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Old 08-19-2015, 05:14 PM   #1
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Fall is near and the wife and I and some friends plan on traveling and doing some college tailgating. My Jayco is satellite ready and I have DIRECT TV at home but was wondering what the best satellite package was to use on the road where I can get HD. Have done some searching but would like some input from everyone please.
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Old 08-19-2015, 05:24 PM   #2
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I think most that are familiar with Dish will like Dish and those most familiar with DirecTV will like DirecTV. I just don't think there is a one size fits all answer.
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Old 08-19-2015, 05:36 PM   #3
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What type dish will you be using. If you are looking at an automatic free standing(not roof mounted) antenna the only system that will give you access to HD is DISH network. If you take along a tripod mounted antenna (one that you aim, which can be a PITA) you could do DISH or DIRECT in HD. If you decide on a roof mounted (not in motion) for your DIRECT TV service it would have to be the Winegard Traveler in order to get HD ($1,900 plus install on average)

I have DIRECT non HD and I am very happy since I can subscribe to the distant networks with the RV account (NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX out of New York). We have an in-motion antenna that allows me to DVR the "Bosses" favorite shows while we travel.
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To be honest I am looking for a dish that will be somewhat inexpensive. Not that I want to cut corners but if I have to pay that much for HD I have no problem just getting a dish that sits on the ground or a tripod outside the RV. Once again, just for tailgating type weekends where we could maybe watch a few games. I was kind of wondering the best dish for the price.
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Old 08-19-2015, 05:55 PM   #5
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We have Dish at home, so went with a Dish Tailgater. Total cost was about $500 for the Tailgater and receiver. Easy setup and works great.
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Dish Tailgater. Total cost was about $500 for the Tailgater and receiver. Easy setup and works great.
That's what I would recommend as well for what you want to do. Especially since you can activate and deactivate with no penalties and no contracts. They have a package that includes the HD receiver, but it does not have a DVR.
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If you want HD, then the simplest and cheapest solution by far is the Dish Tailgater.
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To be honest I am looking for a dish that will be somewhat inexpensive. Not that I want to cut corners but if I have to pay that much for HD I have no problem just getting a dish that sits on the ground or a tripod outside the RV. Once again, just for tailgating type weekends where we could maybe watch a few games. I was kind of wondering the best dish for the price.
I would check tv4rv.com. I use their tripod full time and it works great with a slimline dish. They have a dish available also that is HD compatible, but you might find the dish cheaper locally. I got a dish from a rental home one time after the renters moved. You just have to make sure the LNB is compatible with your receiver, but the LNB is replaceable if you have to.
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To be honest I am looking for a dish that will be somewhat inexpensive. Not that I want to cut corners but if I have to pay that much for HD I have no problem just getting a dish that sits on the ground or a tripod outside the RV. Once again, just for tailgating type weekends where we could maybe watch a few games. I was kind of wondering the best dish for the price.
The advantage of the tripod dish is, if your rig is obscured by trees, you can move the tripod around until you have clear line of sight to the satellites. My parents have the unit on the roof of their rig that automagically adjusts itself. There have been a lot of places where their satellite was blocked by trees.
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I have Direct TV SD, had HD with a tripod & dish, remember you have to aim @ 3 sats when setting up. Sat 101,103,& 119, plus tilt & azmith, I have a Bird Dog Meter, and it was so frustrating to get a 3 sats, aimed, if it was not perfect no picture, went back to non HD single LNB. Have not tried DISH, it seems less complicated, however I have heard the picture quality is better with Direct TV.

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