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Old 11-29-2013, 06:51 AM   #1
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Tailgater Sat Dish

Anyone using the Tailgater for Dish Network? Any feedback on performance is appreciated. Any other units recommended.
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:33 AM   #2
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Been using tailgater for a year from Wyoming to Florida and California. Just set it out pointing south and it does its thing automatically. We have dish at home so we just install the home receiver in our unit. If we want ABC, CBS and NBC we call dish and give them our current zip code and the local network channels are added to the menu within 5 minutes. At our next stop we do the same and all is good. Do not have any negative comments concerning tailgater. As long as there is a clear shot of the southern sky all 3 sats will be picked up for high def. Sometimes we have had a tree issue and only pick up a single sat or maybe 2 but then we still will receive standard def channels.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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There are many happy Tailgater users here. Here's another thread you may find helpful: Winegard Pathway x2 vs Tailgater

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Old 11-29-2013, 09:04 AM   #4
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Actually, let me add a couple of reasons to go with a dish on a tripod.

The Tailgater will only support one tuner. If you want to have multiple TVs and/or be able to record a show (DVR) while watching another one it won't do that. If you want something like a Hopper/Joey setup (whole-house DVR), it won't do that. Just some food for thought. The Winegard unit won't do the latter either (and has restrictions on doing any of it).
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Seems to me there would be less risk of theft and less financial loss with a tripod and dish rather than a Tailgater. How difficult is it to set up a dish?
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Been using tailgater for a year from Wyoming to Florida and California. Just set it out pointing south and it does its thing automatically. We have dish at home so we just install the home receiver in our unit. If we want ABC, CBS and NBC we call dish and give them our current zip code and the local network channels are added to the menu within 5 minutes. At our next stop we do the same and all is good. Do not have any negative comments concerning tailgater. As long as there is a clear shot of the southern sky all 3 sats will be picked up for high def. Sometimes we have had a tree issue and only pick up a single sat or maybe 2 but then we still will receive standard def channels.
X2 but in the Midwest.
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Seems to me there would be less risk of theft and less financial loss with a tripod and dish rather than a Tailgater. How difficult is it to set up a dish?
Tailgater has a metal loop through which you can place a lock and chain, then chain it to a picnic table or something on the RV (landing gear).

In this day and age, if someone wants your equipment, it won't matter whether it's a Tailgater or a Dish on a Tripod. They'll get it.

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Old 12-08-2013, 11:27 AM   #8
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We've used the Tailgater for 6 months or so and the performance has been OK. We frequently get the "Complete Signal Loss" message but have learned that if we wait a few seconds it's entirely possible that we'll get the channel we wanted. With respect to recording shows, if you'll hook up a dedicated external hard drive you can record one show. You cannot, though, watch one show and record a different one. Again, we have settled for this setup because it works OK and we're not interested in spending no less than $1,000 to buy a different dish and receiver.
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Also if you use a dish and a tripod or a wineguard carry out you can use a dual tuner uhf receiver such as the vip612 and mount it in the basement out of the way.
Since the 612 is uhf the remote does not need to "see" the receiver to work.
With the 612 you can record and watch at the same time.
Ive been using the dish and tripod for years with almost 90% accuracy in getting a signal of course the tree factor happens at a few parks but we've found spots where it's not an issue.
Ive only recently got the carry out automatic antenna and like it to.


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