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    Tailgating Satellite Set-Up???

    I just bought a new camper & am interested in setting up DirecTv for pregame this year. Does anyone have any experiences I should know about to save frustrations?? ie: aligning dish or mounting to RV?? Any help would be great.



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    Re: Tailgating Satellite Set-Up???

    Set the angle before you get to the tailgate lot. Not sure if you want to mount it on your RV. Maybe mount it to a piece of plywood and figure away out to strap it to the roof once you get to games.


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    Re: Tailgating Satellite Set-Up???

    They make tri-pod type stands for them. We had one at our tailgate and it worked pretty well.



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    Re: Tailgating Satellite Set-Up???

    If you have a way to internet access I would suggest trying out a cheap slingbox. I tried this last year and it worked like butta.



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    Re: Tailgating Satellite Set-Up???

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    If you have a way to internet access I would suggest trying out a cheap slingbox. I tried this last year and it worked like butta.
    what do you use for internet?



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    Re: Tailgating Satellite Set-Up???

    Mounting it to the roof is going to be frustrating unless the roof is perfectly level.

    You have a VERY small margin for error with the 3LNB dishes (and an even smaller one with the 5LNB ones). Dish skew and elevation can be pre-set, but you'll still need to get the azimuth dead on once you get parked. If the dish isn't level, your skew and elevation settings will be off.

    I like to park in the same space, and then I eyeball a visual reference (in my case, the Jacobsen building, usually, in lot C6). That speeds things up quite a bit.


    I took a piece of fence pipe (for chain link fence) and put it in a home depot "homer" bucket along with a bag of quickcrete. It has worked pretty well for the last few years, though you gotta make sure the post is level. Probably cost me 10 bucks in materials total.

    If you're willing to not pick up all the games, the single LNB dishes are way easier to aim, as you're only trying to grab one satellite and the dish design is WAY simpler.

    edit: I would HIGHLY advise against trying to use a 5 LNB dish. This likely means you won't get most of the channels in HD, but unless you have a birddog and a very stable base, there's no way in hell you're going to aim the thing.

    I DO recommend getting something like this: http://www.sat-sales.com/proddetail....d=sat_finder95

    It makes life much easier when you're trying to aim the dish.


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    Re: Tailgating Satellite Set-Up???

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    what do you use for internet?
    Yeah, this is an interesting idea. Can you get the bandwidth over like a 3G wireless data card to stream slingbox? And do you get good enough speeds at the game to pull this off?

    I know a lot of times the cell towers get overloaded and you can't get a call out, so I would think data speeds would suffer as well.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    what do you use for internet?
    If I told you I would have to kill you. I'm able to get a wi-fi signal in the parking lot and then I just run it on my laptop, which is connected to a TV.



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    Re: Tailgating Satellite Set-Up???

    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    Mounting it to the roof is going to be frustrating unless the roof is perfectly level.

    You have a VERY small margin for error with the 3LNB dishes (and an even smaller one with the 5LNB ones). Dish skew and elevation can be pre-set, but you'll still need to get the azimuth dead on once you get parked. If the dish isn't level, your skew and elevation settings will be off.

    I like to park in the same space, and then I eyeball a visual reference (in my case, the Jacobsen building, usually, in lot C6). That speeds things up quite a bit.


    I took a piece of fence pipe (for chain link fence) and put it in a home depot "homer" bucket along with a bag of quickcrete. It has worked pretty well for the last few years, though you gotta make sure the post is level. Probably cost me 10 bucks in materials total.

    If you're willing to not pick up all the games, the single LNB dishes are way easier to aim, as you're only trying to grab one satellite and the dish design is WAY simpler.

    edit: I would HIGHLY advise against trying to use a 5 LNB dish. This likely means you won't get most of the channels in HD, but unless you have a birddog and a very stable base, there's no way in hell you're going to aim the thing.

    I DO recommend getting something like this: Satellite DVB Sales : SF-95 Satellite Finder, Satellite Finder, sat_finder95

    It makes life much easier when you're trying to aim the dish.
    We've tried several times to line up our Dish Network with a tripod and not had any luck. Thinking of getting one of these to see if it helps. Been told you have to be dead on level to get the signals.


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    Re: Tailgating Satellite Set-Up???

    I know that they make a device for RVs that mounts to the roof and will let you watch will driving. But I think that they're pretty expensive.



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    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    We've tried several times to line up our Dish Network with a tripod and not had any luck. Thinking of getting one of these to see if it helps. Been told you have to be dead on level to get the signals.
    They help a lot, but it can still be a very frustrating process. Being level is key. You have about 2-3 degrees margin of error to work with, so DEAD level isn't really necessary, but it sure helps. Dish dishes are actually a bit easier to aim than DTV ones (at least the more common Dish dishes).

    Bring along some shim stock too. That can help you get closer to level. I put a little magnetic torpedo level on my dish post in order to see how far off it is.

    A small compass will get you pointed in the right direction too.
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    Re: Tailgating Satellite Set-Up???

    Quote Originally Posted by Frak View Post
    I know that they make a device for RVs that mounts to the roof and will let you watch will driving. But I think that they're pretty expensive.
    Yeah , about $2,500

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    Re: Tailgating Satellite Set-Up???

    A few years ago we bought one of the Tripods from Radioshack. The thing worked great.



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    Re: Tailgating Satellite Set-Up???

    We use a 3LNB dish and have never had any problems setting up. We have the dish locked in on the angles and then connected to a heavy block of wood. Usually can have things running in about 5-7min.



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