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yam 17-08-2008 22:21

Sat TV where do i start
I have a Winnebago Adventurer, on the roof there is a sticker saying cut here for sat tv cable.
I dont have sat tv at home and dont understand it.
I take it this cable would attach to a dish but what dish should I buy?
Then i presume i need a decoder box?? What is best make??
Do I then need to pay a subscription to sky to recieve??
Am I better off taking it to a specialist to supply and fit the whole kit?

DABurleigh 17-08-2008 22:23

You're better off sitting down with a mega mug of coffee and reading the very forum in which you posted.


trevorf 17-08-2008 22:29

I am sure our resident Sat expert Snelly will be along to advise you soon. He will probably recommend a Maxview crank up dish.

Freesat decoder boxes are now widely available with no subscription charges but you will not get the wide choice of sports and films available with a sky subscription.


aultymer 17-08-2008 22:46

Cheapest way into sat may well be with one of the 'Camping' sets offered at various times by Makro, Aldi, Lidl, Maplins or Ebay. For about 50 you get a small dish with the magic LNB which receives the signal, a cable and a Simple Decoder which connects to a scart socket on your tv and gives you all the free sat stations.
It's not smooth, it's not expensive and so does not confer any bragging rights down the club, but it does give you a cheap way to evaluate what you need and what you want.
If you go straight to a van mounted system you will get an all singing, all dancing, system which works at the press of a button. Oh, unless there are trees about - then you have to move your van to get a signal.
It all depends on how keen you are to have tv.
If you have deep pockets then just go to a specialist and say, 'fit me a good system'.

Rapide561 18-08-2008 09:02

Satellite TV

Dave is quite correct - probably all the info is already here - somewhere.

In the past, I had a satellite dish on the roof of my motorhome. It had a wire that was connected (via the roof) to a SKY receiver inside the motorhome. Another wire then carried the signal to the TV. Job done. The cost was just under 2000. When I wanted to use the satellite system, I simply pushed a button, and the satellite dish looked around for the signal and sorted itself out. The problem arose when trees were in the vicinity. It was a choice of no TV or move the van.

I have recently sold the motorhome and left the satellite dish on.

My next motorhome is likely to have a manual satellite dish. By manual, I mean one where I have to locate the satellite signals rather than the dish searching for them. In order to do this, I shall need...

1) 1 x satellite dish on a tripod
2) Some wire (what ever it is called) to transfer the signals from the dish to the SKY box.
3) A SKY box - I already have this as another MHF member donated it to me.
4) A TV
5) A compass - so I can find the approx location of the satellite.
6) A satellite finder that beeps when you are pointing in the right direction.

The total cost if bought new for the above will be under 200.00.

You can see all that lot on display at - this is a firm run by one of our members. I have never ordered from him, but have phoned for advice in helping other people set up their manual systems and so when I am ready to deal, Shane is the man.

If I have missed anything on the above list, I am happy to be corrected as manual satellite dishes are new to me.


eddievanbitz 18-08-2008 09:14

Hi basically where the sticker is, you drill a hole to the depth advised in the sticker. Coiled up is a cable that is suitable for American Sat systems that operate on a single cable connection. The Camos dome will operate using this cable. In essence this means that you stick down the dome plug the cable in and hook up the controller on the inside where it states SAT CABLE!

Job done! Now sit back and enjoy a drink basking in the knowledge of a job well done

Hope this helps


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