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Nick2057

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We started full timing last summer and have had lousy tv and internet. We have a Jack antenna and get spotty local channels. Depends on where we are what we get. Sometimes CBS or NBC, but never much. We were thinking of getting DISH but have no clue about their services for RVers. Is there a service package for TV and internet? We have ATT now and not that happy but locked into contract. Any suggestions for new full timers? Heading to Washington state for the summer (May-September)/ Thanks

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Check dishformyrv.com to see what Dish offers. We are not full timers, but have had Dish at home for many years and also have it in the RV. Very happy with both.

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TV in an RV when you are locked into At&t is solvable. T mobile offers to buy out your existing contract. Get their unlimited plan and tether to a computer. You just hook the TV up to the computer using an hdmi cable. We use Verizon. I kept one of my old unlimited data plans and we pretty much now use that to watch TV on the road. Or Apple TV.

We do have a Direct TV HD dish on the top of our bus, but I got fed up with no local channels + no PBS that I cancelled. I have no intention of going Direct again even though I have an almost new HD dish.

The key is having a good source of internet.


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We use Millenicom for our mobile internet. Have had good reception everywhere we have been in 3 years.

For the tv - we have an older tv with the digital converter box. Antenna and built in antenna booster. We usually get 15-20 channels from most anywhere. Maybe you should check all the antenna connections -- is your booster turned on?

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You have to have antenna booster ON

You have to 'aim' the antenna head towards the TV transponder towers

You have to have TV set to 'air' 'antenna'

You have to scan for available channels

At every location......every time you move.


Here are some websites that give you available towers/channels and which direction to 'aim'

DTV Reception Map

Antenna Web


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We full time with Dish Tailgater over 2 yrs and love it. Never a problem and portability solves issue if parked under trees. Call Dish when you relocate and in 15 min you are connected to local channels. We use Verizon smart phones for internet service. Best coverage for travel.


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Old-Biscuit wrote:

You have to have antenna booster ON

You have to 'aim' the antenna head towards the TV transponder towers

You have to have TV set to 'air' 'antenna'

You have to scan for available channels

At every location......every time you move.


Here are some websites that give you available towers/channels and which direction to 'aim'

DTV Reception Map

Antenna Web


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Posted: 02/11/14 05:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I have never gotten less than 20 channels even in a bad reception area with just the batwing antenna that comes standard on RV's. Certainly no need to pay a service for TV reception in your RV!

>When you pull in look at what direction 'everyone has their antenna aimed'. Turn your antenna the same direction and start from there inching the dial to tune into the signal. With digital TV you have to move the antenna dial very slowly to capture the signal.

Some TV's you might need to rescan channels each time you move the antenna a substantial amount.

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Ya'll must be lucky or we just travel to underpopulated areas We've spent half of the last 3 years without OTA TV. We broke down and went with a TailGater and RVTVanywhere, which is not true as we know of many areas where we will still not have reception but we can shut it down in those places and use the funds for Red Box if we can find one. Then there is always AM radio, I enjoy the noon time hog and cattle reports and Tradeo.

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OTA TV is a pain since everything went digital. Not worth the time and effort. And who knows what direction to point the batwing?

We use dish. Flip the switch on the dome, 5 minute later we have 250 channels. Never watch local, but if we need it it's only a phone call away. Tree's can be a problem, a portable dish, maybe a tailgator, is on the list.


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