Where do you store your satellite dish?

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by scottb80, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. scottb80

    scottb80 Member

    Just bought a Dish Network satellite dish on a tripod for $10.00 so I can take my receiver with us and watch television. Problem is, this is a full size Dish 500 dish and the LNB support is permanently attached to the dish, which means it a takes a lot of space to store. This wasn't intended for an RV but was a tripod mounted antenna on a condo deck, attached to some cinder blocks. So now I'm faced with where to put it when I travel? I'm thinking right now to just tie it to my ladder in back. How about the rest of you, do you have this problem and how do you handle it?
  2. TexasClodhopper

    TexasClodhopper Senior Member

  3. Triple E

    Triple E Senior Member

    Tex when we were at Misty River I did not see you use anything. If I remember right you just laid the Dish on the ground, rolled it around until you received a pictured. Took you all of minute or less.
  4. TexasClodhopper

    TexasClodhopper Senior Member

    Yeah, I purty much aim it by ear and a compass (if I don't just look where others are pointing theirs.)

    I put one cell phone in the MH near the TV, so I can hear the squawking and move the dish around until I pick up the satellite. It helps that I don't need to see but one satellite, too.

    I have astounded my neighbors before by just dropping the thing on the ground with it aimed just right enough to pick up a picture the first try. I've done that twice! One guy watching just had to come in and have a look see at the TV. (Believe me, that is mostly dumb luck, but I generally have studied what direction it needs to be pointed as I'm setting up my MH.)
  5. LL1956

    LL1956 Junior Member

    My Winegard Trav'ler is stored on the roof. :)
  6. Wyotraveler

    Wyotraveler Junior Member

    The PVC pipe support for the dish is a great idea. The only mod I see is camping in the north the dish is much more vertical so the upside down mode may not work as well.
  7. TexasClodhopper

    TexasClodhopper Senior Member

    Wyo, it worked for me fine into Colorado Springs, Indianapolis Indiana and Shelbyville Illinois. That's as far north as I've been.

    There are still adjustments in the mount. I've even been known to put a rock or two under a leg.

    The most frustrating part is when those quirky walking RVers stop in front of it just to see how long it takes me to come outside and get some exercise! :triumphant:
  8. dontexas

    dontexas Junior Member

    I used this setup for 7 years when we were fulltiming. Never had the wind blow it out of alignment and we spent a lot of time in South Texas. Now that we have a small trailer, I am building another one... I also had good luck just throwing it on the ground and giving it a cursory glance and having it work. Also had several very "knowledgeable" people stop and tell me that it wouldnt work. HAHAHA, Merry Christmas.......

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