Originally Posted by Rvretired
What does it mean when they advertise an RV as satellite ready? The ad says: Winegard® HD ready pre-wire
It can mean 2 different things or both;
1. The trailer can be prewired for a portable system. This can be a conventional dish that you take out and aim when you set up. You could also use one of the portable self aiming systems like a Tailgater, Pathway X2 or the Carry out. All of these are setup near the camper and are stowed each time you setup.
2. A roof top system, like the Winegard Trav'ler, it is a completely self-contained unit. Our Cedar Creek was prewired for this.
You mount the system on the roof and at a predetermined location cut a hole in the roof membrane and fish out wires that were installed at the factory.
The Trav'ler woks like your system at home but when you park you turn on the system and it deploys and then looks into the sats by itself. When you get ready to leave yo turn in off and it stows itself for travel.
We love our Trav'ler, the only negative is if you are in dense trees you might need to move the whole trailer to get it to lock in. (one advantage of the portable. Oh and it's the most expensive, if you're handy and shop it should be about $1200.
We tend to move frequently so the Trav'ler made sense to us, but if I stayed in one spot for extended periods of time I'd just build a portable regular dish and set it up over a beer.