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Old 01-15-2011, 01:41 PM   #1
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What is the best 'Automatic' Satellite dish for a Po Boy?

My wife is P.O.'d from all of the frustrating hours upon hours of trying to set up our old Satellite dish with her compass, level, shovel, and cusswords, and said she's not doing it that way anymore. Kerput!
So, I need to bother you guys to tell me the very best satellite dish thathas the capability of 'finding the dang satellite' itself', that is not too awfully expensive. I don't need to watch TV while going down the road.........
I would love to stay under $700 if at all possible..........
I would Really appreciate it, and then I can retire my Ear Muffs. har har
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Old 01-15-2011, 04:09 PM   #2
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Some speak highly of the Vucube. I have never used it but I camped beside some folks last year that had one and loved it. Try ebay there is one now for $599. I carry a Direct TV HDTV antenna like the one on my house. I can set up and have HDTV in less than 10 minutes. I did have trouble in the beginning with my system and it can be very frustrating. I am fortunate my wife does not watch american TV. But she wants the internet so she can download Korean soaps.

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Old 01-15-2011, 07:59 PM   #3
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You need the VuCube 2000 stationary automatic that goes for $659 plus shipping from PPL. I have the VuCube 1000 with remote set up that costs $450-$500 depending where you get it. I am very pleased with it and only takes a few minutes to get locked in. Good Luck!
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:03 PM   #4
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I have the Wineguard Minimax Automatic, now on sale at Camping World for $699.00. It comes in a model to mount permanently on a portable model. It has 2 LNBs and is HD for Dish Network, but Standard Def for Direct TV. Works good, Camping World installed mine on my motorhome for $150 and I've had it for a year. Good feature for Dish is that the HD reciever will power your second TV from the one reciever.

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Old 01-16-2011, 12:34 AM   #5
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Forgive me, but I got to wonder. If you have to have satellite, internet, cell phone, ....... why even bother to try and camp?

Sorry, but to us, camping is the last "neighborhood" in America, where there is little crime. your neighbors are nice, and you can share a meal with complete strangers and have a good time. It's where you wear the same pair of jeans for three days, and nobody cares, where cell phones and televisions don't work, the closest wal mart is over 50 mile round trip, where the closest store is a nice one mile walk, with your wife and children in the late afternoon, and where you enjoy a fire at night, either your own or the neighbors, and roast a hot dog, or make "s'mores", or have a "pie iron" and make hobo pies. Remember the commercial from last year about the people camping, and the little child asking about all the stars? Get out from in front of the computer and the internet, and go look at the stars, and the trees, and the flowers, and the birds, and...... hope you get the picture.

Sorry for the rant, but as I read this post, it reminded me of sitting in church watching the ushers go down the isle with cell phones on their belts, and I have this thing about that, if you are so important that you can't spend an hour in church without your cell phone, you need to hire some help. [I]feel the same way about television in a camper, it is not needed, we're camping.

Now to set the story really straight, yes there is a 19 inch television in my camper. In over 60 nights of camping, I have spent two nights where I could even get reception. We take a lot of nature photographs, and use it hooked to the laptop to view our pictures sometime, mostly we wait until we get home. We have never camped and had internet, and spent over 30 nights without cell phone reception. Works for us, and that's camping, everything else is dragging your house around.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:33 AM   #6
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I think that may be a little harsh, if that is the way the couple wants to rv then so be it. Maybe they are long term campers, by the signature it almost sounds like they are out for extended periods. I like to see the news every couple of days when camping.

I personally load movies onto my laptop due to the fact that I have chronic pain issues and do not sleep well. It also makes it hard to concentrate on reading some times. And I am sure my neighbors at the campsite don't want me out wandering around at 1:00 AM. So I watch a movie while the wife tries to sleep.

I love looking at the stars also, but again the cold can raise havoc with my legs, and we usually camp in the early spring and late fall when it is cold at night.

I love all the toys you have listed, I used to ride a Harley and take flying lessons but both of them cause issues also.

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Old 01-16-2011, 10:26 AM   #7
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Windrider... We don't "camp"... we RV. We see our trailer as a chance to get out of the city. But, we still like to watch TV at night and check our emails and we see the trailer as a little apartment. We've never boondocked and never been where there was no cell phone reception. I could just as easily have said to you "Why in the world would you want to be cutoff from the rest of the world like that?" But, you know, there are all kinds of ways to enjoy an RV. We're not all "campers". What a boring world it would be if we were all alike.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:09 PM   #8
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Windrider I have sat. tv, a cell phone and I also have a landphone in my TT. Janet and I sold our home last year and are now fulltime RVers. Not everyone that has a RV use is for weekend camping. Some of us live in it fulltime. We like if for the reasons you stated why. There is very little crime, you have good neighbours and if you do not like your neighbour you can always move.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:51 PM   #9
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Nuff ranting!
Back to the OP's question. Last year I had the Winegard automatic installed. It is as I remember the only automatic HD antenna on the market. So if you want HD then go for the automatic. As a substitute if we cannot get a signal I also carry one of the portable in a box antennas.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:12 PM   #10
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Thanks Filthy Beast, Doctort44, Caper, and Donn.
I really appreciate the support.
Yes, I'm kinda leaning toward the Winegard portable unit.


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