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Old 06-16-2018, 05:30 PM   #1
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Satelite TV?

Do any of you have suggestions on how to get Satellite TV installed on our redwood? We have direct tv at home, would we call them?

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Old 06-17-2018, 05:07 PM   #2
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Michelle,
Oh boy, some of us could write a book to answer your question. I started out when we purchased our 2015 GK by having a Winegard Travl'r installed. I originally had DirecTV service and used our home equipment when traveling. I have since changed over to DISH and used just a Wally receiver. Hoping to install our home equipment, Hopper 3 with two Joeys in the near future and we are just about to begin FT'ing.
My suggestion would be to decide if you want a portable dish or a roof mounted, such as the Travl'r. Also, decide now if you want to stick with Directv. It's not cheap to change down the road. The big advantage to DISH service is in the HD reception ability. I was not terribly unsatisfied with the Directv reception, but they totally upset me a couple years ago with their pricing and tech service, so I changed. Unless you are installing yourself, talk with an RV dealer you trust (hmmm...not sure I know any like this personally) and talk through your use and desires for RV / TV use for now and future. Portable dishes have their advantage in getting signal around obstructions, like trees, but are a bit more troublesome to set up depending on which system you get.
And, yes, talk with Directv about your options. And, search this forum...there's a lot of info here.
Best of luck.
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Old 06-17-2018, 05:42 PM   #3
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Take a look at this fellows site, it helped me a lot to get our Hopper 3 to work with out rooftop Winegard Travel'r. There's loads of RV/Sat info for your reading.

https://rvseniormoments.com/tech-docs/
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Old 06-17-2018, 06:39 PM   #4
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Do any of you have suggestions on how to get Satellite TV installed on our redwood? We have direct tv at home, would we call them?

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Michelle
HI Michelle
I have been a long long time user of directv ..we recently went full time and wanted to continue our DTv service..We had the Wingard traveler installed as i want hd on all sets ..i have a genie in the living room and and the small satellite genies in the bedroom and basement ...picture quality is excellent !!! You just have to ask your self , what you want in terms of ease of set up, how much you want to spend,,,Traveller is about $1500 on Amazon and I spent another
$400 on install... But all I do is push a button upon campsite arrival, and the dish sets itself up and locals in on all satellites... i cant speak to dish as I’ve never been a fan of theirs ... let me know if yo have any questions ...I doubt DIRECTV reps know anything more than what’s on their websites....
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Old 06-27-2018, 12:49 AM   #5
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We just upgraded our TV to a Samsung U Smart TV from Costco. It has built in wi-fi. We discovered that our older cell phone (Verizon service) allows us to go wi-fi to the TV and stream all our recorded programs from home Dish TV. We now have unlimited data plan (again) with Verizon and it's covered in the "stream away" included coverage. It just needs a phone and can "mirror" to TV and no more need for the satellite on roof. Of course it only brings in whatever you can get from home, for $7 a month to have a connection on the go it's the best of all the options we have found. This is great for NO internet at a park, and no need to pay extra for wired.
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Old 06-27-2018, 12:57 AM   #6
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I cut a piece of the foil bubble (white on one side) to fit the opening and glued 4 magnets to the corners. I glued 4 attracting magnets to the 4 corners of the shower skylight. When it's hot I stick the 4 magnets together and it holds the foil in place and blocks the sun without completely blocking the light. When not in use I fold it in half so it lets all the light in. Hope this makes sense. Even a light piece like what I use really makes a world of difference in temperature.
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I will be surprised if your "unlimited" plan is really that........you may find they will throttle you after a certain data usage point. Good luck to you!
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First I'm sorry that the bubble idea for over shower dome got in wrong place. My bad!
As for Verizon, they do have an Unlimited Plan now/again. It does throttle IF you reach 20 GB on hotspot per line but we haven't reached that so don't know what it is like. Verizon says they don't throttle unless it's high peak use and they have to. It's not automatic. My phone won't "cast" or "mirror" to wifi TV. Husband's older Samsung phone does it not turning on mobile data, just the wi-fi on phone.
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Since we had (and still do) DirecTV in the house, we went with DirecTV on our 5th wheel also using the WINEGARD Trav'ler dish on the roof. We have the Genie system in the house, but we went with just the HD receivers in the camper. With two boxes on the camper, they're just additional boxes on our home account and are identified as RV L RM and RV BD RM. The only thing we lose are the local home channels when we go past a 500 mile radius (I think) from home. We had our RV dealer install the sat dish and made sure that the TV's were box ready.

The one thing to keep in mind is that if your camper sits for more that a month without you using the system, your DirecTV black boxes will go dormant as they need to "phone home" at least once a month. If that happens, you just need to go online into your account and look at your equipment. Under the boxes on your camper will be a highlighted BLUE statement "refresh receiver", push that. Wait five minutes and do the next box if you have one.


DirecTV also has a Traveler's plan that hooks you up with either the East satellites or the West satellites, depending where you at with your camper. We didn't go with this plan as it requires a separate account (higher cost), compared to paying $40 for the two camper boxes on our home account. With the Travelers Plan you will still get the National networks, just not the local channels (Such as local news/weather).


https://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/conte...elers/overview
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As far as I know, DirecTV only has one group of Satellites, Dish on the other hand does have and East and West Feed.
We have the Travelers Plan and yes do pay extra for the National Networks. We get the New York City channels anywhere we can get DirecTV reception. When at our Home Base in Western New York, I use their Chat Feature and get the Local Channels added, while still keeping the New York channels for when we travel out of range of the locals. When we move South for the Winter, will have Locals changed to that location. Now with all the things AT&T are doing this could all change overnite.
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