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Old 03-25-2014, 09:44 PM   #1
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Need help with satellite system selection

I'm about to go crazy trying to figure out which satellite antenna/receiver etc. to use and I use to be a live television engineer back in the analog days!!

I've read through a lot of the posts but satellite tv offerings/systems change rapidly from what I can tell so I'm looking for some current ideas.

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I want to go with DirectTV. I currently have cable at my house but want to get rid of that for TV and go with a satellite system so I can take a receiver from the house when we go on the road. It doesn't make sense to pay $120/month for cable TV at home when we are not there.

My RV currently has three standard definition TV's. Two inside and one in a bay. I'm thinking I want to go with a high def. system since I want to use the receiver at home also and all my home TV's are high definition and when the one's in the RV die, or I decide to change them out to save some weight the new ones will be high def. I would like to be able to watch two different channels at once, but no more than that.

I believe my RV may be wired for a "King Dome" but am not sure about that. There is a small round cover on the top that several have said might be covering the cables for that.

I don't care anything about having a tracking antenna for use while driving but an automatic acquisition of the satellites I would like. Also we had DirectV years ago and dropped it for cable due to attenuation of the signal at the first sign of rain. Because of that I am wondering if the open type antennas are a better choice due to the larger reflector such as the SK-SWM3 Trav'ler DirectTV slimline, although they sure are pricey.

Any advice anyone can offer would be appreciated. I've looked til I'm cross-eyed and still don't have a clue which way to go so if you have a combo of receiver/antenna that sounds like it might fit my purposes I'd appreciate the info.

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No dome is going to perform nearly as well as the Travler. It's a simple matter of the size of the reflector and the dome itself.

The Winegard Travler is one of the best built most reliable devices in the RV industry. It uses the same LNB and reflector as the home systems.
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Last year when we got our Country Coach it had the Motostat dish. I did not want to spend the $$$$ on an outdated system so we got the Dish Winegard Travler 1000. I got the 211k receiver and added it to my home bill for $7 a month and during the winter I can turn it off and start up at any time. It works great better than the one at home because it is right on 100% of the time. plus we also have the Winegard Carryout for those hard to get places.
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The answer is very simple, if you want to use DirectTV and want HD and want automatic acquisition your only choice is a Winegard Traveler. It's the only automatic antenna that will receive DirectTV in HD.
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The answer is very simple, if you want to use DirectTV and want HD and want automatic acquisition your only choice is a Winegard Traveler. It's the only automatic antenna that will receive DirectTV in HD.
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The answer is very simple, if you want to use DirectTV and want HD and want automatic acquisition your only choice is a Winegard Traveler. It's the only automatic antenna that will receive DirectTV in HD.
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However, IF...... you can get by with SD, there are auto locate dishes by Winegard that are very simple to use are reasonably priced. The ultimate dish for DirecTv is the Traveler though.
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The answer is very simple, if you want to use DirectTV and want HD and want automatic acquisition your only choice is a Winegard Traveler. It's the only automatic antenna that will receive DirectTV in HD.
Not a bad choice but not the only option. http://rfmogul.com/files/79575212.gif These guys are more expensive but I would go with them for long term value.

You are in Florida, so call Don Ellis at Precise Sat. He is a very knowledgeable RV installer who have been a great help to me.

http://www.precisesatellite.com/
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Not a bad choice but not the only option. http://rfmogul.com/files/79575212.gif These guys are more expensive but I would go with them for long term value.

You are in Florida, so call Don Ellis at Precise Sat. He is a very knowledgeable RV installer who have been a great help to me.

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Could you explain the long term value? These units have not yet been available for the long term, so how do you know what the long term value is? On the other hand the Travler has been on the market for more than 6 years and has a proven track record of reliability.

The RF Mogul units may very well be a good platform, but only time will prove that out to be true.
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Could you explain the long term value? These units have not yet been available for the long term, so how do you know what the long term value is? On the other hand the Travler has been on the market for more than 6 years and has a proven track record of reliability. The RF Mogul units may very well be a good platform, but only time will prove that out to be true.
I first researched these HD open dishes in '09 when MotoSat was still being run by the founders. When examining the "mount" as these techs call the dish, it was apparent that the MotoSat was the more robust of the two. The mount contains the servo motors and wiring harness but all electronics are safely inside in the controller. The RF Mogul system is an evolution of that MotoSat system. The LNB arm is easily interchangeable if you want to change carriers or the configuration of the satellites change again as they have in the past. I did purchase the MotoSat 5 LNB HD sat system. It has been installed since spring of '09. The OEM controller had issues and it was exchanged by MotoSat before they closed the doors for a newer design that has been flawless. Now that I can get service from Mogul, I am confident that this system will last for years. The RF Mogul system is probably around $2,000 installed and the Travler will be within a couple of hundred of that. You do the homework and take your choice.
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