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In motion satellite dishes
« on: January 30, 2012, 09:57:02 AM »
We are looking to purchase an in motion satellite dome and wanted to know if one brand performs better than another. We were looking at the KingDome...as well as the Wyngard. Also...are they very difficult or complicated to install or is it safer to have it installed by a RV dealer? 

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2012, 11:02:33 AM »
Do you have a particular need for in-motion TV? I ask because the better sat receivers including HD are not designed to be used in motion. We have had several friends who have had in-motion systems that seem to require more maintenance and about all they ever did with them was listen to music on the road.

If Sue gets the urge to watch TV while resting we have an ample supply of recorded programs on our DVRs.

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2012, 11:15:18 AM »
Good point Jeff...I will run that by my husband! So if we decide to NOT go with the inmotion..can you recommend a good unit which requires little maintenance ( hopefully!) and can be installed by ourselves?

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2012, 02:27:09 PM »
Most in motion companies have stopped producing the systems due to law suits and new legislation that is in effect to ban them.
Some places still have them and some places don't.
I m not certain if they'll get them back in stock but http://www.12volt-travel.com/ had them a few months ago, they still have auto aiming satellite TV dishes.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2012, 03:42:11 PM »
In-motion systems require an enclosed dome type unit, but if you don't have the in-motion requirement, you have a choice of dome or open dish. Both are available with fully automatic aiming, so that's not a decision point.

Open face dishes perform better in rain/dew/snow, while domes have the advantage of not needing to be stowed away when you break camp. But "stowing" an automatic dish means remembering to push a button, so that's not a big deal either.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2012, 10:54:13 PM »
Most in motion companies have stopped producing the systems due to law suits and new legislation that is in effect to ban them.

Could you please supply us with a reference about this ban.

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2012, 08:38:19 AM »
Hi,

I installed a Winegard Travel'r (Dish HD) in approx 4 hrs including the time to run the cables from the rear of the unit to above the windshield.
The cost was $1,300 plus the channel (from Home Depot or Lowes) and it worked from the first time I pressed the switch.
Its still working perfectly two years and 30,000 miles later. Highly recommended!
Hope this helps,
Ernie

PS XM handles the music when we're moving.

PPS Most of the in-motion units won't RX HD.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2012, 09:35:12 AM »
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Most in motion companies have stopped producing the systems due to law suits and new legislation that is in effect to ban them

News to me too. I can't find any info on the web that mentions an attempt to ban and KVH, Kingdome and Winegard all have in-motion systems for sale. Would like to hear more about this.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2012, 09:50:34 AM »
Most in motion companies have stopped producing the systems due to law suits and new legislation that is in effect to ban them.

This is simply incorrect.  The in-motion domes are still being produced and installed by every dome manufacturer in the business.  Winegard, King Dome, Trac-Star and KVH are all still strongly in the in-motion dome business.  More and more tour bus companies are installing these system to satisfy customer demand and some SUV's owners are having them installed to keep the back set occupants entertained.
In the RV world there are still a lot of owners who prefer the in-motion option for many reasons, however more and more RVers are moving to the open face automatic antenna for the added convenience with multiple satellites as well as the ability to receive the DirecTV HDTV programming.

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2012, 10:01:17 AM »
We are looking to purchase an in motion satellite dome and wanted to know if one brand performs better than another. We were looking at the KingDome...as well as the Wyngard. Also...are they very difficult or complicated to install or is it safer to have it installed by a RV dealer?

The Winegard in-motion system is very easy to install and requires just a 12V wire and coax cable be run from the roof inside where it is connected to 12V power and an on/off switch.  Everything is supplies except the caulk and some coax F-connectors.  The Trac-Star and Trac-King can be even easier with only the coax needed to be run but I like the way the Winegard performs.  The in-motion units (all dome units) are unable to receive the DirecTV HDTV signals so if this is a desire then you should choose an open faced antenna such as the Winegard Trav'ler.  If you are a Dish Network customer you can still have issues with a dome if you want to use a DVR in the coach.  Since a dome can only point toward 1 satellite at a time and the service is provided by 3 satellites you will not be able to watch 1 channel while recording another if they are on different satellites.
The in-motion units are also the units likely to have the most issues simply due to the fact that the motors are always running if the coach is moving.  In order to track those little motors have to work like crazy!

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2012, 04:29:43 PM »
Most in motion companies have stopped producing the systems due to law suits and new legislation that is in effect to ban them.
Some places still have them and some places don't.
I m not certain if they'll get them back in stock but http://www.12volt-travel.com/ had them a few months ago, they still have auto aiming satellite TV dishes.
While we went with a used Roadtrip unit (not needing an in motion unit in the 5ver!) while looking to upgrade, found many in motion units on the market, actually if I remember right, our local CW store had a couple of current units for sale. 
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2012, 11:57:30 AM »
Could you please supply us with a reference about this ban.

Thanks

I stand corrected, the manufacturer of OUR unit stopped producing them.
My mistake I apologize.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2012, 02:44:42 PM »
Ahhh, mystery solved!  :)  No worries Bob!
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2012, 02:58:51 PM »
We are happy with the KVH Tracvision R6ST ,we installed on our coach this last summer. Of course we have not had it very long, so far no problems.

It came with all the hardware to install and other than having to make a few trips on top of the coach the whole process took under an hour.

One cable was all we had to connect to the dome.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2012, 04:53:09 PM »
Our coach came with an in motion satellite receiver (dome).  We turned it on and tried it (the in motion feature) in 2007 so DW could see some of the US Womens Golf Open.  It worked.  We've not used it since as DW is totally focused on backseat driving whenever we are in motion!

We do use the auto seek feature every time we set up (except where there is suitable cable) and occasionally when we stop for lunch.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2012, 11:15:47 PM »
Don,

I solved that problem, she drives and I do other things!!
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2012, 09:37:54 AM »
We had an In motion (Kingdom) on our rig when we purchased it.  Since we don't ever watch TV going down the road and we both like to watch different things sometimes...we had it removed and had a Traveler by Winegard installed.  Love it!  Easy as pie to work, and when he wants to watch sports in the front room...I can go into my bedroom and watch a good movie!  We would not have been able to do this with the dome.  Just something to consider....Mikie
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2012, 11:12:04 AM »
"I can go into my bedroom and watch a good movie!  We would not have been able to do this with the dome"

The used dome that we installed this winter has two separate connections, while we only use one of them, it's very easy to just take another box out of the house and plug it in.  Am I missing something or mis-reading your post?
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2012, 11:18:13 AM »
You can watch different channels on different tvs with a dome - you just have to have multiple tuners. Either separate satellite receivers or  single receiver with multiple tuners (Dish has some like that). The dome must have  multiple coax feeds to support more than one receiver, but most of them do these days.  Not sure why they told you to replace your dome...
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2012, 01:54:07 PM »
When we bought our coach new we thought the in motion sat was sexy!

Did not take us long to find out it was pretty useless and aggravating.  Useless because we travel a lot in mountains and in cities.  And even on the straitaways, when you turn, the sat has to reacquire.  And it is potentially dangerous because of distractions.  After the first 2 weeks we never used that feature ever again.  We could have initially saved about $500 if we had been smarter.

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2012, 02:01:10 PM »
When we bought our coach new we thought the in motion sat was sexy!

Did not take us long to find out it was pretty useless and aggravating.  Useless because we travel a lot in mountains and in cities.  And even on the straitaways, when you turn, the sat has to reacquire.  And it is potentially dangerous because of distractions.  After the first 2 weeks we never used that feature ever again.  We could have initially saved about $500 if we had been smarter.

Smoky
Yea Smoky... In our 5ver, the only one that would enjoy the in motion would be 'Lenard'... No, he's not my Father in Law.... 'Lenard' the cat makes out fine without the in motion satellite setup!  He does enjoy aircon though when it's hot out... Even in the 5ver moving.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2012, 02:06:09 PM »
Lol JJ!
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« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2012, 07:11:29 PM »
You can watch different channels on different tvs with a dome - you just have to have multiple tuners. Either separate satellite receivers or  single receiver with multiple tuners (Dish has some like that). The dome must have  multiple coax feeds to support more than one receiver, but most of them do these days.  Not sure why they told you to replace your dome...

While this is true with DirecTV and the SDTV programming only, it can be a real nightmare if you try to pull that off with Dish Network.  Also, if you want ANY HDTV programming from DirecTV you must replace your dome with an open face antenna.
With Dish Network, the programming comes from 3 satellites and all domes are only able to see one satellite at a time.  If you want to watch one program that is broadcast on the 110 satellite and another program that is broadcast from the 119 or 129 satellite you are simply out of luck.  Whatever satellite the primary receiver selects will determine what programming can be recorded on a second tuner or watched on a second TV.

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2012, 10:01:22 PM »
What I was told was that with the dome it only catches one of the three satelites at a time.  The main TV would control which satellite it is on.  We do have two different receivers and even with two receivers we could only watch the channels on that satellite.  The Traveler clicks on all three at the same time and we can watch anything we want on either TV.  That's what I was told by Dishnetwork, Kingdom, and Camping World.  Maybe something has changed since last year, but I doubt it.  Mikie
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2012, 09:18:27 AM »
What I was told was that with the dome it only catches one of the three satelites at a time.  The main TV would control which satellite it is on.  We do have two different receivers and even with two receivers we could only watch the channels on that satellite.  The Traveler clicks on all three at the same time and we can watch anything we want on either TV.  That's what I was told by Dishnetwork, Kingdom, and Camping World.  Maybe something has changed since last year, but I doubt it.  Mikie

This is true for Dish Network and Dish Network is the only service which would allow you to receive any HDTV programming via a dome.  With DirecTV, since you only need 1 satellite to receive all of their SDTV programming you can use multiple receivers or a DVR without issue.

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2012, 09:53:58 AM »
Right, Jim. With Dish service you have to select a new satellite often, whereas with Direct SD it is fairly rare (if ever). I should have asked what service you were using before I made my previous comment... my bad!

Bill gave the more complete explanation - thanks, Bill!
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2012, 07:16:37 PM »
 :)We are having our KVH R4 reprogrammed.  Never been done. This week.  Now we have to decide on DISH or DORECT.  I like the idea of monthly service.  Can we watch two tv's at the same time different channels one receiver? 

Would like to pick your brains. Was told DIRECT on KVH has less moving parts.  I think he was talking about satellites.

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« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2012, 07:51:31 PM »
:)We are having our KVH R4 reprogrammed.  Never been done. This week.  Now we have to decide on DISH or DORECT.  I like the idea of monthly service.  Can we watch two tv's at the same time different channels one receiver? 

Would like to pick your brains. Was told DIRECT on KVH has less moving parts.  I think he was talking about satellites.

Thanks

Jim

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There are no differences in parts whether your antenna points to DirecTV or Dish Network so whoever told you this has no idea what they are talking about.  With DirecTV there is only one satellite to point toward (good if you are a dome user) while Dish Network requires 2 for SD programming and 3 if you want SD and HD.  With a dome and DirecTV you can only receive SD programming and no HD programming at all.  My personal choice would be DirecTV and no HDTV.  However, if HD programming is a requirement in your household then your only choice is Dish Network.
If you want to watch different channels on different TV's in your RV your best option would be DirecTV (SD) and 2 receivers, one at each TV.  You can get a single receiver from Dish Network that will provide an output to 2 separate TV's but the dome can only point to one satellite at a time so if the main tuner is pointed to 110 and the program you want to watch on the second TV is on 119 or 129 you will not be able to view this program.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2012, 08:59:26 PM »
Thanks for the info.. I believe he meant that dish needed more than one sat, and direct used  just one.  HD is not an option because I have not upgraded the tv's yet.

He said something like dish had to search more than one sat.  He liked direct was simple to search, did not have to move as much. 

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« Reply #29 on: February 19, 2012, 09:11:34 PM »
We've actually had both Direct TV and Dishnetwork on our MH's.  On our first MH we had the Traveler dish with Direct TV.  We had two receivers and were able to watch different things on each TV at the same time. (a big requirement of mine)  When we purchased our new MH it came with a Kingdome In-Motion.  We decided to switch to Dish because we were told that it would work easier with the dome than our direct.  Soooo, we switched out the satellite and decided to go with the Traveler because we really liked the ease of operation with it.  We now have the Traveler with two receivers that each work independently of each other.  Whether we are at home in the stick house or in the MH we can both watch whatever we want.  Works for us....just my 2 cents...

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2012, 09:20:24 PM »
Thanks for the info.. I believe he meant that dish needed more than one sat, and direct used  just one.  HD is not an option because I have not upgraded the tv's yet.

He said something like dish had to search more than one sat.  He liked direct was simple to search, did not have to move as much. 

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #31 on: February 19, 2012, 09:51:08 PM »
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Can we watch two tv's at the same time different channels one receiver? 

Generally no. Most receivers have only one tuner, so both tvs see the same station. Dish has a receiver that has two tuners in one box, but haven't ever heard if Direct has any similar. Most domes have two coax running from dome to the interior, so it can feed two receivers, or  a single receiver with two tuners, or a receiver with a DVR plus a tv tuner. You might check to see if yours has the twin coax and where the second one goes to. In my coach, the second coax runs to the bedroom so we could have an additional receiver there if we wanted. Never bothered, because usually only one tv is on anyway.

Your KVH R4 defaults to Directv and shouldn't need reprogramming if that's what you decide on.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #32 on: February 19, 2012, 10:06:23 PM »
I was told the dome needed to be reprogrammed from the techs in RI.  it needed a software update due too new sat.

The dome was installed in 2007.

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« Reply #33 on: February 19, 2012, 11:36:34 PM »
I'll make you a deal. I have a KVH TracVision that I will give you for what ever you want to give me plus shipping. Was on our MH and worked fine. Just don't want or need TV on vacation. It is a TRacVision LF/SF model from 06. Heck, just pay shipping and for the box. Good carma!
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« Reply #34 on: February 19, 2012, 11:40:44 PM »
I also have the book for it.
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« Reply #35 on: February 20, 2012, 07:02:42 AM »
I'll make you a deal. I have a KVH TracVision that I will give you for what ever you want to give me plus shipping. Was on our MH and worked fine. Just don't want or need TV on vacation. It is a TRacVision LF/SF model from 06. Heck, just pay shipping and for the box. Good carma!
We purchased a used Dome last year, similar situation was off a MH, from Ebay.  Shipping was about $100.00 from AZ to WV.  There is a shipping condition that is important, basically tie-wrapping the components in place under the dome.  Few months earlier and I would have taken you up on this offer! :)
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« Reply #36 on: February 20, 2012, 09:13:11 AM »
I was told the dome needed to be reprogrammed from the techs in RI.  it needed a software update due too new sat.

The dome was installed in 2007.

Jim

This is quite likely correct.  Many of the KVH systems have required software updates to work properly.  A 2007 is going to work better with current software.

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #37 on: February 20, 2012, 07:25:56 PM »
 8)Well this is a update.

Hooked up DIRECT TV this morning, went to a local dealer.  Set it up in store, put it in MH hooked up to SAT, and just like you all said it sleeked out the satelite and did not need software update.

Thank you every body you have been right on once again, now I have to fined someone to look at my engine and the check engine light problem. 

First time in Florida retirement is wonderful. 

Jim

By the way the local stores better than a box store. Service was great and he new what he was doing.  I just had to hook up the wires and plug it in no phone calls.
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« Reply #38 on: February 21, 2012, 11:38:52 AM »
Glad to hear it went smoothly. My KVH R4SL was installed in June of 2008 and still seems to find the Directv satellite ok. Can't say the same for the previous KVH SF - it was needed software updates and still didn't seek all that well. Kept locking in the wrong bird.   I replaced it with the R4SL when they recommended upgrading the controller electronics on the SF.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #39 on: February 23, 2012, 03:32:58 AM »
hes4all,
I will take that deal if no one has already gotten it from you. I am in the Army and currently deployed to Kosovo but can make arrangements. Let me know.
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« Reply #40 on: February 23, 2012, 11:25:53 PM »
Sounds good. I will look for a big box. Give me your zip code and I can ask our local shipping place what it will cost. He should be able to weigh it too. Thanks
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« Reply #41 on: February 24, 2012, 01:46:59 AM »
PM sent, Thanks again
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #42 on: February 25, 2012, 10:39:21 AM »
After being exposed to HDTV for a couple of years if I were going to spend any money on sat receivers it would be one that receives HDTV.

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« Reply #43 on: February 25, 2012, 11:24:39 AM »
On screens less than about 30", there isn't much difference between HD and SD visual quality. Most tvs in that size range are a max of 720 dpi anyway, and the smaller ones will be 480 dpi, which is SD quality.  But on a larger screem, the difference between SD and HD can be startling.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #44 on: February 25, 2012, 01:24:08 PM »
After being exposed to HDTV for a couple of years if I were going to spend any money on sat receivers it would be one that receives HDTV.
Sorry Jeff, gotta respectfully disagree with this post. While I've been exposed to HDTV, we don't even have HD in our house, let alone spend extra money to have it in the RV.  More important for us was having SD, when we want it, where we want it, without spending anything extra.  We think SD is just great and now having the SD dome in the RV saves us from putting up the tripod, so reasonable $ spent on the SD used dome.  Guess saving money and having rudimentary TV counts for some.  Not trying to be contentious, just disagree! 
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #45 on: February 25, 2012, 07:11:32 PM »
That 2 cents worth of advice is worth a milion bucks.  Nice post.

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #46 on: February 26, 2012, 08:29:27 AM »
We have HD on all the tvs in the stick house, large or small, but only SD in the coach tvs, where the largest screen is 26". Can't say that we miss having HD while on the road.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #47 on: February 26, 2012, 09:16:31 PM »
Gary:

That's why you need a 40" in the coach. ;D

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #48 on: February 26, 2012, 09:45:36 PM »
Much depends upon what you like to watch.  We added a 32" 1080 Visio up front and a 22" Visio in the bedroom.  When the Super Bowl came on we switched to our OTA antenna and received much better HD than is available by any other source.  The rest of the time we watch SD satellite TV and we are very happy.  Food Network, Judge Judy, Vegas Strip, Two and 1/2 men or Survivor in HD is just not so much better as to make the $10/month fee worthwhile.  Even watching a bunch of cars driving 'round in circles doesn't do it for me be it SD or HD.  If you are a big sports nut you might enjoy the clarity of that little white ball flying through the sky, but I just can't see enough difference to make me get excited.

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #49 on: February 26, 2012, 11:45:47 PM »
Bill:

It didn't take much arm twisting for several of us to get waivers on the Direct $10.00 HDTV fee.

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #50 on: February 27, 2012, 08:44:02 AM »
That waiver is good for how long?  1 year?  2 years?  Never heard of anyone being promised that they won't have to pay for it eventually.

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #51 on: February 27, 2012, 08:56:27 AM »
Hi,
HD is not at extra cost on Dish (I expect it will be the standard soon) and I'd have to disagree that a 32" doesn't benefit from HD. It does help for sports IMHO. In fact, we have HD in the MH and haven't been home since we got it. Probably will buy a new reciever for home when we get there.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #52 on: August 18, 2016, 09:59:08 AM »
just had a eye opening experence with Trackstar.  I purchased a used 2004 Monaco 2 weeks ago and called Direct Tv to discuss getting tv - they scheduled me with a new receiver ect after me explaning I had a receiver already in the coach - anyway after waiting a week a tech showed up -- knew nothing -- didn't know why they sent him and a dead end.  Did some calling around and now told my system is a "Boat Anchor"  Would love some advice as to anybody in the South East to take it to to have some type closure as to how I can get TV with Direct TV in the Motor Home.  (PS - individual I purchased fom mis-led me with TV working)
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #53 on: April 03, 2017, 03:36:53 PM »
After almost 20 years of RVing all across the US from San Diego to Bar Harbor & as far north as Jasper, BC, Canada, I have found a  TV solution that works well for my wife & I. We use our KVH RV1 in-motion dome to watch Directv in Standard Definition while driving and for short, overnight stops. When we spend more than a day, anywhere, I set up a tripod-mounted Directv SWiM dish to watch Directv HD for the duration of our stay. Using a Birdog satellite alignment tool, including the time required to drag out & assemble the tripod & dish, I can usually be watching Directv HD in less than 15 minutes.

We bring our 5-channel Directv Genie receiver/DVR from home, loaded with all of our most recent movies & programs, and install it in the RV. We can watch 2 separate programs using a second, non DVR Directv receiver, purchased on-line & permanently installed in the bedroom. We can record 5 programs and/or movies, ALL simultaneously, while we are out sightseeing, checking out local restaurants, visiting with our campground neighbors by the campfire, etc.

This solution provides the us with so many options! If we are camping in a wooded location where our in-motion dome's reception is blocked by trees or the weather is so bad outside that I don't want to bother with setting up the tripod-mounted dish, we can always watch a previously-recorded movie or other program from the DVR.

Best of all, the total cost for this solution, both outright & monthly, is very comparable, and in many cases, much less than what some of our RVing friends have spent for their equipment. Other than the $15 additional monthly Directv cost for their Distant Network package, allowing us to receive the 5 major networks from anywhere, we have no other monthly costs for using Directv in our RV!

Although I have made several changes over the years, the basic concept has remained unchanged.  I hope our solution offers some insight for those of you considering affordable options for their TV viewing choices. I would be more than happy to provide specific answers to anyone via PM.

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #54 on: April 03, 2017, 06:05:15 PM »
When we sold our old coach, I kept the Tailgater and receiver that we had.  The new to us coach had an in-motion dome installed with no receiver.  I changed the dip switches to the Dish network settings and use it with our receiver for the front TV.  Bought a 2nd receiver and use the Tailgater for the bedroom TV.
We like this setup, because if trees prevent the in-motion dish from getting a signal, we can carry the Tailgater out into the clear and just watch TV in the bedroom.  I can also hook the front TV to my computer though an HDMI cable and watch downloaded content.
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