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tarrco

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Satellite TV
« on: September 12, 2017, 09:34:13 AM »
We have a 2004 Winnebago Adventurer that has a satellite dome on the roof. We just asked our tv provider, Bell Aliant, to move our service from our home(just sold) and connect it in the RV. They said we need an outside technician to do the hookup. Any suggestions on who I would ask??
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ChasA

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Re: Satellite TV
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2017, 11:34:34 AM »
I would expect Bell to have a list of contractors. Did you ask them.
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tarrco

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Re: Satellite TV
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2017, 06:19:22 AM »
Bell suggested I call my local hardware store. Go figure that one.
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Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Satellite TV
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2017, 07:59:17 AM »
It almost sounds like they meant a physical connection with a coax cable, e.g. to a dish.  To make the service work, they need the Id of the satellite receiver in the coach so they can activate it. But that raises some tech questions and I suspect they prefer to have an experienced satellite tv tech to sort it out rather than an amateur.

The first question is whether you have a receiver in the coach already, and, if so, is it compatible with Bell service. If you don't have a Bell-compatible receive, you need to get one (probably from Bell, but maybe the one from your house can be used).

Next question is about the satellite dome itself. It will be set up to receive from some specific satellite. If that set-up was for Direct TV or Dish, it will have to be re-configured for Bell Aliant satellites.  Depending on the dome model & age, that may be simple or difficult.

Residential satellite tv techs rarely have the training to work on mobile systems and most of them won't even attempt it, so you may need help from an RV specialist. Try an RV dealer that handles mobile satellite tv equipment. And when you talk to Bell, ask to be connected to a rep who handles mobile satellite for RVs. The regular reps rarely know about RV satellite configuration (and thus the vague advice you got from them).
« Last Edit: September 13, 2017, 08:00:55 AM by Gary RV_Wizard »
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tarrco

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Re: Satellite TV
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2017, 06:08:46 AM »
Thanks Gary, I will check that out!
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Alfa38User

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Re: Satellite TV
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2017, 08:45:59 AM »
Go to any business that installs new RV satellite systems. They may want to sell you a new one but... you can always ask!! Your receiver may be usable if your dome  can select either Direct or Dish.(Dish is compatible with Bell, Direct is not.) But.. domes are usually automatic so they need a receiver that is compatible and can talk with that dome. The dome manufacturer is the best resource to address these questions initially.


Be aware before investing big bucks though, your Bell Aliant system will not work much below the border in USA (Maybe 200 miles or so max).
« Last Edit: September 16, 2017, 09:10:42 AM by Alfa38User »
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tarrco

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Re: Satellite TV
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2017, 11:23:36 AM »
Thanks Stu!
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