Jayco RV Owners Forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-18-2016, 09:26 AM   #1
Junior Member
lorrir's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Waterloo
Posts: 25
Satellite reception in Yellowstone Park

We own a 2006 Granite Ridge 3100SS.

We are taking a 3 week trip to Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone. At this time our RV has the factory installed antenna. We would like to install a Satellite dish and had inquired at the local dealership. We have Dish at home so I asked for a Dish product. Installed it will run $2k. We have decided to pass on the in motion model and are now looking at a tailgate model.

I am wondering if I will receive reception in the park and what kind of tailgate receiver I should choose.

lorrir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2016, 09:43 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: SW Washington
Posts: 972
It seems like 2K$ is a lot of money for a portable Dish. I'm getting the automatic roof mounted winegard Traveller DirectTV unit installed for half of that . I don't think there is a whole lot of installation involved for the portables and that other than connecting it to your satellite wiring and setting it up, it's pretty much a turnkey system... I'm sure someone else with actual experience will chime in. I've seen them used and talked to owners in the parks, everyone seems to like their systems.

Yellowstone is a wonderful place.. Enjoy your trip.

2009 F350 CC LB 4WD
2017 Jayco 355MBQS
Rustysocket is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2016, 10:07 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Sulphur Springs
Posts: 554
We use the Dish tailgater. We mount it to our ladder. It goes up and comes back down in only a matter of minutes, with no tools required.

etex211 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2016, 10:12 AM   #4
Senior Member
RVhiker's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,253
I'm not familiar with auto aiming dishes or with Dish Network, but I have set up my manual aiming DirecTV dish many times. The reception in Yellowstone will be about the same as anywhere in the continental US. That is, if your system is working and aimed correctly and you have a line of sight to the satellites then you will receive a picture. The line of sight is often a difficult issue in areas that are in heavy tree cover. One way to cope with this issue is to have your dish, whether auto or manual, on a long lead so you can take the dish to a place with line of sight to the appropriate satellites.
There's lots of advice and information in forums... sometimes it is correct. For example, all of my posts are made by a political appointee who got the job as a reward for contributions to my diesel bill.

2011 Jayco 28.5RLS; 2008 Chevy Duramax; Pullrite Superglide Hitch

RVhiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2016, 12:14 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Dale Hollow Lake Tn/Ky
Posts: 1,944
Check for other recent threads about this for a lot of good input. For Dish the best alternatives are the tailgater or the more current model. The absolute best is the Wingard Pathway 2x. Both are portable which is better than the roof mounted ones because you have much greater site selection and a lot more options to set up the dish to avoid trees etc.
Bassdogs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2016, 01:07 PM   #6
Senior Member
wags999's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Surprise
Posts: 1,499
As said before, it will depend on where your camping and the tree cover. We have stayed in many parks where you could not get satellite since the tree cover was too dense. The portable dish will give you much more flexibility. Same with Rushmore. Have a great trip and be sure to make reservations even along the way, were in peak season now and many parks will be sold out.

2011 Toyota Tundra double cab
2015 27RLS
wags999 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:08 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.