Choosing Satellite Dishes for RVs

Want to add satellite TV to your RV, camper, or motorhome? If so, you’ll need to choose the right satellite dish for you.

When it comes to satellite dishes for RVs, you have three choices:

  1. Portable dish
  2. RV-mounted antenna
  3. Auto-aiming dish

These satellite antennas deliver the same great programming you enjoy at home. The one you should choose depends upon what you want out of your satellite dish. Solid Signal has provided satellite dish service, activation, and installation for the RV community for years. We’re happy to take you through the steps to determine which one is best for you and your recreational vehicle.

1. Portable Satellite Dishes

Portable satellite dishes are mounted to tripods that are placed on the ground, next to your RV. Let’s look at the benefits of these types of portable satellite dishes:

  • They are an inexpensive solution for some RV owners.
  • They’re ideal for people who just take a few trips each year.
  • They’re also great for tailgate parties and similar events.

If you choose to get one of these portable satellite TV kits, there’s only one thing to consider:

  • You’ll have to set it up and aim the dish each time you plan to use it.

If you’re only going to watch TV in your RV a few times a year, this shouldn’t be a problem.

2. RV-Mounted Satellite Dish

This is a low-budget solution that’s more permanent than a portable dish. Because of its benefits, it’s a great solution for RVers who tend to take a lot of trips. The benefits are:

  • You don’t have to put it on a tripod each time you park.
  • It’s an affordable solution for most RV owners.

There’s one thing you need to know about these RV-mounted dishes, though:

  • You still have to aim the satellite dish each time you park.

It’s fairly easy to aim these dishes. To help RVers, we provide a tutorial for those who might need a little help.

3. Auto-Aiming Satellite Dish

This is the premier, high-end solution for RV owners. It features specialized technology that lets the dish automatically scan the skies and lock onto the satellite signal. This convenience has its benefits, such as:

  • No setting up or aiming your dish every time you travel.
  • Turn on your TV whenever you want.
  • Your passengers can watch TV while you’re driving.
  • It’s ideal for anyone who uses their RV a lot.

The thing you need to be aware of isn’t that big of a deal at all:

  • These dishes are best installed by professionals.

If you get DIRECTV from us, we’ll match you with the best installer in your area. Once this person finishes the job, a rep from our company will quickly activate your DIRECTV account. You can start enjoying your TV shows right then and there!

Which Dish Should You Get?

We’ve made it easy for you to pick between a portable, RV-mounted, or auto-aiming dish. Even if you choose between these three types of dishes, you then have to pick the right one in that category. Solid Signal carries the widest online variety of satellite antennas for DIRECTV or DISH. Each of these models has its own features, benefits, and applications. Someone on our team of product experts will help you make the best choice for your RV.

What About Local Channels?

This one’s a little harder to explain. If you’re in the same local area as your home, you can get your local TV channels. In some cases, if your home is in the New York City or Los Angeles areas, you may be able to get some local channels no matter where you are.

If you have a Hopper in your RV, you can integrate local channels from anywhere in the country. It just takes this adapter. DIRECTV used to have something similar but they no longer do.

Solid Signal Has Your RV Satellite Solution!

Interested in adding satellite and TV programming to your RV or camper? Just call us at 888-233-7563. Our experts will match you with the right dish for your RV. Our Signal Connect Division is a DIRECTV and DISH dealer. This means we can also get you the best satellite TV programming package, installation, and more. If you’re reading this after hours, just fill out the form below and send it to us. Someone from our team will reach out to talk about satellite TV for your RV.

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.