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Old 09-15-2016, 09:55 PM   #1
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Direct TV Satellite receiver

Sorry if this has been answered already, but I'm interested in the best, no hassle, portable (ground use not roof) Direct TV satellite receiver antenna. I hear Winegard is a top maker. I want to use it at a cabin as well as the RV.

Recommendations?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-16-2016, 08:25 AM   #2
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No ideas??!!

And we do have HD channels...I understand it's important to know this when evaluating.
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Old 09-16-2016, 08:52 AM   #3
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Sorry if this has been answered already, but I'm interested in the best, no hassle, portable (ground use not roof) Direct TV satellite receiver antenna. I hear Winegard is a top maker. I want to use it at a cabin as well as the RV.

Recommendations?

Thanks in advance!
Given the parameters you have stated, it is impossible to meet all of them when talking about DirecTV. But let's give you a little more info on each solution so you can pick what works best for you.

In my opinion, the "best" and most "portable" solution as well as the least expensive option is a tripod mounted Slimline dish setup. However, it is not hassle free because you have to spend some time setting it up and aligning it every time you move locations. But outside of the Winegard Travl'er (mentioned next) a Slimline dish on a tripod gives you the most "home like" solution you will have. And depending on your definition of "hassle free", this may be your best option. Most that use this solution can do it in 30 minutes or less once they have done it a few times.

Although you ruled out a roof mounted solution, I am going to mention this anyway. The Winegard Travl'er is probably the best, hassle free solution there is. However, portable is not necessarily in the cards here. Although it is meant to be roof mounted, I have seen a few rig up a appliance dolly, other wheeled device, or even mount it on a picnic table. It is heavy all by itself (about 60 lbs) and is by far the most expensive solution at 1500.00+ but it takes the hassle of aligning the dish away by auto aligning, and once aligned, works just like the Slimline tripod or home, rooftop setup would.

Next would be going to the Winegard G2+ domed dish that is hassle free and portable, less expensive than the Travl'er but more expensive than the tripod Slimline setup, but are not necessarily the best. There is no HD reception with them, can only feed 2 receivers at a time, only point to one sat at a time so channel changes may be slow if the dish needs to switch sats, you may not be able to watch different channels on different TV's at the same time if the two channels are on different sat's, etc. There is also the consideration that DirecTV is planning on phasing our SD broadcasting altogether in 2019 so you may end up with a very large, expensive, paper weight if Winegard doesn't offer some kind of upgrade package to these dishes by then. So without knowing if any of this matters to you, I can't say if the domed dishes are what your looking for.

So as you can see, your going to have to compromise somewhere, but only you can decide which solution is the "best" for your situation.
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thanks

Well getting that answer was like waiting all day for a trophy bass with no bites at all.....then landing a 9 pounder!

Thank you very much. Great info.
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Well getting that answer was like waiting all day for a trophy bass with no bites at all.....then landing a 9 pounder!

Thank you very much. Great info.
Your very welcome. Glad I could help. If you decide to go with a Slimline tripod setup, a good resource is TV4RV.com. You can piece together a system a little cheaper than what they sell things for (if you know what all of your needs are), but as a "one stop shopping" place, they are probably the best and are great at answering any questions you may have.

But I also want to suggest that if your not adamant about DirecTV, (ie: already have it at home and want to use your existing receivers, NFL Sunday Ticket, etc.), Dish is much more "RV friendly" in many ways. They have pay as you go plans and their domed dishes do HD, programming can be a little cheaper, etc. That is why you will see many more portable Dish setups than you will DirecTV.

Just thought I would toss that out there as well.

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I have a Winegard Travl'er for DirectTV. It doesn't meet your install parameters as it is roof mounted. Im very happy with it however in that I push a button and watch TV and it works with HD signals unlike the portable dome solutions. I used tripods and portable dish's in the past and the setup always took me every bit of 30 minutes time if not more and was a hassle to setup and store. If i were not a weekend camper it would be an acceptable solution some of the time.

If a dome solution is what your looking for I'd look towards DISH rather than DirecTV
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I have a cabin up north in Arizona that I'm paying $100 for cable and internet at. I was hoping to maybe dump the cable company (Cable One is terrible) and use this dome up there too....to get full use out of the investment.

We have Direct TV already and an extra receiver.

I read that Direct TV is going to get rid of their SD programming all together so people buying these WIngard X2 portables are going to have a problem because it doesn't get DirectTV HD?

So that puts me up in the air a bit. We are not hard core RV'ers so a perm roof mount anything wouldn't get much use.
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I have a cabin up north in Arizona that I'm paying $100 for cable and internet at. I was hoping to maybe dump the cable company (Cable One is terrible) and use this dome up there too....to get full use out of the investment.

We have Direct TV already and an extra receiver.

I read that Direct TV is going to get rid of their SD programming all together so people buying these WIngard X2 portables are going to have a problem because it doesn't get DirectTV HD?

So that puts me up in the air a bit. We are not hard core RV'ers so a perm roof mount anything wouldn't get much use.
Sounds like a tripod Slimline setup will be your best bang for the buck solution but your going to have to learn how to level and aim it. It really isn't that hard and once you have done it a time or two, it will become second nature.

There is one other option you could consider if you spend most of your time at the cabin vs. in the RV which would be to find an independent contractor in that area that could do a dish install on a pole or roof at the cabin. Then you can just take the receiver back and forth with you and it basically becomes "plug and play". Then for the RV, it's up to you if you get a tripod unit or domed dish for the time being. Even if you got the tripod setup for the RV and the dish install for the cabin, you would probably still come out cheaper overall than a single domed dish would cost you.

One thing I would mention to make it even a little easier would be to try and make sure that whatever dish/LNB setup you have at home, is duplicated for the cabin/tripod setup. That way, you don't have to worry about reconfiguring your receiver setup each time you move it. Your receiver will "usually" auto configure itself if the dish type/LNB are different but I have had a few times where it didn't and unless you know the settings for that particular setup, it may be confusing to say the least. It isn't that big of a problem, but it would be one less hassle to possibly deal with and makes whatever solution your using a little more "plug and play".

You can find out what you currently have at home by going into settings, Satellite, Satellite setup and write that info down (dish type, switch type, etc.), then just cancel out of the screen so you don't change anything. Your receiver may go thru a channel guide update afterwards but don't worry, it won't mess anything up. Then you can provide that information to whomever you end up getting the dish from to make sure you have the same hardware in each instance.
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WE went the tripod route .it sets in the shed now. WE have the king quest for direct and it works great.It weighs 8 lbs and you can put it any where you like and finds your satellite signal automatically. cost 350.00 to 450.oo
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I use the Wineguard Carryout with the Tripod. Works great on campsites and at home (If I choose to hook it up). The only issue is trees <grrr> You need a good line of site to the Bird. I use the Satellite Director App to set it up. Sometimes it's less than 5 min, others, a little more tricky but that's when I have obstructions.

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