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Bill Adams

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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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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« 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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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« Reply #34 on: February 19, 2012, 11:40:44 PM »
I also have the book for it.
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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« 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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Bill Adams

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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« 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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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« 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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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« 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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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« 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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Re: In motion satellite dishes
« 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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