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Old 04-20-2012, 11:37 PM   #1
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Enjoying HD satellite TV

I was a bit hesitant to take the plunge on a permanent satellite dish for our new 2012 Airstream but having decided to spend between four and five months a year on the road it just fell in place.

Had our closest A/S dealer (Tuscano RV in Los Banos, Ca) do the job and I must say parked at an RV park on our first trip since the installation it's pretty nice. One of our biggest gripes about RV park cable TV was having the park operators picking the channels.

At first I wanted a portable dish on a tripod, but couldn't find one that worked with Direct TV in high def, then there was the issue of storage. Finally we pulled the trigger on what I consider a pretty clean system that is working like a charm.

One other advantage is getting our home local channels on the road. I'm pretty happy knowing I can watch my S.F. Giants no matter where we park
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:43 PM   #2
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What is the system? Will it do wifi too?
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One other advantage is getting our home local channels on the road. I'm pretty happy knowing I can watch my S.F. Giants no matter where we park
Do you get your local networks when you are far from home? If so, how far?
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What is the system? Will it do wifi too?
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It's a Winegard Trav'ler SK-3005. Direct TV only, we're getting WiFi from a little Verizon MiFi hotspot.
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Do you get your local networks when you are far from home? If so, how far?
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Right now we're parked just a few counties over from home and we are getting our locals. Since it's satellite I'm thinking we'll get locals no matter where we go but I'm not sure. I tried it in Los Banos and got home channels and now here in Columbia same result. Got my fingers crossed that it will be nation wide.
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I was a bit hesitant to take the plunge on a permanent satellite dish for our new 2012 Airstream but having decided to spend between four and five months a year on the road it just fell in place.

Had our closest A/S dealer (Tuscano RV in Los Banos, Ca) do the job and I must say parked at an RV park on our first trip since the installation it's pretty nice. One of our biggest gripes about RV park cable TV was having the park operators picking the channels.

At first I wanted a portable dish on a tripod, but couldn't find one that worked with Direct TV in high def, then there was the issue of storage. Finally we pulled the trigger on what I consider a pretty clean system that is working like a charm.

One other advantage is getting our home local channels on the road. I'm pretty happy knowing I can watch my S.F. Giants no matter where we park
Does your system work without electric hookups, off the batterys.I looked at the spec on the traveler showed connected to 110.
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Wink And that's important because?

I watch too much at home....somehow it's just not that important when stream'n.
Localz for newz and whether is plenty, boy I sure miss foxn though.

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Does your system work without electric hookups, off the batterys.I looked at the spec on the traveler showed connected to 110.
110v only.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:52 PM   #9
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We enjoy our Trav'ler as well - I installed it almost 3 years ago, and it's been a real winner!

We use Dish Net, however, with the local network channels option...AND we subscribe to the All American Network to get the San Francisco & New York network channels if we're too far away from our 'home' footprint to get our normal local nework channels...

All American also has an HD service option, but you then get Chicago & Los Angeles channels, I believe...

I don't think the All American network is available for Direct TV users at the current time - you can check on the Net for current info...

Only problem with the Trav'ler is signal blockage if there are trees in your way when camped in the boonies!
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Will be picking up a new 30' International Serenity in a couple of weeks from an Ohio dealer and he says they dont install the Winegard Trav'ler Slimline because the base does not conform to the A/S. What's the truth here? Will this Direct TV antenna work or not? Any help would be appreciated.
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I was a bit hesitant to take the plunge on a permanent satellite dish for our new 2012 Airstream but having decided to spend between four and five months a year on the road it just fell in place.

Had our closest A/S dealer (Tuscano RV in Los Banos, Ca) do the job and I must say parked at an RV park on our first trip since the installation it's pretty nice. One of our biggest gripes about RV park cable TV was having the park operators picking the channels.

At first I wanted a portable dish on a tripod, but couldn't find one that worked with Direct TV in high def, then there was the issue of storage. Finally we pulled the trigger on what I consider a pretty clean system that is working like a charm.

One other advantage is getting our home local channels on the road. I'm pretty happy knowing I can watch my S.F. Giants no matter where we park
Glad to hear you're very pleased with your installation.

Sadly, I think you'll find that there are, indeed, limits to how far you can stray from your home and still pick up the local channels and the Giants and 49ers. We also have the local SF package, and it works well, within limits. I've been using it for years, and thought I'd somehow cracked the code. The reality seems to be that there is some sensitivity to longitude, but not so much to latitude. Based on where we often venture, I'm good all the way up and down the coast, and in N. California, as far east as the NV line. Further south, say, Death Valley, no luck, seems too far east. Most of OR and WA are ok, but extreme east OR and points further east, no luck.

I only have standard def in the Airstream, with a single LNB dish. I don't know if a more sophisticated dish, capable of multiple satellites, or a second dish would allow pickup of local channels nationwide. That's outside my expertise. You can subscribe to a national feed, but my understanding is that it causes you to lose your local feed, which, of course, is exactly what you don't want. It seems local channels nationwide have lobbied to protect their advertising revenue.
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These systems are very reliable and we enjoy our MOTOSAT installation very much. The tripod setup might work a bit better when in the woods as you have more flexibility in finding an opening through the trees but when we can't we just put in a Netflix, Redbox movie or just read. Life is good when on the road in an Airstream!
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Any one want to share new HD direct tv install info and photos.
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We had a direct tv traveler for several years on our Motorhome and, I must say we enjoyed it.
We could get our local channels about 300 miles from home. We wintered in Florida and when we got there and all set up we called direct tv and had them turn on our local channels. Worked great, when we returned home we had them switch us back.
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