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Old 05-13-2014, 04:33 AM   #11
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The handle pointed north thing is for a visual reference to help identify the southern sky. Trees are not your friend when using the tailgater.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:39 AM   #12
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We are down I Yamassee at the Thousand trails. I did notice how sensitive it is. A hair moving it will get some better reception I have found.

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Old 05-13-2014, 07:49 AM   #13
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The manual says to point the tailgater toward the southern sky. The handle is the rear of the antenna and therefore the handle will be to the north. If the trees are quite aways from the antenna our tailgater will pick up all 3 sat's. As said, sometimes just a slight movement of the antenna either left or right will sometimes allow all the sat's to be picked up. Of course each antenna movement requires a reset of the receiver for automatic sat capture. Our tailgater functions as advertised and is a joy to have (JMO). As for manual dish setups I believe most are much larger dishes and would therefore be able to receive signals where the tailgater won't (trees & all).
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:52 AM   #14
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Thank you. These trees are ten feet above the trailer so I was guessing they were the issue. I will trythe side to side with g as I had seen it improve when messing with it last night. I will also try the dish pointer app if avail on android.

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While the Dish Tailgater is self-aligning the internal mechanism (the dish) does not rotate a full 360*; there is a dead spot where it reverses direction when searching.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:08 AM   #16
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Thank you. These trees are ten feet above the trailer so I was guessing they were the issue. I will trythe side to side with g as I had seen it improve when messing with it last night. I will also try the dish pointer app if avail on android.

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Thank you. These trees are ten feet above the trailer so I was guessing they were the issue. I will trythe side to side with g as I had seen it improve when messing with it last night. I will also try the dish pointer app if avail on android.

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The tailgater positioning does not have to be precise (dead on south). I just use a cheap hand held compass for pointing it to south when in doubt. Typically just pointed at the southern sky is sufficient.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:45 AM   #18
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Has anyone had the manual and switched to the tailgater? Reason I'm asking is I have a manual and am thinking about the tailgater but reading this thread is causing me to wonder if it would be the right move.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:16 AM   #19
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We bought a tailgater last December and found in Florida that the satellites are Southwest even though the documentation said to point South.

As you move South, the angle is higher in the sky so I would think that in the Carolinas you would clear a lot of low obstructions.

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I just switched from manual to tailgater and was up and running in about 5 minutes. Just make sure to have the handle pointing north and be somewhat level. Some people say its better to have it off the ground but havent run into that yet.
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