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Choosing the Best RV Satellite Dish

You may at first think that buying a RV satellite dish may seem a little extravagant, but if you are planning to spend a week or more in your Holiday Rambler, Airstream, or any other other RV this year, you will likely want to watch the morning news or your favorite weekly drama, and you cannot get cable in a motorhome on the go.  Thanks to modern conveniences like satellite dishes, you can have access to your favorite shows when you want them.


The Winegard Crankup RV Digital Satellite Dish with DigitalMagic, sold through your local RV dealer or online, is easy to install.  You can crank it down so that it is safe during travels, and then crank it up when you are set up in camp.  Use the digital LCD screen inside to know the elevation of your dish, and you can raise, lower, and turn it electronically.  It sells for around $230.

Winegard also offers the Winegard Carry Out Portable Satellite Antennas.  This dish requires some assembly when you first take delivery; the feed arm stores behind the dish and is easily reattached when you reach your destination.  It includes 20 feet of cable and ground anchors, making it safe and easy to use.  You can purchase this product for around $93.

If you are looking for something you do not need to install, the Special Economy Portable Dish for Directv and Dish Network sets up on a tripod on the ground outside your RV.  It folds up and packs away easily for transport.  This model is available to buy online and comes with 50 feet of cable.  This is a great accessory for your Class C motorhome on which you do not want to install a dish directly to the roof, or on your Class A or Class B RV on which you prefer not to add a dish.  The dish is priced at around $80.

TracVision makes a contemporary satellite dish that is much less conspicuous than traditional discs.  Shaped like a small dome that fits onto the roof of any RV, from Winnebago to Monaco to Fleetwood.  The R6DX is a high definition mobile satellite system that comes with an HDT receiver.  The system installs in a one-and-done process, needing no ongoing outside maintenance.  This costs around $2,300.

You will find a great range of electronic accessories and supplies for RV’s and mobile homes.  You can find online a range of TV satellite dishes, including the Winegard Carryout MP1.  This is a portable dish that you do not install on your roof, but place there when parked.  Add sand or water to the base for stability and twist up the satellite dish, and it is ready to receive signal.  This is a great replacement for your old antenna that is virtually worthless in today’s HDTV market. Whether you drive a Prevost, Itasca, or similar RV, you can use this product anywhere you go.  Because it does not stay on the roof of your RV permanently, it is easy to keep in good repair.  It sells for around $79.