Which Genie DVR should you choose for your RV?

Taking off for a little R&R this summer? A recreational vehicle is the perfect way to enjoy the sunny days of summer without worrying. There won’t be any need to trust strange hotels, not worries about finding a restaurant in the middle of nowhere, and most of all, no kids pressed up against each other in the “way back” of a station wagon. (But those were the days, weren’t they?)

These days, leaving home doesn’t mean leaving your electronics behind. And, while the kids may love their phones, the parents often prefer the traditional TV experience. That’s why satellite TV for RVs was invented, and it’s a perfect way to unwind at night.

The best satellite TV experience for DIRECTV customers

Even with a drop in subscribers, DIRECTV is still the biggest pay-TV company in the United States. That means there are more RV’ers with DIRECTV at home than with any other company. To all of you, here’s the good news: you can take it with you! There are just some things you need to know first.

Want to watch while the RV’s moving? Here’s what you need to know

Please don’t watch TV while you’re driving. But for everyone else in the RV, live TV and even DVR service is available using a dish like the one shown above. However, changes to DIRECTV’s satellite fleet mean you’ll be limited to standard definition service and you can’t use your Genie DVR. There is an HD dish that works while you’re moving, but realistically it’s too big for an RV.

Most satellite TV dealers won’t even activate standard definition service anymore, but our Signal Connect team does it all the time. That’s why we’re the leader in RV satellite activations. Check out the bottom of this article for a little more information on how to get started.

Want a Genie DVR? You’ll want this

This Winegard Trav’ler dish is made for RV life. When not in use, it folds down to stay safe and help you get better gas mileage. With the push of a button, it unfolds and aims itself no matter where you are. Of course you do have to stay parked, but this makes it the perfect entertainment accessory for evening relaxation. All you need is a good view of the southern sky — no cell phone service required. That puts it ahead of streaming, especially in remote areas like you’re planning to visit.

This dish will support a Genie DVR so you’ll get the full experience. But which Genie should you pick?

Best choice for an RV? HR54 DVR

This HR54 Genie DVR is the right choice for RVers hands down. No, it’s not as capable as the Genie 2, but you won’t miss the extra features. Here’s why:

  • The HR54 is low and slim, meaning that it’s easier to put in the tighter space of an RV. It can also be mounted vertically. The Genie 2 is much pickier about sitting up straight.
  • The HR54 will output video, meaning that you’ll only need one device if you have only one TV. With a Genie 2, you’d need the server and the client.
  • The HR54 will support a total of 4 TVs. That’s not as many as the Genie 2, but do you plan on having more than 4 TVs in an RV? (More power to you if you do, I suppose.)

Here’s what you need to know

If you call AT&T directly, they’ll tell you it can’t be done. They’ll tell you that you can’t have a Genie in your RV. That’s not true — they just don’t know how to do it. You need to call the experts at Signal Connect. No one does more RV activations than Signal Connect! We’re the nation’s expert on RV and marine satellite TV. Our team knows AT&T’s systems better than AT&T employees and we’ll work hard to make sure you get what you want.

It starts with a call to 888-233-5834. You’ll get a tech who will stay with you throughout the process and be available for support after the sale. Try that with an overseas call center! If it’s after East Coast business hours, fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you, usually within 24 hours!

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.