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Old 07-08-2018, 01:24 PM   #1
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Which antenna

Looking to go with a dish compatible antenna IN MY 3400 RL. (Have dish at home) thinking of the Tailgater, or the playmaker with a compatible Wally receiver and the optional extra hard drive to use as a DVR. Any suggestions or advice will be appreciated.
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Old 07-08-2018, 01:38 PM   #2
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I have two Wally's with hard drives, but I use the interior cables so I can't use a Tailgator type antenna that uses the Wally to power it. If you do that, it needs a 25' or less cabel hooked directly to the Wally. I use Winegard G2+'s. Since they power the antenna I have 50' from my ladder mounted one before it gets to the convenience center.
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Old 07-08-2018, 03:44 PM   #3
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Couple questions DQ. Is the winegard easy to set up? And is it easy to take off the ladder mount if you can’t get the SW exposure. I am considering the playmaker with a tripod, and adding a direct connection to the Wally through my entertainment slide out. I only want one TV on satellite. Thanks for the quick response. I would like to get everything ordered and installed before my trip next week.
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Old 07-08-2018, 05:04 PM   #4
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Do the direct connection from your slide to the cable box and save yourself a lot of grief.
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BNRC,

The Winegard X2 is the best way to go for portable. Bigger dish and will receive either satellite clusters which is great in some areas. Downsides: a little more expensive, physically a little larger and not made for roof or ladder mount.
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Ditto on the X2...so far so good with us too..usually get my ladder and set it on the roof to get best results for us. Had a Tailgater..but didn't have much luck with it.
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:23 PM   #7
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Do the direct connection from your slide to the cable box and save yourself a lot of grief.
I wouldn’t have thought about putting the conection on the side of the slide. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:30 PM   #8
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I use a Dish Network 1000.2 dish using either an EA Hybrid LNBF or a WA Hybrid LNBF all mounted on a surveyor's tripod and have used as much as 200' of coax so far but have more if necessary. This feeds my Hopper3 tuner that will record up to 16 programs at one time and has a 2TB HD. All works great and was very inexpensive. Once someone gets the hang of setting it up it only takes about 15 minutes to do.
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Old 07-08-2018, 10:06 PM   #9
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I use a tailgator, it's simple always works and dish support is exceptional.Went through the side of slide out. Also have a ladder mount and a tripod in case you have to go to the front.
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You are welcome. I meant to say satellite box, but a direct connection to the cable box would have saved me headaches as well. I use the X2 also with good results using the non wally receiver. The matching tripod and storage bag make nice options for a complete package.
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Couple questions DQ. Is the winegard easy to set up? And is it easy to take off the ladder mount if you canít get the SW exposure. I am considering the playmaker with a tripod, and adding a direct connection to the Wally through my entertainment slide out. I only want one TV on satellite. Thanks for the quick response. I would like to get everything ordered and installed before my trip next week.
Depends on if a couple of bolts on the top of the ladder is easy for you. My other one has a tripod, but I usually just put it on top of one of the slides.
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:22 AM   #12
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Like WeBeFulltime, we use a DISH 1000.2 that requires you to manually point to receive the satellites. I use an APP (SatFinder Lite) to help minimize time to manually set up. The 1000.2 allow multiple TV's to watch channels and different satellites. I did have to modify the connections on the cable splitter to use more than one receiver.


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Old 07-12-2018, 01:17 PM   #13
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Where did you get the cable connection mounted on the side of the slide?
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Where did you get the cable connection mounted on the side of the slide?
Checkout Post #19 in this thread http://www.montanaowners.com/forums/...01#post1105701
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Old 07-12-2018, 01:27 PM   #15
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Where did you get the cable connection mounted on the side of the slide?
I couldn't find one like in the picture, that recessed in. I bought a flush mount from Amazon. I think it will slide past the rubber seals ok. Before I drill that hole, I am going to try the satellite connection in the convenience center. After all, that's what it was designed for. My receiver comes tomorrow so I'll repost how it goes.
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:28 PM   #16
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You can find that wall plate at Kyle Switch Plates, online. It would be nice if the connection in the convenience center works. It is worth trying that first. Just know that some systems don't function well with coax runs over 50'. In my trailer, over 35' was used up between the convenience center and the satellite box. Count in the poor quality of cabling at manufacturing and the odds are against us.

A switch plate could be installed on the slide where it doesn't need to pass by the rubber seals. I just chose the side of the slide to keep things looking tidy. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 07-16-2018, 10:53 PM   #17
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We've been on the road for 12 years and I carry my antenna with me. I have a hopper and a wireless Wally. Love it
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Just an option instead of the recessed connector. I found the sat-coax cable under the slide. Since I could not get the sat. cable to work from the convenience center, I figured what the heck. I cut the coax cable under the slide and put a connector on it. Now as soon as I run the slide out and we are set. I connect the coax to that connector and put the tripod where it needs to be. This way I did not have to do any cutting.


Works very well for me
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Just an option instead of the recessed connector. I found the sat-coax cable under the slide. Since I could not get the sat. cable to work from the convenience center, I figured what the heck. I cut the coax cable under the slide and put a connector on it. Now as soon as I run the slide out and we are set. I connect the coax to that connector and put the tripod where it needs to be. This way I did not have to do any cutting.


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That is awesome! If there is enough cable inside, you could coax straight into the satellite box and save going through a connector. My X2 is (was) sensitive to connectors and cable length.
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Old 07-18-2018, 02:38 PM   #20
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I have a 2018 3731. We ran RG6 from inside directly to convenience center connector, bypassing all splitters. (There is a diplex behind the entertainment center switch plate...bypass that too). If you bypass all inside splitters with a continuous RG6 cable, the convenience center connection WILL work.
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