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Old 07-24-2019, 02:33 PM   #1
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Security Practices for Portable Satellite Dishes

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We just invested in a portable satellite dish which will sit on a tripod at our campsite. What are best practices for keeping the satellite dish secure? Do you take the dish in/out of your camper when you leave to go somewhere or overnight?
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Old 07-24-2019, 02:47 PM   #2
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I don't use satellite dishes but I've never noticed anyone securing them in any fashion. No one is stealing them that I've ever heard of.
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Old 07-24-2019, 04:29 PM   #3
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I have used one for 3 years never locked it up. Also have never seen anyone else lock theirs
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Old 07-24-2019, 04:42 PM   #4
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Been using one since 2012, never locked it up.
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Old 07-24-2019, 04:54 PM   #5
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I've had mine for about a year and don't have a lock on it. No one has messed with it either. One guy walked through my site and almost tripped over it though...
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Old 07-24-2019, 06:16 PM   #6
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I've had mine for about a year and don't have a lock on it. No one has messed with it either. One guy walked through my site and almost tripped over it though...
Iíll admit, my dad and son were playing soccer and beaned the neighborís dish. He came out none too happy. Even after I apologized, he kept up his huff. I shrugged- the dish was in the common area behind the sites. We didnít try to hit it but it happened.
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Old 07-24-2019, 06:46 PM   #7
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I think the need for "security" depends a lot on where you are "camping".

In a park with lots regular campers (not permanent residents in 1974 Winnebago MH's left over from the Spokane Worlds Fair) probably safe.

Boondocking? Probably safe.

Camping in an area known for lots of drug abusers camping in the nearby woods. probably not.

Unfortunately I live in a County with a severe drug problem and to fund their habits the abusers have been known to steal miles of underground wires powering street and freeway lights. Also have been known to unbolt aluminum railings from the side of freeway bridges to sell to recyclers.

Around here? Maybe not so safe. I even had two brand new group 31 batteries stolen from the tongue of my trailer. It was behind a 6' tall fence in my back yard.

My local city has cracked down on the panhandlers and it seems like we have fewer "strange dudes" wandering around nearby. Maybe thefts have gone down too.
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Old 07-24-2019, 07:32 PM   #8
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I'd be worried about a bunch of other things if you are in an area with concerns about your satellite dish walking off.

I don't lock mine in any fashion but who'd wanna mess with a Steeler!?!

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Cable locks...you can get them at lowes or home depot in various lengths and sizes.
or a good chain and heavy duty padlock.
We use a King dome dish tailgater and you bet we lock it down no matter where we are. I even lock it to the luggage rack of my SUV when it is set up for tailgating.
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I just tighten the cable connection beyond finger tight. If some wants to steal it theyíd have to have the forethought to bring a wrench. I donít put it by the road for a lot of reasons, and I donít have any issues with it.
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Old 07-25-2019, 01:13 PM   #11
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I run a cable thru the handle of mine and lock it to the tow bar on the back of motor home!
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Haven't heard of it happening. But anything can walk off if they want it bad enough. I have seen people cable or chain their lounge chairs down when they are just out for the day. If they go away for the season and leave it, I understand covering and securing. I hope I don't lose anything to theft, but I really try not to dwell on things while I am camping. So far everyone we have met while camping has been nice, seemingly upstanding citizens. I really hope that this sort of thing doesn't start happening.
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I just tighten the cable connection beyond finger tight. If some wants to steal it theyíd have to have the forethought to bring a wrench. I donít put it by the road for a lot of reasons, and I donít have any issues with it.
Does not take much to cut coax cable, sharp knife!
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Cable locks...you can get them at lowes or home depot in various lengths and sizes.
or a good chain and heavy duty padlock.
We use a King dome dish tailgater and you bet we lock it down no matter where we are. I even lock it to the luggage rack of my SUV when it is set up for tailgating.
A tip for when you need a secure anchor point for locking things down but no tree, etc, near and you can't put it close to your RV.

Take two screw in, augur type anchors and screw them into the ground about a foot or so apart. Screw them into the ground so the rings are right at ground level. Pass your security cable/chain through both the rings and then off to the device you are securing (TV Sat Dish, Generator, etc). In order to remove the anchors from the ground they will have to be unscrewed but with a cable between the two, VERY difficult.

I used to use a couple of these to tie down the awning corners on my old trailer. Used the WDH "handle" to screw them into the ground.

Still carry a couple if I need a good security anchor.
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We have TailGater and I took a permanent marker and wrote my last name and cell phone number on it in fairly large letters. For everyone other than the most drug-addled, I think that will discourage theft - and possibly make recovery easier.
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Old 07-25-2019, 06:55 PM   #16
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When we camp we are often away from the campsite for extended periods of time. I have a Winegard Pathway X2 and I secure it to the trailer frame with a cable lock. It would be easy enough to cut through the lock with some bolt cutters, but I hope it is enough to encourage a thief to go somewhere else.
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Old 07-25-2019, 07:17 PM   #17
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Locking the dish and hauling it in and out are the reasons we said good bye to ours. Internet TV via roku is so much easier.
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Old 07-25-2019, 08:41 PM   #18
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They can be tricky enough to set up that there's no way I am taking it in and out when we are away from the site or overnight.
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I expect that even dumb potential thieves realize that without the inside receiver the dish is useless as a rock.

(although you can't underestimate the power of stupid)
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We're like most of the guys here- never had a problem with satellite security and really never even thought about it.
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