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Old 09-26-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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Setup time for satellite tv

I would like to have tv but most places I camp have no reception. So now I'm thinking about satellite tv and am wondering just how long the average setup, satellite alighning process takes? Now I know some of you are probably quicker than others but I thought if you could give some times I might come up with an average that would give me some idea how long it might take me. With all the other setup/take down chores I'm not sure I want to add one more. I have talked to my local Dish installer and he can fix me up with a dish, stand, meter and cable for just under $100 or a Tailgater for $400. I'm thinking it might be easy for some one to unhook and carry off a tailgater if I was away.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:26 AM   #2
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I use a dish triple lnb home type dish on a tripod. I would say on average i can hit all three feeds in 15 min using the on screen signal meter and covering the outside 2 lnb and aiming in on 119 feed for signal......you get better with practice

Although my last trip out it took me 45min.....i almost gave up....the more lnb you have the trickier it can be. ....take down is about 5 min....if that....

My fil has the tailgaiter......takes him 5 min TOPS to set up.....
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:32 AM   #3
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We have the equivalent of the Dish tailgater (DirecTV model) and put it on the roof alot. Otherwise, we just leave it out when we're there and put it away if we're not. With that model, it automatically locates the satellites so it makes it easy. Set-up time is about 5 minutes once you know what you're doing.

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:40 AM   #4
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We recently got the DISH Tailgater.
Just set it on the ground/roof/picnic table & forget it.

Each time that you disconnect it though you have to go through the receiver setup. Basically the dish has to find & lock in the satellites, then download the program guide. This takes 5 to 15 mins.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:52 AM   #5
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Setup time for satellite

We use the Dish Tailgater and find it to be very easy to setup. I built a metal plate and attached it to the bottom of the case to set on top of the ladder. I bought two bicycle locks and can lock the base to the ladder. I also have a hitch carrier and will set and lock it there. I don't worry about someone stealing the dish at an RV park, but we go to music festivals and I worry there. I also found out that it is essential to take and use the receiver in the house when not in use in the trailer. It will lose it's programming when idle in the RV, after about two weeks, and you have to call the 800 number to get it reinstalled each time of use.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:16 AM   #6
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I picked this whole setup off of Craigslist for $30 it is called a non-penetrating mount. It has a bubble level in the mast. There are 3 bolts that hold the dish to the mast so I remove the dish for transportation. My usual procedure is to set the frame on the ground and if it out of level I just loosen 4 bolts that allow the mast to articulate rather then trying to get the whole frame level. Once I have that done I put the dish on semi-tighten the 3 bolts (BTW all the bolts are 1/2" so I use a 1/2" deep nut driver), pull out my smartphone and use the compass to give me a idea of which way to point the dish. I get it close and the Wife watches the signal meter on the TV and we fine tune the signal once I get the best signal I lock down the dish. Takes 10 minutes tops. You will need to know the elevation, azimuth and tilt which you can find online or by putting the zip code of where you are in the satellite setup screen.

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Old 09-26-2012, 12:29 PM   #7
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I would like to have tv but most places I camp have no reception. So now I'm thinking about satellite tv and am wondering just how long the average setup, satellite alighning process takes? Now I know some of you are probably quicker than others but I thought if you could give some times I might come up with an average that would give me some idea how long it might take me. With all the other setup/take down chores I'm not sure I want to add one more. I have talked to my local Dish installer and he can fix me up with a dish, stand, meter and cable for just under $100 or a Tailgater for $400. I'm thinking it might be easy for some one to unhook and carry off a tailgater if I was away.
We have Dish and I made a tripod stand for the dish itself. All told, from setting the tripod with dish to getting the dish aimed, takes about 20 minutes. Part of that time is getting the settings from the zip code and finding the dish settings from the tv. We have a separate box that stays in the camper as well as a separate dish.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:18 PM   #8
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What is the additional cost of having the Dish service for your RV?
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:20 PM   #9
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What is the additional cost of having the Dish service for your RV?
Zero if u have the service at home.


I use a receiver from my shop .
And a portable dish I got free.
Costs me nothing since I have dish at home.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:28 PM   #10
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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.
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