   #1
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Giving up on HD Direct TV, going to a Tailgater

Months ago, I asked and got a TON of info on how to extend my home TV system (Direct TV) to the camper. It took a long time for my pea brain to figure it all out, but I did it. I got a portable dish from Satellite Oasis and carried my Direct TV Receiver with me. I set up the dish and .........

And that's where problems began. I downloaded Dish Pointer Pro, which gives me a decent idea of where the satellites are, and what's in the way. But I still have to point the dish manually, and make all the adjustments with a 1/2 " wrench on nuts....all mechanical and 'shifty'.

Went camping last week (spent one night in the Visitor's Center at Lake Dardanelle, AR, due to the storms passing over), and after hours of tweaking I got the dish set up right. Storms came, next morning the dish was pointing 180 away. So I start over, and never could get but about 80% of the channels to come in. Every tweak from there resulted in gaining one thing and losing two.

SO............I'm about to take the plunge and give up......I can't rely on my skills to set this dish up for hours upon hours every time I go camping.... So I'm about to call Dish, order the Tailgater and the Pay-As-You-Go by the month plan........which will give me Direct in the house, and Dish in the Camper. But at least the Dish physical dish (tailgater) is automatic!!

Comments welcome, but you better hurry! I'm about to make the call. This one has driven me nuts!

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Old 04-30-2014, 05:50 PM   #2
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We have Direct here at home, with an automatic winegard and receiver for the RV.

That works fine for us, *unless* we're in a space with too many trees.

We were "gifted" with a manual dish on a stand by awesome campers who stayed near us in one RV park (thank you again!) along with a meter.

DH tried for the longest time to get the manual dish to work (strong screaming signal on the meter) with no luck, so he dragged the winegard out and voila! He was watching golf within 5 minutes. I've been trying to contact the "gifter" to figure out what step he's obviously missing in setting up the manual dish. No luck so far.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:52 PM   #3
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the tail gator is great less than 5 minutes to set up ,then a phone call to dish to get the locals, we have had 1 for about 2 years use it even when campground has cable. usually set it on my roof so it does not become a trip hazard and i lock it down just in case some one has larceny on their mind they will find something easier to pilfer
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:55 PM   #4
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Have the same, direct at home, dish on the road (pay-as-you-go plan) we are gone on the road 3 to 4 months at a time and suspend the direct service at home when gone. We have a satelite dish on the roof, but also have a tailgater for the times the HM is under trees etc. We purchased the receiver so not contracts or monthy fee for the reciever.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:57 PM   #5
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OK. (I MUST have HD and Fox Sports MW, my only requirements!!!)

I'm sold.

Thanks, guys.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:09 PM   #6
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let me get this right....you go rv'ing to sit & watch tv?

not me
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:11 PM   #7
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I have a tailgater and Dish at home. Switched out a receiver in our master bedroom for one that worked with the tailgater. I take it with me when I go and get the same programming I get at the house. No phone calls unless I want locals wherever I am. It can be tricky and only pick up some satellites when under tree cover. But, when we are tailgating at the Carolina games, it is absolutely awesome!!!!!
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:13 PM   #8
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let me get this right....you go rv'ing to sit & watch tv?

not me
I don't go RV'ing to watch TV. But, if I want to, I do. I use the RV from a place to stay when visiting in laws, tailgating at football games, and camping. So when doing something other than camping, I want to watch the news, or whatever, whenever.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:13 PM   #9
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NO sir. I go for a ton of reasons.

1) To get closer to the fish for a longer period.

2) To avoid my next door neighbor for a time (my mother).

3) To have a more enclosed space in which to chase Mama around.

4) To be closer to my kids and grandkids without having to live in their danged house!

But regardless of where I am physically, if I HAPPEN to be sitting around, I MUST be able to see the Cards play baseball. And even if I didn't care, Mama would require that.

So that's how it is. If I was a Cubs fan, I could see missing a few games!

Oh, and it would have been nice to get the Local Channels last week when the tornado went over our head. Couldn't have seen it that night, cause we were evacuated to the basement of the Visitor's Center. But it would have been nice to see the local coverage of Mayflower and Vilonia (10 miles away from my house) while camping. Besides, the wind was blowing 40 mph, so I couldn't fish anyway.
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gone for a weekend or two, don't require TV, gone for months at a time. why not, it's our cabin on the road, park in the woods, on the beach or anywhere between.
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