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Old 05-16-2008, 01:29 AM   #1
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Has anyone installed a Winegard Trav'ler

This is their latest RV product that has a larger reflector (dish) and three LNB's. It auto-aligns in stationary positions when parked, and doesn't have a 'dome' over it...

Winegard --- TRAV'LER Automatic Mult-Satellite Antenna

I'm planning to remove the old 'clothes rack' TV antenna and try to mount the Trav'ler near or over the old 'hole' in the roof.

I was just wondering if AS ever built for/aft reinforcements on the center of the roof between the ribs? I'm somewhat worried about the roof 'flexing' around the base of the Trav'ler.

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Old 05-16-2008, 07:03 AM   #2
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I've seen this type of dish installed on a AS. Camping world will do it for you. But, if you put a dish on a tripod, you still have the ability to get satellite when trees cover the AS. Alignment is no big deal once you've done it a few times.
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What about removing the old crank up television antenna. Do some folks leave it on for nostalgia? My AS is not a show piece, I am looking for practicality. The tripod works for me and I don't have any problems setting it up anywhere.
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analog is over because DTV will be the standard in 09.
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analog is over because DTV will be the standard in 09.
HD still uses the same VHF/UHF antennas and will be the only way to pull in local stations that a traveling satellite receiver won't get if they our outside of their home area due to spotbeaming.
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Old 06-03-2008, 12:06 AM   #7
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Here's a pic of the Trav'ler installed on our 28 ft Ambassador. Installation was rather easy, except that I had to pop down the center, inside skin the route the cables. I got lucky and used the old crank up antenna lead to snake the new cables around the front curved section inside.

The antenna unit fit in perfectly between the front two vents. It works great...unfolds, turns, finds the three sat signals, then 'tweaks' em' in for max signal...way cool! It's neat to watch it even 'slew' the dish for the final tweaking!

We picked up a 22 inch Sanyo HD LCD TV to run off the Sat signals (Dish Net). We don't yet have an HD sat receiver...that's the next upgrade...can't wait to get that HD picture while out in the boonies!

The Trav'ler has the capability to run three separate coax cables down from the antenna...I ran two in case I ever want a 2nd TV.

I'm in the process of upgrading the roof top vents to the Fantastic Fan units from Vintage Trailer supply...the ones that are gray color, with flat covers for AS's. I made myself a label saying "Close Fwd Vent before using Sat Antenna" and attached it to the Trav'ler control box...as the Fantastic Vent covers can open high enough for some possible interference as the Sat Ant swings around!

The actual 'dish' of the sat antenna is quite a bit larger on the Trav'ler units than the ones used in the enclosed domes...so signal strength should never be a problem...unless there's some foliage in the way, of course.

All in all, a good unit if you want the Max Sat signal...not as sleek looking as a dome, but I call it that 'Transformer' look.... Cooool.
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Just had my dish installed. Works great. Now able to watch football in the middle of nowhere.
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