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Old 09-07-2016, 07:21 PM   #1
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wondering if its best to have a satellite mounted on r v our have a portable ? pro's & con's ?concerned if its permanently mounted I might not be parked in the best place to get correct reception ,verse being able to move to best area with portable unit ?
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:30 PM   #2
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That's why mine is on a portable tripod. Often the site is so shaded that its really a challenge to find a spot with line-of-sight reception.
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:54 PM   #3
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Satellite reception is "line of site" meaning there can't be any obstructions between the dish and the satellite (not even thick storms clouds), so, unless you never camp in wooded areas, it's best to have a portable dish.
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The portable automatic dishes are by far and away the best choice IMO. Especially the new ones with the single wire hook up. However even those have their limitations in wooded areas. I have a first gen Carryout that works great in the fall and winter but can be a little picky in the summer.
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Old 09-07-2016, 08:37 PM   #5
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Pathway X2 portable dish

Just purchased the Pathway X2 portable dish, tripod mount, and DISH's new Wally receiver prior to our current trip. I set it up in a corner of our space that has a clear view of the southern sky and it was up and running in minutes. I am very impressed with the picture quality; so much better than the park cable. So far it has been trouble-free.
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Old 09-07-2016, 08:50 PM   #6
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Agree with all the above....amazing sometimes how the simplest obstruction can make the difference between a good signal or none at all....Recently had a neighbor in a park who came to chat with me after I set up our dish. He talked about how frustrated he was with the amount of times he couldn't get a signal because his roof mounted dish was obstructed by a tree.
Many times I have to set the dish up many feet away from the trailer in a clear area.
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Portable works well for us. Several of our group have stationary mounts which work fine until we camp in heavily wooded areas. And then we have requests to set up our TV outside so they won't miss their shows
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X2 on the X2. Only PITA is calling DISH STUPID WAIT TILL YOU ARE ALMOST DEAD, customer service!
You need the address and zip code to provide each new location with LOCAL CHANNELS.

That annoying recorded voice drives me nuts.

No one understands the RV concept. Heck many in the Philippines have never seen one!

A little true "customer" understanding and programming capabilities goes a long way.
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Old 09-11-2016, 05:49 AM   #9
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I have both one mounted and one portable and have found that I use the portable about 25 percent of the time. A lot of the SP and COE campgrounds i use have trees which causes problems some times. Most of the costal parks that I visit I have no problems with trees. So a lot of it is where you will be using the satellite.
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X2 on the X2. Only PITA is calling DISH STUPID WAIT TILL YOU ARE ALMOST DEAD, customer service!
You need the address and zip code to provide each new location with LOCAL CHANNELS.

That annoying recorded voice drives me nuts.

No one understands the RV concept. Heck many in the Philippines have never seen one!

A little true "customer" understanding and programming capabilities goes a long way.
When you call for local channels to be added select technical support. I do not have any issues with getting local channels when doing that. Every individual that I have requested to add local channels are quite familiar with the request for my tailgater no matter their location.
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