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I have four Direct TV HD DVRS in my home. My plan is to take one or two with me in my camper. I assume that other than the cost of a dish there should be no additional charges.

The question is what type of dish to buy. I want a dish to automatically set itself up and lock into the satellites.

Should I get one permanently mounted on the camper roof or get one I can mount outside the camper on a tripod.

If I get a roof mounted model I will have to pay to get it installed, there will be another opening where leaks can occur. There are concerns about theft, I am not allowed to store my camper at my house due to HOA rules and will have to rent a space a few miles from my house. With all the things that can be stolen in the camper I am not sure if a dish will be a prime target but a carry out dish can be removed and stored at my house. If the dish is roof mounted I need worry about parking in a spot with an unobstructed view, but a tripod can be located away from obstruction.

Some locations such as an interstate rest stop or Walmart parking lot may not have a good place to mount the dish or run wire. Also if I go with roof mounted I can have the TV on in matter of minutes but setting up a tripod can take a ½ hour or more.

What brand or manufacture Direct TV compatible automatic SAT finder dish do you recommend, and how should I mount it?

* This post was edited 03/13/12 10:43am by silvercorvette *


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and if you don't get the one that mounted on the roof, then you have to find a place to store it when traveling, another pain in the---

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If you want HD, take a look at Winegard's SK 3005. I had one installed about a month ago at Creative Coach in Lakeland, FL. Turn it on and the antenna does the rest. Great picture.

Most antennas do not receive HD. Look at the antenna's specs carefully.

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old guy wrote:

and if you don't get the one that mounted on the roof, then you have to find a place to store it when traveling, another pain in the---

AND plan on parking in the sun in most cases.


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old guy wrote:

and if you don't get the one that mounted on the roof, then you have to find a place to store it when traveling, another pain in the---


and when you are parked under the trees you can always move it to a location where you can get decent reception. If I was doing it over I would buy one of the small portable automatic ones. but yes, you have got to have a place to carry it. they do make a truckers mount that will go on your rear ladder so you can put it up there out of the way.
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Second on the Winegard Traveler for DirecTv HD. It only takes an hour to install. Once installed I doubt a thief is going to spend the time trying to remove the dish rather than steal the whole trailer. One button setup is great when setting up camp in the dark or rain. But cost of $1500 scares many away.

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brobox wrote:

For easy of use, will work with your HD DVR's watch one, while recording another channel my choice would be the Winegard Traveler roof mount. Push a button, open a cold one and your watching TV. Not cheap, but neither was my RV.


I agree. Thought I'd save some money this year on buying it in Quartzite but, it turned out to be the same price as the net. Mine is Dish but about the same price. Guess I'll be putting up my Dish 1000 antenna on the tri-pod pole for awhile longer.
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For easy of use, will work with your HD DVR's watch one, while recording another channel my choice would be the Winegard Traveler roof mount. Push a button, open a cold one and your watching TV. Not cheap, but neither was my RV.


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It's hard to beat the 3005 for ease and efficiency. We set up our MH, push a button on the controls and within a few minutes we have HD front and back. I don't know if you know about DNS but will assume you do unless you say different. If you don't have it and like to watch either east or weat coast feed of the major networks, you won't have that capability unless you take other steps. I have both coasts, both at my house (AND my local stations) and on the road. I don't think you can do it anymore.

If TV is important to you, as it is to me, the 3005 is excellent for HD.


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I recommend a tripod mount -OR- A combination of roof and tripod mount. Will describe.

First, Which dish (The dish and LNB assembly) is determined by the receivers, HD or Non HD, you get the dish that matches your receivers.

Now, why two of them?

The roof mount is nice, you park, push a button and TV!! But what if you are parked under {Voice of Doom mode} The Evil Signal Eating Tree {/Voice of doom mode} (Like that fake HTML?)

Well,, I put a simple, low cost A/B switch in the LNB line just before the receiver.. If parked under said tree I simply hook up the ground dish (HOOK IT UP FIRST) slide the switch to "B" as in Below, and aim the dish.

When I'm ready to leave I slide back to A as in Above, and disconnect.

For DirecTV you do need to RESET the receiver when you change antennas.


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