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Old 10-24-2010, 06:33 AM   #15
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We pay an extra $5/mo for our Direct TV receiver which calls our RV home. Many take their receiver from home and use it in the RV, a service for which they are paying whether at home or on the road.

We have the roof mounted Trav'ler 3005 and really have not had any problem accessing a signal.
I have read that the Vu-Cube is compatible with the Dish HD signal but not the Direct HD signal because it does not lock on to both the Ku and Ka bands.

The same with the King Dome. Also I have read that the domes lose about 10% of signal strength b/c of the cover, does not receive Direct Ku/Ka bands, and requires periodic treatment with cleansers to prevent rain from adhering and diminishing the signal.
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:51 AM   #16
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One option for you that may be worth looking in to www.motosat.com we love our setup even though, at times, trees block the reception. Even with that we don't miss having to do the outdoor setup thing, especially in bad weather. So many options are available it's sometimes difficult to choose. Good luck in finding one that suits your situation and budget.
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:51 AM   #17
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I've had a King Dome for four years and have had no problems in rain diminishing the signal. I'm using a Dish Network box that is usually mounted in my shop when I'm on the road.
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:55 PM   #18
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Agree! I pay $5 for the receiver in my AS which is on my DirecTV account. If I was trying to bypass paying for the service, I wouldn't recommend it to others.
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:17 PM   #19
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Motostat has a slimline dish compatible with Direct TV HD which weighs only 39.5#!!!!! The Trav'ler weighs 54!!!! That might represent a significant difference on the roof of an AS. Thank you for the tip! This site is terrific: great experience and advice.
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:57 PM   #20
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Wow, a wealth of information to consider. Many thanks.

Camping World has a promotion going for the Winegard Dome which gets rave reviews. It costs $800. Yikes. Isn't there a cheaper way to do this?
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Old 10-30-2010, 06:46 PM   #21
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We have a Direct TV account at home and when we switched to HD we kept the old dish and mount it on a Winguard portable tripod. The old receiver costs $5.00 per month extra on our home account. I have 100' of cable that allows me to move around most trees etc. It only takes 5 minutes to set up. I set the TV to signal beep and go outside and move dish until the beeb is really chirping. This works 99% of the time.....Tim
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Old 10-30-2010, 11:01 PM   #22
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How about the actual wire connections? I have a 2005 CCD international, 25ft. Just subscribed to direct TV with two receivers. The install techs had an extra dish they gave me.

Does the AS typically have an in line amplifier that I need to bypass for the sat signal to work? Thanks in advance
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Old 10-31-2010, 06:26 AM   #23
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Does the AS typically have an in line amplifier that I need to bypass for the sat signal to work? Thanks in advance
I have a 2005 Bambi, so it may be a bit different. There is an in-line amplifier, but I believe it is only for the roof top antenna. Mine has two separate connections, one for the roof top antenna with the signal amplifier (green LED light). The other is for the satellite/cable connection, and is labeled CABLE/SAT IN, and CABLE/SAT OUT. After I connect my DirecTV dish to the outside box, I connect a short cable from the CABLE/SAT IN jack to the satellite receiver. I leave both the roof top antenna, and the satellite dish connected at all times, and switch back and forth via the input switch on the TV. I don't recall having to bypass the amp.
Hope that makes sense. It's early here.
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:01 AM   #24
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I managed to get this picture without waking the wife (we're at a state park campground in Delaware). The top faceplate shows the connection for the roof top antenna. The lower one shows the black cable (CABLE/SAT IN)that connects to the television. The gray cable on the bottom is a short jumper that isn't connected to anything.
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Old 11-01-2010, 12:49 AM   #25
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Thanks Silver! Pics are great. I have similar panels in my unit. I'll try that and see what happens.
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Old 11-06-2010, 07:36 PM   #26
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Dear Adage

I just recently (as of last Monday, 11/1/10) became an official full-time. I called DirectTV and they moved my receiver from house to 30' Excella. The installer was supposed to bring a tripod but never got the message. I called the 'movers' of Direct back yesterday and although I'm 500 mi farther west, they are coming here on Wed specifically to bring a tripod to fit the 2" post tripod to my Slimline DirectTV dish. I also have a 'swimmer' LNB which replaces 2 or 4 of the old LNB's. Apparently most dish antenna have a 1-5/8" post except the Slimline. Most tripods are also that size so if you have the new Slimline check to make sure about the post size. I'll let you know how this works out. BTW I have to pay for the new 2" post tripod. There was no mention of this being illegal or somehow stealing.
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