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Old 07-28-2014, 08:20 AM   #1
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Dish/Satellite

If you already have a dish receiver for home use, what's the easiest way to set it up to use with the 5th wheel (tailgater, portable satellite antenna, in-motion satellite antenna, roof mount, etc)??
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:29 AM   #2
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Unless you can be sure of always getting an unobstructed (i.e. no trees) view of the sky, I think any sort of mount fixed to the RV is not going to work (and why an in-motion dish? nobody's in the RV when in motion).

I use a portable tripod so I can usually find an opening to the sky but there have still been heavily treed sites where it just wasn't possible.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:33 AM   #3
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We have a satellite dish on roof, but also a tailgater for those times at campgrounds where trees block the view of satellites. Would think a tailgater would fit your needs.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:13 AM   #4
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I believe that a Tailgater will work only with a 211K or 211Z receiver. We use a tripod with either an Eastern arc or Western arc dish, depending where we will be traveling. Using an Align a Site locator makes set up quick and easy. Also, the Satellite AR app for a smart phone works well.
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Old 07-29-2014, 07:57 AM   #5
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OK, so if you don't have a receiver compatible with a tailgater (411, vip211,211k,211z) will the portable tripod work with any dish receiver (ours=vip722)? And where can one find one reasonably priced?
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:32 AM   #6
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I went through the tripod thing with the Directv dish on it and had trouble getting the signal. What a pain in the neck. Last year I invested in a Winegard Carryout system. I also purchased the tripod stand that helps in making the unit level. Plug in your cable, plug in your power wire (12 volt) I use a plug with two clips to the battery, and the Carryout finds the satellite. I also chain and pad lock it for someone that might have sticky fingers.

Here is the link to Camping World: Winegard Carryout GM-1518 Automatic Portable Satellite TV Antenna - Winegard GM-1518 - Satellite Antennas - Camping World

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Winegard Carryout Portable Satellite Antenna Tripod - Winegard TR-1518 - Satellite Antenna Accessories - Camping World

My son took it camping a few weeks ago. Just gave him one of our Directv box and within a matter of minutes he had it working. Great for the kids on a rainy day.
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:04 AM   #7
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You can get a lot more information by reading some of the posts at www.satelliteguys.us/xen/forums/the-dish-forum.10/.

You don't say where in the US you are but a western arc, 1000.2 antenna and LNB should serve you well. I have found that in the Northeastern states an eastern arc, 1000.4 is better. I have bought all of my equipment at SolidSignal.com. You probably can find it on Ebay also. Setting everything up is not as difficult as it may seem. After the first couple of times you should be able to set everything up in 15 to 20 minutes. Satellite locating apps for a smart phone make everything so much easier than when I first started out.
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Except for a smart phone app, this and maybe a signal meter should be all that you need. DISH Network HD Dish 1000 Kit for Camping Rving or Tailgating (RVSATKIT-DISHHD) from Solid Signal Satellite Dish&sku=
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I had an in motion dish mounted on my last motorhome. Huge mistake that I won't make again. It was a hassle at nearly every campground. Now I have a winegard carryout & 1 each 50/25 lengths of cable. It works much better for us.
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:42 AM   #10
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I use a Dish 301 receiver from home and the Wineguard carry out portable dish. I also have the tripod kit. I use the Dish pointer pro app on my phone to make sure I have a clear view of satellites. This set up works very well for us.
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