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Old 10-22-2017, 02:12 PM   #11
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I have DirecTV in my RV now. We have a KVH transvu 5 dish. It all works great for us. But we may be changing RV's in the future. Has anyone used DirecTV go thru their laptop and WiFi?
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Old 10-22-2017, 02:17 PM   #12
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We used have a large dish that we set up from Directv on a tripod. It took a while to lock in the signal but once we did it worked great. We now have a Winegard Carryout that finds the signal as soon as we plug it in. We use a receiver from home that we got from Directv just for camping. We have Directv at home.
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Old 10-22-2017, 02:18 PM   #13
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I forgot to mention we do not have it on the roof.
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Old 10-22-2017, 02:24 PM   #14
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I have been using a ground dish with Directv for many years now and would like to add a roof mount. I do camp a lot in spots that would not work for a roof mount so I would just keep the ground dish as a back up. I just left a cg in northwest Michigan. Someone with a class A was backed into a site in trees that would not allow his roof mount to work so he had a second tailgater that he set out on the picnic table. From the looks of the coach I would guess the cost of a second tailgater was not an issue for him.
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Old 10-22-2017, 03:26 PM   #15
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Ditto Dieselguy. We have Directv home and on the road. If it looks a little sketchy where we are parked TH climbs the coach ladder and puts the dome on the roof.
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Old 10-22-2017, 06:05 PM   #16
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We have had our tailgater for about 5 years and have had a lot of campsites where we had to move the antenna to clear trees and get a signal. We would never go to a fixed unit. Also use a satellite finder app if just pointing the tailgater a little West of South doesn't work.

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Old 10-22-2017, 06:18 PM   #17
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I have the Pathway X2 and take a receiver from home with no extra charges or phone calls. If you have the roof mounted antenna you are limited to sites without any shade trees which will limit your sites. I was in a park all of this week where I had to move the antenna several times to get a clear view. Try that with a roof top mounted ant.
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Old 10-22-2017, 07:20 PM   #18
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I ran a roof mount dish for years. Nice for setting up as everything is done inside, and the TV is right there for signal reception. That being said the tree issue was a huge problem. I moved the trailer several times to try and get reception. The portable units require additional storage space and cables are in the yard around the trailer, but they are cheaper, and I think many will self locate, (not sure as I've never used one). We finally abandoned DirecTV because of the cost and quit using the Dish. Traded the trailer in last year so don't even have a dish, and do not have any plans to get one. I've moved on to streaming, and hope to find a system with our phones and/or a data plan we can use in most places to stream Netflix etc. I think the Sat's are on the way out eventually, and would thus shy away from a permanently mounted unit on the roof. Good luck on your search as this is a very common issue among RV'ers.
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Old 10-22-2017, 09:40 PM   #19
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I ran a roof mount dish for years. Nice for setting up as everything is done inside, and the TV is right there for signal reception. That being said the tree issue was a huge problem. I moved the trailer several times to try and get reception. The portable units require additional storage space and cables are in the yard around the trailer, but they are cheaper, and I think many will self locate, (not sure as I've never used one). We finally abandoned DirecTV because of the cost and quit using the Dish. Traded the trailer in last year so don't even have a dish, and do not have any plans to get one. I've moved on to streaming, and hope to find a system with our phones and/or a data plan we can use in most places to stream Netflix etc. I think the Sat's are on the way out eventually, and would thus shy away from a permanently mounted unit on the roof. Good luck on your search as this is a very common issue among RV'ers.


What do you use when you don’t have a cell signal? Some places we camp our Verizon won’t work. Anyway the roof mounted satellite works best for us. Buy what you like and can afford that does the job
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Old 10-23-2017, 06:53 AM   #20
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you guys are lucky that you can get a mobile service.
in Canada unless I have someone with a Dish account in the states I am stuck to a system through Bell Rogers or Shaw with a dish stuck to a frigging tree.


my antenna on the 2018 Toy hauler is not good enough to pick up any channels and we have been to 10 locations this summer and got 1 or 2 channels but they were snowed in.
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