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How To Watch Satellite In Your RV

So here you are, you’ve made the decision to live a full-time RV life and you’ve done just that, hit the open road. The Full-time RV life has some really great amenities when considering all that is out there in the world of technology. It seems like the phrase “let’s go camping” has turned into “there’s no place like home”.
Camping has made the turn to “living” and now we find ourselves at a very high comfort level no matter where we are. More and more technology is moving us toward all of the creature comforts of living at home in our new mobile house on wheels.
When it comes to entertainment, yes we enjoy the great outdoors but what about watching TV? We have our kayak, hiking boots, lawn chairs, and frisbee, now what about relaxing in front of the TV and watch the five shows we recorded this morning.
We have Satellite TV at home, now we would like the same experience while on the road. There are options, several of them, when watching Satellite TV in, on and around an RV, but now let’s go back up to the beginning. How do I get Satellite TV in my RV?
It all starts with the provider, and there are more than one. Leading the way in the U.S. are DISH and Direct TV. Both can be portable or “mobilized” with an RV set-up and with the proper installation, activation, and equipment we are good to go.
With a good clear signal from a line of site, pointed to the sky we can watch TV from anywhere. There are satellite domes that can be mounted on the roof and on the ground. With a one-touch pointing and automatic satellite tracking, we don’t even have to worry pinpointing our satellite thousands of miles away to get the signal. Most can even split the signal for multiple TV’s. The advantage of satellite domes is the best can even work while driving down the road.
From there we need a receiver, the extra one we ordered just for this purpose. This is the DVR that we recorded our five shows with before we left the Coach this morning. That signal is pushed out to the high definition TV that we can watch indoors or out. Finally, we need some sort of understanding of the best provider, the right equipment and some insight on what package to buy.

Satellite Packages

When choosing a package to keep this in mind, most RVers only watch a total of 20 channels. Make an audit on a short list of your top 20 channels from the start. With packages offering 50-250 excess channels less is more. Other variables to consider would be favorite sports, TV regular series and high definition movies. It gets a little expensive when you purchase a small package and then start adding channels. Oftentimes the cheapest package offers the most value. The premium packages add a different tier of sports and premium channels.

Should I choose Direct TV?

For all of our sports enthusiasts, tailgaters and those that appreciate a large selection of channels then Direct TV is for you. If you are already a Direct TV customer and currently under the standard two-year agreement, you’re in luck, this process is simple. You just need to pay a flat fee for the mobile satellite equipment. The receiver that came with the service works fine or you can rent one just for your RV.
When purchasing the package you were probably offered the NFL Sunday Ticket, a fantastic plan for football fans that is only available through Direct TV. The pricing is very similar to other packages and also offers Sunday Ticket as an option.
This package is a must for football fanatics and tailgaters. It is the best combo for lots of channels and promotional prices. Be aware of your two-year contract end date and mark it on the calendar, the promotional price will probably go up.
For those looking to have a bundle of services, Direct TV has a partnership with AT&T that offers discounted wireless services. You can talk to either about cell service and internet. Local channels are a challenge with Direct TV, these are only offered by your address and access must be requested when you are on the Road.
A second option is to have your account activated for ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC from the towers located on the east and west coast. Also, if you’re a big fan of High Definition when traveling a separate, and pricey kit is required.

Is DISH the best provider for the full-time RV life?

Looking for the highest rated DVR with HD portable service and the most preferred customer care? Hands down, DISH is your best bet. Its crazy good to have a DVR that will record 16 shows simultaneously, with 500 hours of stored HD movies. Especially when it is available to skip the commercials in playback.
Consider this if you record a lot. You can also receive more consistent and gratifying customer service. It is known throughout the Industry from the top of the charts. Portable satellite radio is also available for a nominal fee.
New DISH customers can purchase a DISH compatible and portable high definition antenna that is best for their specific application. Secondly, they would add a high definition DISH receiver to their high definition television. And finally, activate the DISH service featuring “pay-as-you-go” monthly programming.
Existing DISH customers can add the service at $7 a month and get both services on one bill for their home and RV. That way you can get high definition television no matter where you are going next without having to add WI-FI. This monthly service has no contract, is paid in advance and can be used as little or as often as you wish.
Seldom does this happen, but for those of you wanting to use both services, Winegard makes an antenna and power interface unit called the Carryout G2 that can handle both simultaneously. With the flip of a switch, you can switch between DISH and Direct TV.
This package is perfect for those in a two-year agreement with Direct TV and wanting to add the DISH pay-as-you-go option. Though the unit is a little pricey the benefits of having this option might be worth the added features in certain applications.

What equipment do I need to watch Satellite TV in my RV?

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How do we watch local channels from our RV?

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What about the partners of Direct TV and DISH?

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What package should I choose for the best channels?

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The RV Satellite Checklist

Rooftop install models Vs portable In-motion Vs stationary Winngate Trav’Ler

Designed to bring you everything that satellite television offers, TRAV’LER automatic multi-satellite antennas provide the same satellite TV viewing experience in your RV as your home!

.. Permanent roof mount
.. Stationary
.. Auto satellite acquisition
.. Views all Satellites at once
… Watch any show on any TV in the RV at the same time
… Use with DVRs- watch and record from different satellites simultaneously
.. Works with all carriers
. Road trip T4
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The RoadTrip T4 is both smaller and quieter than previous Winegard in-motion satellite antennas.
This sleek, compact unit is ultra lightweight, with the smallest footprint, and requires minimal roof space.
New motors and updated tracking algorithms reduce noise levels and improve tracking capabilities.

RoadTrip T4

.. Permanent roof mount
.. In-motion
.. One button on/off operation
.. Works with all carriers
…( DirecTV standard definition only)
.. 2 coaxial outputs for 2 receivers or dual-tuner DVR usage
. Carryout G3
.. Portable
… Optional roof mount sold separately
.. Stationary
.. Auto satellite acquisition
.. One button on/off operation
.. Supports 2 receivers
.. Power through the coax cable

King

 King Tailgater and Dish tailgater (pro)
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The KING Tailgater® and DISH® Tailgater® are both designed to be travel-friendly, with compact designs that deliver crystal clear DISH®HD or SD programming. These antennas are lightweight and come with automatic satellite acquisition and switching so you don’t have to manually move the unit to find a signal. They are powered through the receiver, so there is no need for a separate power source.
  .. Portable
  .. Stationary
  .. Auto satellite acquisition
  .. Powered by the receiver with no separate power cord
  .. Supporter 1 receiver
  .. Pro version is translucent for easier diagnostics
  .. Quick release roof mount kit
. King Quest and Quest Pro
The KING Quest offers DIRECTV® service. With the addition of the KING Quest Controller, this unit becomes compatible with a variety of receivers and satellite TV providers.
.. Portable
.. Stationary
.. DirecTV
.. Stationary
.. Auto satellite acquisition
.. Powered by the receiver with no separate power cord
.. Supporter 1 receiver
.. Pro version is translucent for easier diagnostics
.. Quick release roof mount kit
. King Dome
The KING Dome™  is a roof-mount only satellite and receives in-motion satellite signals to get up-to-the-minute news, weather and sports or watch a blockbuster movie while on the way to your next destination.
.. Permanent roof mount
.. In-motion
.. Works with Dish or DirecTV
.. Fully automatic satellite acquisition and switching for simple setup
.. Standard definition and HD programming (HD Dish only)
.. Has 2 coax outputs for support of 2 receivers (must be on same satellite)

KVH TracVision RV1

Enjoy Satellite TV on the Road, Everywhere You Travel
With TracVision RV1, you can enjoy satellite TV programming in your RV, just like you enjoy it at home. The reliable ultra-compact (32 cm, 12.5 inches) and lightweight RV1 features advanced technology that provides superior in-motion performance.
The system’s single-cable design makes it a snap to replace an existing satellite TV antenna. Installation is fast and easy so you can start enjoying TV on the road in no time.
Favorite Programming, Including HD, to Keep Everyone Happy
The DVB-S2 compatible TracVision RV1 supports programming from DIRECTV®, DISH Network® HD, Bell TV, and select linear Ku-band regional services in Europe. With the capability for multiple receivers in different locations within the vehicle, RV1 helps ensure everyone has programming they enjoy.
The RV1’s TV-Hub is an IP-enabled antenna control unit that enables antenna system information from any smartphone, laptop, smart TV, or computer.
  .. Permanent roof mount
Having Satellite in an RV is not as complicated as one might think.
I hope this helps!
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