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Old 07-31-2016, 09:37 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 07-31-2016, 09:46 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 08-01-2016, 04:55 AM   #3
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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.

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Old 08-01-2016, 04:11 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 08-02-2016, 12:13 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 08-02-2016, 12:18 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 08-02-2016, 12:46 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 08-02-2016, 02:12 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 08-02-2016, 03:14 PM   #9
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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.


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Old 08-02-2016, 03:22 PM   #10
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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!

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