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Old 07-18-2014, 02:57 AM   #1
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Satellite Dish Which one to buy.

Ok we just purchased a new 2014 38rl and it came pre-wired for a satellite dish. We had a dish on our old fifth wheel it was the single LNB manual crank up and locate type of system. We have been with Dish network for years and are planning to stay with them. They told me that I could take the receiver out of my house and put it in the RV. I have two receivers in the house and would like to move them to the RV when we travel one in the bedroom and one in the living room. What systems has everyone used and which ones do you recommend. I want to have HD and the ability to watch in either the bedroom or living room.

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Old 07-18-2014, 10:29 AM   #2
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From what I understand, they are pre-wired for the Winegard Trav'ler. Just did the install myself last weekend. Simple install. I too take my receivers from the house to the rig. Check out Atom Ant's install pictures, makes it easy to do. I bought mine from PPL Motorhomes. Good luck and enjoy your new rig.
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:58 PM   #3
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Victor,

You have three types of sat antennas in the RV world; Portable Carryout, Portable Automatic Carryout or Roof Mounted.
The Protable Carryout, the least expensive, is the old traditional dish like the one on the side of your S&B home, only difference is its portable, its mounted on a tripod. You assemble it onsite and manually aim it at the satellites.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j...05777104122175

The Portable Automatic Carryout is also one that you set out via cable but typically it will automatically find the sats. These are more expensive but give you the convenience of not having to manually search for the sats. There are several options here, probably the most popular are the Tailgater [SD only] and Pathway X2
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...L._SL1500_.jpg
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/t...-x2-no-rec.jpg

The Roof Mounted are typically the most expensive. The easiest to setup but if you're under trees...well you won't get sat!! There are several options here too, some are SD only, some both HD & SD. Popular models here are the King Dome [SD] and Trav'ler [HD]
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/t...-tv-system.jpg
http://www.satpro.tv/images/products/detail/sk100.jpg

I have two antennas, my primary [1st choice] is a Trav'ler on the roof, my backup [2nd choice] is a PathwayX2. Both give me HD on both receivers.

So, many choices, big difference in pricing. Do some research and look for the solution that works for you.
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:12 PM   #4
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The Redwood satellite prep is truly set up for the traveler. A dedicated coax to each of the two TVs (LR, BR) and a control cable that plugs right into the antenna and power box in the bedroom (at least on ours).

The Traveler is the only automatic that can see all three satellites for Dish at one time, and receives Dish in HD. Some of the dome and portable antennas can only see one or two satellites at the same time, limiting you viewing a bit when both TVs are in use.

Originally installed our Traveler on the Redwood with a Dish VIP-722 DVR in the LR and a VIP-222 Duo in the BR that ran the BR TV and the basement TV (basement in SD). We later switched to the Hopper/Joey system and have HD on all 3 TVs using the original Redwood prep wiring.

There is a wiring schematic floating around that was provided by Redwood for the 36RL that should apply to yours. I don't have the right computer or I would send it to you. I can tomorrow unless somebody beats me to it.
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Old 07-18-2014, 05:39 PM   #5
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For all DISH customers... DISH has two sets of satellites used for HD programming, the EASTERN [61.5, 72.7 and 77] and WESTERN [110 119 and 129 ] Arcs.

DISH uses different sats in different markets so depending on where you are located your feeds could be either Eastern or Western arc sats. To see which sats are used in your market go here.

Many of the RV antennas have Western Arc LNB's [the little things on the front of the antenna].The Trav'ler is set to search for the Western Arc sats, it can be manually tuned to the Eastern Arc but you won't get all 3 of these sats because the LNB's aren't aligned for them There is a Western Arc LNB set but as far as I know Winegard doesn't have a Trav'ler Eastern Arc program/conversion.

My point... as you move around you might/might not receive HD locals depending on which set of sats are used in the specific location. For example while in Florida I had HD locals [Western Arc feed], now in Branson MO I don't [Eastern Arc feed]. I still get HD on the other channels, e.g. HGTV, ESPN, etc. but not locals.
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Thanks everyone for the info one more question is there a satellite dish that also allows you to receive internet along with HD TV?

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Old 07-18-2014, 06:50 PM   #7
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Victor,

As far as I know there is not. From what I understand the internet sat requires it's own antenna.
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:52 PM   #8
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Ya, hughes net or something like that. Some have a sexy indigo light glowing on the LNB at night no them big Prevosts
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:44 PM   #9
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When we went fulltime, we took the DVR and dish from the house. It was a Western Arc. We have been on the East coast for quite a while and the Western Arc worked fine until we had trees in the way that we couldn't get around. The Dish tech came out and changed our Western for an Eastern. The only difference as I understand between the 2, is where to point the dish.
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homeguy,
Do you have the Travler? The manuals can be re-aimed, but I don't think the software for the Travler is available for the east coast arc.
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