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Old 03-07-2019, 10:03 PM   #1
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Best TV dish for Dolphin

I see that my 6230 is prewired for the King-Dome Automatic (stationary) TV dish. Is that the best choice for the Dolphin or are there better options now than there were in 2004?

I wondered if a portable dish might be better, allowing me to move it to see aroumd trees? When you do that do you just bypass the built-in wiring and run a cable out a window or maybe a cargo bay or slideout?
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I have a Dish Network tailgater. It its on the ground. I just have to be careful where I put it because people trip over the cord.
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I've used both the built in and tailgater on previous rigs. I much prefer the portable tailgater because it eliminates the tree problem. I did run the wire thru a window to the dish box on my first trip just to see how it worked, it worked great. Then sold the rig (with the tailgater). You should be able to use the external cable connection and re-wire the switch box to include the Dish receiver.
The tailgater was very easy to use and I will buy another when I get around to it. You do have to be aware of the tripping issue.
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Since we generally camp where there are a lot of trees, we use the Winegard Pathway X2 portable dish and we have 125 feet of cable. Many times I have had to use all of that cable to get the dish positioned to get signal from those small satellites 22,300 miles away. I connect the Winegard cable to the coach's internal cable and then connect the other end of that cable to the receiver.

The Winegard Pathway X2 is fully automatic and can pick up either the Eastern or the Western satellite arcs. Usually, if one arc is blocked from our view, the other one isn't.
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For our Sea Breeze LX, I mounted a Dish Tailgater to the roof and if trees or "what ever" may become an issue I can remove the 4 machine screws that mount the Tailgater, undo the coax cable and move it to the ground! I installed a coax jack behind the engine grill for hooking the Tailgater up when being used on the ground!

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Who's service are you going with?
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Who's service are you going with?
Dish Network.
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I also found all too often trees blocked the signal to a roof top dish. I'm using Dish Network, so we use a Domed portable auto aiming dish(Winegard Carryout G2) that can be flexibly positioned. Also, even though it has 1 LNB inside it, when you change channels on the receiver that can be using signals from any of Dish networks 3 satellites, the LNB automatically and very quickly moves to the the satellite needed for that channel. You could run the wire from it through a open window, but I use the cable outlet in the rear left basement compartment and changed how it's connected a the front where the TV/Sat receiver are located.
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I also found all too often trees blocked the signal to a roof top dish. I'm using Dish Network, so we use a Domed portable auto aiming dish(Winegard Carryout G2) that can be flexibly positioned. Also, even though it has 1 LNB inside it, when you change channels on the receiver that can be using signals from any of Dish networks 3 satellites, the LNB automatically and very quickly moves to the the satellite needed for that channel. You could run the wire from it through a open window, but I use the cable outlet in the rear left basement compartment and changed how it's connected a the front where the TV/Sat receiver are located.
I went ahead and ordered a Winegard Playmaker (for Dish) earlier today, so great minds think alike. I'll probably do the same sort of a cable change, though until I take delivery I'm not sure what setup my coach has.
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