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Old 04-27-2016, 04:37 PM   #21
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I have the genie receiver which is not compatable
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i have a Direct Genie, and a wireless mini that goes from home to RV when we travel. I also have a Winegard Travler SK-SWM on the roof and a oval tri pod mounted dish for those times when trees block the Winegard, they both work just like at home. All it takes is to properly setup your RV.
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Old 04-27-2016, 04:52 PM   #22
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PHOEY!
i have a Direct Genie, and a wireless mini that goes from home to RV when we travel. I also have a Winegard Travler SK-SWM on the roof and a oval tri pod mounted dish for those times when trees block the Winegard, they both work just like at home. All it takes is to properly setup your RV.
The genie client, remote, as a stand alone is not compatible. But if you take the main genie, it and any remotes/clients/minis will work.

I'm going to get this tripod........I have it on good authority it matters a lot starting off level, and the POC tripod I have is never level without major work. This one is easy. Just waiting on one more SS check! LOL
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Old 04-27-2016, 04:54 PM   #23
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Here's a handy little web site that will help you find the satellites in no time.
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Oh, Mr. Picker.........I have Dish Pointer Pro app ($20), and it is awesome.

But here's the deal. For all the whining I do about how hard this is, to be honest we've almost always camped at COE campgrounds or state parks, close to home. Well, 'home' is the 3rd largest timber producing state! We gots TREES, and every campground is full of them. Finding a 'hole' is my biggest issue. And trees will stop any signal.

I suspect if I camped out west, or in the sunshine, I could figure it out.

(That's my best excuse, and I'm sticking to it!) But DishPointerPro is awesome, it uses your phones camera to show trees or obstructions, and it adds a layer of a red curved line of the satellites and labels them. It's just that it's hard to go from looking at a phone and then transferring that info to a dish that's a few feet away........at least for me. But what the app does, is that it tells you if there are NO holes at all, and I've had some campgrounds that was the case. Just full shade with tall trees.
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There is a tool, called Align A Site that when mounted to the dish makes leveling the tripod unnecessary. It also aids a person to find a clear line of site to the satelites. Using this and a smart phone app like dish pointer pro setting up a ground based antenna a pretty simple job for almost anyone.
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Old 04-27-2016, 05:35 PM   #26
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I like the Tripod from the TV4RV.com website, looks like a nice unit, but not cheap. These guys are great too, I bought my manual setup from them: Directv Equipment - Mobile Dish Kits - Satellite Oasis
I love my automatic, and having a mount that I can unscrew from the top of my rig and take out the few times I need it is going to work great. There are a couple of places I know I will need to have the unit away from the rig, so I can take it down before I leave. If I get to where I am going and find out I need to remove it, I will buy a ladder... lol Or find a way to get up on the roof and take it off. And with the dish mounted and setup, one less thing to do when I get to camp.
I did some fabricating to the tripod I used with the manual dish that makes it easier to level, one of the legs extends. I will take some pics and post them on here with instructions. I never tried to setup a SWM satellite but might give it a try, I have a spare dish and SWM amp. I wish they could come up with a portable automatic that was SWM/ HD compatible for Directv.

Those of you following along without satellite and are wondering which one to go with, if you dont care about the channels, go with Dish. I have to have NFL Sunday ticket so dish was not an option for me.
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I wish they could come up with a portable automatic that was SWM/ HD compatible for Directv.
AMEN!

And I bet I could do it, with help. There is NO reason it can't be done. Just need a computerized, motorized unit that has the location of those 3 important satellites loaded........and a GPS to coordinate where you are, and thus where those 3 satellites are relative to your location.........and a motor.

Voila.

If it couldn't be done, the Winegard Travl'r couldn't do it! And it does. But I called Winegard and they told me using that device (60 lbs!!) as a portable device voided their warranty!! Go figure!
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Old 04-27-2016, 07:36 PM   #28
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thanks to all for your input now I'm totally undecided which way to go
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Here is my antenna setup. Made it so I can adjust to make it level.
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Old 05-07-2016, 03:45 PM   #30
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I setup my directv 18" round dish today in about 10 minutes and I hadn't done it in about 5 years. Used sat finder lite app on my phone and had a single right away. I have my dish on a wine guard tripod.


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