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HD SWM Compatible Dish For RV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by az99, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. az99

    az99 Cool Member

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    I have been trying to get a dish for my RV and I am confused. I have an HR24 DVR in HD that is setup in the SWM configuration. I checked on the Winegard Traveler but that requires 2 feed lines,BBC's and a very time consuming resetup of the DVR. Is there any way to maintain the SWM on an RV. Either fully auto or semi auto. I would really like to just move the DVR from home to RV without the time consuming reset. Thanx
     
  2. cabletech

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    First off let ask, are you planning on a roof mought antenna or a portable? What part of the country are you in? A roof mought is the easyest but does $$. Go to wingard.com
    and check what they have. Changing from swm to muliti switch is not that hard.
     
  3. Kevin F

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    You will have to get another power inserter, possible splitter (if more than 1 receiver). Also you will need the slimline dish and an SL5-S or SL3-S. Make sure it's the SWiM version of the LNB otherwise 2 cables will be needed. Also don't use the built in wiring of the RV unless you can replace the solitudes with DirecTV green labeled ones. It would be much easier to get a dish on a tripod, the 18" round dish to be exact. It can only et SD channels but moat people dont have 50" plasmas in their RV. I'm using an SD Dish currently on my RV trip and it's working great. You can reply back for more detailed instructions on either setup.

    Kevin
     
  4. Kevin F

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    Cabletech beat me to it :). I guess I'm not a very quick typer on my iPhone. All well. :D

    Kevin
     
  5. az99

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    I definitely want a roof mount. Either semi-auto or auto. I also want HD. At home I have the SL-3 dish with the SWM setup. I only need the 3 sat setup.

    I did call Winegard but all they have is the Traveler. That is what prompted my question. Thanx
     
  6. az99

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    It is not that hard (once you figure it out) but it is very time consuming and is a 2X process for each move. I would like to keep it SWM so it is just a plug and play. Thanx
     
  7. Kevin F

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    You may have to run your own wires/splitters then through the RV unless you can replace all of the splitters in it for a SWM system. That may involve some drilling...
     
  8. az99

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    That is no problem to run new cables. Winegard said I can't do SWM as it can't locate the satellites automatically. Or at least they do not sell it. What dish and equipment do I need ?
     
  9. harsh

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    The Winegard TRAV'LER SK-3005 would appear to be your ONLY option. I'm pretty sure it has a legacy LNB assembly that isn't interchangeable with an SWM LNB assembly. Street prices are around $1,400 (installation not included).

    DIRECTV was taking a pretty nasty beat-down in RV circles prior to the arrival of this unit.
     
  10. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    This thread shows how someone has done it:
    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=193241

    You'll need to use either a SWM8 or SWiM-16 so it will function with the Winegard.
     
  11. bobnielsen

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    If the Trav'ler uses a normal Slimline LNB (the picture seems to indicate that), you could swap the LNB for a SWM version. If not, you could run 4 cables from the Trav'ler to a SWM8.
     
  12. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    It's not that the LNB isn't a "normal" Slimline, but that the auto alignment can't function with a SWM LNB. ;)
     
  13. az99

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    That sounds too easy. Will the setup on the DVR remain the same as my #17 SWM setup as at home ?
     
  14. PokerJoker

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    VOS is right. The Winegard Trav'ler has to use the legacy LNB to function. You cannot switch it for a SWM LNB.

    What you have to do is simply add a SWM8 to the feed from the Winegard dish. You do have to run the usual 4 cables from the dish to the SWM8.

    This also works with the similar Motosat automatic dish.

    Keith

    who does have a 50 inch plasma in his RV
     
  15. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Not sure what your #17 setup is, but from the SWiM, the setup/layout is the same.
     
  16. az99

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    Thanx for everyone's input. I believe I understand now. Just add a SWM8 to the Traveler and 1 coax with power supply to the HR24 from the SWM8. Satellite setup should be the same as my home dish which uses the 3 LNB SWM dish. So I should be able to move my HR24 from house to RV with no changes.
     
  17. litzdog911

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    17: Slimline-3S (SWM)

    It's part of the dish setup process.
     
  18. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Thanks, I haven't looked at that screen is so long I.....
     
  19. bobnielsen

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    Since that LNB sees 5 satellites, perhaps 18 or 4 (plus SWM multiswitch) would be more appropriate, although it probably doesn't matter since the SWM always gets guide data from 101.
     
  20. Kevin F

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    Thats impressive. I only have a 24 incher. My RV isn't big enough for a bigger tv. I have a big plasma at home though. How does your RV do with the added electrical load of the tv?
     

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