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Old 01-30-2016, 08:01 PM   #1
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Direct TV HD?

Well we switched the house from cable to satellite so we could take the receiver with us on the road. I ordered a DirecTV HD dish off Amazon and it arrived yesterday but with the wrong LNB.

So now that I'm realizing that HD is maybe a different animal, I'm wondering is it's worth the struggle to have HD over standard. The dish is much larger, sounds like the standard meter is insufficient to tune in the multiple satellite positions.

My previous 5th wheel had a semiautomatic dome mounted and then we carried a dish on a tripod when parked under trees; standard definition but worked great, relative easy.

Is the HD signal much more difficult to dial in? The automatic DirectTV Slimline is $1,600 and HD is not worth that to me.

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Old 01-30-2016, 10:39 PM   #2
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We have the Dish Travel'r with the hopper and joey system and it gives us HD and DVR capabilities at all three TV's at the same time. Yes the dish was expensive, but it is totally automatic. Lesser antennas may require you to manually switch from one satellite to another to change programs you wish to watch. Over time how much is that hassle worth? We've had ours now since May 2014 and really couldn't be happier.
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:32 PM   #3
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I've not ever tried to manually bring in HD, but the HD picture is sure nice, even with the standard rooftop antenna. We have the Traveler and it has been a great automatic antenna, but I understand what you mean about cost- We were thinking of trading the rig already and that would have just been a loss, as I couldn't really take it off.
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Old 02-12-2016, 11:02 PM   #4
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Well we switched the house from cable to satellite so we could take the receiver with us on the road. I ordered a DirecTV HD dish off Amazon and it arrived yesterday but with the wrong LNB.

So now that I'm realizing that HD is maybe a different animal, I'm wondering is it's worth the struggle to have HD over standard. The dish is much larger, sounds like the standard meter is insufficient to tune in the multiple satellite positions.

My previous 5th wheel had a semiautomatic dome mounted and then we carried a dish on a tripod when parked under trees; standard definition but worked great, relative easy.

Is the HD signal much more difficult to dial in? The automatic DirectTV Slimline is $1,600 and HD is not worth that to me.

Suggestions?

Howard
We installed the Wingard SWM3 Direct TV system on our Redwood 36RL with the steel base (total about $1,800.00). It was a four hour project. We use the two receivers from home while Direct TV provide us we free spare remotes and power supplies for the Redwood. The system has been great.

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Old 02-15-2016, 11:40 PM   #5
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I have direct TV with local from NY and HD with their normal satellite dish. Finding the the satellites is not any harder that the old small dish. Start with satellite 110 adjusting longitude and Smith by hand until you get the strongest signal, then fine tune with the adjusting bolts. Once complete go to satellite 119 and adjust tilt only until your signal is at the highest signal. Once that is complete the rest of the satellist will come in as well. Been doing this for approx three years. HD is a great picture. I am able to fi the dish in my storage. To me well worth the setup time, in most cases approx 10 mins with my wife providing me with signal strength via cell. Direct tec taught me the set up. Hope this helps, Tom
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Old 02-18-2016, 07:35 PM   #6
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When I bought my rig the dealer set me up with Direct TV and an automatic antenna on the roof. Easy to operate, push a button and done. Having said that it only works here in the NE in the early spring and late fall when there are no leaves on the trees. Once the leaves fill in my system is useless.
I bought a small portable automatic antenna no HD but it works and you can position it where you need to see through the trees.
A friend of mine couldn't stand the fact that I had no HD and bought me all the components to make it work and be portable. it takes an hour to setup and I really didn't care if I had HD or not. Although anyone that sees it comments how great a picture there is. if left on my own I wouldn't have bothered and the portable system was fine. Now that I have the other parts I have to set them up when my friends stop by.
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Old 02-24-2016, 02:53 AM   #7
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So if I am going to buy a system.....Do you guys suggest I get the permanent dish on the roof or a portable one to move around out side the RW? I need some help on this one please.
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Old 02-24-2016, 02:58 AM   #8
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I want HD and have two TVs possibly adding another in the future.
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Old 02-24-2016, 03:01 AM   #9
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I am in the same spot. I am leaning toward a tripod type. One of the drawbacks to a permanent mounted is if you sell the coach the dish goes with it. Dish network has high speed internet but not on permanent mount. Disk network also has more HD channels. I love the fact that I push a button and a few seconds later I have TV rain or shine.
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Old 02-24-2016, 05:47 AM   #10
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I have been using the Tripod setup with our Dish System for over 4 years now, no complaints.
Now that I have set it up every few weeks for over 4 years, I can usually setup the Tripod and be ready to go in 5 to 10 minutes.
Since I have 100 feet of cable on our Dish, I can usually move the Tripod around and find a clear opening to get a clear view of the satellites and a good, strong HD signal.
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