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Old 04-21-2016, 05:01 PM   #1
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Precept 31UL Television set up

Aloha to all Precept owners, getting our 16 precept 31UL on the 3rd of May and need to know what methods are being used for proper television reception while traveling coast to coast. I understand it is satellite ready but what else needs to be purchased and in addition what are your experiences with Dish, or other carriers ???
Netflix???
Local news ???
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Old 04-21-2016, 09:42 PM   #2
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Congratulations on your purchase. We have a 2015 31ul and really enjoy it, as you will.
Dealer just installed roof mount dish auto find. We went with Dish service since you can start and stop when you want without penalty. As far as equipment, you will need the satellite dome,
Cable box and service package. We had two cable boxes installed, one for the main tv and one that will feed both the bedroom and outside tv's.

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Old 04-22-2016, 07:08 AM   #3
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I have the Winegard Travl'r automatic dish on our Precept and use Directv service. I wanted HD so this dish was only option for Directv. I use Directv because I can mirror the same service I have in my house for $5 a month extra. Pretty good deal as far as the RV goes.

If you already have Directv in your home you only need the dish and a satellite box for the RV. A friend of mine simply takes his house box and puts in camper when he goes out.

All Precepts are factory wired for a dish. They also have the needed switching gear inside too. I can't recommend stronger you have the dish put in the deal when you buy the RV. Have it installed by dealer too as they do many and know what it takes.

One thing most of us forget until we need it is to get an app in your phone to assist you with locating satellites as you set-up camp. I have had to move 4 or 5 feet a few times to see around a tree. With my phone app I can tell if anything is blocking signal before setting the leveling feet down. The app was free and saves a lot of time.
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Which app did you get and will it work with Dish network as well.
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There are several apps that will do the job but I selected one called Satellite Director.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ellitedirector

It works very well but you should practice with it a little in your yard before needing it. It uses GPS and your phone camera so after you select the "bird" you want to locate you just hold phone up and move around until you see the satellite in the picture. Once the bird is in frame it is easy to see any obstacles that might be in the line of sight.

Satellite Director finds all satellites used for TV broadcast. You will need to know name of bird and position in sky. Easy info to learn online. The app has a list of common birds you can select from.

I found that all the Directv birds are pretty close to each other so locating one will cover them all in a campground. If one is in clear view the others should be as well.
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wondermn1 - to answer your other questions, local news will be hard to get on any satellite service because the local stations only come into a few counties near the home location. Satellite locals are only spot broadcast so getting southern Nevada news in South Dakota is not possible. Best bet for local news camping will be online or newspaper.

The TVs in my 2015 Precept are not smart TVs so Netflix does not work. I can, however, plug a laptop into the TVs via HDMI wire and get Netflix if WiFi in campground is good enough.

Do not forget that your Precept will have an over the air antenna so getting local TV stations works fine. Depending on where we are camping, I may not even put satellite dish up! The local stations have all we need because we didn't go camping to watch TV anyway!!
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mowdoc, We are traveling with a 13 year old so my guess it the Televisions will get used as adult conversations only interest teens on a temporary basis. We are getting a quote on a winegard road trip T4 dome with the 2 boxes 1- for living room and a shared unit for Bedroom/outside as travelman recommended. We are Hoping the quote comes in today as time is getting close.
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That set-up sounds great and will fill your bill no problem. Once you get the new rig we will help you learn how to make TV work while moving (if you don't know now). Jayco sends new coaches out with TV disabled while moving. You may find it very handy to add a cheap DVD player so the kids can watch their movies on the road without using the in dash radio. Leaves you free to drive and you won't have to do a workaround to get the in dash unit to do this.
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Aloha Moedoc, Thanks for the heads up. Would the dealer that installs the Dome and receivers know how to enable the mobile viewing and as far as watching
movies from DVD how would you hook up a dvd player to the existing ??
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Since watching TV while moving is against the law in most areas, your dealer may not fix this for you. However, a good dealer might point to the wire so you can cut it yourself. Once you get your rig and the kids are watching TV as you drive, be sure to pull blinds so law enforcement won't see the TV on as you pass.

To enable the electric socket while driving, first locate the socket the TV is plugged into by following the power wire. This socket will be under the counter near the TV and you may have to remove a drawer or two to get to it. This socket will have a normal romex (white coated set of power wires) that carry power to the socket. There will be a second romex from the inverter. There will also be TWO separate 16ga wires that carry a 12v dc signal from the ign. switch. All these wires will be going into the socket where TV is plugged.

All you need to do is disconnect or simply cut the two 12v wires so the ign. switch signal does not reach the socket. Do this with ign. switch in off position and no power will be present as you work.

Plug the new DVD player into this same socket after you modify it. Connect the DVD player to TV with a HDMI wire. The TV will have one or two extra places you can connect a HDMI wire.

To watch TV while moving after the mod you just turn on the inverter and go. The TV and DVD player will have power as you drive so no generator or shore power needed!

To further explain - - the socket Jayco put in your coach for the TV is equipped with a 12v dc solenoid that pulls the 120v ac circuit open when the ign. switch supplies a 12v signal to it. What you are doing with this mod is removing the wires that supply the "kill" signal so socket stays connected to the inverter at all times. Other than maintaining constant, uninterrupted power to the TV socket, no other items are effected with this mod.
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