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Old 05-12-2014, 09:44 PM   #1
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Tailgater help / advice? Maybe?

So we now have dish at home and decided to get the tailgater for on the road so the little one gets mickey mouse club house on the road... But I am having a heck of a time getting this thing to work correctly on the road.

It always gets the 110 satellite but nothing else (signal strenth gave 25 to 30)no matter where it is... been on my roof, trucks roof front area back area, picnic bench...

I know I am in the SC lowlands right now and there are trees around but will that knock out any chance at satellite? I tried the apps to get a better spot but still nothing even when rhey show/ look "clear"

I Know it works because I had it gong at home in PA, but no trees on farmland, and I see others with manual dishes working just fine here.

Should I have just gotten a manual dish? Worse part is the tailgater I think gets the western sats and I have a perfect view of the eastern arc... arrrrgggg!

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Old 05-12-2014, 09:49 PM   #2
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Before you get a manual dish, see my thread........

This stuff is SO FRUSTRATING.

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I got the Pathway. More expensive, but I can tell it whether to go east or west.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:51 PM   #3
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I think I just had read it. I guess this is the way with technology. ..

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We have had a tailgater for a couple of years and trees will definitely block the signal; you need a clear view of the SW sky or it won't work very well if at all. We carry 150' of cable and have had to use all of it at times in order to position the unit away from trees, etc.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:08 PM   #5
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Yeah I guess we are out of luck then. Now I might be lost with you saying the sw sky... what are the western arc satellite numbers? I have been using an app satellitear and it just says echostar whatever number... I have been trying to aim at the ones at the 110 119 degrees and they are se. The sw satellites that show on the app are actually in the only clearing around and are all visible per the app. I assumed they were the eastern arc?

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On my tailgater, you just position it where the handle is facing North and the unit self-aligns, no further tweeking needed.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:29 PM   #7
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Yeah I guess we are out of luck then. Now I might be lost with you saying the sw sky... what are the western arc satellite numbers? I have been using an app satellitear and it just says echostar whatever number... I have been trying to aim at the ones at the 110 119 degrees and they are se. The sw satellites that show on the app are actually in the only clearing around and are all visible per the app. I assumed they were the eastern arc?

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Where are you in SC?

I've had issue with mine in some campgrounds. Not picking up all satellites. When I have no trees it works great, but trying to shoot through trees is tough. I have the Dish RV app on my iphone and I'm beginning to questions how accurate it is. Sometimes I can clearly see all the satellites, and still only pick up one or two. I'm one of those guys that want HD everything and am not satisfied with SD if I'm paying for HD. I move it around quite a bit, elevate it on the roof of the 5'er, top of my truck, on the picnic table, tailgate, and all kinds of other things. I've found that if you get one satellite, move it just a bit and sometimes you can get them all. It is tough with trees around, but when I tailgate in Columbia, SC I get everything, no trees at all.
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Dishpointer Pro is worth $20.00. I tried all the free apps. Worth nothing. Dishpointer Pro shows A) where they all are and b) the camera shows what's between you and the satellites you choose.

DISH uses (western) 110, 119, and 129.
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On my tailgater, you just position it where the handle is facing North and the unit self-aligns, no further tweeking needed.
I didn't know the handle was supposed to face north. Is that in the manual? I must have missed it. I just set it down. Maybe that has something to do with it??
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I didn't know the handle was supposed to face north. Is that in the manual? I must have missed it. I just set it down. Maybe that has something to do with it??
X2 never heard this before.
If its auto aligning then it shouldnt matter.

Id love to see documentation on this!

I do know it can be fussy if not level.

Course I use a winegard carryout to.

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