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Short and sweet -
Bought a class A pre-owned unit - Owner had a Winegard in motion satellite unit installed - At the "closing" (taking ownership/pre-purchase inspection) the previous owner had taken a DirecTV box from his house and put it in the RV and hooked it all up and turned on the TV to show me it worked - According to him, all one had to do was plug/play the system in your driveway, let it find the satellites ("tune it in" he said), and then you could ride down the road while the kids watched TV - He said it might fuzz out some under overpasses, but pick right up again.
I haven't tried it yet - I just switched from cable to DirecTV in hopes we might be able to use this feature, however a few things have occurred to me.
Is it as simple as that?
When we, say, take a long trip and park for the night and I power up everything the next a.m., what do I need to do (if anything) to get everything going again?
If we travel across the country, will I constantly have to make adjustments?
I will get you the model #, etc. tomorrow - It is a dome on top of the RV and the switch does say "In Motion Satellite".
Thanks, in advance -
In theory, yes, it's that simple.
The satellite never moves from its fixed orbital location so no matter where you are in the US the antenna knows how to find it.
With a domed antenna you will NOT be able to receive ANY of the DirecTV HDTV programming but you will be able to receive ALL of their SDTV programming. This is not a Winegard issue but rather an limitation created by having a dome as your source for the TV signal instead of a standard open face TV antenna.
You will likely have to run through the receivers "Repeat Satellite Setup" routine to get your home receiver to work with your dome but otherwise things should go quite well.
Traveling the Western US by RV
What Bill says is correct. You will need to configure your receiver for the dome antenna by following this procedure: http://www.winegard.com/kbase/upload/re ... irectv.pdf
Since you are a new customer, you will want to check the model number of your DirecTV receiver to make sure it compatible. Receiver models H25, HR25 and HR34 are non-compatible as they are SWM only. There is a fix to this with a SWM kit, but I would recommend finding a compatible receiver instead of going that route.
If you have any questions or issues, either reply on here or call technical service at 800-788-4417.
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