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Old 09-25-2017, 12:07 PM   #1
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Concerning Satellite TV on our coach

I need some help or direction on where to start.

When we bought our coach we saw it was satellite capable. It has I believe to be a kvh dome on top, it is not the type that will track while moving, only stationary. In the compartment not far from the tv is a Hughes satellite controller. This is where I need help. The previous owner knew nothing about it since he never watched tv.
Does the Hughes controller also receive the signal and convert or do we also need a direct tv receiver to hook up to watch satellite? to add difficulty to this the coach also has the original sony dvd/cd player that appears to have the tv surround running through it. I see no room to also place another receiver in there.

Anyway, I guess first things first...can anyone help with the Hughes on how it operates- does it just locate the signal or does it locate and decode ?

Our coach is a 2005 beaver Monterey
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I need some help or direction on where to start.



When we bought our coach we saw it was satellite capable. It has I believe to be a kvh dome on top, it is not the type that will track while moving, only stationary. In the compartment not far from the tv is a Hughes satellite controller. This is where I need help. The previous owner knew nothing about it since he never watched tv.

Does the Hughes controller also receive the signal and convert or do we also need a direct tv receiver to hook up to watch satellite? to add difficulty to this the coach also has the original sony dvd/cd player that appears to have the tv surround running through it. I see no room to also place another receiver in there.



Anyway, I guess first things first...can anyone help with the Hughes on how it operates- does it just locate the signal or does it locate and decode ?



Our coach is a 2005 beaver Monterey


You'll still need a satellite receiver (DIRECTV, Dish) to interface between the signal being captured by the Hughes/KVH dish and your TV. I don't know anything specific about the system you have, other than the dish (dome) is what automatically picks up the sat signal.
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My first coach was a 2006 Monaco that came with a KVH dome and it had a MotoSat Dish. This was in 2008. Both receivers were relatively high dollar at the time. Both were also obsolete after just a couple of years.

I donít know the age of the gear you are describing, but if the guy you bought this 2005 Beaver from didnít have it installed itís probably got some miles on it. Sat technology has come a long way from where it was when that gear was installed and Iím guessing you will find that starting over with new gear will work better for you in the long run. Iím now on my third coach and just bought my third dish and each one works better than itís predecessor. And yes, you do need a receiver box too. There is lots of detail on this forum that addresses this subject. Some searchís should help answer a lot of your questions.
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My setup has a KVH that works fine using DTV "Basic" boxes. Dish or any HDTV will not boxes are not recognized and can't operate the unit.
System is very reliable only if kept with the basic DTV units. Dual LNB.
I found a local KVH dealer that came out and set mine up. Lookup their auth dealer network. They service the Marine industry so there are many units out there.
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My setup has a KVH that works fine using DTV "Basic" boxes. Dish or any HDTV will not boxes are not recognized and can't operate the unit.
System is very reliable only if kept with the basic DTV units. Dual LNB.
I found a local KVH dealer that came out and set mine up. Lookup their auth dealer network. They service the Marine industry so there are many units out there.

Good piece of advice. If your not familiar with a satellite system, locate a dealer and have it set up right. You can spend a lot of money and get plenty of headaches trying to maneuver through all this stuff.

Personally, if I were to buy a new set up or even update my existing Winegard Traveler, I would talk to an RF Mogul dealer first. They seem to know their stuf and actually have a good reputation for aftermarket customer service. I know, that sounds strange.

https://rfmogul.com
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