Originally Posted by TimVWulp
Hi Dish Tailgater easy to set up. All you need is one coax cable to power the tailgater and get the signal from the tailgater. I use a Vip211k receiver for the trailer this unit is SD and HD capable. I have the Dish Hopper at home and can watch all the home channels I subscribe to on the Vip211k receiver. I have also added a 2 gigabit Western Digital desktop hard drive to the Vip211k receiver for a one time fee of $40. to make this a DVR receiver. The good thing about this setup is that you don't have to pay for a DVR rental ever. The set up is easy and is displayed step by step on the television each time you set the system up in a new location. The big thing is you need a clear sky to the south (no trees) or a hole through the trees to the south.
Hope this helps Tim
Tim, I did almost the same thing and have the same receiver, I bought a Winegard carry Out of ebay. I added the hard drive and paid the $40... but much smaller unit that 2 gigs... it works great. For my install I added a water "resistant" cigarette lighter plug on the utility side to power the carry out dish. Like you said, it works great when you have a clear view of the SW sky. Its hard to hit a hole in the trees, or at least, I've not had much luck. There is an app for the Android that works fairly well. Also a compass. I also learned (no book came with it) to aim in the general direction ... which means the connections are 180 degrees the other way... it matters
I also find that it gets up and running if you use it often enough to get the periodic upgrades from Dish. If you don't use it often, you will probably have to call Dish for tech help.... they can push upgrades to you if need be.