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Old 04-10-2011, 10:53 AM   #1
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Travl'er on an Alpine

I believe I read soewhere that those who replaced their King Dome with with a Winguard Traveler had to reposition it behind the front A/C due to the new dish rattling on the road. Is that the case?

I'm switching from Direct TV to Dish and wanted to install the Tr4avler but sure would like to put it where the King Dome is. Moving it behind the A/C would require moving the solar panel as well. Seems like a whole bunch of work I would sure like to avoid.

Any suggestions or experience to share?

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Old 04-10-2011, 02:13 PM   #2
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Jim - Give Bobby Vodden a call at Kustom Koach Works a call. The phone number is: 541-501-3371. He has installed a number of those and can tell you if you need to move it. The reason for the move is the way the front cap of the alpine is shaped and how the wind goes over it when moving. The a/c disrupts this flow and no ratteling of the dish is heard as the airflow is over the dish.

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Old 04-10-2011, 02:20 PM   #3
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We too are in the early stages of installing the Winegard Trav'ler for the Dish service. Our roof has six solar panels, but there will still be room behind the two panels located aft of the front AC to mount the dish. This position will put it almost directly abeam the refrigerator vent on the roof centerline. Right now the plan is to either run the cables up to WRV's satellite antenna junction box (we do not have a dome at that location), or through the front AC and then use the air duct for the run to the audio/video cabinets. From what has been posted here on the Forum, and discussing the subject with other Alpine owners it appears that a non-dome dish installed at WRV's position forward of the AC is not a good idea due to vibration and noise.
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We installed the Travl'r on DirectTV aft of the A/C and just left the Kingdome that was in front of the A/C installed but not hooked up. Been very happy with this combination. No noise and it works well.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:51 PM   #5
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While I have the dome in front of the AC unit, I have the MotoSat midship behind the two solar panels. As Dick mentions, the cabling can go right into the reefer and/or nearby cabinetry. Mine also had the WRV mini-crank up dish which I replaced with a batwing. That cabling and the MotoSat cabling run into the reefer and adjacent cabinet, through the backs of cabinets (hidden) to the front entertainment center. Folks with a quad-slide will have different routing.
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