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Old 11-14-2007, 08:23 AM   #15
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Thats a great package for someone who likes compact Directv. I am a current sucbriber to Directv. What I am going to do is take my bedroom reciever and install it in the new AS. Buy a stand alone dish for $80. Plug dish into trailer/reciever. I can have Directv anywhere in the US for NO extra monthly fee. Seems simple enough to me. Just a bit of storage space needed in the pickup bed for the stand alone dish. I works,,,I have a friend who owns a truck camper and did this very thing. They think its great.
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:06 AM   #16
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DFord79, that is what I did over the Labor Day weekend. I haven't had a chance to use the dish since then, though. The one trip we have taken since then where we didn't have cable was a private camp ground in the north Georgia mountains and there were too many trees. Unfortuantely, the dish and tripod take up too much room to carry unless it's needed.

One of the members of the airforums bought one of the vue cubes but I don't think he has had a chance to use it yet. Seems you could put it on a table or even a tripod if you didn't want to mount it permanently to the Airstream or tow vehicle.
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:13 AM   #17
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I'm waiting for a portable dish that will automatically find all the satellites needed for HD and PPV.

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Old 11-14-2007, 12:16 PM   #18
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A couple of years ago a company in San Francisco came out with an ultra thin satellite receiver that could fit on top of an SUV/mini-van's luggage rack or could be mounted on top of a sedan or truck's roof that could track the satellite while in motion. The system was about $2,500 and the manufacturer planned for the price to come down as it gained in popularity until it reached about $500. The system was comprised of literally tens of little mini-dishes mounted on a swivel system inside a plastic/fiber glass pod about 4" thick. The system is still available and is still about $2,500.

I guess it never quite caught on well enough.
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:22 PM   #19
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No, it's not. Pretty soon every problem will be solved with a wallet-sized nifty whammo device and what advantage will us gadgets guys have? I'm for the days of spagetti wire everywhere and lots of boxes that no one else understands...

I mean, what're we going to do with the gurus, toss them on the junk pile? Gad, I'll have to buy an exercise machine and practice being nice...

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Old 01-04-2008, 06:59 PM   #21
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I just got DishTv and plan on taking the third receiver with me when traveling in the AS. The tech that installed the system said just get a dish and stand and I would be good to go. Question is how hard is it to hit the sat's I have never tried this before?
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:55 AM   #22
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I was at a boat show in NYC this past weekend. I spoke to the KVH/TracVision rep. He refered me to their web site www.traccision.com for info on their RV package. I went there and found a unit that is pretty interesting, but pricey, 1300.00. It is a dome that is designed to attach to the top of the RV.

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Old 01-05-2008, 11:24 AM   #23
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it is actually quite easy to set up the dish. Your receiver has a booklet containing the azimuth and elevations for the satellites. easy to align. After a few moves...you can pretty well get it first time. I've also looked at the 'align-a-site. Pricey, but looks like it may work well.
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Worth a look, but as I said, it gets easier the more times you set up.
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I don't see anything in the manual that came with the receiver that indicates the Sat settings. Having had the system set up by an installer from Dish TV I don't think I got the paper work that goes with the dish itself.
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You can actually do without the manual of settings. just point the dish in the general direction (sw) and turn on the receiver and tele. the setup page will guide you and give az/el after you input the local zip code.

I use the manual to preset the antenna before I leave the house just to minimize my set up time at the campground.
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Old 01-05-2008, 12:12 PM   #26
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Dish in our Caravel

We have been using Dish in our Caravel for a couple of years. We use the "Dish Pro" dish, and a stand that I picked up in Quartzsite. Accu-Dish Stands The stand can be filled with water for weight. It also has provision for nailing to the ground. The top of the pole has a level and a "ball socket" adjustment to make it vertical. Entering the zip code will give you the settings for where you are located. Dish uses satelites 110 and 119. With the proper settings, they both come in just fine. Setting up is a 10 minute job. Having the portable stand allows you to avoid trees or other things in the line of sight to the satelites. A dish mounted on your RV means you have to change location if something is in your way.
Dish network can no longer provide "Local Networks" (the ones you will get at home) when you are more than a couple of hundred miles from home. You must sign up with All American Direct to get networks on the road. All American Direct uses satelite 119. The other stations to which you subscribe are available anywhere you travel in the US, and I think Canada too.

As far as the alignasight, it's handy, but not at all necessary. It merely shows you if there is anything obstructing the dish's view of the satelite. The satelite is, I would guess, about 30 degrees above where the dish is pointing. NOT where the center of the dish is pointing.

High definition with "Dish" comes from satelite 129 and requires a Hi Def box. Whole different ball game.
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Tracvision is the one I was talking about. I'm waiting for the price to come down and then I want to get one for my truck so the kids will have live TV while we're on the road. We limit their TV watching at home, but face it, in the back seat there isn't much to do to keep from being board.
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:24 PM   #28
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Motosat HD Universal or Motosat MD1000.2 ?

Seeking feedback on Motosat HD Universal and/or Motosat MD1000.2 satellite systems. Secondly, diferences between the Nomad 2 and the Dish 622 or 722 receiver. We had a Kingdome on our last AS. Taking the southern view into consideration, we didn't experience the inability to lock on satelittes. However, with 1 LNB, channel surfing was an inconvenience. As a result, we are looking at the above units for their convenience and automatic features.
If anyone has the Motosat system, I appreciate hearing your experiences and installation process. Thanks,
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