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Old 06-30-2014, 09:30 AM   #1
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Auto Satellite Dish ???

Would appreciate any input on which Auto Satellite Dish to get. We have tried to use the manual tripod dish and it can be very frustrating to say the least. We are now ready to up grade. Will be using DirecTV and a box from the house. Which auto dish are you using and pros & cons. Thanks for your input
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:45 AM   #2
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We have Dish and use a Tailgater. We like it and it is pretty automatic as long as you start with it pointing to the SSW even though it says South in the manual.

Sorry but I can't speak to Direct TV although I know there is a lookalike version that will work for Direct.

We like the carryout style to get around trees and such. Been in some campsites where the rooftop units could not get a signal. Downside is security. Someone could snatch it if you don't chain it to something.

BTW there is an app (dish align) that will show you where to point the dish.

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We have just used the Dish Tailgater once and had it on the mount I made for the pin box. Just pointed the handle to North and by the time I got in the trailer, it was downloading the program schedule. Just based on the one time, I think I will like it. I have a 42" high collapsible tripod and a ladder mount also in case we can't get a clear line of sight. I will also carry the Dish in the back of the truck until I get more confidence in the Tailgater.
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I don't believe any of these for Direct TV pick up HD if that matters to you. The Dish network ones do. It might matter what type of receivers your using in the house now and whether or not it will work with a non HD setup.
May not even be an issue, just something to keep in mind.

Our house uses the newer SWM (Genie)boxes, they're a no go with the portable setups you're moving to.
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Auto Satellite Dish ???

There is an auto pointer dish for directv but it's big bucks around $1500. It permanently mounts on your roof and will pickup your HD channels.
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Aside from that you will have to use a tripod like many of us do with a slimline dish. SWM will work in your mobile setup if you have the larger receiver box not the genies. Dish has the only portable (tailgaters) that picks up HD channels.



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Old 07-05-2014, 08:18 PM   #6
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Ahh.. Thanks for the clarification Gasspeddler.

BTW: You can pop the LNB off of that dish and install the newer SWM style if you do decide to go with the newer style boxes. The dish itself is the same.
Also, you can take your SWM style DVR unit with you, just not the Genie units throughout the rest of your house.

Myself, I'll stick with the old school tripod method. Haven't had any trouble with it so far.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:22 PM   #7
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It's a little pricey for the initial equipment, but only $5.00 a month after that for current Directv customers, and $6.00 with local channels for the service. That service will provide you Directv's "Choice" package of over 185 tv and satellite radio channels.


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We use the Winegard auto dish for Direct TV. We have DTV here at home and we got an extra receiver for the RV. DH just said we get HDTV in the RV the same as here at home.
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We use the Winegard auto dish for Direct TV. We have DTV here at home and we got an extra receiver for the RV. DH just said we get HDTV in the RV the same as here at home.

You are probably using the Winegard Traveler that I mentioned above or are getting local HD channels OTA-over the air.


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All I know is that it looks like one of those white "Snowball Cupcakes".

LOL Tech stuff is not my forte'! Like I've said; if the power goes off here at home the microwave flashes 12:00 'til he gets home.
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