Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-31-2016, 09:37 PM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 83
What type of satellite antenna?

Looks like I'll be switching from Directv to Dish. Have the info I need for home conversion but...

Will want to take it on the road. I will be getting a VIP 211k receiver but not sure what to use for an antenna.

So what are others using??
If you are using a dish and tripod (like the Dish 1000) what do you think of the steps for set-up?

Been using a dish on tripod with Directv for years and haven't had any problems but realize the Dish antenna will have two or three LNBs. Is this more difficult to aim?? If you can't get all three satellites can you still watch programs on whatever satellite you do get??

Any suggestions and comments appreciated.

Everyone is good at something... I happen to be a good bad example.

2016 Forester 3011DSF
Oregon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2016, 09:46 PM   #2
Senior Member
BandJCarm's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Conway, AR
Posts: 2,447
I don't know about the 1000 or what it is. I had DISH for the RV for about a year, and dropped them due to poor service and contractual issues. But I had the Winegard Pathway X2 and it is automatic. It locks onto all 3 DISH satellites. But to change channels it often has to manually switch to another satellite. It does this automatically, but takes several seconds. DISH has 3 satellites, spread out. DirecTV has 3, close together.

That's all I know about it.

"Next to prayer, fishing is the most personal relationship of man" Herbert Hoover
"American by Birth, Southern by the Grace of God"Lewis Grizzard

FROG AR-0019-242
2016 GMC Denali 3500Dually--2017 CC 36CKTS
BandJCarm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2016, 04:55 AM   #3
Chief tinkerer
Gidyupgo's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 452
Wingard X2 here. Plug it to the reciever and let it do the aiming. Use a Sat finder app for my phone to make sure I place it where it has a hole in the trees to see through. Very satisfied.

2017 SunSeeker 3010DS
Gidyupgo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2016, 04:11 PM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 25
I installed the winegard roadtrip t4. I use the older VIP211k's because my Sunseeker is wired for coax. The VIP211k has a an hdmi and a coax out. So for my main tv I wired hdmi and used the coax cabling for other 3 connections. The 211z has no coax out. I traveled from NY to Arizona I found that the roads that are tree and rock lined don't get good reception. On an open road, or wide multi lane road, or across the plains of the US great reception.
bdifonzo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 12:13 PM   #5
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Kansas
Posts: 17
What type of satellite

I have DISH in my home and use a VIP211K receiver plus a Tailgator satellite antenna in my Georgetown. Nothing could be easier than setting it outside with the handle pointing north and turning everything on. You can do pay as you go or just $7.50/month as an add on to your residential plan. I just leave the service on all through the season and have DISH deactivate during the winter. The only problems I've had have been with a coax that broke connection and a smart card problem. DISH replaced the entire receiver because smart cards stay with the receiver. Happy with there service except once when the person I spoke with on the phone did not know what an RV was. They do have people that are knowledgeable regarding satellite service in RV's though.
wildcatmlm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 12:18 PM   #6
Senior Member
Telstar's Avatar
Join Date: May 2013
Location: La Mirada, CA
Posts: 265
I Cary a DISH1000 antena to use when trees are blocking my roof mounted KingDome. Download the "DISH FOR MY RV" app and setup is a breeze.
Gary and Donna
2005 Cardinal 33TS-LX
Trail Air pin box
Center Point suspension
2005 F-350 6.0 psd CC SRW
PullRite Super 5th
Telstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 12:46 PM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Haslet Texas
Posts: 507
I am at a point in my life where simple and easy is important to me so;

We now have the Trav'ler from Winegard and really like it, push a button drink a beer. Downside is it's expensive.

We had a Pathway X2 it worked pretty well usually, when it was working well it was fine but it seemed like it had to be reset every day or two.

We had a tailgater for a few days , kinda poor reception and interference caused it to go down.

My opinion is if you stay in one place for a while just get a dish 1000 and manually aim it you'll get the best picture and it is the least expensive. Downside is having to aim it each time you setup and I have seen a lot of people struggle with aiming both direct and dish antennas.

We tend to stay only a few days in one spot so I wanted the convenience of the Trav'ler and the quality reception it gave. Install was straight forward and the trailer was prewired for it.
2015 Ford F350 CC SRW LB 4X4
2016 Cedar Creek 36CKTS (My Last FR Product)
20,000 LB Reese GooseBox Hitch
DKRITTER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 02:12 PM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Out West Somewhere
Posts: 107
I did the switch from DirecTV to Dish when I purchased my Sunseeker. I guess that I am the lazy sort, so I purchased a King Dome antenna that is mounted on my roof, and let it do all the work. Actually, if I have a lot of trees, I can remove the antenna from its mount and use it as a portable antenna - but that's too difficult for me.

You will really like the switch to Dish since you can get HD while DirecTV is still SD. But, you are correct that by using Dish, you need to aim your portable antenna more accurately. The Tailgator, or Trav'ler, seem to be good options for RV'ers.
Wayne Lee
Out West Somewhere

2016 Sunseeker 3050DS towing 2006 Hummer H3

WayneLee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 03:14 PM   #9
Senior Member
bend302's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Bronston, KY
Posts: 666
I use a tailgater with great results. Never any serious problems. Just add the $7.00 per month when traveling or in Florida in the winter. We have the old analog TV and can use the receiver as a converter when watching locals through the antenna.

Then when somewhere for a while we call Dish and change our home ZIP.

Downside? Only one tv program at a time. If more than one TV both much watch the same channel.


Life is a journey, not a destination.
2005 Georgetown 359ts
Bill & Virginia, Kentucky
Nights camped in 2011...78 , 2012...73,
Nights camped in 2013...123, 2014 ...101
bend302 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 03:22 PM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 145
I use the KING VQ4500 Tailgater you can mount to roof, or use it on a tripod has two output ports so it can be used with 2 TV's (need 2 receivers). I got mine from Camping World for 325.00. Have fun!

edcronin01 is offline   Reply With Quote

antenna, satellite

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:04 AM.