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Old 10-20-2012, 04:55 PM   #1
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TV Service and DVR

Wife and I are buying a new 5th wheel (guess I should start using the 5'er lingo) and are wondering about TV service, satelite dishes and DVR's.

We expect to get Dish or Direct satelite service. Besides price and channels, does either one give better service as you travel? Is the reception better? Is the wiring different/easier? etc.

Also, we plan on having a DVR in the living room and bedroom. We know we need special wiring done to prep for the two DVR's. Any other gotcha's?

Either satelite service will provide a satelite dish and a tripod for manual searching to find a signal. We've also been told about an option for a Winegard satelite to be installed by the dealer. Is it worth the extra $2500?

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Old 10-20-2012, 05:33 PM   #2
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A portable dish (for either provider) gives you the ability of moving out of tree shadows for a clear "look" at the satellites. Fixed antenna on your rig does not.
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:49 PM   #3
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We have DIRECTV and have been very satisfied for the past six years. Have put over 60,000 miles on our coach and have traveled all over the US. North, West, South,East. Have gotten clear signals at all times(sometimes with a good deal of looking due to the fact that we have a roof mounted 18" Winguard dish). A portable mount would be a good advantage. We have a DVR up front and a single receiver in the back. Both tv's are Vizios HDs and have given great service. The installation was straight forward. I did the wiring and the hookups. If you are handy, I would expect that an installation which you noted should not be too difficult.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:35 PM   #4
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I have DirecTV and a roof mounted Winegard Trav'ler SK-3005 for HD
Had it put on back in 2008 by Camping World. Total cost then was $2,067.70.
Before that had a 18" auto dish that only Got SD programs.

The SK-3005 cost $1,799 So sounds like the dealer is charging you $700 to install it.
Check Camping World for dish price and their install price is $312.

It runs a SD receiver, HD DVR receiver and a HD receiver in my MH
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For a nice cheap portable unit, get the Dish Tailgator with a VP211K receiver. They have a plan that you can turn the service on of off on a monthly basis. You will probably have to ask fro the RV specialist to get the right help.

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Old 10-20-2012, 07:31 PM   #6
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We expect to get Dish or Direct satelite service. Besides price and channels, does either one give better service as you travel? Is the reception better?
We have Direct and it has done well for us, both in the motorhome and our winter stick and brick. Due to an unusual set of circumstances, we had both Direct and Dish in the s and b with identical tvs and sound systems and comparable programming levels. While waiting for contracts to expire, we were able to compare the two. For us, Direct had better programming and quality. Your mileage may vary. Good luck with your new fiver.
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Not sure for Dish, but I do know for Direct if you want DVRs, you need TWO coax cables running to each DVR. Two DVRs means four coax total, so you would need the SK3005 Winegard. It's very nice. It has four coax ports, plus power to it. Running wire is just the most time consuming part. Nothing is really hard. Just make it neat.

I will say I have installed a VIP211k receiver from Dish and a KingDome KD5500. Just one coax for power and video. Worked right away the first time. Haven't done a Dish DVR yet.
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What great feedback. Lovin this site!
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We have dish with the carry out by winegard, it automatically finds the different satellites for the channels. And you can turn the service on and off with no penalty.
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Not sure for Dish, but I do know for Direct if you want DVRs, you need TWO coax cables running to each DVR. Two DVRs means four coax total, so you would need the SK3005 Winegard. It's very nice. It has four coax ports, plus power to it. Running wire is just the most time consuming part. Nothing is really hard. Just make it neat.

I will say I have installed a VIP211k receiver from Dish and a KingDome KD5500. Just one coax for power and video. Worked right away the first time. Haven't done a Dish DVR yet.

Actually this is not true. You can get HD DVR service using a single wire for each receiver if, that is IF you use a SWM system. However this does require some extra components that you might not be willing to purchase. For my system, I simply wired two cables to each location and when I use the portable antenna run 4 wires to it. If I can use my roof top antenna, all I have to do is swap antenna inputs at both TV locations.
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Yea, I forgot about that. Pretty cool that you can. Lot of wiring. like I said, just time consuming
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Second the Dish Tailgater. You can get it for $350 most places. Got ours online. Also we have the mounting bracket that attaches to the ladder. It works well when there is nothing to blocking its view, like trees, and it can be padlocked to the bracket. It is fully automatic. All you have to do is tell it what state you are in and it does the rest. If you want to get the local channels in your area all you have to do is call Dish and they will set it up. We take a reciever from home. We considered the permanent mount dish when we ordered the Winslow but it seems we almost always park under trees.

The other advantage to Dish is you can get the HD programming on the Tailgater or Winegard Carryout but not with Direct, which is why we changed to Dish after a number of years with Direct. Not quite sure why that is but has something to do with which satellites they use. I have seen Winegard has a new system out that is cheaper than the Carryout but can't remember the name of it. I think it is close in price to the Tailgater.
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