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Old 09-25-2014, 01:09 AM   #1
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Best Portable Satellite Receiver?

Looking at the Cube, but just would like to hear what others use. Would like one without a separate power supply line, just not sure where I could easily get 12 power to dish.

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Old 09-25-2014, 01:13 AM   #2
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Oops called dish tailgater not cube!
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Old 09-25-2014, 01:52 AM   #3
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If you have DISH or DIRECTV in your home you can easily get by with an additional receiver in your hauler.

I share a subscription with a friend and simply set up the antenna and connect it to the extra receiver. I have many satellite channels and get the local OTA networks with the hauler antenna.

The antenna LNBs gets their power from the coax so additional power is not needed. However, if you chose a portable system that automatically searches for the satellites the unit needs the power to the unit but the voltage comes from the included AC adapter.

There are simple and advanced ways to watch TV, it depends on how much you want to spend to watch TV.

Where I'm parked I have an antenna bolted to the power pole, when I leave I use a tripod with an extra antenna that I will set up if I will be there more than one night.

Some lesser portable systems only get one satellite at a time, they have to be realigned for each satellite. With the system I have I can get both satellites and don't have to move the antenna. The more expensive portable systems automatically change to the proper satellite but need the AC adapter to do so.

OTA is HD whereas my basic receiver isn't HD. There is a difference but not worth the price and I don't have to lug around the dome.
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We have Dish at home and we have the Tailgater and love it. We just take our receiver out of our bedroom at home and use it in the camper.
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I have a tailgater and it's great. We have issues from time to time with placement depending on how heavily wooded the campsite is, etc.

The statement about about needing power for the auto units, specifically the tailgater, is not completely true. Mine automatically positions the dish inside the unit and I don't have a separate power source. The power comes from the receiver and is carried through the coax cable.
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I have a tailgater and it's great. We have issues from time to time with placement depending on how heavily wooded the campsite is, etc.

The statement about about needing power for the auto units, specifically the tailgater, is not completely true. Mine automatically positions the dish inside the unit and I don't have a separate power source. The power comes from the receiver and is carried through the coax cable.
The last automatic I saw used the AC adapter. I'm really sure of this because I had to repair the DC connector on it. Brand new out of the box but the retailer fixed him up with a new cable and didn't want the broken one back.

It makes sense to use the coax voltage to power the motor but I expect that probably means the Tailgater thing has its own power supply.

I'll have to research that probability, not that it makes any difference but yet another useless fact floating around in head
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Old 09-25-2014, 03:06 PM   #7
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Your provider is going to have a lot to do with which satellite dish you buy.

If you have DISH, there is no question that the Tailgater is the way to go. As mentioned "The power comes from the receiver and is carried through the coax cable."

With DIRECT TV you'll probably need to look at the Winegard line. A word of caution, DO NOT get the GM-5000 Carryout Anser Hybrid Automatic Portable Satellite Antenna, it is advertised as an automatic but you have to set the elevation, and then the dish finds the signal (azimuth). You are right back to the issues of pointing a manual tripod style. Check out the Carryout models that are FULLY automatic.

I wouldn't worry about getting 12V power to these models. I simply would used a battery booster to point the dish during set up and once you have a signal the 12V power is no longer needed.

On my new trailer I went with a roof mount, because I live just down the road from No Trees, Texas!!!
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Old 09-27-2014, 11:31 PM   #8
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I have DISH in my sticks & bricks home in Maine. When the DW & I go to campgrounds in Maine & NH we've zeroed in on the ones that have cable. When in Florida the park that we're in doesn't have cable. My trailer mainly stays in one location during our stay in Florida. I have a Dish 1000HD on a tripod that pretty much stays permanent during the Winter months. I actually leave it in storage down there when we leave and head home.
I had initially wanted to mount a dome on top of my roof. Any of the domes, that I looked at, wanted to be mounted level and my roof has no level areas. I would have needed to shim on the lower side to level it off.
How did you mount your dome Hornedtoad? Just curious.
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Old 09-28-2014, 04:06 PM   #9
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Last question on this I hope, hooked the tailgater to cable in, then it comes to a junction box with jump over where antennae amplifier is located, So how do I connect so I can choose between satellite or antennae because when directly connected to receiver now radio not working and also we would like the choice to watch TV over antenna or satellite. Please someone help I have worked on this all weekend and feeling frustrated.............
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Old 09-28-2014, 04:13 PM   #10
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LakeBuster,
We have the Dish Tailgater and have been very pleased with it. Since it is a "portable" unit with 50' of cable you can move it around to get a good signal. If you go with one that mounts on the RV you may find some campsites that won't give the unit a a clear line of sight. I bought a wire cable that I lock to the unit and to the trailer for security when I have it out.
Since we have Dish at home it only cost $7 a month for the RV service.
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