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Old 10-04-2016, 12:05 PM   #1
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Satellite install for dummies

My hubs and I are finding that while we LOVE camping in October, we miss ESPN during football season, so we are considering purchasing a satellite antenna for the RV. We do NOT have satellite at home, so please understand that I'm basically an idiot as to how it works (the whole multiple receiver, dual tuner, etc. - that stuff doesn't mean anything to me at the moment). So I'm looking for advice from someone who can dumb it down to my level.

We have a Windjammer 3006K. We have a TV in the living room, the bunk room, and the bedroom. We also have a cable hookup outside under the awning. We move the bedroom TV back and forth between inside and outside.

I know that we have two cable inputs on the back of the trailer, but we have never used them - we have only used the rooftop antenna.

We do notice that we get different reception from the antenna in the different rooms of the trailer. The reception in the bedroom is better than the reception in the living room (living room is the main TV with the antenna boost switch). And if we are watching TV outside and someone turns on the TV in the living room, we lose most of the reception outside. Seems odd.

Anyway, just looking for some easy to understand direction on how the factory wiring works and what (if any) modifications will need to be made in order to hook up a satellite antenna/receiver.

Thank you!
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Old 10-04-2016, 02:13 PM   #2
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I brought a Trav'ler for my camper and let a person that that puts in sound systems install mine, it works great. I have Direct tv at home and I just take my receiver from my house. When the installing was hooking everything up he wanted to know how many tv did watch, we just watch one. I also have a portable satellite dish but a Trav'ler is a no brainer


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Old 10-05-2016, 12:15 PM   #3
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Do you still have receivers at home when you take yours travelling? I was wondering how this worked if you had house sitters while being gone, if they would have (or not have) satellite reception with one receiver gone.
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No one stays at our house when we travel, we only have one receiver at home and that comes with us. I don't care anything about satellite but DW loves it and I love DW.


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If you don't have satellite at home, then it can be more expensive due to dealing with 2 TV programming providers. We have Dish at home and the RV. For us Dish has a better RV support department and the portable dishes are usually cheaper. Also DISH provides HD programming via portable dishes.

If you already have 2 input coax connectors on your rig, then chances are one is for satellite. Which really means it's a direct connection (single cable, no splitters) from the outside connector to an inside connector somewhere around your main TV.

For around $350-$450 initial cost you can get everything you need for a DISH Network solution. We went with a Tailgater portable dish and a vip211z (or a wally receiver will work also) receiver. We like the portable dish as we can move it anywhere to get the best reception (it's not attached to the roof of the rig).

Setup is simple. Use a satellite finder app on your phone (free) to find an open spot to the DISH satellites if you are in the trees. Place the Tailgater and hook the coax between the Tailgater and the input coax connecter on the outside of your rig. Plug the receiver in near your main TV and hook a coax cable between it and your inside coax connecter. Run an HDMI cable from the receiver to your TV (for HD programming). That's it. If you want SD programming to the other TVs in your rig, connect another coax from the receiver to the appropriate connector.

If you haven't already done so, call DISH and register your receiver and pick a programming package. HD ESPN!

Lots of articles and threads about the different ways folks prefer to handle their satellite TV while in their RV.

Soon we will buy one of the new King portable dishes with 2 outputs. Then we can run one cable to the inside, and have another cable for our outside receiver. That way we don't have to keep moving the receiver in and out. But then you have a monthly charge for 2 receivers instead of one.

Good luck and have fun!
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Old 10-05-2016, 06:25 PM   #6
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I have a Tailgater and a receiver I wish I could sell plus it I have a tripod for it. I also have a ladder mount for the Tailgater. Direct tv satellite works best for us and now with the Trav'ler all I do is turn the system on and in a few minutes DW is watching tv. It costs some but it is well worth the money, it keeps DW happy


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This is a subject that everyone is a 'dummy' at first. Many of us have spent a couple of years figuring it out. Once you get there, it's not bad at all. But getting from There to Here is hard, I admit.

The above guys have figured it out. I can help but it's too long to type out. PM me for more info.

And yes, it depends on which satellite carrier you have. They work and set up differently.
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I will tell this on myself. I have finally found a device that allows DirecTV hookup to the portable tripod without much hassle. It's called a SatLook Lite Meter.

However, on a recent camping trip I forgot it, left it at home. I did finally get satellite via using the Dishpointer Pro app, and 41 trips between the portable dish and the tv in the trailer!!! But I'll never forget that thing again!
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I will tell this on myself. I have finally found a device that allows DirecTV hookup to the portable tripod without much hassle. It's called a SatLook Lite Meter.

However, on a recent camping trip I forgot it, left it at home. I did finally get satellite via using the Dishpointer Pro app, and 41 trips between the portable dish and the tv in the trailer!!! But I'll never forget that thing again!

I just use two phones to get the signal and I have a compass to kind of line up everything, that's when I had the portable unit. I still have the portable


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If you don't have satellite at home, then it can be more expensive due to dealing with 2 TV programming providers. We have Dish at home and the RV. For us Dish has a better RV support department and the portable dishes are usually cheaper. Also DISH provides HD programming via portable dishes.

If you already have 2 input coax connectors on your rig, then chances are one is for satellite. Which really means it's a direct connection (single cable, no splitters) from the outside connector to an inside connector somewhere around your main TV.

For around $350-$450 initial cost you can get everything you need for a DISH Network solution. We went with a Tailgater portable dish and a vip211z (or a wally receiver will work also) receiver. We like the portable dish as we can move it anywhere to get the best reception (it's not attached to the roof of the rig).

Setup is simple. Use a satellite finder app on your phone (free) to find an open spot to the DISH satellites if you are in the trees. Place the Tailgater and hook the coax between the Tailgater and the input coax connecter on the outside of your rig. Plug the receiver in near your main TV and hook a coax cable between it and your inside coax connecter. Run an HDMI cable from the receiver to your TV (for HD programming). That's it. If you want SD programming to the other TVs in your rig, connect another coax from the receiver to the appropriate connector.

If you haven't already done so, call DISH and register your receiver and pick a programming package. HD ESPN!

Lots of articles and threads about the different ways folks prefer to handle their satellite TV while in their RV.

Soon we will buy one of the new King portable dishes with 2 outputs. Then we can run one cable to the inside, and have another cable for our outside receiver. That way we don't have to keep moving the receiver in and out. But then you have a monthly charge for 2 receivers instead of one.

Good luck and have fun!
Just a comment. The VIP211Z dish receiver only outputs HDMI. The VIP211K receiver outputs HDMI and COAX. Just positioning the antenna looking at the southern sky is all that is needed. In trees only 2 satellites (3 required for HD) may be picked up but that will still allow STD viewing. Of course, to many trees and kaput.
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