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Old 09-26-2012, 01:58 PM   #11
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I need to seriously look into getting Dish at home and then a Tailgater and receiver for the RV. Cable rates just keeps going up and I can't use the cable I pay for at home at the cg.
Smart move my friend.
I've had dish network for 15 years and have no regrets over direct tv .
Never have had cable so can't comment there.


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Old 09-26-2012, 02:01 PM   #12
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What is the additional cost of having the Dish service for your RV?
We have it at home and I think it is around $7/mo.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:52 PM   #13
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It looks like the Tailgater with Dish Network is the easiest and quickest to set up versus Direct TV.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:01 PM   #14
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I have Dish at home and use a Winegard Carryout auto dish when camping and use one of my home receivers. It only takes the time to plug it all in to do setup.

When taking the receiver from the house to the camper, I do have to run a "check switch" test to change the switch from the home dish to the Winegard. Then it finds satelites and downloads program guide. Takes 5 to 10 minutes.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:06 PM   #15
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It looks like the Tailgater with Dish Network is the easiest and quickest to set up versus Direct TV.
Tailgater is the schnitzel.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:20 PM   #16
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Would love to cut the cable for the house but I live on the outskirts of a woods. Unfortunately the woods are south & southwest of the house.
I would need to put the dish on about a 60’ pole to clear the trees.

When I first hooked up the tailgater to the 5er in the driveway I could only lock to one satellite which got me about 20 channels.

I’m paying $48/mon for the “America's Top 120” & can suspend & reactive at will without a penalty or additional activation fee.
Of course after I deleted those channels we would never watch my line up stands at about 80.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:58 PM   #17
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im curious (and maybe this needs to be in a thread of its own) how all of you other dish users who have to MANUALLY aim your dish accomplish this?? what is your preferred method, tools, steps, and equipment??

my last outing took me 45 dang minutes to get a lock!! i really dont want to drop 400$ on a tailgaiter which i would only use maybe 5 times a year, and i already have 7 dish boxes for my home, and a tripod setup with triple lnb dish hd....

personally i set up/level tripod, hook up all the wires, use the dish box menu to get the angles (azimuth, elevation, skew)...set the skew and elevation based on the numbers on the dish bracket, and use my phone compass to point the azimuth....

this last trip, i kept getting a lock on the 129 sat but not the 119....i ended up covering the two outside lnb with foil and used the center one to peak 119, on transponder 11.....but it was harder than normal to get good signal....

what method and equip do you other guys use to get fastest signal aquisition???

teach me a new trick or two!! LOL
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:06 PM   #18
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Are you sure you have the dish mount level. Like I said in the earlier post my mast has a bubble level in it once I get that level I just aim to whatever azimuth I need and once I get good signal on one the others are good.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:12 PM   #19
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pretty sure...i use one of those levels you put on a post when you are setting fence posts....has a horizontal level on the front and side...

i find the skew easy to set as the bracket has a "roll mark" that points to the angle.....on the elevation i dont have a mark..so i set the bolt to the angle.......then i use the box to tell me azimuth, or punch in my zip on dishpointer.com..??
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If you could find one of the bubble levels that go in the mast you could be sure you are absolutely level. Keep in mind that you are bouncing signal from 3 different satellites and a degree or 2 can throw it out whack. What diameter is your mast I have a spare insert if it is the same size as I have?
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