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Old 03-07-2016, 09:12 AM   #1
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Winegard Trav'ler Satellite Dish Installation on XLR 375 AMP Thunderbolt

Finished installation this weekend. Tricky part was running control wiring and coax to roof. The hard part is getting the 50 lb dish on the roof. Had to install on the right side in order to have enough real-estate to clear all the vents and air conditioners. The Trav'ler requires 32.5" centerline radius from anything that sticks up above 8" tall.
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Old 03-07-2016, 09:19 AM   #2
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Neat.

I've gone bonkers learning how to connect to TV at a camp site using a portable dish. We have Direct TV

I even tried a DISH account and an Automatic Pathway dish, but ended up selling it because DISH service and accounts were awful. But that was the only way to get A) An automatic dish and B) HD TV......OTHER than the unit you have. It's the only one that will do both.

I called Winegard to ask if that unit would work as a portable unit. I know it's heavy, but not that bad. I need portable because every campsite I seem to find in the South has trees.........and finding a 'hole' to shoot through is problematic. Rarely is the actual campsite ok for that......so a permanently mounted dish won't work most of the time.

Winegard told me "no". They couldn't give me a good reason. They just said no.

I remain flabbergasted, amazed, incredulous (whatever the word) that someone can't devise something so simple as a physical portable dish with a computerized motor, a list of all satellites by TV provider, and a GPS installed........so that you simply pushed a button and it found the right satellite for you, wherever you are. It is NOT THAT HARD, I promise! But it doesn't exist.

I'd be interested how this works out for you.....if you wouldn't mind letting me know.

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Winegard is wrong to tell you the Trav'ler will not work as a manual dish. I have seen a few that were mounted on a plate used as portable dish.
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Thank you. I couldn't imagine why it wouldn't. Why would it matter where you sat it?

How do you like it? It's expensive, but so is my time trying to find a satellite with a portable dish!!
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So far I love it, it locked onto all three satellites setting in my driveway. I have a tripod dish for campgrounds with trees. Ran separate coax to all three TV's, one each for tripod dish and one each for Trav'ler dish. I have three 211z's that remove from house when we go on trips. We have had good experience with dish....
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I have a TailGater with dish and use an app called dish for my RV to avoid the trees, together they work great. also I take a receiver from home to use with it.
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Thanks. I do wonder how much trouble it'd be to make it portable.

I can see that if I had DISH at home, it'd be easier to have an RV account with them so I could use an automatic Pathway dish, or just use the home receivers. But I have Direct at home, and the Travl'r is the only automatic HD dish available for Direct TV. You're the first person I've talked to that has one, so I've been curious if it'd work for me as a portable issue.

I'm going to TRY and learn better how to point the portable dish..........but if that is as big an issue as it has been in the past, I may look into the Travl'r.

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also I had the Winegard manual sat dish antenna on my Kenworth. I could get it tuned in in about a minute once I had the elevation and azimuth for my location.
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I have seen several posts in the Motorhome sections where people are using the Trav'ler (DirecTV in these cases) as a portable unit because of highly wooded campsites. I'm in the same situation, trying to decide between the DirecTV Trav'ler setup as a portable, and the new GM-6000 Carry Out 2+ for our 44" HD TV. The Trav'ler is HD and 50lbs while the Carry Out 2+ is not HD and 10 lbs.
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Two reasons I went with the Trav'ler: 1. You can watch different programs at the same time up to three TV's. The Travler locks onto all three satellites at the same time. The dome dishes will only let two TV's watch different programming at same time as long as the channels are on the same satellite. Dome dishes only lock onto one satellite at a time. Dish has three satellites on the western arc and channels are scattered among the three. 2. The Travler uses the same switch as your standard home dish, makes removing receivers from home much easier and faster to setup.
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