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Old 07-15-2016, 11:05 AM   #1
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Collapsible Directv Slimline Dish

Well, I wanted to make it a folding dish in order to store it under the trailer for transport. The bracket of the dish mount just did not look substantial enough to make that modification. So, I decided to make it a 2 piece dish where the arm disconnects by sliding out of the bracket to make it small enough to store.

I took off the LNBN off of the arm and then removed the bracket from the dish mount. (4 Bolts) I then drilled out the 6 spot welds with a 1/4" drill bit, that holds the arm to the bracket. This allows the 3" long 1/4" stainless steel bolt with the wingnut to align and hold the arm to the bracket. I added a small plate by welding it to the bracket for extra strength. (probably not really needed)

I also used a Dremel tool with a grind stone to smooth the inside of the bracket so the arm could slide into it easily. The arm has enough space allowing the cable to pass down the inside of the arm, even with the bolts in place. I then gave it a coat of paint. (Doesn't really match) and assembled it using the 2 bolts.

It is still rigid and is in the same alignment as before.

Just remove 2 bolts and store away.
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Old 07-15-2016, 11:15 AM   #2
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Great job!
Now come and fix mine. You're only about 150 miles away!

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Old 07-25-2016, 12:38 PM   #3
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Took the RV this last weekend 373 miles north from home. I copied down the angle, skew and direction before we left. Put the 2 piece dish together and reset the pointing items for the area code we were in. Placed it up on the ladder mount and spun it south. I use an inexpensive satelite finder I got on Ebay. (8 bucks) when I got a solid beep, I locked it down and connected directly to the satelite connection on the back of the trailer. It worked perfectly as if I had not made it into a 2 piece dish. It also was able to get the local stations for our home area up there too! Happy campers!!
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Old 07-25-2016, 12:42 PM   #4
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OH MY. Great IDEA!!! You are my hero for today!!!

I'm printing this out. Not one hour ago, I was out trying to cram this thing into the basement storage. I promised myself NEVER to take it apart again! LOL

OR, come fix mine after you do Mr. Dan's.
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Old 07-25-2016, 09:45 PM   #5
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This is what I got to shrink the size of the dish...

New Improved Universal Folding LNB Arm Kit #2
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Old 07-26-2016, 07:08 AM   #6
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I just take the three bolts off on the arm and stow dish in the basement. There is four but I only use three. The bolts are only finger tight, I really don't see a problem. I have a spot in the basement that's just perfect for the dish without the arm and it only takes a minute to fasten the arm back on.

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