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Old 09-02-2012, 01:22 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by wonderer1 View Post
lots of good advice. this is a way cool site with a lot of helpful people. probable going to go with roof mount as in the begining am going to put on a lot of miles. stoping at at night (walmart, truck stop, etc.)gone in the morning. then in the future picking up a portable unit for when i can't get a signal (cause i found a way cool lake or ?) and am going to hang for a while. great to be retired. thanks to all of you. if i can be of any help just ask. jim
Very smart decision...exactly how I started. The Coach came with a Windgard rooftop crank-up. I bought a Dish ViP-211k and used it for a year. After the year I asked for a Tailgater as a B-Day gift, having had problems with open southern sky at campgrounds on 3 occasions.

OHMYGOSH the tailgater is SO easy to use - 1 wire - it auto aims - and syncs to all 3 Dish SATs within 10-12 minutes...DID I MENTION it is SO EASY TO USE!!!

But, like you I doubt I would roll-out the portable dish at an overnight truck-stop or reststop due to the risk of the Tailgater "growing legs."
The Tailgater is only $149 for new subscribers, BUT $399 for existing subscribers, so I believe there is a theft issue).

As a sidebar - the Tailgater REQUIRES the receiver be a ViP-211/211k/411 and it's a Dish system. I don't know if Direct has a similar system.

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Old 09-02-2012, 04:25 PM   #30
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With our motorhome it was a very simple and inexpensive to convert it to use either the rooftop or portable dish. As part of the original equipment there was a port in a rear compartment for a cable hookup. I added a splitter (diplexer) there and a second one at the other end of the cable where it enters the distribution box. I also added an ABC switch just ahead of the satellite box to be able to select which satellite to use. A couple of the original cables were too short for the new system so they had to be replaced. I also added a couple short ones from the ABC switch.

All in all I think the total cost was less than $50.00 and it took an afternoon to install. Just for the record we don't have HD and don't get local channels

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Awwww....THANKS GUYS,.....(I think)

As they say in New York......"foget about it". I'll just keep lookin for sites with open view of Southern sky.

I'd just noticed folks using those relatively new on the market, carry out, dome type units which they simply set on the ground and plug in to their rigs. Wasn't thinking about those larger tri-pod mounted dish set ups.


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