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 7/19/2010 12:56 PM
 

We are toying with the idea of getting satellite tv for the trailer. We don't have satellite in our home..so no box. What are our options? Anyone have a particular company that they would recommend? Not recommend? On our last trip, we noticed more people have a dish unit outside their rig rather than on top in a dome. We did ask and many said they can move around the dish in case of trees or higher elevation. Opinions please!

AndiJean

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 7/19/2010 2:05 PM
 

My recommendations on Satellite TV.

Buy Direct TV and buy two receivers. If you are like most couples, you like different type shows, and one can watch in living room area...and the other on the bedroom TV. Milt goes to be far earlier than I...and he can watch his shows...while I continue to watch mine in the living room. Direct TV programming all comes on one Satellite dish, and each can watch different channels at the same. Sometimes on Dish Network...one will wish to watch a Program on one Satellite and the mates choice is a different show on a different Satellite. One cannot watch their show..as the receivers will be beamed on the wrong satellite.

We have had the portable, in the yard dish... the roof top that you had to manually find the Satellite and the automatic dish. i can tell you this---- I got to be really good at finding the satellite....BUT there were times nothing I did was right....and it simply was not to be found!! Aggravating as nine kinds of hell!!!

Our last one is an Automatic (though not automatic when the RV is moving)... and I LOVE it. When the young man installed it, I got pen and paper and told him to tell me in "baby language" how to work it, as I knew very little about the operation of Satellite dishes. He said "OK...write this down.... Turn it on------ turn it off!!!" So funny, but he was absolutely correct, that was all there is to it--- and I LOVE It.!! The others are cheaper....and yes you have to be careful about parking under trees....BUT I love that automatic... the Satellite is our main source of entertainment....and I am WORTH the extra purchase/installation cost!! I watched for it to be on sale and bought it then, and have never regretted it.

We have had it moved from RV to RV when we purchased new ones....and have always worked it into the purchase deal...make a deal on price and then throw in we want the Satellite switched from our RV to the new one-----FREE! They have never stuttered over doing that...It's not cost to them...and they make a sale!!

No matter how you do it, I know you will highly enjoy having Satellite service!~

Happy RVing!

Joella


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 7/19/2010 2:42 PM
 
I have the automatic satellite unit on the motor home. Since I have DirectV at home this only cost $5.99. If I had a travel trailer -- I would investigate the units that are portable since there are times when I camp in State parks etc. that the trees interfere. Camping world sells these units and I am sure you can find other merchants.

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 7/19/2010 6:13 PM
 

I bought the portable Dish satellite and I wish I bought the automatic one on the roof. Sure would have saved me major frustration trying to 'dial in' the satellite. The people I have talked to who have Direct tell me their portable is a lot easier to use. I've not been able to use the satellite more than I've been able to use it so I'm disappointed.


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 7/19/2010 6:53 PM
 

We have DirecTV at home so I just take a receiver with me when I travel. My motorhome has a King Dome that is automatic but not going down the road. It is very simple, turn it on and let it search. But it doesn't work if there are trees in the way. I also have a VuQube that I take to the lake where there are too many trees. I had a portable dish on a tri-pod that was a royal pain. Sometimes we could get a signal and most of the time we couldn't. About the time we would get it set it would fall over. If I had to have one of those I would try one of the ones that sit on the ground. My only concern about the VuQube is that someone could walk off with it. I was having trouble when I first started using it and I think I wasn't giving it enough time. Now I just start it and go fishing and when we get back it is usually working.

Martha

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 7/19/2010 8:55 PM
 

Hahaha! Vicki!!! Having had both Direct and Dish, let me assure you the tripod dish is just as hard to set on both of them!

I get tickled at some people when they are talking about "THEIRS".... You know how it is....THEIR truck runs the fastest and is the most powerful, their motorcycle is the most wicked---- and their woman is the WILDEST!!!! To be otherwise would infer they made a mistake in judgment----- and heaven forbid they'd admit to that!!!

If I was going to spend the money on satellite TV....I'd install it in my home---- and then would install a Satellite Antenna in the trailer... You could take a receiver or two with you in the RV. You have to pay the monthly subscription cost anyway....so would have it all the time, no matter where you are-- in the home, or in the RV. I'm thinking the installation in the home is free with up to four receivers, installed in four rooms.. You lease the receivers for $5 each monthly. They have a promo going right now for a upgrade of a $199. HD DVR Receiver for free... Free Showtime movies for 3 months.... Check that out.

Happy RVing!

Joella


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 7/20/2010 12:55 AM
 

We have Direct TV as well and have not had any problems with it others have but then others have problems with Dish so my advice would be to check them out see what you want/need and go for it...we choose it to begin with simply heard it was best for the fulltimers true or not don't know but we can get network tv and I like network tv

sheila

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 7/20/2010 6:07 AM
 

Thanks all for the info. Looks like I'll check Direct as well. I do like network TV (Big Bang Theory is my new fav!). Now on to the hunt!

Thanks again Ladies..

AndiJean

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 7/20/2010 10:51 AM
 

To get the network channels(cbs,abc,nbc,fox, pbs) you have to pay extra for them but it's not very much. If you live in an area where local channels are beamed to you will get local channels. If you don't you will get either East Coast or West Coast channels. I don't know if you can have both. We get local channels and my sister who lives 140 miles from here gets either East or West coast because she is not in an area where local channels are beamed to. If I travel out of our area I can't get the local channels. I think the people that full time have to sigh somekind of waver to get the national channels. I couldn't get the national channels when I travel unless I paid for another service and I'm not going to do that. Even some of the people that work for direct don't always know what you can do. If you tell them you want to use it in an RV and your house they will try to sell you 2 services. It's kind of confusing when you first start dealing with it.

The Big Bang Theory is my favorite show too. It's kind of inane but I think it's funny.

Martha

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 7/20/2010 9:33 PM
 

Life was sooo much easier with ABC,CBS,NBC with rabbit ears with a hint of tin foil!

AndiJean

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