Reading this thread as we just purchased the Dish Tailgater at Camping World and did a trial setup to make sure everything was in working order before heading out next weekend. We hooked up the receiver with an HDMI cable to the main TV in the living room entertainment center (Rockwood 8311 SS). The Tailgater was hooked up to the outside jack labeled "Satellite." The other end went to a jack marked Aux Sat, which was the only one we could get to work. It acquired satellites and all was well. We have activated everything through Dish Network and will pay as we go since we will probably not use it more than a handful of times a year. Still, we thought it would be nice to have. I think it's great that Dish Network offers this. BTW, good info about the IPad app, which may come in handy later on. For this trial run, we just sat the Tailgater down on the ground and pointed it in the general direction of the southern sky, and it worked great.
Then we noticed all of the other jacks in the entertainment system, so we unhooked the HDMI and tried the other components that are in the entertainment center (and there are plenty of them), but we could never get anything. There is a jack with 3 sets of the old-style red, white, and yellow connections which we hooked up to the back of the VIP 211K receiver, but got no signal. Then we tried with coax to a very prominent "satellite cable in" jack that is just below the TV--nothing with that set-up either. We did check continuity on the outside jack where you would hang the TV from the master to watch outside, and it was hot. There just seem to be lots of jacks with not much happening as far as getting a signal. I wonder if some of those are dedicated strictly to the park cable (?). Just thinking out loud. We definitely aren't doing something right.
HDMI is fine for the main TV, but outside we won't be able to use that, of course, and we are headed to the Bristol NASCAR race and definitely want to view TV outside--that was the main reason we got the Tailgater in the first place--to tailgate
Also, just out of curiosity's sake, where do you set your VIP 211K receiver? The shelf beneath our TV is not deep enough to hold it. I guess we could set it on its end on that shelf. I sure wish there was a pull-out shelf.
Eventually, we'd like to be able to watch satellite TV on the living room TV and the master bedroom TV at the same time--I know the VIP 211K is not a dual receiver, so I realize if it's doable that both TVs would have the same channel, but we're fine with that. I know there are HDMI separators or splitters or whatever they're called. I've seen them with HDMI jacks that say "out" and then "in 1" and "in 2." Could something like this conceivably be used to accomplish this? I was thinking of trying to hook an HDMI to the back of the receiver, run the other end to this "splitter," then run 2 separate HDMI cables, one out to each TV. I have no idea if this would work. I think these are actually made for the application of attaching Blu-Ray and XBox, etc. to a single TV, but just wondering if it might work to hook 2 TVs to the sat receiver.
Otherwise, I guess the bedroom TV could be on antenna while the living room is on satellite, though that would not be our preference because of the limited channel availability over the air.
Thanks for any help.