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Old 10-29-2014, 03:37 PM   #1
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Dish Tailgater ladder mount.

Here are some pics of the ladder mount I made for my Dish Tailgater. I can put it up or take it back down in only a couple of minutes without any tools. I can also stand on the ground, rotate into the proper position, and lock it down.

I built it mostly with stuff I had laying around. I've got about fifty bucks tied up in it, including my homemade security cable. Most of the fifty bucks (about $35, including shipping) was spent on the two aluminum brackets that enable me to bolt it to the ladder.

I'll be happy to share more details if anybody is interested.

Incidentally, I built this thing so I could rotate it a full 360 degrees and lock it down. That may have been unnecessary. The installer that installed Dish at my house last week told me that the dish inside the tailgater has a full 360 degree rotation. It doesn't matter which direction the handle is pointed. My handle was pointed west whenever he used it to enable/register my 211k receiver.

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Old 10-29-2014, 03:39 PM   #2
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Old 10-29-2014, 06:45 PM   #3
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I like that. I made one out of three pieces of cutting board and two 2 inch conduit hanger that hang on ladder. I like your better. I'll be making A new one now.
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Here are some pics of the ladder mount I made for my Dish Tailgater. I can put it up or take it back down in only a couple of minutes without any tools. I can also stand on the ground, rotate into the proper position, and lock it down.

I built it mostly with stuff I had laying around. I've got about fifty bucks tied up in it, including my homemade security cable. Most of the fifty bucks (about $35, including shipping) was spent on the two aluminum brackets that enable me to bolt it to the ladder.

I'll be happy to share more details if anybody is interested.

Incidentally, I built this thing so I could rotate it a full 360 degrees and lock it down. That may have been unnecessary. The installer that installed Dish at my house last week told me that the dish inside the tailgater has a full 360 degree rotation. It doesn't matter which direction the handle is pointed. My handle was pointed west whenever he used it to enable/register my 211k receiver.

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Would like some more details...especially where you ordered/purchased the aluminum brackets...

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When I first got my TailGater, I could not figure out why it took so long to align itself with the satelites. I was talking to one of the DISH Tech/Eng on another issue and I mentioned it to him.. he said the easy fix to that is you always point your handle norht. That way every time you set it up with the handle facing north, the unit is within a few degrees from where it will need to be, because that is where it was when you shut it down the last time. That is unless you are traveling across the country, then it will take a little longer.

Sounded right to me, and it does take a lot less time to setup.

ETEX211 nice setup, may have to look into making one. Currently the TailGater sets perfectly between the ladder's bars on the roof, so I bungie the unit to the ladder and put a security cable through it. Works fine..

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Would like some more details...especially where you ordered/purchased the aluminum brackets...

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Here you go. You want the 1" round clamp on brackets.

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When I first got my TailGater, I could not figure out why it took so long to align itself with the satelites. I was talking to one of the DISH Tech/Eng on another issue and I mentioned it to him.. he said the easy fix to that is you always point your handle norht. That way every time you set it up with the handle facing north, the unit is within a few degrees from where it will need to be, because that is where it was when you shut it down the last time. That is unless you are traveling across the country, then it will take a little longer.

Sounded right to me, and it does take a lot less time to setup.

ETEX211 nice setup, may have to look into making one. Currently the TailGater sets perfectly between the ladder's bars on the roof, so I bungie the unit to the ladder and put a security cable through it. Works fine..

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I got mine yesterday and was planning on something like you did with the "loops" for the ladder. I was thinking of u-bolting a piece of aluminum I have to the "inside" (roof side) of the loops. I want to be able to leave it there when driving. Then hope for the best when parked. If I have to I'll have a couple of wing nuts or something to take it down and find a place with a sat. view. Couple of questions: .......How sensitive to level is the tailgater? Is there a difference between the 211z and 211k? Can I have a splitter on the receiver for two different tailgater connections? (one from the roof and one from the side of the trailer) Depending on where I want to hook it up. That shouldnt be splitting the signal which I know you cant do. Also, ETEX211, did you take it apart to through bolt the mount on the bottom?
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Is there a difference between the 211z and 211k? Also, ETEX211, did you take it apart to through bolt the mount on the bottom?

You want the 211k because it has the multiple outputs.

There are four blind holes in the bottom of the Tailgater. I used a 1/4-20 tap to thread those holes. I use four wing screws that I got at Lowe's to attach the Tailgater to the plate. I disassemble mine after each use. I don't travel with it up there.
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I was thinking of u-bolting a piece of aluminum I have to the "inside" (roof side) of the loops. I want to be able to leave it there when driving. Then hope for the best when parked. If I have to I'll have a couple of wing nuts or something to take it down and find a place with a sat. view.
I am not sure I am reading this correctly, but do you plan on mounting the tailgater on the top part of the ladder (roof side)? If so, I do not think that is a good idea as the tailgater will not withstand 60mph wind while traveling.

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Hmmm, interesting.
didnt think of that. I was planning on traveling with it. So you dont think the bottom, even with through bolts will stand the wind pressure at highway speeds? Oh and as far as the 211 goes ,I already got the "Z" I bought an amplified hdmi splitter box from monoprice ,and was going to go off that to two tv's. I dont care if they have to be on the same channel since I'll be by my lonesome. Is the "K" a dual tuner model? Did either of you look into adding an external hard drive to make it a dvr? (for the one time $40 I think it is).
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