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Old 01-30-2015, 10:43 AM   #1
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Roof mounted satellite dish

I'm thinking of adding a roof mounted satellite dish on my 25 foot flying cloud. Anyone have experience doing this? If so, what are the issues/problems?

I'd like to do this myself, but may consider an installer if too difficult.

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Old 01-30-2015, 10:48 AM   #2
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Not to dissuade you from the rooftop mount but having a dish that you can move outside might give you a little more flexibility on campsite choice. If my dish was limited to the roof, I'd have to pass on a lot of sites due to tree interference.

Satellite TV even if the trailer is undercover!

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Old 01-30-2015, 12:28 PM   #3
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I understand re: portability. Is it easy to set up and are do you do anything with regard to theft deterrent?


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Old 01-30-2015, 02:02 PM   #4
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I have had both. I started with the portable and after a couple of years, I went with the roof install. Couple of reasons, when it's bad weather or I came into a campground after dark, it was a real PITA to get it rigged up and running. Also, I would see a doggy peeing on it once in a while and that didn't sit well either.

I have been very happy with my Wineguard; had it now for 4 years. I leave the dish on all the time, so when I plug into the electric, by the time I get everything else adjusted and unhooked, the dish has established a hookup. Turn on the TV and my Direct TV is up and running. Sometimes you do have to maneuver a little to get a clear shot, but that's been pretty rare over all. About the only thing I would do different is to get the HD receiver.
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:05 PM   #5
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What model Winegard are you using?



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Old 01-31-2015, 11:29 AM   #6
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We have used the Direct TV HD Traveler 3005 for about 6 years and love it...had it on a fiver before our AS.

Only issue as stated previously is sometimes we can't receive b/c of trees, etc. Usually this is only for a night while on a journey. ..

If we plan to stay for longer periods of time at a CG, we always call ahead and ask for a site which has sat. exposure.
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We have the tailgater like Jack. Trees can be an issue...
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My '15 Classic 30 arrived yesterday. I will be installing a Winegard Travl'r on the roof in the next couple of days. (Have to move a radio antenna first.) My research on it -- and a conversation with the Winegard guy at Alumapalooza last Spring convinced me that this is a good solution for me when I'm out in the middle of nowhere. I will also be replacing the cheesy A/S over-the-air antenna with a Jack (had one on my '12 Intl and it really sucks in the channels!).. Good luck.
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Not to dissuade you from the rooftop mount but having a dish that you can move outside might give you a little more flexibility on campsite choice. If my dish was limited to the roof, I'd have to pass on a lot of sites due to tree interference.

Satellite TV even if the trailer is undercover!

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We have the same setup as Jack's and it works great. There's an app for my iPhone that shows where the satellites are located. Just set the Tailgator on the ground where it can see the satellites. Within 5 minutes we're watching Dish. I can't imagine anything easier!
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Winegard/Directv works great for us, so far. One-button & it's done.
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Google "Jack Antenna" and you can read all about it. In short, it's a modern powered antenna that sits about 18" above your trailer (no crank up or down), it has an adjustable gain mechanism, and you can turn it for strongest signal -- and get pretty LED lights to show the strongest signal. I had one on my '12 Intl CCD -- and coincidentally, just removed the "new" Airstream omni-directional antenna from my '15 Classic today. I installed a "Jack" in place of it. A bit more complex, as the "new" factory TV antenna has no swivel mechanism inside the trailer, so I had to drill a 1 1/2 hole from the roof all the way into the interior of my trailer. If you have a crank up, the hole you've got is a direct fit, as are the electronics...you do replace the amplifier (where you push the button to turn on the antenna), but it's a 1:1 swap. While I don't have stock in the company, I got TV channels at Alumapalooza last year that nobody else received. Not a lot of TV in Jackson Center.
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