Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-06-2018, 01:46 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
intyme13's Avatar
 
2013 27' Flying Cloud
Acton , California
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 12
Satellite

Looking into satellite tv antenna to mount on the roof of a Flying Cloud Does anyone have any experience with the Winegard Dish Traveler or any other roof mounted satellite?
__________________

intyme13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2018, 03:55 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
1986 31' Sovereign
Miami , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,996
Blog Entries: 13
Well, I am going to try and talk you out of a fixed mount. With a fixed antenna, if there is an inconvenient tree in your way, you are out of luck. With my Kingquest 4100 and 50' of cable, I can wander about my campsite until I get a clear view of the satellite (I have a handy APP on my phone that guides me).

Just my 2 cents
__________________

__________________
new (usually dirty) Nissan Titan XD (hardly paid for)
Old (enhanced with "male pattern baldness") Sovereign
Young, lovely bride
Goofy dog, dismissive cat
n2916s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2018, 04:31 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
Al and Missy's Avatar

 
2002 30' Classic S/O
Melbourne Beach , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 3,410
If you decide to go with a portable and want HDTV you will have to go with Dish. AFAIK there is no portable that will do HDTV on DirecTV. While SD is available now on DirecTV there are persistent rumors that they will cease broadcasting SD in the near future although some rumored deadlines have passed.


I have a Winegard Trav'ler for DirecTV. I really like it when I can park with a clear shot to the satellites. As a backup I carry a standard Slimline dish and a tripod. I read multiple places that it is hard to manually align an antenna with a SWM (single wire multi-switch) LNB (all the new DirecTV receivers require antennas with a SWM) and that the standard inexpensive pointing meters don't work with them. I think the part about the meters is true, but the part about manual alignment is not. I just get the Az, El, and Tilt numbers for the nearest zip code from my receiver, set the dish for Elevation and Tilt, turn on the receiver, go to the signal meters page set for the 101 satellite. I use a compass or an iPhone app to find the approximate location of the 101 satellite and point the dish, moving it a few degrees at a time. Once I find the 101, I change the meters to the 99 satellite and peak it up. It's not as easy as the Trav'ler but it works when the Trav'ler won't.

Unless you have satellite at home, you have another choice to make - DirecTV or Dish Network. I have had satellite at home for years with DirecTV so that's what I use on the trailer. If I didn't I'd probably go with Dish since they have an RV plan that you can turn on and off on a monthly basis. DirecTV only lets you turn off once a year (or maybe it's 6 months, I don't recall). As an added benefit the Dish Network antennas for HDTV are about half the price, or less, than the Trav'ler for DirecTV. I understand that with Dish Network there is a master receiver that controls which satellite the antenna points to. The other receiver(s) can only watch programming that is on that satellite.


If you decide to go with the Trav'ler, get the steel mounting plate. It can be securely mounted to the roof and provides a sturdy foundation for the Trav'ler.



Al
__________________

"You cannot reason someone out of a position they have not been reasoned into"

Al, K5TAN and Missy, N4RGO
2002 Classic 30 Slideout
S/OS #004
2013 Dodge 2500 Laramie 4x4 Megacab Cummins
2001 Safari 25 RB Twin (Gone, but not forgotten)
WBCCI 1322, TAC FL-39, AIR 82265

Al and Missy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2018, 10:04 PM   #4
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Dallas , Texas
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 46
Putting aside the whole theft idea, which I admit is definitely a significant consideration, why not just get the Trav'ler and place it on the ground with a clear view of the satellites? Then it doesn't matter where you park your trailer.


You could secure it with a cable just as with any other portable dish antenna. Of course, as with anything valuable (like a generator), a determined thief can always find a way to bypass your security measures. And, unfortunately, that might be an expensive lesson to learn.
neck101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Satellite ALANSD Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 9 08-19-2003 12:36 PM
Satellite Antenna Don in E Texas Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 2 04-25-2003 03:57 PM
Satellite from above 53flyingcloud Our Community 14 03-29-2003 09:46 AM
Satellite Question davthr Our Community 11 03-17-2003 11:31 AM
Satellite Equipment rdm Airstream Motorhome Forums 7 03-14-2003 10:00 AM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:21 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.