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Old 05-22-2022, 08:37 PM   #1
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Bent my dish…

Winegard satellite system, new to me and I forgot to put it down.
2020 MA on my maiden voyage whacked a tree limb. I bent it back but it appears everything mechanical still works when I power it up or down. Needless to say it can’t find a signal. Do we think I can just buy a replacement dish and everything should be good..? It sure looks like the dish is really just a generic part with nothing specific to my particular system. Can I just replace the dish…the tin disk part? Thank you!
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Old 05-22-2022, 09:57 PM   #2
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You can try contacting Winegard to see if you can order the reflector from them directly or try eBay.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/14225856529...YAAOSwtRBed1Jk
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Old 05-23-2022, 05:52 AM   #3
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You can buy a replacement dish on the Winguardcweb site
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Old 05-23-2022, 06:55 AM   #4
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Replaced mine some time back. Tried to re-tweak the old one with limited success.
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Old 05-23-2022, 03:28 PM   #5
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Over the past 15 years of having a Winegard open dish, I've bent the arm on two occasions, striking a tree while it was searching. I doubt that the dish damage is your issue, it's typically the arm that gets knocked out of whack.

I have straightened an arm, but it takes a little work. First you must do some measurements on the roof to see if it's straight to the mount. Second you have to bring up the screen on your TV that tells you the percentage of reception. I adjusted mine while my wife watched until I got it dialed in.

If you have a good rapport with your dealer, they typically will have a stockpile of DirectTV arms. When people order a new coach and want DISH, Newmar often sends the coach out with DirecTV and the dealer changes the arm to the DISH arm.

Lastly, you can just buy the parts from Winegard and install them. I actually carry a spare arm that I got from someone.
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Old 05-23-2022, 03:59 PM   #6
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Winegard satellite system, new to me and I forgot to put it down.
2020 MA on my maiden voyage whacked a tree limb. I bent it back but it appears everything mechanical still works when I power it up or down. Needless to say it can’t find a signal. Do we think I can just buy a replacement dish and everything should be good..? It sure looks like the dish is really just a generic part with nothing specific to my particular system. Can I just replace the dish…the tin disk part? Thank you!
Whether you straighten the old dish or get a new one and replace any bent arms you will still have to re-calibrate it since it's not going to find the satellites in the same places anymore. Usually it's as simple as just resetting the receiver and starting from scratch and having it find all the satellites again.
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Old 05-24-2022, 06:20 AM   #7
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so this dish is a Winegard Traveler and looks to be a pretty sophisticated dish with all sorts of auto alignment features...looks to be $2500.00 new if you started from scratch. (it came on the RV) Won't all of the alignment functions find the satellite signal when you put it in that mode?
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Old 05-24-2022, 10:46 AM   #8
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Yes, once everything is corrected, it knows where to look for the sats. Removing and replacing the dish and arm is about a 20 minute procedure. You just need a few wrenches to replace both pieces. You're probably looking at about $300.00 in parts.
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Other threads have suggested this: https://www.solidsignal.com/satellite-tv as a source for various Satellite TV parts.

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