Originally Posted by Sewhappy
Is satellite reception a problem when the dish is mounted on the roof? I know if there are no trees, it should be good but what about if you are under some trees?
Just for my 2 cents. This may be too much information.
I have the Dish Trav'ler. It locates three satellites -- 110, 119, & 129 longitude. Of these, 129 is lowest on the horizon since it's further west. My Trav'ler is mounted on the roof center of my RV so if I need to reposition the Trav'ler, I reposition the RV.
We have been surprised at how well we get satellite reception, even when trees are present. When I pull into a site, I use my Iphone app to locate the path to the satellite. Then I determine if the best line of sight is a little forward or aft in the site. I position the RV there and set up. The signal will penetrate light foliage but not solid limbs. Of course it's best if you have a clear line of sight to the SW but quite often, and even on the east coast, satellites 110 & 119 are high enough to be seen above the trees. Satellite 129 carries many of the HD channels but all of those channels are duplicated in SD on one of the other satellites. So even when we can't receive satellite 129, we still get all of our channels, just in standard def.
For reference, I was able to lock onto satellites 110 & 119 even from Nova Scotia--that's as far east & north as you can go on this continent! 129 was below the horizon though.
We've been full-timing now for 19 months and have had the Trav'ler on 2 RVs with the same great results. And yes, I did a self-install both times. The Silverback came pre-wired which greatly simplified installation!
If you only use your RV for a few weeks a year, I'd say the Trav'ler is overkill. But for full-timers, we get our money's worth out of it.