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Old 11-29-2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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Tailgater satellite dishes.

We have a small DirecTV portable dish that we try to use. Sometimes we are successful and sometime not. Thinking about one of those auto satellite finders like the Tailgater. Any thoughts pros cons ? Are they really as easy to use as advertised?

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Old 11-29-2013, 04:54 PM   #2
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I just sit my Tailgater out, ensuring that there is an unobstructed view to the south, and it does the rest, while I finish the set-up.


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Old 11-29-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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The DW and were just discussing this during lunch. We have Direct Tv at the house and don't want to change to Dish.
Does anybody on here use Direct TV with one of those self adjusting dishes ? How are the channels ?
I read somewhere that with that type of set up that only 1 or 2 if the Direct TV satellites can be reached which limits your channels. It would be great to get some feedback from somebody actually using this set up with Direct TV.
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Old 11-29-2013, 06:20 PM   #4
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I have a tailgater dish, it's easy to set up, but at times it take two-three times downloading the signal before it will deliver all the channels. You must keep it updated or u will b calling dish net wok to give it a kick in the butt.
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Old 11-29-2013, 06:38 PM   #5
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Think there are 2 other type that can be used with directv . For anyone who has one of these how easy are they to set up? We will only have it hooked up to one TV since we have just one receiver. My question say u must have an unobstructed southern view. How so u know? Must u have one of those view finder gizmos ?
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Old 11-29-2013, 06:45 PM   #6
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I too am interested in feedback.

I have Direct at home, but with my new camper we have three TVs. How does that work?

Plus I think u can't get HDTV..
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:36 PM   #7
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Wow. Lots of members here looking for the same thing.

Truth is, DirecTV makes it hard to get HDTV. With Dish, it's easy. If you have to have DirecTV, HDTV, and an automatic solution, you're going to get to blow $1200+. Ouch!

Wingard makes a couple of automated options for Direct standard-def. Max of two tuners (channels).

If you want Direct HD or more than two channels (and don't want to blow big money), you have to buy a dish on a tripod. They're way cheaper than any of the automated solutions. They also make it possible to use existing cables in your RV without adding more wires (eg, drilling holes).

If you're having a hard time aligning your own dish, you don't have the right tools.

First requirement is an "Augmented Reality" smartphone app. This allows you to see where the satellites are thru you camera lens. With this, you can see when you have a clear view. If there's lots of trees where you camp, you HAVE to have this.

Secondly, for DirecTV standard-def or Dish, you need a Satellite Signal meter. (These don't work on Direct HD, you have to use the receiver meter.)

With these tools, it shouldn't take you more than 10 minutes to align your Sat dish.
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:18 AM   #8
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I have a much better idea now of what's involved.
Barry , it sure seems like I would be better off getting Dish for the 5vr. We are only part timers and I read on a different thread that Dish had a pay as you go plan. Is this what you have ?
I really just wanted it to watch a little FOX News and maybe a ball game from time to to time.
Thanks again for the feedback. I'll keep plugin away at this.
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:13 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:22 AM   #10
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I had directv all year when we camped. I used the anser satellite from winegard. It works great. We never had a problem all year. Just any satellite you need a clear view for the satellite to work. All you have to do with it is set the elevation and it does the rest. It was the same price as the tailgater. Nice thing about it is it can also work for dish. We used the sat connection on our camper. We did not new cables in the camper. It is true with directv you don't get any local channels and no HD. I have not used it for dish yet. I don't know what channels you get but they are HD. I will find out this year.

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