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Old 09-05-2012, 10:18 AM   #1
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Cheap SD carry out satellite dish and tripod?

Hi all,

We have a roof mounted satellite dish which I've always regretted getting since we're often parked under trees and rarely have line of sight (newbie RV mistake that one) so we're looking for a cheap SD carry out and solid tripod mount (good with wind). Any ideas?
We don't need HD, but would like something relatively easy to setup and aim. Fairly compact would be nice too. Cheap is preferred. I know nothing about the carry outs.

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We use a Vu-Cube. Not really cheap but easy to set up. If you use a di-plexer on both ends of you cable input, you can use both the sat. TV as well as cable at the same time. (Good if you have only 1 sat receiver)
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:35 PM   #3
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I have Dish Network and I just bought a dish 1000 dish on a tripod for $140 online, its easy to set up and works great in most conditions even a moderate wind. JR
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We have dealt with the same problem for years. Trees are nice but- we use a DirecTV tripod mount dual LMB dish. Will not deliver HD, but it will support the Direc DVR. I can usually get it aimed in just a couple of minutes with a signal meter and mag compass. I also just installed a compass app on my iPod, but have not tried it yet. I secure the tripod with some long gutter nails and that keeps it in place. I keep two 50 CAT6 cable sections and that has been enough. I hard wired in cable from the tuner to an outlet in the electrical compartment, thus no cables stuck through a window. Actually, I used the existing external cable connection with the second cable pulled in beside it. If you don't have a DVR, you might be able to get by with one CAT 6. Those tripods and the dish are not expensive. Got mine free from an installer.
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:32 PM   #5
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Craigslist...got a dish, lnb, tripod on a roadtrip to DFW a couple of year's ago for about $50...setting it up is not super easy, but its not super hard either, just need a cheap little sat finder and settings and you are good to go! We went HD as our receiver is HD, works well in a pinch.
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Brand new on the market
http://www.winegard.com/kbase/upload/2452276.pdf
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Nina,

If you have Dish Network check out the Tailgater. $349 through PPL motorhomes delivered.

Tailgater Satellite Dish - Portable HDTV Antenna - PPL Motor Homes

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TV4RV.com has great tripods and kits.
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Hi all,

We have a roof mounted satellite dish which I've always regretted getting since we're often parked under trees and rarely have line of sight (newbie RV mistake that one) so we're looking for a cheap SD carry out and solid tripod mount (good with wind). Any ideas?
We don't need HD, but would like something relatively easy to setup and aim. Fairly compact would be nice too. Cheap is preferred. I know nothing about the carry outs.

Nina
Our Winegard Carryout (599.00) works great. Hook it up, plug it in and Directv is there within two minutes. I Bought the tripod just to keep it out of the dirt. (59.00) Goodluck and Seeya on the road.
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I have the Carryout and DISH Network. Just remember that there is no dome on the market that will receive more than one satellite at a time. The open face DUAL LNB systems will. I really like the Carryout, but I miss the full functionality of an open face.
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Thanks for the tips. We have Direct TV and are considering getting a DVR so those tips were great. Thanks!
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PVC Pipe etc.

I had an old Terk dish laying around. No cost. But I had to replace the LNA - $15.

I built a 'Low down and upside down satellite stand' with about $10 worth of PVC pipe and a handful of nuts & wingnuts from Ace Hardware.

It is almost impervious to wind. We were in Morro Bay and there were 50MPH gusts that blew over everyone elses tripods but ours never had a problem. It was just sitting on the ground.

Once you learn how to aim it you rarely have a problem. Most of the time I get a signal with only a level and a compass. The receiver has a built in signal meter so that's really all you need.

Here's the link: RV NOW: RVers Turn Satellite TV Upside Down

I can send you pictures of my 'improvements' to this design next week if you want them.
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I have a winguard mp 1 and It's tripod . It's totally manual but after the first couple times it became real easy. I have never failed to get a signal. It's able to support 2 receivers at one time but no HD.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:17 AM   #14
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I had an old Terk dish laying around. No cost. But I had to replace the LNA - $15.

I built a 'Low down and upside down satellite stand' with about $10 worth of PVC pipe and a handful of nuts & wingnuts from Ace Hardware.

It is almost impervious to wind. We were in Morro Bay and there were 50MPH gusts that blew over everyone elses tripods but ours never had a problem. It was just sitting on the ground.

Once you learn how to aim it you rarely have a problem. Most of the time I get a signal with only a level and a compass. The receiver has a built in signal meter so that's really all you need.

Here's the link: RV NOW: RVers Turn Satellite TV Upside Down

I can send you pictures of my 'improvements' to this design next week if you want them.
What a neat mod! Yes, definitely would love some pics of the improvements. This is the kinda cheap and practical I'm looking for. How do you actually secure the dish inside the PVC pipe? I see the basics of putting the "tripod" together, but couldn't really see that last part.
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