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Old 10-22-2018, 06:13 PM   #1
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To satellite or not to satellite - that is the question.

Our 2003 Winnebago Adventurer came with a Winegard satellite antennae attached to the roof. It is a white dome that is just a bit higher than everything else on the roof. We cut the cord years ago at home and will never be using DISH or Direct TV in the RV. My question(s) are (1) Are these things hard to remove? (2) What is the best way to patch the holes left afterwards on a Winnebago fiberglass roof? (3) Does this thing have any value to anyone, i.e. what is it worth used? (4) We have a regular crank up antenna which is all we need and/or want. Is there any special wiring/hook ups needed to run the two TVs off the regular antennae?

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With technology changing so fast I can't imagine there is much value to the dish on your roof, could be wrong though. I have a 14 and thinking of replacing mine because I do want Dish Network and the newer wally receiver. Thought I would just trash mine.

If you don't use it why not just leave it up there instead of removing and then having to plug holes. Just my two cents.
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If it was me I would just leave it up there, it is not worth the time and effort to take it off or taking the risk of not patching the holes correctly. Skip
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Our 2003 Winnebago Adventurer came with a Winegard satellite antennae attached to the roof. It is a white dome that is just a bit higher than everything else on the roof. We cut the cord years ago at home and will never be using DISH or Direct TV in the RV. My question(s) are (1) Are these things hard to remove? (2) What is the best way to patch the holes left afterwards on a Winnebago fiberglass roof? (3) Does this thing have any value to anyone, i.e. what is it worth used? (4) We have a regular crank up antenna which is all we need and/or want. Is there any special wiring/hook ups needed to run the two TVs off the regular antennae?

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If it is that old it probably is not HD and everyone wants HD satellite on their RVs. I would leave it alone unless it leaks.
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I have one on my 2008 which we will never use, I am just going to leave it in place.
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Old 10-24-2018, 10:35 AM   #6
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You could remove it and use the area to install a solar panel or several.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Don't think the old dish would be worth much. You might get the model number off it and advertise in the IRV2 free Classifieds. Just noticed you are kinda new and wanted to say hello! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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We had a very old Winegard dish on our 2001 Mirada that didn't work and probably wasn't comparable with anything in this century.

When I recoated the EPDM roof, I removed it and plugged the holes.

To plug the dish mount holes I just re-installed the screws in the holes. Where the wire bundle went through the cap, I made a cover plate (about 3x3 inches) out of sheet metal and screwed it to the cap. I then used some Dacor self leveling sealant over the screws and the sheet metal cover plate.

A couple weeks later I re-coated the entire roof with EPDM coating.

Re-coating EPDM roof – 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

I use my home satellite receiver and a dish on a tripod when we travel. I usually don't set it up if we're just doing an overnight stop.

Using our home Dishnet VIP222 receiver while on the road – 1999 Southwind 35S


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