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What Is The Best Solution For Short Term RV Satellite TV Service?

by Joe M
(Pittsburgh)


I have a coach with a satellite dish. In the past I utilized a service from Dish Network that allowed me to start and stop service on a daily basis without additional fees or charges. I selected the level of service and the number of days via the phone and paid with a greendot card. The service required different receivers which I purchased.

I used the service in early 2009 several times. It was discontinued in October of last year. What is the best alternative for service for someone who utilizes their unit 6 times a year for several days at a time.

Thanks

ANSWER: Greetings Joe thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

I hate to say it but you had the best solution available when it was offered by Dish Network. As an RVer in the US you have two choices when it comes to receiving Satellite TV in your RV DirecTV or The Dish Network neither of which at this time offer real flexibility in turning service on and off as frequently as you want to do it.

Some RVers that have satellite TV service at home have used their non-leased Satellite Receiver Box in their RVs while traveling and use it at home when they are not. Depending on whether you have satellite service at home and what provider you have this may be a viable option for you.

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One of the downsides to using your non-leased home Satellite Receiver boxes in your RV is that the provider does not know that you are using it in an RV and you may end up losing access to local channels they provide for your area depending how far you travel. Also depending on the provider you use and what boxes you have this could end up disabling your service on the box.

I am sorry that I cannot be more specific than this, but we are entering a grey area here when we get into using your home box in an RV when it comes to the contract you have with your Satellite TV Provider.

I hope this helps.

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easy satillite service for your rv
by: Anonymous

buy a remote satellite dish kit for direct tv if you have their service, it comes with the dish a signal strength meter and a short coax cable, then buy extra coax or satellite compatible cable.

Then take your home receiver from your house and hook it up at your campsite. then level the stand set dish facing due south and on a 45 degree angle and rotate until you get signal. you will have the same channels as at your home.

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SAToolz
by: Anonymous

When out camping try SAToolz for your iPhone, it let's you see if any obstacles like trees are in the way before you try setting up your Dish. It's available for Dish Network, DirecTV, Exceed and HughesNet. Search the app store for SAToolz.

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Direct TV made mistake which caused me $475
by: Anonymous

Had trouble receiving direct tv in my motorhome called tech to come and check their equipment. He said the outside connect was not receiving any power and I should have it repaired or rewired for new sat connection which I did for $475 at an RV service center.

Still no sat tv reception. Had a private person who knows camper tv wiring setups and sat and cable setups for campers and found out the tech was wrong. I did have power in my outside connection, the direct tv tech didn't connect to the right cable inside my camper to the receiver box. He connected right cable and I now have tv service. Now I am trying to get some reimbursement back from direct tv to no avail. Any suggestions?

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Directv go
by: Anonymous

Put the Directv GO app on your iPad or iPhone. Plug an Apple TV into your tv and you can watch your home DVR in the rv. No extra charge for the "go".

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DISH Network Tailgater
by: Kate K

I use the Tailgater from DISH Network because it has the easiest setup, and DISH just started a new program for it where service can be turned on or off without any bothersome fees. We had to go through an easy process to register our RV with them so that we can have the service turned on and off without any problems.

It is true that the Tailgater aligns itself automatically and it really does take a couple of minutes before it brings in an HD picture.

It is a lot easier to use than the cumbersome dish I was using when I first started working for DISH, and it is the only portable HDTV satellite system that I recommend to any RVer or tailgater.

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Dish Tailgater
by: Anonymous

We just switched to Dish a few weeks ago so we could have tv when camping. I bought a Tailgater (exclusive to Dish) and a 211k reciever from dishstore.net(please tell them elizabeth Crunk referred you, ask for Claude or Armondo). When we go camping, we just take the receier from the house and plus it into the tailgater and we are set. I paid $339 for the tailgater with a $125 credit for signing up for Dish(best deal anywhere). We love it, works great. since I use the reciver in the work out roon(unfortunantly) not working out, no big deal, so I am jsut leaving the receiver in the Rv. The tailgater automatic find the satellite, which is why I choose it. Very,very easy to set up, just plug it in and go thru a 2 second selection of area. Super Easy!

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short erm satelite
by: Anonymous

we have direct tv at home (East Tenn) and take the reciever from the house and when we get to our winter home,(Florida) we just call and request a "temp" change of billing address and they turn on the local channels for this area. It turns local off at our home residence but we still have service. Then when we go home we call and ask for another "temp" change of billing address and they flip the switch and we have our local channels at home by the time we get there. for other short (2wks or less) trips I set the dish up and get service but for local channelks I use the "air waves: works well for us.

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Poor Service
by: Ron

We haven't tried Direct TV yet, but I am very disappointed with Dish. We spent the summer in Canada and had not used the receiver for two weeks before camping just south of Vancouver. When I asked them to turn the service back on, they refused, since we were out of the US. As we traveled east across Canada we had to dip into Minnesota for repairs and I was able to get them to turn the service on ,but could not get any local channels. As we headed east we got a variety of error messages saying both that they knew about the problem and were working to fix it and that we were out of the subscribed area.

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Sat Service Info
by: Danno

We discovered that when you have Satellite service your box MUST connect to the service at least every 2 weeks for programming issues the box needs to function. DISH suggested since we do not have the home service we could install a Dish on our house and just lug the box to it without a TV even so it would receive programming and when we travel take the box and go. we have Cable in our home and do not want any extra cost so we subscribe to NetFlix and just go on the net and have movies sent to the Post Office where ever we are and learned to shut off the TV and enjoy each other more.

P.S. DISH has a $14.99 Package but you must really PUSH for them to offer the details. we used to pay 6 months at a time.

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Dish Network
by: Anonymous

We contacted our Dish Network Rep and ordered an additional receiver. We told the Rep is was for our Camper. It costs us another $5.00 a month for the receiver and remote. We do not get local channels on the road but we do get all of the basics. For us that was a very inexpensive fix.

Captain Art

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