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Installing Winegard TRAVELER RV


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#1 OFFLINE   Jodean

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 10:32 PM

Who says you cant have MRV in a camper with an auto aim dish??

No problem!

Only took about 3 hours to install.

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#2 OFFLINE   ndole

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 06:04 AM

Well, that spot where the puddle forms (the visible ring under the SWiM16) will certainly keep the switch cool. Before it fries the fittings.
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#3 OFFLINE   azarby

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:14 AM

Well, that spot where the puddle forms (the visible ring under the SWiM16) will certainly keep the switch cool. Before it fries the fittings.


I doubt that would ever happen. The SWIM16 is so hot it will boil all of the water away.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:22 AM

Let's see a picture of the reflector installed and raised?

Could you have used an SWM LNB? A SWM16 seems to be overkill for an RV.:)
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#5 OFFLINE   PokerJoker

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 11:33 AM

Sorry man, but that is one ugly installation. Looks like there's about ten pounds of caulk used on this job, including using it to glue the cables down?

A SWM16 on an RV? Is that a joke? A SWM8 would have been more than enough. And it really should be inside. (It is too bad that the Winegard can't use a SWM LNB. The auto-aim controller needs a direct LNB signal.)

It looks to me like the dish will hit what appears to be a crank-up OTA antenna if the two are ever raised at the same time.

I have to assume that this is one of those "RVs" that never actually moves. Otherwise all those loose wires on the roof would flap themselves to death going down the highway.

If anyone ever did a job like this on an RV of mine, there'd be hell to pay.

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#6 OFFLINE   David MacLeod

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 04:20 PM

who says a crappy job can't be done and passed off onto customer.
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 05:08 PM

That SWiM-16 is going to be nothing but problems. I see you highlighted what was really important to you "Only took about 3 hours." Most people would have preferred a truthful "works like a charm."
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#8 OFFLINE   David MacLeod

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 05:17 PM

why do you need swm for mrv in a an rv? ethernet works and for the small amount of receivers involved this hatchet job could have been avoided,
I've reskinned an rv roof from crap like this, its fun.
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 05:54 PM

Wow, I feel sorry for the owner of that RV. :nono:

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 06:19 PM

How many tubes of caulk did you use?

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:19 PM

I used 1 and a half tubes of caulk. 3 is what is recommeneded but to me thats overkill. These RVs come from the factory will WAY more sealant around the skylights and vents than this dish has. I used less than recomened buts thats just me.

The "pool" is not a pool. That is where the area was cleaned so a good bond would occur.

No swm 8 available, only had a swm 16, not much difference just a little larger in size. I clipped where i could, the rest was caulked due to thin fiberglass shell on the forward facing surface.

The HAPPY rv owner is delighted on how the install was done. Loves the MRV setup.

No reroofing needed, its a alluminum roof. The owner decided he would just leave the dome mounts there rather than peeling them off. He had dish network.

Loose wires? You mean like the ones sticking up out of the antenna that actually catch the wind?? Cant help how RVs are put out of the assebly line, as we can do is better than factory.

#12 OFFLINE   Jodean

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:21 PM

It cannot be converted to a swm lnb. The dish uses autoaim signals from the legacy it has.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:37 PM

Wait until you get the call about the SWiM-16 crapping out when it sits in the hot [direct] sun. :nono:
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:45 PM

Just how big is this RV? Just how many receivers are being used?
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:52 PM

Wait until you get the call about the SWiM-16 crapping out when it sits in the hot [direct] sun. :nono:


sure sealant on bottom sinks won't help there either.
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Posted 22 May 2011 - 03:45 AM

hey Jodean post some pics of jobs where you installed dishes on roofs. GUARANTEE its the same improper mess.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 08:07 AM

Is this the "parked" position for this dish?

That SWiM16 may not be happy in the Arizona sun.

I would have put a few more tie downs on the wires going to the SWiM, and you might want to disconnect that motorized antenna as someone will at some point crash that puppy.

Aluminum roof?

Edited by barryb, 22 May 2011 - 08:34 AM.

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#18 OFFLINE   Richierich

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 08:30 AM

That SWiM16 may not going to be happy in the Arizona sun.


Barry, maybe he could install an Umbrella over the SWM16 that can be Raised or Lowered when traveling??? :lol:
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Posted 22 May 2011 - 08:30 AM

SWiM16 a bakin'...cables a flappin' in the wind....caulk goo all over the place. A 3-hour work of art for sure.
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Posted 22 May 2011 - 08:41 AM

I'm not defending either side here, but most of the caulk you see was previously there. Its not that unusual to see this sort of mayhem on the top of a motorhome.

My only concerns have been stated above.

Jodean: can you please tell me how those wires are strapped down between the LNB's and the SWiM? It almost looks like there is a wire of some sorts going across the four COAX cables in three places.

If I was going to bake my SWiM16, I would have placed it in the spot between the dish and the motorized antenna. That way I would be using a very short run for those four COAX cables between the LNB's and the SWiM.

At some point I will convert my coach over to SWiM, but for now [unsupported] ethernet seems to be working just fine. I will be using a SWiM8, and it will be in a cooled cabinet inside my coach.
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