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Old 05-13-2014, 11:58 AM   #21
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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 think it is not a tailgater issue but maybe just a limit to the satellite in general? I know it worked well at home with no trees and this is new to me so it might just be a learning curve

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Old 05-13-2014, 12:36 PM   #22
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I been thinking about a tailgater, But I just read a post that a person puts his like 150' from his camper. I have also seen this at CG. I always wounder how would you stop someone from stealing it at night? People are afraid to use a portable EMS for that reason and these things just sit on the ground. At least the pedestal is next to your unit. How do you secure it is my question. All they have to do is cut the coax and there gone.
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Don't know about tailgater. My pathway X2 (should I ever make it work) has a cutout by the handle to run a chain through. I'll have to chain it to the RV, a tree, picnic table, something.

FWIW, I also just 'manufactured' a tripod device to set it on. I took the tripod from the Direct TV Dish (although they're only $15), a chain link fence post, welded a flat piece to top of chain length fence, and cut a piece of composite 5/4 decking to fit the bottom of the Pathway. With 1/4 bolts, I can now set up the tripod and have a flat place to get the Pathway up in the air and off the ground.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:02 PM   #24
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It has a small hole to pass a padlock through. I just put the chain through the handle since it did not anymore reinforced than the lock hole.

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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.

Going to a auto from a manual (to me anyway) is a no brainer. The OP is having issues because of trees blocking LOS, this has nothing to do with the tailgator, a manual dish pointed into the forest will provide the same results.

To the OP, when using the Dishpointer app, make sure you compass on the app isn't locked, if it is that might give you a false reading.
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Going to a auto from a manual (to me anyway) is a no brainer. The OP is having issues because of trees blocking LOS, this has nothing to do with the tailgator, a manual dish pointed into the forest will provide the same results.

To the OP, when using the Dishpointer app, make sure you compass on the app isn't locked, if it is that might give you a false reading.
Ok. I again am new with satellite. I do not think it is locked as I can scan all sorts of stuff. The satellite question is because they show as echostar 15 echostar 10 and so forth not 110 119. However I noticed Some were at the 110 and 119 and so on compass degress locations.. southeast, not sw as someone had said.

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If I'm not mistaking Dish is SE and Direct SW.
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Even if you have a perfectly clear view of the southeastern sky I don't think you can do anything to make the Tailgater "look" in that direction. If it can happen I'd like to know how to make it happen.

I call Dish for another problem and was told the satellites it uses are stationary over Texas. When I'm out with mine I point it at Texas. It works unless there is a tree between me and Texas.

I think they would sell a lot more of these to RV'ers if they included a chainsaw. In addition to trees, snow and ice will also cause poor reception.
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It's SW where I am. Dish uses 110, 119, and 129. The Dish App for RV on my iphone shows lots of satellites, but Dish told me, the only ones that matter for them are 110, 119 and 129.
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:21 PM   #30
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My home satellite faces sw. But the app shows sats for dish se and sw... this is way to complicated. Thank god for auto locate!

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