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Old 04-13-2013, 05:11 PM   #11
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We just had a Dish installed as well. I think it is the same one as yours. It hits three satellites. I bought two receivers; one for the living room and one for the bedroom and an external hard drive for the living room receiver to make it a DVR. It is nice to be able to push a button and have the antenna go up on its own and lock on the satellites. We haven't turned on the Dish yet since we haven't used the motor home yet.
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Old 04-13-2013, 06:22 PM   #12
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Those are better links than I had! Thanks!

Got it yesterday; looks like this weekend we'll plug everything in and (hopefully!) it will work!
How is it working?
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:36 AM   #13
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We just had a Dish installed as well. I think it is the same one as yours. It hits three satellites. I bought two receivers; one for the living room and one for the bedroom and an external hard drive for the living room receiver to make it a DVR. It is nice to be able to push a button and have the antenna go up on its own and lock on the satellites. We haven't turned on the Dish yet since we haven't used the motor home yet.

Sounds like you have a nicer and more sophisticated one than we have!! (Ours is a carry out unit0
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:39 AM   #14
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How is it working?
My better half has spent two weekends running coax so that the Tailgater has it's own dedicated feed. Also ended up getting the wireless transmitters/recievers to wirelessly stream the TV signal in HD. Moment of truth is later on this morning (or whenever I finish my 2nd cup of coffee, whichever comes first, LOL!!).

I also ordered a combo ladder mount/tripod (expensive!) today. the ladder mount looks like the Flagpole Buddy (but shorter), and the dish sits on top. Important to note that I ordered this before I had my first cup of coffee. I can justify the cost this way.

Keep your fingers crossed that everything works, or else it's gonna be another long day!
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We were going to get a carry out too, but then decided on a roof mount one for a couple of reasons... ease, three satellites so we could get different channels on the tvs which will give us a break from each other if/when need be. We also had a mobile RV guy install it for us and his price was fantastic and he did a great job.
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Well -- EVERYTHING WORKED!

I'm so happy I can't see straight!

The Tailgater is on its own dedicate line. Actiontec devices enable streaming to the two other TVs. Using the Dish remote, can change channel on any of the 3 TVs.

Got my new DISH "pay as you go" account set up and, (why stop the debt now), got the top of the line viewing package. What the heck, you only live once!

Now, waiting for the combo ladder mount and tripod combo mounting unit, and then I think we're done!

Better half is about to padlock shut my wallet, LOL!!
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:32 PM   #17
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DISH versus Direct TV. I'm thinking of going Direct. As I understand it, with the DISH "pay as you go" you pay for a month at a time. I'm taking mine out once a month for a weekend.

I'm on Time Warner Cable at home and thinking of switching to Direct TV and buying an HD receiver and ABS-suitcase type boxed satellite dish from Winegard. Looks like about $400 for both. As I understand it, I can enter my account number in the RV and watch Direct. Without paying an additional monthly fee? Any insight would be appreciated.
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Yes, the pay-as-you-go with Dish Network is for a month at a time. (I'm on cable at home).

DirecTV and Dish have the same type of a deal I think if you have them as your home provider -- the extra box for the rig is not much more (I think Dish is an extra $7.00; not sure what DirecTV is). Some folks just take a box out of their home and just go with that, but I've been out of the satellite biz for a while now, so not sure how that works. With DirecTV, you'd have to manually change some settings directly on the box menu to have it work that way. I would do a more generic search for folks who have actually done this so you can get a better idea for how this really works.

A bit harder to get DirecTV HD programming vs. Dish Network via an RV dish, should that be important to you.

With the suitcase type dish, I don't think you have the auto-locate feature, which means you'd have to manually set it up to lock on the desired satellite. A few extra steps during your set up - which can be a pain. (That's why the Tailgator caught on so well -- it hooks itself up in less than a few minutes).
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DISH versus Direct TV. I'm thinking of going Direct. As I understand it, with the DISH "pay as you go" you pay for a month at a time. I'm taking mine out once a month for a weekend.

I'm on Time Warner Cable at home and thinking of switching to Direct TV and buying an HD receiver and ABS-suitcase type boxed satellite dish from Winegard. Looks like about $400 for both. As I understand it, I can enter my account number in the RV and watch Direct. Without paying an additional monthly fee? Any insight would be appreciated.
I know experiences vary but we have had outstanding service via DirectTV. We have friends we camp with several times during the season that use the boxes. They use the Dish service which I know little about. What I can tell you is that this last weekend is typical for us and our friends. We had full service just like at home, they had trouble getting a signal and when they did, it did not include the local channels they wanted. I'm not into dissing Dish but we just don't have the problems they do. They don't have a problem every time we camp but it happens.

One difference, our dish is a Winegard Travel'r mounted on the roof of our coach. It picks up all three HD sats simultaneously and so it is literally like sitting at home watching our usual programing. changing channels is instant, no tweaking controls, sats, or box direction. We do carry one of the DTV HD DVRs out of the house in the Spring and put it in the coach where it stays until the Fall. Direct TV doesn't know or seem to care we move it from the house to the coach, the bill does not change, no additional charges.

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I have the tailgator also and want to control TV from each TV to change channels. Which option did you go with and does it work?
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