Originally Posted by NevadaCamper
I have the lightweight Jayco 185RB (or will have in 4 days). Would the roof support a dish? Or would I need a tripod?
The dish doesn't weigh that much. Jayco prides themselves on the roof design. You'll be fine there. The question is really the cost. Since we already use DirecTV at home, we simply grab a HD DVR from the house and put it in the TT.
These days my routine is that in the winter I bring the 40" TV & associated DVR into the house as my secondary "football screen" in the living room. Then in Spring I take that same set up back out to the TT.
The real expense is the cost of the dish (around $1,500) and the install if you choose to use the dealer versus DIY. Today I would have done it myself, at the time I spent another $500 for the dealer to do it. Is $2,000 worth it to have TV in the trailer? It was the right choice for us and we get major use from it.
The list doesn't end there though. Once you decide you want TV then you'll more than likely be trying to figure out how to use this nice new expense when you are not connected to a power source. Then you'll be shopping Inverters. After that you'll realize two batteries is better than one and you'll be shopping the 6-volt versus 12-volt question and how to best fit them on your frame. Then you'll be wondering how to best keep them charged, generator? Solar? Both? The RV fun is addictive and like owning any home there are always projects for improvement.
Enjoy the camper and get some fun out of it. Worry about TV later after you've had some time to determine how often and what kinds of camping you like best.
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