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Old 11-22-2019, 01:19 PM   #1
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DishTV antennas

I知 considering switching my whole life (aka stick house and RV, 2 TVs each). I知 looking for the Voice Of Experience on that transition for the RV, especially:

1. I found some diagrams in here on how to hook up systems, but they seemed to depict some antiquated antennas. What痴 the hot ticket in antennas these days? Not really interested in in-motion, but if that capability is only a little more...

2. What receiver(s) should I look for? Are there any tips on what works well or not well? Traps to avoid?

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Your post is not clear. Are you asking for advice on how to set up with Dish Sat TV for 2 TVs? Please clarify.
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Old 11-22-2019, 03:04 PM   #3
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Dish Hopper whole house DVR. Wireless Joey on each remote TV.

Standard residential fixed antenna on the house. Winegard Traveler or RF Mogal antenna on the RV (3 LNB so works similar to fixed residential antenna.

Move the Hopper and Joey back and forth between the house and RV. Or a second Hopper/Joey for the RV.

Caveate: Dish did not used to allow two non-networked Hoppers on the same account, I believe it can be done now - but all Dish representatives may not aware).
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Old 11-22-2019, 03:51 PM   #4
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I知 considering switching my whole life (aka stick house and RV, 2 TVs each). I知 looking for the Voice Of Experience on that transition for the RV, especially:

1. I found some diagrams in here on how to hook up systems, but they seemed to depict some antiquated antennas. What痴 the hot ticket in antennas these days? Not really interested in in-motion, but if that capability is only a little more...

2. What receiver(s) should I look for? Are there any tips on what works well or not well? Traps to avoid?

THanks!
OK, so in-motion not needed. that leaves automatic satellite acquisition or manual acquisition and rooftop, tripod mount or carryout. I can tell you about our setup.

there are two options for rooftop automatic antennas:

https://winegard.com/products/satell...-tv-hd-travler or https://rfmogul.com/.

pretty sure that either of these can be tripod mounted as well. either of these antennas can lock onto all 3-DISH satellites simultaneously (either western arc or eastern arc but not both) making changing channels effortless.

i didn't want to mess with a tripod or manually mounting and aiming an antenna mounted on a tripod. too much hassle. and we didn't want to use a carryout despite the advantage of being able to move it out from under tree cover. no place to keep it when not being used. so we opted for the automatic rooftop mounted Winegard Trav'ler. one button inside the MH raises, aims and locks the antenna onto the DISH satellites (western arc). I did not know about the RF Mogul line of antennas until well after purchasing the Trav'ler. had I known about them I would've at least compared the two.

choose your receiver carefully. you have two TV's...do you want to watch a different program on each? do you want to record one program while watching another? some receivers coupled with a modified Trav'ler or RF Mogul can be configured to simultaneously record many programs. we have a residential type receiver...ViP722K. handles both of our TVs and can either record two programs while we're away or while we're watching another recording or it can record channel X while we're watching channel Y or my wife can watch channel X while I'm watching channel Y on the second TV.
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Old 11-22-2019, 04:18 PM   #5
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Vsheetz said it all. Except I would not go with a Travler. Any roof top antenna leaves too many places where you will not be able to get a signal. Besides cost a ground based antenna is way more versitile.
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Vsheetz said it all. Except I would not go with a Travler. Any roof top antenna leaves too many places where you will not be able to get a signal. Besides cost a ground based antenna is way more versitile.
well, it all depends on where and what type of camping/RVing the OP plans to do. basically east of the Mississippi or west? west of Big Muddy will be (generally) much easier to find open sky sites than east. state parks/forests, natl parks/forests? a carryout or tripod antenna is (again generally) a must and in some cases even that will be a no-go.

we generally travel west but have no problems finding open sky sites in private or public parks pretty much everywhere in the lower 48. but our style of camping has changed since we started in 1986. then we were all about being in the woods, hiking, campfires, etc. now we're older, the wife has mobility issues so these days finds us in FHU parks or W/E sites in some state parks. I guess you could classify us as travelers rather than campers.

some receivers can work with both an automatic rooftop as well as an alternative carryout or tripod. I didn't know to ask that question when I spec'ed our system. had I asked I might've made a different antenna choice just like if I had known about RF Mogul I might've made a different antenna choice. but we're happy with our rooftop Trav'ler and 722k receiver.
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Old 11-22-2019, 07:58 PM   #7
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Or go cheap, depending on how much you use it I think. 2 Wally, 2 tailgater sat antennas to watch 2 different programs (if you go to a fixed roof top, I know you'll miss a lot of Dish TV time, and the tailgaters will give good signals over 100 feet of cable), and wire the RV you self as my RV cable wiring eventually quit if it's in a slide. Can you beat the entire system for $500 plus monthly fees?
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I decided to keep it simple:

I use a Wally and a Tailgater carry out when we use the trailer. Too many places that we frequent that trees block the signal. The portables allow you to move them to get the best signal, v/s moving the rig around or trying to find a better site.

For fringe areas I have a large dish and tripod that helps with tree branches.

The Wally costs me $7/month on the home account. I can turn the fee off when not using it by calling Dish.
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We use the Wally with the Tailgater antenna. I installed the King MB700 quick-release mount on top of the MH so I can easily remover the Tailgater and use it on a tripod if the view from the MH is blocked. We have been pleased with the setup so far!
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