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Old 04-20-2016, 04:22 PM   #31
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Had Direct tv for 12 years and fought setting up the dish in the woods for several trips. Did carry the second receiver from during this time. There is a Directv tailgater knock off made by Pathways now. Two years ago switched to Dish and after a lot of arguments, did get a second receiver after not allowing the Hopper in the house, now pay $7a month and have a Pathways for Dish. Saving about $40 a month, do like the ability to tunn on and off some programming, save $6 a month turning Sports for summer months, back on in August went college football cranks up . Dish customer service is the pits, when I get a person I can 'not talk to, tell them I do not understand and call back later to get different rep. Success rate is good on this method!!
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:24 PM   #32
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There is $7 a month charge per receiver whether you own them or lease them. Pretty standard across the board. I think Direct charges $5? If you own them it's called a service fee, otherwise it's called a lease fee. You can't expect to get free service to an additional outlet right? It's been that way for as long as I've known.
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:42 PM   #33
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How much beer are we talking?
Might be worth the effort!
All you can drink in a 24 hour period!

Turbs, here's why I think your way works.......I may be wrong.

DISH allows you to 'suspend' service once every year, and for a max of six months. Sounds like that's what you are doing on that receiver.

I don't want it suspended for six full months. I want to use it a month, not use it next month, use it again the next month, and alternate all year long. That's what I'm betting you can't do smoothly.

Besides, I am using a receiver from house that is in USE in the house when not in the camper. I don't want it suspended.

I'm going to stick to my guns till proven wrong. They truly do not have a true Flex RV account that works on alternate months, even if you own the receiver and satellite dish, if the RV account is the only account you have with them. In these cases, I'm going to bet a night's beer that it can't be done.

Again.........whatever you have at home........just take the receiver you have, any of the ones in the house except Genie or Hopper Clients (the Clients require wireless connection to the main receiver, but the Genie or Hopper wired version will work) with you, connect it directly via RG6 coax to a properly aligned satellite dish, and if your receiver has been 'refreshed', then connect it to the TV via HDMI cable (or RGB cable) and it'll all work.
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:55 PM   #34
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All you can drink in a 24 hour period!

Turbs, here's why I think your way works.......I may be wrong.

DISH allows you to 'suspend' service once every year, and for a max of six months. Sounds like that's what you are doing on that receiver.

I don't want it suspended for six full months. I want to use it a month, not use it next month, use it again the next month, and alternate all year long. That's what I'm betting you can't do smoothly.

Besides, I am using a receiver from house that is in USE in the house when not in the camper. I don't want it suspended.

I'm going to stick to my guns till proven wrong. They truly do not have a true Flex RV account that works on alternate months, even if you own the receiver and satellite dish, if the RV account is the only account you have with them. In these cases, I'm going to bet a night's beer that it can't be done.

Again.........whatever you have at home........just take the receiver you have, any of the ones in the house except Genie or Hopper Clients (the Clients require wireless connection to the main receiver, but the Genie or Hopper wired version will work) with you, connect it directly via RG6 coax to a properly aligned satellite dish, and if your receiver has been 'refreshed', then connect it to the TV via HDMI cable (or RGB cable) and it'll all work.


Do I get to pick the beer?
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:59 PM   #35
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We have DISH, but only in the trailer - have Comcast at the house. Communications by phone is difficult, but if you use the internet chat, it goes much smoother - the reps can type English much better than they speak it. We contact them when we want to start the service, or change the local channel selection - in fact, I have saved text files that I use just by up dating the dates and street addresses. The key seems to be using the right nomenclature - when you want to stop service, they call it "pausing" the service, and you can do it for 30, 60, 90, or 180 days, and they bill $5 per month to keep the account open. Since you are paying in advance, they credit your account for any unused portion of the current month, until the balance gets to 0, then start billing ....

By the way, I got fed up with the weak signal from the Tailgater, so sold it on eBay and got a Wingard Pathway X2. It was about a $100 more, but it is just as portable, has a bigger antenna, and pulls in a signal almost twice the strength of the Tailgater - a few little leaves in the way don't phase it.
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Old 04-20-2016, 05:04 PM   #36
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We have DISH, but only in the trailer - have Comcast at the house. Communications by phone is difficult, but if you use the internet chat, it goes much smoother - the reps can type English much better than they speak it. We contact them when we want to start the service, or change the local channel selection - in fact, I have saved text files that I use just by up dating the dates and street addresses. The key seems to be using the right nomenclature - when you want to stop service, they call it "pausing" the service, and you can do it for 30, 60, 90, or 180 days, and they bill $5 per month to keep the account open. Since you are paying in advance, they credit your account for any unused portion of the current month, until the balance gets to 0, then start billing ....

By the way, I got fed up with the weak signal from the Tailgater, so sold it on eBay and got a Wingard Pathway X2. It was about a $100 more, but it is just as portable, has a bigger antenna, and pulls in a signal almost twice the strength of the Tailgater - a few little leaves in the way don't phase it.
Tried that. They told me the phrase "pause" or "suspend" were the same, and it could only be done once a year.
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Old 04-20-2016, 05:36 PM   #37
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I love my pathway x2 and my dish service. I was shocked I was watching NBA playoffs last night and it was incredibly overcast and sprinkling...my little death star x2 always finds me a signal.

That said, I do get frustrated when they de-authorize it when I don't use it for a month or two. I feel like there should be a way to keep it active if it is being paid for. It doesn't even tell you it is deactivated.

The good news is I am always up and running in 5 minutes if it did go dormant so not sure why so many have issues. I just say it has been off for a few months can they hit it from the satellite, re-run the 5 minute setup and bam...good to go. 5-10 minutes of hassle once per year is well worth the enjoyment I get having the service when camping.
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Old 04-20-2016, 06:16 PM   #38
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I only use my Tailgater the 3-4 months we travel each summer. They bill a couple of extra months and I ignore them, then the bills stop. I can understand how trying to use it every other month could be a nightmare. If they would just build a billing system for PAYGO accounts problem solved and they would have a lot more customers. Makes too much sense I guess.


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Old 04-20-2016, 06:23 PM   #39
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Called dish tried to get information about the "Hooper Go", it says on their webpage that it's "Coming Soon" and just wanted to know "How Soon". The lady ask for my account and said didn't have one. Then she said she need my Name, Phone Number and Address. I said all I want to know is when the "Hooper Go" will be available and she said she can't give out that information with my name phone number and address. I said you need all that for information and she said yes - what a stupid policy.
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Old 04-20-2016, 06:37 PM   #40
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Dish Tailgater

We have had it since 2012. When you call Dish have them transfer you to the Tailgater section. I pay about $12.00 a month. This is for warranty of receiver.
When we get to camp site we call and have it activated by zip code to get local channels. When we get home from our travels we call Dish and ask for Tailgater support, at which time our unit is placed on HOLD for up to 9 months. We get a Email when the hold is about to expire, at this time you MUST call them to keep hold or they will start billing.
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