I guess my first question would be, are you mounting your antenna on a rotating base, attached to the ladder? When I was going to mount my Tailgater antenna to the ladder, I contacted DISH and asked them how many degrees the internal parts rotate. They said 180 degrees is the actual movement, but they also said that the handle needs to be pointing directly NORTH for best searching results.
Needless to say, I did not make the ladder attachment, as we never face the same direction at campgrounds. I purchased a HD cable/lock to connect the Tailgater to the TT. Has been working fine for the last 2 years.
2013 Jayco Eagle 284BHS
250Watt Grape Solar Panel, MorningStar MPPT 60 Charge Controller
1500 Watt Ramsond PSI, 2 Trojan T145 Batteries (260Ah)
2 - AirSight Wireless IP Cameras (used as rear view cameras)
EnGenius WI-FI extender, D-Link wireless (n) modem
MagicJack Internet Phone
2012 Ford F150XLT, EcoBoost w/3.73
157" Wheel base, HD Towing Package
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