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Old 12-05-2015, 07:24 PM   #1
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Best auto DirectTV Satellite finder?

I need to purchase an auto satellite finder for DIRECTV and there are a few choices. Does anyone have experience, what is my best bang for the buck? Anything I need to be aware of up front?

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Old 12-05-2015, 07:46 PM   #2
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As long as your satisfied with standard definition the Winegard Pathway and the Carryout Anser seem to be the least expensive at $400. If you have to get HD signals your only choice is the Traveler Roof Mount at around $1,700 +/-.

I had good luck with the Winegard unit and now have the in motion unit both work great.
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:20 PM   #3
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Might be cheaper to go with Dish pay as you go for HD. The King Tailgater is $350 + $75 for Dish's receiver.
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Old 12-06-2015, 05:53 AM   #4
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" If you have to get HD signals your only choice is the Traveler Roof Mount at around $1,700 +/-."
That is the reason I don't have the auto satellite. I am a Direct TV and NFL package addict so I carry the big dish for HD signals. Purchased a heavy duty tripod from TV4RV for around a hundred bucks and got a free dish from a satellite guy. Also found a Bird Dog meter online for $150. One of the $30 meters will work but the Bird Dog is a dream. Then I just pull a receiver or two from the house and off we go. Direct TV is coming out with a lot of 4k UHD content after the first of the year so we will be looking........
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" If you have to get HD signals your only choice is the Traveler Roof Mount at around $1,700 +/-."
That is the reason I don't have the auto satellite. I am a Direct TV and NFL package addict so I carry the big dish for HD signals. Purchased a heavy duty tripod from TV4RV for around a hundred bucks and got a free dish from a satellite guy. Also found a Bird Dog meter online for $150. One of the $30 meters will work but the Bird Dog is a dream. Then I just pull a receiver or two from the house and off we go. Direct TV is coming out with a lot of 4k UHD content after the first of the year so we will be looking........
X2 on a HD DirecTV addict (no sports however).

The TV4RV tripod makes setup easy with a Slimline dish. I don't have a meter at all. I use the signal strength screen built in to my Genie receiver. I use a baby monitor vs a signal meter. Aim the monitor camera at the TV screen and take the remote out to the dish with me. Listen for the "beep beep beep" and then look at the monitor for fine tuning. Works like a champ.

Concerning the HD tripod from TV4RV, I had my tripod hit by a fast up tent from the site next to me that blew down during the night a couple of months ago at a car race. A couple of pieces of the tripod were broken/bent during the encounter. I identified the pieces that needed replacing, went to TV4RV's web site, found the parts needed and ordered them. I received an email confirmation that the order shipped before noon the same day. Cheap quick fix.
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Old 12-07-2015, 07:17 AM   #6
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Hey Ed, that is a great solution. Tell me about the Direct TV Genie Receiver. So far I am on the old system but just bought a new 4k Ultra High Definition TV for home. Getting ready for the new Direct Tv programming coming out supposedly January 2016. Understand I will have to go to the genie system for UHD. However, if I pull that from the house and take it with me, my wife's soaps might not get recorded at home while we are gone. Currently, each unit is running on its own, even if I remove a couple to go with me. May not be a problem for you since you are gone for extended periods. We are gone a week or so at a time and if I should miss a couple episodes getting taped, I don't want to imagine the consequences when we return. What are you thoughts please?
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Get the wireless Genie system. You can put the little clients anywhere. They are small and light weight, I have mine velcroed to the back of the TV's. Plus they are easy to move to other TV's or the house. I even loan my spare one to neighbors when we are camping as the wireless signal goes as far as normal wifi.
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Am a Dish customer so no help here. I just bought a Winegard Pathfinder 2x special deal [box damaged] new from Amazon for $330. Plug it in and go back and finish setting up your camp site and come back to a ready to go HD picture. The P2x is strictly a Dish device and don't understand why Winegard doesn't offer products that support Direct.
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I don't think it is that winegard does not support direct. Direct tv's hd programming is running off about 3 different satellites I do believe. The smaller dish just cannot lock in on the signal of the three different locations. Maybe one day soon, direct tv will be all on one satellite!
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Old 12-07-2015, 06:47 PM   #10
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we have a portable Direct dish and use an app on our phones, Sat Finder. Generally takes 10 to 15 minutes to set it up.
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