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Old 04-29-2016, 08:09 AM   #11
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We always look for satellite friendly sites. Setup time 30 seconds. The wife pushes a button.
This is what I'm talking about....
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:15 AM   #12
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Think Direct tv is the real problem. Dish portables are HD and most support 2 receivers. Direct only offers SD on its portables ????????? Maybe time to switch to Dish.

Contact Dish and ask them what they will offer you to switch from Direct. I would expect free equipment, free HD for life, and extra dish antenna for home and lake cabin. They might blow you off when you first call, but hold your ground. They will give you incentives to switch.
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:39 AM   #13
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Think Direct tv is the real problem. Dish portables are HD and most support 2 receivers. Direct only offers SD on its portables ????????? Maybe time to switch to Dish.

Contact Dish and ask them what they will offer you to switch from Direct. I would expect free equipment, free HD for life, and extra dish antenna for home and lake cabin. They might blow you off when you first call, but hold your ground. They will give you incentives to switch.
While I understand exactly what your saying after my last go-round with the Dish people I cannot wrap my head around doing business with them. Yes, I thought about it. Wife reminded me why we fired them and that was that.
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:41 AM   #14
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I'll have my dealer call his rep and see if Jayco will run the wires. Whether I go with the system or not, Id like to have the wires there.
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:50 AM   #15
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Rusty, When I purchased my 2012 Eagle FBHS I had the dealer install the Winegard Traveller dish on the roof. The dealer hid all the wiring inside. I've only been to one camp site where I could not receive signal. Last July I was in a pine forest in SE OKLA and had no problem receiving signal. I've never had the other type of receivers, but the Traveller is soooooo easy. Push a button and it finds signal. FYI I have Dish Network, just that the receiver box out of the house.

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I purchased the winegard pathway 2x last fall and have used it in my back yard [initial test], with my White Hawk on a 6 week trip earlier this year, and recently on my houseboat. It is a great device but again it supports Dish only but HD and dual receivers.

I also have gone the tripod route and took it on my recent trip. It never came out of my truck bed. Tripods get easier with use. There are 2 keys to simplifying the set up. Pre set your dish at home by checking for the zip where you will be camping. Then spend the time necessary to get the tripod post perfectly vertical. Too many people skimp on this step and that's why they have so much trouble getting a signal. Once the post is vertical, not close but center bubble vertical, and you have preset the dish, all you have to do is point it to the proper Az direction. A Signal strength meter [less than $15 for one that will work great] placed inline on the coax near the tripod will help with fine tuning. Its not rocket science. Most people fail because they don't get the thing vertical. Will never be as quick as one of the auto devices but I'll still take my tripod with me as backup. The tripod set up is also unlikely to grow legs. I will use mine when I'm set up for a long stay that justifies the longer set up process.
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The elevation on a portable unit is the key. You don't actually need to have your tri-pod perfectly level. Set it up and anchor the tri-pod. You can get a level app for your phone with a level that shows degree of tilt. Set it on the bracket on the back of the dish that attaches to the dish and adjust the dish until you get the right elevation. You can also get a needle sweep type of angle finder for around10 bucks. Does the same thing as the phone app. Then just swing the dish to azimuth and SLOWLY adjust either direction to fine tune. I use a Genie receiver from Directv and run 2 TV's and record up to 5 channels at once. You can plug into your existing cable/satellite connector. Call Jayco and ask them to send you the wiring diagram for your rv TV's. It is an easy way to go.
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Don't know about prewiring, but I would not do it. Why? A permanent roof mount is by design in a fixed position. It greatly restricts your site selection. A portable winegard unit can be placed where it can see the sky. I know several folks with high end MH's who also have a portable unit in addition to the one on the roof.
I campground host 8 months out of the year and I can't count the times campers with roof mount sat dishes want to move to another site or they have a portable dish (manual on a tripod or automatic) and have to use it. I wouldn't want anymore holes through my roof either.

I have a Slimline dish and on DirecTV so I get HD. If someone would come out with an automatic portable that will do HD for DirecTV I would buy one tomorrow. I can set my dish up in minutes so that isn't the problem, I'm just getting lazy in my old age.
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Well dang... What are my other options for HD with directtv?
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They have a tripod system I have used full time for almost 6 years now. It is a great system and very easy to find the sat. I set mine up 4 days ago at Talladega Superspeedway and had a 94% signal on sat 101 without even tweaking it. A small tweak and I had 96% or above on all sats. I don't use a traditional signal meter. I use a wireless baby monitor. Set the DirecTV sat strength screen and watch that screen outside on the monitor while the camera is aimed at the TV screen. Works great and is a bunch cheaper than a signal meter. If you have the DirecTV SWM system you can't use a cheap meter or at least not easily. Baby Monitor works like a champ.
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The elevation on a portable unit is the key. You don't actually need to have your tri-pod perfectly level. Set it up and anchor the tri-pod. You can get a level app for your phone with a level that shows degree of tilt. Set it on the bracket on the back of the dish that attaches to the dish and adjust the dish until you get the right elevation. You can also get a needle sweep type of angle finder for around10 bucks. Does the same thing as the phone app. Then just swing the dish to azimuth and SLOWLY adjust either direction to fine tune. I use a Genie receiver from Directv and run 2 TV's and record up to 5 channels at once. You can plug into your existing cable/satellite connector. Call Jayco and ask them to send you the wiring diagram for your rv TV's. It is an easy way to go.
My reference to set up for a tripod was about setting up a traditional tripod mounted dish ant. Agree that most portables do not require perfect vertical. The traditional manual dish ant set up does and like I said it is key to getting the signal quickly. An auto mobile will beat a manual every time, but if you don't have one and are having trouble tuning in your ant, you should follow my advice.
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