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Old 04-05-2015, 10:12 AM   #15
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Thanks for all your input, but that was not the original question. I am interested in what satellite equipment have worked for you. I have Direct TV and will not be changing. I am interested in what equipment will allow me watch Direct TV in my Airstream.
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:46 AM   #16
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Check King Controls web site all the info you need is there.
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:25 AM   #17
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I have DishTV. Works ok. Seldom do I get HD programs. I also have a roof mounted installation so set up is all automatic. Customer support is worthless when needed. Not a big TV watcher but it works most of the time. The only real advantage is I can "pause" my monthly usage and they stop charging the monthly fees until I "resume" my package. Of course they charge $7.00 a month to pause. 120 channels of which about 115 I don't think anyone watches.
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:42 AM   #18
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There are basically three ways to go:

Tripod mounted, standard issue Direct Tv antenna. I have a 75' cable so I can wander about a campsite to get a clear view of the southern sky. Set up, using my satellite finder app, takes about 10 minutes.

Portable, automatic antenna (I.e. The King Flex) that is also cable tethered so you can move it to an open spot but it aims itself.

Automatic, self -aiming unit mounted on the roof of your Airstream.

I use the tripod option because a.) I'm cheap and b.) I have seldom been unable to get a useable satellite signal. Granted, you may have to relocate it a couple of times but it beats moving the whole trailer...

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Old 04-05-2015, 12:39 PM   #19
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There are basically three ways to go:

Tripod mounted, standard issue Direct Tv antenna. I have a 75' cable so I can wander about a campsite to get a clear view of the southern sky. Set up, using my satellite finder app, takes about 10 minutes.

Portable, automatic antenna (I.e. The King Flex) that is also cable tethered so you can move it to an open spot but it aims itself.

Automatic, self -aiming unit mounted on the roof of your Airstream.

I use the tripod option because a.) I'm cheap and b.) I have seldom been unable to get a useable satellite signal. Granted, you may have to relocate it a couple of times but it beats moving the whole trailer...

Mike
There are a few options for the Automatic, self aiming unit.

There are the dome type (like the King Controls models) that are small light weight and can mount on the roof or be used as portable. They do not receive HD tv on Directv and they get poor signal when dealing with weather or trees. They are smaller, lighter but less effective at pulling in the signal.

The best roof mount option is the WineGard Automatic Travl'er antenna. When powered on, it will self seek the satellites, tune them in and provide HD TV service just like at home. The dish is a full size slimline design so it receives a strong signal even in bad weather and when partially obscured by trees. It is also compatible with almost every Directv home receiver including the new Genie.
The downside is weight and price. The Travler antenna is rather large and heavy. It requires a sizable baseplate installed and costs around $1500.00. It is probably a good idea to find a professional installer in your area that has experience with Airstreams and the Travler antenna. However it can be self installed if you want.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:43 PM   #20
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switch?

If you SHOULD decide to switch to Dish, get the Tailgater antenna ($350). Automatic and rugged.
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Old 04-05-2015, 02:01 PM   #21
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I have Direct TV and an RV account. I use all Winegard dishes. I have my first Carryout from a previous FW. It's domed and auto seeks. Even though I have two roof mounted dishes, there are times to carry out comes in handy in very heavily wooded RV parks where you cannot get a clear south sky view.

Installed on the roof I have a Minimax and Trav'Ler. The Minimax is only used when someone would like to watch television on the road in the rear bedroom. It came with my current rig but was not the inmotion so I took the inmotion chip out of the ditch on my trade-in and placed it in my new one. I had the Trav'ler installed on this which gets used 90% of the time. It is able to get HD channels, DVR service, basically everything DirecTV offers for home use.

I found them to be superb for RV service. The only time I have to call to reinitialize the dish and service is usually if I haven't used my rig in two months or more. Their customer service department is actually really good. So I recommend Winegard hardware with Direct TV service.

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Old 04-05-2015, 02:57 PM   #22
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We finally got tired of the three over $125 per month Dish fees (including $7 for the remote Dish and receiver) to get the one or two channels we really wanted at various locations. The other 200+ channels were nothing we wanted to see. So we cancelled the whole deal with Dish. That was really an ordeal as I was handed off to several "retainer specialists" multiple times because the words "cancel my service" were not in their vocabulary. (Almost as bad as XM Radio)

Since we had internet access at all the locations (except the trailer on the road). a Roku 3 and Apple TV allow us to pay once and stream only those items of interest at all locations. Our iPads can download over their modems a specific movie if so desired. Lots easier and one less bulky thing to take with us and find storage space for.
--- this reply post is actually to "Switz"---we are newbies & slowly or methodically learning all the ropes -- especially from the forum (which is becoming the "go to medium" ahead of u tube & Google).---we have Apple TV & a bit quizzical about the connection?-- we have a 2012 23' Fly C.& a cable jack under the dinette.-- we are just starting a 4 mo around US & currently are in lower VA FROM PA.--this KOA has good internet, but we would like to plug in the Apple TV ....but it has a HDMI cable hard wired from it.--I'm reluctant to fool with TV since the media Sony receiver & blue ray are coming into TV from the HDMI cord from that source.--so, what could be my next step?---thanks to all , especially Switz ....since you mentioned your using Apple TV---do we need a Roku 3 also?
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Cool No problems with Directv

Had Airstream install and wire-up small antennah dome on roof of trailer and two directv boxes (which I purchased) permanently in trailer for the two televisions. Set up a separate directv RV account. Zero problems with continual travel across US - signal comes thru when sets are turned on! When traveling, can suspend residence directv account and activate RV account; vice versa when not traveling. When traveling, customarily receive "network and PBS" channels using Airstream internal antennah system. Even in boondocks - dry camping (using generator) directv works like a charm as long as no tree or mountain obstacles. Crossing international borders can be problematic for reception with the small antennah dome.
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Old 04-05-2015, 04:38 PM   #24
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I have a portable automatic dish that cost me around $650 and also have(had) Direct TV.
The auto dish worked everytime I set it out and never failed to provide an excellent signal to our Direct TV receiver. However, Direct TV is a problem. You have to call them each time you move and set up in a different zip code. That is still OK, but the people answering the phones at Direct TV that you will have to deal with to get the signal don't know what they are doing. Sometimes it would take an hour on the phone with the person then they say, you need a new receiver, yours is defective, we'll have to send one out to you. 5 minutes later I called them again and got a different person and that person had me up and running in no time.
The problem is that the phone people they have working for them are mostly people who don't know what they are doing and those are the ones that answer the phones 95% of the time.
I don't use my system anymore cause it's just not worth it to me, it just sits in my garage collecting dust.
The experience of calling them and talking idiots angered me so much that I cancelled my subscription with them at my house too!
I don't get it. I have never had to call them. I have the dish antenna in a carrying case that is set up manually. All I need is the ZIP code of where I am to get the azimuth and elevation from DirecTV's website via my iPhone. Then aim- beep, beep, beep, beeeeeeeeeeeeee-
We just bring one of the DircTCV receivers from home. I have never had to call DirecTV to set up at a campsite.
I do, however, totally agree with the frustration of talking to them. Furthermore, there is not enough quality programming for the high amount of money per month. I prefer to watch free over the air TV (mostly PBS or oldies), but my wife can't live without perfet continuous reception and 200 channels-
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I have 2 tailgater and recover w/ remote 334-294-7000 in storage I don't use.
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Is the Airstream television antenna that came with my new-to-me 2007 Safari totally useless? In Maine, everything went to cable (or satellite & dish) a few years ago, or so I was led to believe. Is traditional television -- even just a few major networks -- no longer an option in America?
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Is the Airstream television antenna that came with my new-to-me 2007 Safari totally useless? In Maine, everything went to cable (or satellite & dish) a few years ago, or so I was led to believe. Is traditional television -- even just a few major networks -- no longer an option in America?
Just did a quick search and you have a lot of over-the-air "free" tv channels in Kennebunk, Maine so I am not sure what you are talking about. Most areas still have "free" over-the-air networks.

The US did switch to digital tv broadcasts and quit with analog tv in 2009. Your 2007 Safari may only have analog equipment. If that is the case, all you need is to upgrade to digital tv's, a new antenna and you should be fine.
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I don't think the antenna matters- only the television receiver-


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