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Old 11-30-2013, 08:32 AM   #11
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I use the tripod mounted Direct TV slimline HD dish from Satpro. You can find them on line. I take the receiver from home, get the rough azimuth and tilt from the receiver by inputting the local zip code, or get them from Direct TVs website. The Satpro signal meter allows for fine tuning of the satellites and set up does not take but a few minutes. I get all of the channels I normally get at home. The entire systems is less than $ 200.00 delivered.
This is what I originally had in mind. I already have a spare receiver and the DTV people said all I had to do is activate it and get a dish for it.
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:56 AM   #12
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I think we'll give the Direct TV a shot. Theoretically I should be able to use my spare receiver and just be charged for an additional room per Direct TV. This seems to be the most economical way for me to give this a go. I found this on Amazon Not concerned about the HD stuff. Would just be nice to catch a bit of news and sports once in awhile.

Amazon.com: DIRECTV HD SL5 Satellite Kit for Camping Rving or Tailgating With SWM Dish: Electronics
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:19 PM   #13
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Look on Craig's List or ask a local installer if they have an old dish they will give you (or sell you cheap). I think you can do a lot better than that on the price.
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:48 PM   #14
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We ordered our tripod set up on line around 150. Use a receiver from the house. But I tell you it is VERY frustrating trying to set it up. I have the dish pointer phone app to help. The tripod has to be perfectly level. I think our main problem is trying to get a clear line of vision to the sky while camping. That's why I was wondering if those Vqubes or tailgater were as easy as they addvertised.
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:53 PM   #15
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Look on Craig's List or ask a local installer if they have an old dish they will give you (or sell you cheap). I think you can do a lot better than that on the price.
I just remembered that I left the old dish on the roof of my house when they installed the new one. I know a DTV tech that works on the side. He should be able to tell me if the old dish will work or not.
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:04 PM   #16
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We ordered our tripod set up on line around 150. Use a receiver from the house. But I tell you it is VERY frustrating trying to set it up. I have the dish pointer phone app to help. The tripod has to be perfectly level. I think our main problem is trying to get a clear line of vision to the sky while camping. That's why I was wondering if those Vqubes or tailgater were as easy as they addvertised.
Yes, they are that easy. If they can't see the satellites, they won't work. Note that you can't use VuQube with SWM receivers.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:52 PM   #17
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We have a Carryout by Winegard that is an automatic satellite finder. It works with either Dish or Direct. You just set the toggle switch to whichever service you use. We set it out and by the time we are finished plugging in, etc., the satellite is found.
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Sbryant....You say you say it out. Don't you have to have a clear line of site to the south ?
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We have a Carryout by Winegard that is an automatic satellite finder. It works with either Dish or Direct. You just set the toggle switch to whichever service you use. We set it out and by the time we are finished plugging in, etc., the satellite is found.
We have the same system on Dish. You DO have to have a clear shot of the southern sky, which we've found is hard to do if you like camping anyplace with trees. When it does work it's great! We get HD, and if we are within 300 miles or so of home we get our local stations as well. The set up is easy; as soon as you connect power to the Winegard it starts adjusting itself. I do have the app to check the satellites positions, highly recommended, as is a compass app. I run the coax from the dish to the sat connection on the outside of the TT, then connect the sat output under the TV to the Dish box, and the box to the TV via a HDMI cable.
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Yes, you always have to have a clear line of sight which is why we use the portable unit instead of a mounted satellite on the roof. MS has so many trees. We use the app Dish for my RV to help and other than that we've camped at our local campgrounds so many times we know which sites are good for satellite and which are not.
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