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Old 09-02-2013, 08:45 AM   #1
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We are new to rving and hope to own an Airstream in the very near future. We are trying to find a portable Direct TV satellite disk and every place we call that Direct TV points us to doesn't even seem to know what we are talking about. Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:04 AM   #2
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Here's a link to a site where I got my Dish Tailgater and receiver. They carry Direct equipment also. Satellite Equipment - Shop at SolidSignal.com

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I gave up on a manual dish. Too much hassle adjusting the elevation, azimuth and skew by hand. I settled on a DISH Tailgater. Just plug it in and push a few buttons and voila, TV. You have to use a specific receiver in tandem. A model that does both Dish and Direct is available for more $.

You can get a roof mounted antennae, but a portable dish does not limit you to parking with a clear view to the south sky.
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One thing to note however, is that the Tailgater equivalent for Direct or the dual unit that can use either service, cannot get Direct's HD service. That was a major reason why I chose Dish over Direct. If you use a Direct dish on a stand that you aim yourself, you can get Direct's HD feed.

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If you already have Direct TV, and are on a budget like most, go to eBay. You can get everything there. Get a spare receiver from Direct, use it in the trailer with a portable dish.
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I bought by impulse (it was on sale at Camping World) Winegard portable. I bought a satellite finder too. (All with 30 day return if I did not like it). Once I got used to 'finding' the satellite it has worked just great. We just take our Directv standard satellite box. 5. Aiming the Dish - MP1 Winegard Carryout Portable Satellite Antenna - YouTube

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I bought by impulse (it was on sale at Camping World) Winegard portable. I bought a satellite finder too. (All with 30 day return if I did not like it). Once I got used to 'finding' the satellite it has worked just great. We just take our Directv standard satellite box.
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Nice unit Neil. Is it pretty stable in the wind?

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For those who haven't seen a Tailgater setup, here's a video. What is most interesting if you stick with watching is that they take off the top of of unit which allows you to see the workings in action. You never do this (unless you want to void the warranty), but it is interesting to see what's inside the box and how it functions.

Dish Tailgater - Solid Signal Review WITH EXCLUSIVE LOOK INSIDE - YouTube
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We've got a Winegard "Carryout", have had it for 3 years, it works great. Set it up and unless there are trees or other things in the way, you'll be watching TV inside of 10 minutes. It's compatible with either Dish, Direct, and a couple of others, but you have to change the DIP switches inside the dome...
There is a tie down on the bottom to secure it from wind or theft. Check with "Tweeties" in Texas. For whatever it's worth, Camping World usually has the highest prices...
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For those who haven't seen a Tailgater setup, here's a video.
I was told by DISH not to place the TV on top of the receiver, as shown in the video, because it blocks the ventilation holes and can cause overheating.
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Nice unit Neil. Is it pretty stable in the wind?

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I declined the $60-$70 leg accessory . I found that my small round collapsible table works well. There is a cap on the lower case of the satellite base to put about a gallon of water or sand to give the unit some stabilization. I've had no problem in breezy conditions however there is an 'eye' on the bottom to connect a cable to an anchor into the ground. I've used the dish with up to more than 100' of coax cable. We usually dry camp in the trees. Now when I scout out campsites I need to find one with a clear view of the southern sky. But should for any reason my location will not work.......I get over it. I bought this set up as we were camping during last years Olympics. In the fall when my son-in law joins us with our daughter and grandkids he always asks, "Will you be able to get the Cal game"? Ultimate tailgating....in a campground. He brings the beer.

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All of you are so kind to respond to my question! Thank you so much! Until the day we own an Airstream, we will just be dreaming of it! I love this forum! Such good information!
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I was told by DISH not to place the TV on top of the receiver, as shown in the video, because it blocks the ventilation holes and can cause overheating.

Agreed. This led me to why I got the 211z receiver rather than the more common 211k. Since I have limited space to put the receiver and TV (on top of the microwave/convection storage cabinet in my Classic, the 211z is about 1/3 smaller. This gives space for the TV and the receiver and for us, the cell phones. Dish's receivers need all their ventilation since these units always have electronics working, even though you turn them off.

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