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Old 12-07-2015, 01:22 AM   #1
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Rooftop Satellite?

We have a Wineguard Carryout Sat dish. It's automatic and works great. But we're tied of how much room it takes up in the basement storage and dragging it out, wiring it up etc every time. So I'm thinking of putting it on my roof.

I found the Sat cable connection up there - not where I expected it - it was right in front of the middle vent. I expected near the front of the coach above the TV.

Anyway my Sat Dish requires 12-volt power as well as the RG cable connection. Does anyone know if there is 12-v power up the near the cable connector? There's a lot of decor around it and I was hoping maybe there was???

PS I know that it won't be nearly as flexible mounted up there.
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I have a tailgator and have found it is very susceptible to interference from trees. I am guessing the carryout would be the same. I would think it might be even more of a hassle to make sure, before your parked, that there are no trees around and you can get a signal vs just moving the box on the ground.

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It gets its power from the sat. box that you hook to TV.
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Old 12-07-2015, 07:44 AM   #4
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My Georgetown does have 12 volt wiring to the sat prewire rooftop location. I believe there should be a connector (2, 12 volt wires) located within the vicinity of the other end (inside the coach) of your prewire coax such as I have. Mine are a red and white wire (in a connector) that would be connected to a 12 volt source. Maybe your Forester is similar.
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It gets its power from the sat. box that you hook to TV.
Sure seems like it should, but for some reason Winegard didn't build it that way.

Newer Sat dishes do use the 45 volts available from the receiver. But not this one.
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I have a tailgator and have found it is very susceptible to interference from trees. I am guessing the carryout would be the same. I would think it might be even more of a hassle to make sure, before your parked, that there are no trees around and you can get a signal vs just moving the box on the ground.

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After a couple of years of using my Carryout I'm well aware of this limitation. I think willing to give up placement flexibility (and reception) for less gear to store and less hassle.
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After a couple of years of using my Carryout I'm well aware of this limitation. I think willing to give up placement flexibility (and reception) for less gear to store and less hassle.
I later, after posting, saw your PS. Missed it the first time around
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Sure seems like it should, but for some reason Winegard didn't build it that way.

Newer Sat dishes do use the 45 volts available from the receiver. But not this one.
Never realized the tailgator used 45volts..

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Never realized the tailgator used 45volts..
I'm sure the dishes that don't require 12-volt supply don't actually use 45-volts. The receiver supplies 45-volts and I'd guess they step that down to 12-volts to run the positioning motors. I'm not positive, but it sounds right.
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