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Old 10-02-2003, 05:19 AM   #1
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Satellite - TracVision

I am in the process of figuring out which satellite antenna I am going to purchase for my travel trailer. From what I've read and heard, TracVision seems to be the leader in this type of technology.

Does anyone have any personal experience with these products? I am deciding between the S2 & S3. I already have the Dish Network and an extra receiver, so I'll just permanently install that in the new trailer. From what I hear, I will only have to pay a few dollars to add on a receiver to my account. Then, as long as I am in the United States, the thing will work and the Trac Vision will always take care of acquiring the signal. What a deal!
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Old 10-02-2003, 06:29 AM   #2
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Does anyone have any personal experience with these product?
Just the manual crank up type. I would get ahold of Tracvision and see if they had a mount to fit the curved roof. The domes look fairly wide and I see that as a potential problem.

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Old 10-02-2003, 06:42 AM   #3
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While we were at the International Rally this past summer, we were next to a 90's 34' with a heavy satellite receiver on the roof. He said the receiver had caused some damage to his trailer because of the weight. You might want to check with Airstream about their experience with these units.

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Old 10-02-2003, 07:04 AM   #4
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I may be wrong, but in all of the new sales information that I have read from Air Stream, they clearly point out that their trailers are prewired for Satellite. If the satellite dish should not be placed on the roof, where do they have there satellite cable coming out on the exterior? Where should the dish be mounted? Can it be permanently mounted?
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Satellite dishes can be roof mounted but a factory prewire does not necessarily mean roof mounted pre-wire. Sometimes this means only that the cabling is in place for the receiver.

Many RVers use tripod mounted dishes setup next to the RV at the camp site. They are usually less expensive and can be moved around the campsite quite a bit in order to receive a good signal (instead of moving your trailer around). The down side is in the room it takes up when in storage and the fact that you have to set it up and take it down. This may not be an issue if you camp for longer periods.

Camping World has a good selection of dishes from tripod mounted and roof mounted automatic in motions tracking dishes. Obviously...the bigger and badder the dish the more weight.

Definately check with AS on roof mounting
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Airstream's Response

I wrote my question to Airstream and I received a response within 30 minutes. Here is what I was told:

"Your SAT signal runs through your cable TV hook up on the rear of trailer exterior. The cable in the trailer is rated for SAT We recommend using a portable dish."

I guess it's a portable dish! Hey, they just saved me $1,200.
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The sat dishes require RG6 cable from the dish to the receiver. My older MH probably has the old cable tv cable (RG59?). I think Airstream is saying that the new rigs have the cable TV is wired with RG6 cable so you can feed the dish signal into your cable tv in and then your receiver inside.
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I like picking out wooded campsites. This makes using a roof mounted dish impossible. I mounted mine on a piece of 6X6 treated lumber, then added a 2X4 to the front for more stability. Mount cost $0. I had an extra dish, from upgrading to a newer receiver. I use a signal meter, that I got from "The Shack" for $29.95. We just take our home unit with us.
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Yeah I would go with a portable dish, one reason is what happens when you park in a wooded camsite and only can get a clear signal closer to the road so it's no TV if you have a permanite mount.

Also satilite dishes don't require any special wiring, just standard cable.

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The RG6 is pretty much standard today. That's what they sell at Lowe's as standard issue. You can use standard cable (the older RG59) but you might lose some signal strength. Hey, if it works it works! Doesn't the end justify the means?
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Hopefully the portable sat will work great. I guess my only concern was that it could easily be moved or tipped over. I will just try to secure it well.
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Camping World has all kinds of mounting devices for portable dishes. I thought the sand or water filled base was neat, just like sand and water filled weights for physical fitness when traveling. The tripod devices are anchored to the ground with a screw-in device between the feet similar to that used for awning tiedowns and tethering a dog leash. A friend of mine just mounted his dish on a sheet of plywood and carries it wherever he wants to go.
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Wired for satellite means that somewhere in the cable between the exterior cable/satellite hookup female F-connector, and the Winegard TV antenna plate on the wall, there is a plate with two female F-connectors and a short piece of coax joining them. To insert a sat receiver, you remove the jumper, connect the "Sat In" on the receiver to the connector going to the external connector, and the "TV out" on the receiver to the connector going to the Winegard plate. When the power button on the Winegard plate is IN and the amplifier is on, the TVs get the signal from the batwing antenna. When the button is OUT, the TVs get the signal from the satellite receiver.

The signal loss of 30' of RG59 over RG6 is minimal. I run an 80' lead of RG59 from my dish to a bedroom I didn't want to rewire. The receiver box in that room reports the same signal strengths as the one with 20' of RG6 in the family room.

Just user RG6 on the external run to the portable dish.
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Article in SFGATE on TracVision A5

The San Francisco Chronicle had an article on the TracVision A5 for use with SUVs, vans and larger cars. The new streamlined A5 looks pretty sweet!

Slightly off-topic, but this could obviously be used with RVs as well (once you figure out the hard wiring and installation).

Link to the article in the San Francisco Chronicle

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