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  • Will an old satellite dish on an RV still work?



    “I just bought an RV with a satellite dish installed. Can I get it to work?”
    We get this question a lot, so we’re happy to share the answer with RV owners interested in satellite TV.

    Many RVs, campers, and motorhomes come equipped with satellite dishes already attached. Some motorhome manufacturers install a satellite dish and sometimes even a receiver when the company builds these vehicles. Other RV dealerships might have dishes attached to their vehicles as an added bonus for buyers. And if you’re buying used RVs shouldn’t be surprised if your new-to-you camper or motorhome has a dish and/or receiver attached. But can you get this satellite dish in your RV to work? Of course you can… and Solid Signal is here to tell you how.

    Easy Satellite Dish Check
    The quickest and easiest way to check the satellite dish on your new or new-to-you RV is to turn it on. If power is going to the dish, you will hear the dish moving around as it tries to locate the satellite signal in the sky. But even after the dish locates the signal, you won’t be able to watch satellite TV unless two things are present in the equation:


    1. You have a working satellite receiver connected to the dish.
    2. You have a working satellite TV subscription associated with that dish and receiver.



    As previously stated, some RV manufacturers and dealers have vehicles that include a satellite dish and receiver. If this is the case with your vehicle, then you’re in luck. Instead of purchasing a satellite-dish-and-receiver combo, then having it installed in your RV, you can skip straight to the third step – activating your DIRECTV or DISH account. When it comes to do this, there’s an easy way, then there’s the hard way.

    Activating Your Satellite TV Service
    You would think that calling DIRECTV or DISH would be the easy way to activate your account, right? While you might think so, but it doesn’t always work out so well for some RV owners. It’s not uncommon for some callers to be put on hold for long periods of time, or transferred back and forth between several departments. In other words, it might take a long time for you to talk to the person you need to about your account activation. It’s much easier to call us here at Solid Signal and let us get your satellite TV account activated quickly.

    Our affiliate company, Signal Connect, is a DIRECTV and DISH authorized dealer. Everyone there is experienced in working with representatives at DIRECTV and DISH, which means they know the right people and the right extensions they need to get your account activated quickly and easily as possible. This saves you all that time waiting to talk to someone on the phone. Once your satellite TV account is activated, the satellite dish that came with your RV, camper, or motorhome will pull in satellite signal from the sky.

    Call Signal Connect Today!
    Did you purchase an RV, camper, or motorhome that came with a satellite dish? Or maybe you’re considering buying one? Either way, you’ll need to get a satellite receiver (if the RV doesn’t come with it already), and get your DIRECTV or DISH activated. If you’re ready to watch satellite TV in your RV (not while you’re driving, of course), then call Signal Connect at 866.726.4182. For more information, visit Signal Connect’s RV satellite TV solutions page. You know you’ve made the right call!

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    1. DTVGuy's Avatar
      DTVGuy -
      Stuart:
      IMO the more pressing issue will be with all those RV’s with the Trav’ler and the 5LNB head. One can put a SWM8 “box” - http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=swm-8 - on the 5LNB head system and make it a SWM system. Works fine as you know. But what happens when 119 goes dark. The 5LNB software uses it for alignment, etc. Are we going to have to replace the entire Trav’ler as one cannot just change the LNB head as you know. Maybe a trade-in / refurb program. One can wish. Thoughts?
    1. dsiebert's Avatar
      dsiebert -
      Quote Originally Posted by DTVGuy View Post
      Stuart: IMO the more pressing issue will be with all those RV’s with the Trav’ler and the 5LNB head. One can put a SWM8 “box” - http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=swm-8 - on the 5LNB head system and make it a SWM system. Works fine as you know. But what happens when 119 goes dark. The 5LNB software uses it for alignment, etc. Are we going to have to replace the entire Trav’ler as one cannot just change the LNB head as you know. Maybe a trade-in / refurb program. One can wish. Thoughts?
      When a SWM is used only 101 is used for guide data, and if 119 really does go away software updates can make receivers ignore it.
    1. DTVGuy's Avatar
      DTVGuy -
      Agree, if Winegard will provide such a software / system control update to the Trav'ler antenna. So far no indication of same. Hence a retrofit or the like program which could include a SWM8 system in the retrofit from SS. Perhaps SS will "encourage" Winegard to make such available for a price IF it can be actually loaded into the system and perhaps work off only 101 / 110 should Ka peaking be a hardware limitation in the older antenna receiver. Probably is?
      There are a lot of these original Trav'lers in service. Mine is a newer one and is native SWM. But I work with a lot of people not so fortunate.
      I've installed SWM8 systems on the older Trav'lers and naturally they work fine. Whole home with a Genie works in the RV as well. Bit of overkill but what the heck.