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Old 05-20-2018, 10:37 AM   #1
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What is the best way to get satellite on your RV? Is one company better than the other? Do you have to have 2 separate contracts for home and RV? Or is there an alternative to satellite? Would appreciate any suggestions...
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we had our originally and initial entry into the world of satellite with DISH. I called them, they sent out a two man team to our RV park in Clearwater, FL... they installed the receivers(3), the coax cabling, with extra for running more 'permanently' later, and the 1000.2 antenna(3 lnb eyes) on a tripod right in front of the coach.
One account, of course, because we were full-timers.

But, later, when we rented a cabin, and have now bought a cabin in NC, nothing has changed with Dish, other than I brought home the receivers, the antenna, and set it up here. Works just the same.

Now, when we travel in the motorcoach, I just take a receiver, or two, from the house, while we're gone anyway, and put them in the motorcoach, using our portable KingTailgater2 antenna that's on the rear roof.

The equipment never cost me a dime, though I do pay $7 monthly for each of the two 'additional' receivers, but nothing for the antenna, cables, and professional installation.(well, maybe there was a $50 fee to begin with, but that was probably more of a 'trip' fee for the installer). While I did later purchase the KingTailgater2 portable(~$350), that was just to make traveling a little easier, as the manual dish has to be set up and zoned in and takes more 'time', though if you're staying somewhere for a length of time, it's the best to have.
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For satellite there are two choices. Dish and Direct TV. Lots of posts on their service on this forum, but here's what I know.

We have Dish in our S&B home, and we have two 711 receivers in our MH. With Dish we have one contract that covers all. We can turn the 711s on and off when we want and pay for the months we use. Dish is set up for that. We also get HD TV over the satellite as well.

Our satellite dish is a Wineguard Traveler which automatically finds the correct satellites for us when we park. It works very well.

There are also portable satellite dishes that you can set anywhere and connect to the unit with coax. Tailgater, ect.

Dish isn't cheap, but I don't know what Direct costs.
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By your question, it seems you have a satellite system at home already. The easiest is to take one or more receivers from your home to the RV when you travel. You only need an investment in the dish and there are numerous options to this that has been covered extensively in previous posts in this forum.

If you want to use the satellite system at home and in the RV at the same time, that could require a separate contract depending on the Terms of Service. Dish has a provision of a single tuner receiver to be used in the RV while the home system is in use.

Alternatives to satellite is wireless communication as fiber and cable is hard for a RV. With that in mind, if you watch just a little TV, then wireless may work for you. But TV viewing can expensive quickly when using wireless. Contrary to advertising there is no such thing as true unlimited wire data traffic.

Relying on Park WiFi should not be considered. One, because the availability is not great and two, because streaming TV shows on a Park WiFi system is disrespectful to the other users of the system.

And ignoring the cost of wireless communication, relying it everywhere is more of an issue unless you never travel very far from major population centers.

There are hundreds of posts on this forum on this subject. Spend some time and read them.
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Lots of information here: http://www.irv2.com/forums/f11/

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