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Old 07-15-2016, 10:57 AM   #1
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Satellite Dish Install

Im thinking of buying a remote satellite dish, before I do I want to know more about the install process.

I see units with a dish sitting outside on a table or tripod with a couple of wires, one is 115v power for the dish the other I guess is the coax that the signal travels to the trailer.

Question, does that coax simply plug in where you would normally plug the campground cable?

Where does the TV top box fit? on any of the TV's?

Does it feed all TV's in the trailer?

Please tell me this isn't a 10 hour $125/hr install.

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Not all portable antennea use 2 wires. Some have the low voltage carried on the Coax.

But, yes the 2 wire set-ups are as described (power-in and raw SAT signal out on Coax).

The Coax needs to be a dedicated run to the receiver (set-top-box) without any shared use (like campground cable)...unless you buy 2 "diplexers" to join the cable TV and raw SAT at one end of the wire** and split it at the other end of the wire (before any amp or other electronics).

The receiver (set-top-box) will receive and decode the raw SAT and feed it to the TV's via one or more of several methods depending on the receiver you obtain (HDMI, Composite, and/or RF). Feeding the output from the SAT receiver to your TV's can be as easy at 1 TV with 1 Receiver...or as complex as wireless HD to a network of TV's, like Hopper and Joey for Dish - Genie with Direct - as you want.

If your RV does not have the dedicated coax for the raw SAT, it is VERY easy to add. A RG-56 run from the SAT-in on the receiver at the entertainment cabinet to a nearby exterior access. The Coax can be coiled up into a bin or exterior access cubby and uncoiled to connect at the portable (eliminating Coax to Coax joints).

**If you really want to use the campground cable wire for this...buy 2 "Diplexers" like shown here:
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Super, very helpful.

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The way I wired ours is using a dish that did not require a separate power wire. So the sat. dish hooks up to the outside sat. in. From there the receiver is hooked up at the main tv. The hdmi out of the receiver runs to a hdmi splitter. From the splitter hdmis are run to all 4 tv locations. That way each tv watches the same show when the hdmi input is selected but each tv can switch over to the antenna and watch different channels. Most of the time it is just the 2 of us so it works great.
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I was going to buy the King Tailgater but at the last minute the Dish rep said it won't work on the east coast. I had dialog with King who claim that North and East of PA. it will not see the HD satellite so only SD is available. Given the size of our TVs that's not an issue for us. Trouble is its all a bit iffy, does anyone have experience of the Tailgater?
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I have had one for over a year and everything about the King Tailgater2 is excellent, works for all channels(HD, and SD), and all three satellites 110,119,129 with no problems.

I'm not sure where the conversation about the Tailgater not being able to pick up satellites nationwide simply because it uses the 'eastern arc' satellites, but we have been to all 4 corners of the nation, and the eastern Canadian provinces, from Ontario to PEI(PrinceEdwardIsland), and have had no problems.

It certainly works well for us, is very convenient, light weight, and can be mounted on the roof. And while it only drives one 'Main' tv for all satellite choices, it can also provide a single satellite signal to a 'secondary' tv. We also push that signal out to two more tvs in the boys bunks... they can watch satellite tv even without receivers!
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I was going to buy the King Tailgater but at the last minute the Dish rep said it won't work on the east coast. I had dialog with King who claim that North and East of PA. it will not see the HD satellite so only SD is available. Given the size of our TVs that's not an issue for us. Trouble is its all a bit iffy, does anyone have experience of the Tailgater?
Mister T reports real world experience...can't beat that

The "technical" answer is that the extreme Northeast of North Ameria including PA is on the fringe of SAT 129 (source of most HD channels), and therefore might drop due to atmospheric conditions. See published coverage maps here:
http://www.winegard.com/kbase/upload/2452277.pdf
BUT, PA is covered by Western Arc.

The price difference between Western Arc - only antennea and those that can read East and West is very high, so each of us must decide what to buy based on our Travel plans.

BTW, the Tailgater 2 has feeds for 2 receivers to allow 2 separate channels on the same SAT (110, 119, or 129) to be decoded and viewed at the same time. The second receiver on a existing account is only $7 a month.
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This thread is perfect for me now, on the verge of buying a SAT setup. One additional question: can someone comment on advisability of Dish vs Direct?

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Dish v DirecTV is the focus of many, many threads here.

Here's a quick summary of some points:
Dish can get HighDef on smaller dome and portable antennae...DirecTV cannot.
Dish offers real pay-as-you-go (purchased equipment) that can be suspended anytime, no penalty.
Dish sells ruggedized receivers that are recommended for RV's.
DirecTV usually does not sell receivers (it's leased)
DirecTV offers reportedly better sports packs.

Everyone has different priorities...
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Dish is the best and as for sat on roof get the big boy one that way you can have 3 outputs to 3 dif tv to watch. I did mine took me 3 hours and was fun to do. Pm me can send vido how I did mine.
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