I have Dish network HD. I have about 7 1T/2T EHDDs from various manufacturers:E-Books, Toshiba, Acomdata etc.Get the triple/quad interface ones, they're the fastest when transferring to and from the DVR drive-even when you use the USB 2.0.
Just remember, the Ext HDD is for archeiving only. You have to transfer the program to the EHDD to get space on the Internal DVR (if you want to save it), then transfer it back if you want to view it. Also Dish wants $40 (one time fee) to enable the EHDD option. Also, the archeived data is encripted i.e. not accessable without the DVR box. When you first hook up the EHDD it will be formated by the DVR. I have 2 DVR's and I swap the EHDDs between DVRs with no problem.
Road destruction on I-80 starting in PA through IL. No shoulders, two-lane/two way traffic. On the way back from MT, took I-65S to I-70E verry bumpy. Of it all the Tappen Zee was the roughest patch we hit! I will be willing to bet the wife will want to spring for an air-ride pinbox before next outting. The jarring of frost heaves and the expansion joints in the bridges and overpasses really take a toll on her. I don't think that the next trip will be as far, and more time will be in camp.
I used a multiplexer at my house when I had Basic cable for local CH's and DirectTV for Sat. Used the same cables, the DTV box passed the cable through when turned off. But that was a few years ago.
I am looking at upgrading my 2000 Prowler for Sat. If you use RG6U coax it's good for Sat/Cable.