Great feedback, thanks everyone. Does anyone have experience with the Roadtrip Minimax, either stationary or in motion? If I'm correct, they use a different type of technology for receiving the signal. Any advantages to this, and do they still need direct line of site to the sats? (I am assuming yes)
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I am absolutely amazed with the Tailgater. Will lock on to all three satellites in about 8 minutes. Single strength with transponder 21 is usually 50% for each of the three satellites. When changing stations that require a satellite change the wait is negligible.
Ditto on the Winegard Travler. Had a KVH dome. I swear that bird poop would block the signal. Heavy rain always killed the signal. Had a portable dish on previous fiver. What a total pain to set up.
Travler has 3 LNBs for HD. Use it with 311 receiver. Works perfect. Everybody is happy. Had instal done at CW in Colorado Springs.
Note that we exculsively camp in the Southwest where trees are not an issue. If you camp in forested areas I would suggest the Winegard portable version of the roof mounted Travler. Same one button operation.
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X2! IMO, there's no better option than a portable antenna. Fixed rooftop mounts may operate easier, but only if your campsite has a clear view to the sats. With a 50' cable and my VuCube, I have yet to find myself in a campsite where I can't find an opening to get a signal.
I have a Vu Cube 2000 and Dish network. Set it down and push a button. If I were buying today I'd get a Tailgater. The 349.00 Tailgater price is hard to beat.
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You have the following choices, which is best depends on you.
First: Dish type antennas get easier to set up as you gain experience.
But lowest cost: Standard tripod mount dish that you have now, This dish has many advantages in that it is low cost, and it can be set up at a distance from your RV enabling it to get out from under the evil signal eating tree, I highly recommend an antenna of this type at least as a back up.
"Cube" type antennas like the Vu-Cube.. These come in 2 flavors, Single and Dual, (Means one or two coax outs can run one or MORE receivers (single runs just one, dual can run many) These are great for DirecTV, not so good for DirecHDTV and how good they are with DISH depends on if you have one or more receivers... See DOMES below for more, these are DOME type.
Roof mounted automatic (or manual) Dish, for this I will consider only automatic. So long as you are NOT under the signal eating tree, these are fantastic, they point themselves, no problem and you get the dish that matches your receiver (There are currently 4 or 5 different dishes) But alas they suffer from the afore mentioned tree. They also only work when PARKED. (Stationary) as a 60mph breeze will take 'em off the roof.
Domes: Stationary or "in-motion" (The in-motion ones let you record as you drive for later viewing when using a DVR type receiver, Very nice)
Like the cubes they don't work so well dith DirecHDTV (In fact they do not do HD at all, just SD) ALl domes are of the family cyclops. They have "One eye" and thus can see only one satellite at a time, DirecTV (NON-HD) uses one KU band satellite, (DIrecHDTV used 3, the other two are KA band and domes can't get 'em) Dish uses 3 birds, all KU, SOME domes can switch between 110, 119 and the HD bird fast enough to keep a SINGLE Dish receiver happy. but if you are running multiple receivers (Most DVR's ahve at least 2 receivers) sooner or later you will want to record shows appearing on two different birds at once.
ONLY a Dish type can handle that kind of thign.
My recommendation.. Rooftop antenna, A/B switch and a ground mount tripod.
Hook the roof to "A" (A-bove) and the ground mount to "B" (B-elow) when needed.
To switch set to A, hook up ground mount, switch to "B", on a direcTV receiver RESET, then point, on a dish point then CHECK SWITCH.
To disconnect,, Switch back to A, then disconnect, when "in the clear" (Out from under the tree) Do the reset or check switch bit.
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