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Posted: 03/07/12 07:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After a lot of advice from this forum and several phone calls, I'm probably going with the KVH R6 in motion dish and directv. Though a little overkill for my 5th wheel, it seems this installation is the most dependable and trouble free. Directv uses mostly one satellite, thus avoiding a lot of software updates and problems that Dish has with their multiple, and shared, satellites.


I probably will do it when I get home in a couple of weeks, so if anyone has any conflicting advice, I'd like to hear it.

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I'm puzzled by why you would go with an in-motion dish when you probably don't spend much time in your 5th wheel while it is in motion? The Winegard Trav'ler has become the stationary rooftop dish of choice for most RVers and it can provide HD; no dome or in-motion system can get HD on DirecTV. The Winegard uses a full-size dish and, therefore, can get signals when the smaller dome units cannot and doesn't suffer from signal loss due to condensation on the dome.


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This dealer, who I have found to be honest for about the past 12 years, tells me the KVH is much more reliable and subject to less updates, than the Winegard. Also, he says it is much more labor, at $98/hr (and Obama says we have no inflation!!) to wire in the Winegard, resulting in about the same installation cost. He says Winegard is pretty callous in it's support for warranty, which he thinks you will need with Winegard??

Hey, I'm about to lay out about $3000, lay out the objections now before I have committed!

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My Winegard SK3005 Traveler cost was $1750 installed. It picks up all the Direct TV channels including high definition channels. No updates in two years.
I think your dealer is blowing smoke. My dealings with Winegard as far as warranty claims on my old manual crank up dish were great.


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I have the KVH R6 and am very happy with it in my Motor Coach, I cannot see spending that kind of money for a 5'ver . I had a Winegard Movin View on my previous 5'ver and never had to do any updates for 5 years. If I was going to do it over again with a fifth wheel ,then I would go with the big traveler from winegard and get HD . The KVH has some extra expense with it to hook up another TV, ie.. a special "only from KVH" DC BLOCK SPLITTER and a Special Signal Destacker that is needed at a cost of $225.00 just to hook up the second TV, and you will need another DTV box and seperate subscription $5 per month.


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Thanks, guys. I think my old dealer, or at least his dish installer, was trying to scam me. Really hate to lose trust in someone. Did some more calling and will now go with a Winegard minimax dome and a directv receiver, along with installing directv in our stick home. All told, I will be out $1250, or less on the 5th wheel, as opposed to around $3000.

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KVH R6: You won't use the in-motion, only picks up 1 sat, can't get HD

Winegard Trav'ler: HD and multiple sats... go with Winegard

If you were going with Dish I would say 'maybe' since DTV can get HD on Dish.


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5thwheeleroldman wrote:

This dealer, who I have found to be honest for about the past 12 years, tells me the KVH is much more reliable and subject to less updates, than the Winegard. Also, he says it is much more labor, at $98/hr (and Obama says we have no inflation!!) to wire in the Winegard, resulting in about the same installation cost. He says Winegard is pretty callous in it's support for warranty, which he thinks you will need with Winegard??

Hey, I'm about to lay out about $3000, lay out the objections now before I have committed!



X2 on the Winegard Trav'ler SK3005 Direct TV slimline satellite....Clay L got a heck of a deal on his SK3005 purchase and installed....They have them on sale now at Camping World for $1595...installed with tax is going to cost me a little over $1949 at Camping World...

My friend has one of these on his 5er and it works great...get's ALL the high definition channels offered by Direct TV.


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