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Old 08-09-2012, 10:03 AM   #1
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Satellite in Travel Trailer

What is the best way to hook up Satellite to a travel trailer? I don't want to spend over 1k in a dish, any other suggestions. I will be in a very remote location for a long time.

Also any suggestions on dish internet?

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Is getting HD important to you? The answer to that question will have a big impact on the approach you take. there are a number of carry out box units that are getting pretty good reviews but if you're going to be stationary for a long stretch you might just want to get a tripod mounted dish and save some money.

Satellite internet doesn't seem to have a huge number of followers these days but I'll let the experts chime in on that.

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Old 08-09-2012, 10:30 AM   #3
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Do you have a park cable hook up, you can hook the cable to there and use a tripod with a dish. Have to leave the booster off and it will come in off park cable
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The best way.. Version 1 and 2

Get an RV account, not a house account, of course if you already have a home account, Well, I feel sorry for you but then forget this paragraph.

The reason: RV accounts qualify for a Distant Network Service waiver, this means that wherever you go in the US you can get NBC, CBS, ABC, et-al from eitiher NYC area or Los Angles for a slightl additional fee. MOST house accounts do not so qualify. and get the local network stations, spot beamed (A spot beam is like a spot light, (Which is in fact a spot beam) and if you drive out of the beam, you are in the dark).

Version 1: Install a brand new run of RG-6 from the sat receiver to a conneciton spot, Either a bulkhead connector or a ground block in the basement (Near the power cord storage is often a good spot) you could even put the ground block on the tong if it's a TT but I like weather protected locations better.

Version 2: SOME (I have now seen two) trailers already have such aq cable installed marked (Clearly) Satellite on the outside.

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Use a "Disaster Recovery Kit" from you sat provider for the antenna, this consists of an antenna, tripod and coil of coax .

To aim.. My preferred satellite finder is the receiver itself. I use a small portable color TV to "read" the meter while aiming. Those tv's (old analog jobs) run about five bucks at the re-cycle stores.
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My trailer is pretty much stationary for the whole season, the dish is bolted to one side of the "A" frame at the front, although you probably could use the rear bumper too. RG6 cable from the dish to the power cable inlet and through the innards of the trailer to the front where it's hooked to the receiver. 19" HD TV and receiver run off a 300 watt inverter.
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I got on here to look for this exact topic. I can't see dropping a ton of money to get sat. TV. The advice looks great and will look into a disaster recovery kit.

Does anyone know about how the accounts work. A couple of the threads touched on them. I currently have satellite in my home (thru Directv). Could I simply take a receiver out of the house and use it in the TT (after getting the dish hooked up of course)??

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Does anyone know about how the accounts work. A couple of the threads touched on them. I currently have satellite in my home (thru Directv). Could I simply take a receiver out of the house and use it in the TT (after getting the dish hooked up of course)??

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Yes, you may take one of the receivers from your house and use it while you travel. It can be done very cheaply buy using a manual carry out dish or you can spend as much as you like to get a fancy dish set up.

Once you travel a couple hundred miles from home, you won't be able to pick up your local network channels anymore so you'll have to get ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, etc off of over the air broadcast if you can get them. There is an option to that called DNS which costs $20/mo and allows you to view either NYC or LA network broadcasts.

Feel free to use our search feature and you'll find a ton of reading material on how folks have handled this.

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Rick O, thank you very much. I kinda figured you could take a receiver but figured I'd ask.

Also thank you for the welcome. I love this place. We're new to camping and gave already picked up a lot from the forum!!
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The best way.. Version 1 and 2

Get an RV account, not a house account, of course if you already have a home account, Well, I feel sorry for you but then forget this paragraph.

The reason: RV accounts qualify for a Distant Network Service waiver, this means that wherever you go in the US you can get NBC, CBS, ABC, et-al from eitiher NYC area or Los Angles for a slightl additional fee. MOST house accounts do not so qualify. and get the local network stations, spot beamed (A spot beam is like a spot light, (Which is in fact a spot beam) and if you drive out of the beam, you are in the dark).

Version 1: Install a brand new run of RG-6 from the sat receiver to a conneciton spot, Either a bulkhead connector or a ground block in the basement (Near the power cord storage is often a good spot) you could even put the ground block on the tong if it's a TT but I like weather protected locations better.

Version 2: SOME (I have now seen two) trailers already have such aq cable installed marked (Clearly) Satellite on the outside.

Back to combined:

Use a "Disaster Recovery Kit" from you sat provider for the antenna, this consists of an antenna, tripod and coil of coax .

To aim.. My preferred satellite finder is the receiver itself. I use a small portable color TV to "read" the meter while aiming. Those tv's (old analog jobs) run about five bucks at the re-cycle stores.
Does dish network have a disaster recovery kit? I can't find anything about it online. Thx.
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I use the second home receiver I bought for less than 100$ and a three LNB home antenna on suction cups I bought for less than $50. Yes you have to aim it.
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Does anyone know about how the accounts work. A couple of the threads touched on them. I currently have satellite in my home (thru Directv). Could I simply take a receiver out of the house and use it in the TT (after getting the dish hooked up of course)??

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YES!!! We also have DirecTV. That's what we do when we winter in FL. The dish we bought at Camping World. The receiver we use at home comes with us.
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Not sure if this helps, but we use to have direct tv at home and decided to cancel. Well Direct said we own the dish and can do as we please with it. We ended up putting it on craigslist and the guy who bought said he was using for his camper. Maybe look there for a cheap dish then get an account?
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