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Old 12-31-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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What's the preferred satellite setup?

I want to purchase an automatic DirecTV dish for my 5er. I also want to continue to use the original winged Winegard unit (if access to DirecTV is not available). What specific Winegard model do I need and what is the preferred setup? Thanks in advance for any guidance!
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:35 AM   #2
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I have the portable Winegard sat antenna and it works good but with direct TV we get only standard deff. The same antenna on Dish is capable of Hi Deff. For us the only way to watch both from the trailer antenna and the sat dish is to change the coax connections in the bedroom where the TV service enters the trailer. This setup is time consuming and clunky in my opinion. There needs to be a better way but I have not figured that out yet.d

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Would it solve the problem if the cables for the satellite and the roof antenna were separate? If so, maybe just install a separate exterior connection to attach the satellite cable to and then run a separate cable from that exterior input to the satellite box. I've done this, and it is not difficult at all. Just fully verify how you can most easily route the cable from the exterior input to the satellite box and where a good place is for the exterior input to be attached to the outside of your trailer. In my case, it was easy to attach the exterior input on the wall of the front basement and also the cable was fairly easy to route from there to the satellite box. By running the cable yourself, you can insure that you don't have any splitters in the line and that you use good compression connectors (which are preferred for satellite reception).
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Would it solve the problem if the cables for the satellite and the roof antenna were separate? If so, maybe just install a separate exterior connection to attach the satellite cable to and then run a separate cable from that exterior input to the satellite box. I've done this, and it is not difficult at all. Just fully verify how you can most easily route the cable from the exterior input to the satellite box and where a good place is for the exterior input to be attached to the outside of your trailer. In my case, it was easy to attach the exterior input on the wall of the front basement and also the cable was fairly easy to route from there to the satellite box. By running the cable yourself, you can insure that you don't have any splitters in the line and that you use good compression connectors (which are preferred for satellite reception).

First to the OP, sorry for hijacking your thread. I suppose I could do that, I just need to work up the "stones" to cut a hole in the sidewall of my trailer, but after our trip to San Diego in a couple of weeks I may look into doing that.

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