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Borrell 07-24-2013 01:01 PM

satellite tv
new RVer and trying to decide b/w the winegard carryout automatic or anser. Have heard you don't pick up all channels with the anser. Any thoughts or experiences?

TURBS 07-24-2013 01:37 PM

Winegard carry out is awesome!

BarryD0706 07-24-2013 01:40 PM

You don't say which provider you want to use. Unless you already have DirecTV at home, you probably want to go with Dish since they have the pay-as-you-go plan.

Given that, there's only one reason to chose these over the Tailgater and that's that they support two receivers (for different channels on two TVs). (For 2 receivers, the Carryout would require that the two channels you want to watch be on the same one of three satellites for Dish.)

Note that neither of the two you mention will receive high-definition from DirecTV. Anser uses a different satellite for Dish (72•) than is normally used in your part of the country (110, 119, 129). I don't know if Dish managed to get all the channels that they normally carry on 3 Sats down to one or not. (I don't buy Winegard's claim that using one satellite is an advantage.)

Borrell 07-24-2013 06:48 PM

I have directv and was told to just take a SD receiver from the house with me in the RV b/c you can't get HD. If the anser is the same with exception of 1 step (angle of inclination), then it seems worth it for half the price. unless it's more of a pain to use 1 satellite or you don't get all your channels.

BarryD0706 07-24-2013 07:06 PM

I don't know much about Direct, but if I couldn't get HD, I'd switch to Dish in a heartbeat.

Hopefully a Direct-wise person will pitch in here.

kjoh75 07-24-2013 08:09 PM

First let me say I camp to enjoy the out doors.

As far as the satellite issue. I purchased a Winegard Carryout and have not been disappointed. Heaven forbid if my wife misses a episode of NCIS or Castle. I also use a receiver from home when taking my RV out. The Winegard comes ready for Directtv. It can easily be changed to other satellite carriers like Dish. Just follow the menu instructions that come with it. One thing though. I have heard that if you have outside cable hookups it may not be setup correctly to except satellite. There are pictured instructions out there to help you solve that problem. Make sure your antenna boost switch is off when using satellite too. My RV already had a outside hookup labeled for satellite. Peace in the family. Football season is right around the corner.

Filthy Beast 07-25-2013 08:05 AM

I too go camping to enjoy the outdoors. That said, I also have some nasty chronic pain issues and keep fairly odd hours. I have a 26" tv in the living area and added a 23" vizio to the bedroom. These screens are small enough that I don't see an advantage to having HD on them. I have the old multi satellite dish(3 LNB) and a mounting bracket. I attached he mount to a piece of 3/4 inch plywood.

To test this before this trip to Roswell, going to be hot, I set it up in the driveway with a 5 gallon container of water to hold it in place. It took a total of 30 minutes to set it up the first time and will work good for the hottest part of the day or when I am up at 2:00 AM. Cost nearly nothing. When we are able to travel more I will think about getting a HD dish to take. I use the HD DVR without the B Blocks that you need for HD.

GASPEDDLER 07-25-2013 08:35 AM

To get directv HD you will need a slimline dish like this one from Winegard which points itself and will set you back $1500. That's a lot of beer money!

Or you can do what many on the forum do and purchase the slimline without the self pointing base off of eBay or a local installer for under $100. You can then simply mount it to a tripod or some other device as mentioned above. Here is a pic I just took from my bedroom door of my set up.
I use 32 Inch flat screens and I can attest to the improvement in picture quality HD makes, even in screens this small. HTH

whj77372 07-25-2013 02:14 PM

Gaspeddler stated it very well. If you want DirecTV HD and auto setup, it will be lots of $s. I have DirecTV at home so I thought I would use them for my fiver but not at that price. I went with with Dish for the RV because of cost. I got the Tailgater with 211 receiver, cable and remote for $199. It has worked well for us and it is easy to setup. Draw back is one TV only. Good Luck

GASPEDDLER 07-25-2013 05:08 PM

Here is a very simple standard def set up I ran across in the park this afternoon. An old piece of plywood and a couple chunks of broken concrete. It gets the job done though.

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