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HDTV in the Motor Home 13 years 4 months ago #2457

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We had a perfectly good roof mounted satellite dish and a regular TV in our motor home (2006 Bounder 35E), but given my technology tinkering (see previous post on satellite Internet), I decided that the DW deserved HDTV to watch my WVU Mountaineers play and also to watch the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl. We already had DirecTV with DVR service so we could both watch and record programs.

The big issues were:
  • What TV to buy
  • How to get rid of the old TV and put in the new one
  • What kind of satellite dish to purchase
  • How the dish would be installed
  • How do you find the satellite signal

First, the price of HD TVs are all over the place. I like technology but I am also cheap so I wanted to it somewhat economically. After much research, I settled on a Vizio 32" set which would mount in front of the where the original was located. The price of sets can run to over $1500 depending on the brand chosen. The Vizio was less than $600 and quality seemed very good.

Second, the old 27" TV (not old at all) had to be removed from cabinet above the dashboard. With the help of my 6'5" son-in-law, we removed the heaviest television set I have seen in many years. We donated the set and the standard DVD/VHS deck to the campground office at Smith Lake and they were thrilled to get it. My handy son-in-law constructed a very substantial frame to mount the new TV on. All of this went almost flawlessly. Love that son-in-law.

Third, the next choice was what satellite dish I would use. The one on the roof was not capable of HDTV so I could either replace it with a roof mounted dish ($2200-2500) which would not work well in trees or a tripod mounted dish ($200 for everything). Being cheap, the decision was obvious.

Fourth, I purchased a tripod kit on eBay (included in the $200 noted above). Like with the Internet dish, a construction quality tripod makes everything else simple in setting up. The key to finding satellites is to have a perfectly level platform from which to sight the "bird."

Finally, The challenge was how to actually point the satellite dish in the right direction. With standard DirecTV you only have find one satellite. With HDTV you must find multiple satellites. Without going into great detail (I will do a separate post on this if there is interest in this), this can be done relatively painlessly as well once you get comfortable with what you are trying to do.

Since we already have DirecTV DVR service, the incremental monthly increase in service was $9.99.

I can hardly wait to see the joy on my DW's face as the playoffs come on later today!!

My next project is to remove the majority of the carpeting in the Bounder and replace it with hardwood laminate. Grandkids, beagles and carpeting do not mix.

Curt
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2006 Bounder 35E
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Re: HDTV in the Motor Home 13 years 4 months ago #2458

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Ok HDTV you have a few options, one if you have a satellite system already like direct tv you are recieving digital if you want it hd you need to pay for a different box and you need to have you dish changed so that it goes from the one or two head to the five head for hdtv. If you want it for regular tv just buy a box from anywhere and it connects between your antenna and your tv. Lastly you can buy the tv which will be fine for the antenna side of it but if you have dish or direct tv you still need to buy the additional box and satellite heads.
Good luck

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Re: HDTV in the Motor Home 13 years 4 months ago #2463

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I went with the DirecTV Slimline 5 lnb dish on the tripod that I bought on eBay. I also got the conversion kit to make the dish easy to take apart and store just like the HughesNet setup that I also purchased.

The first time I set it up, I got very frustrated about getting a good signal. All of the Internet help was generally from DirecTV and they made it as difficult as possible in their explanations.

I went to the Escapees website and looked at the DirecTV message board and got everything I needed to know to make siting the dish correctly. It took me all of ten minutes to get the signal I needed.

Curt
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Re: HDTV in the Motor Home 13 years 3 months ago #2574

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I was asked on the Bounder and Escapees' website to post some pictures and description on how I installed the flat panel TV noted in the OP. If you would like a copy of it, send me an E-mail.

Larry, is there a way to put Word docs on this website?

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2006 Bounder 35E
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Re: HDTV in the Motor Home 13 years 3 months ago #2575

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Larry, is there a way to put Word docs on this website?


Sure! If it's a file that should be included in the FILES section, you'll need to email it to me for posting. Otherwise, if it's better suited in the forums, "doc" files can be included as an attachment to messages.
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Re: HDTV in the Motor Home 7 years 8 months ago #12083

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I installed a 46" Sony in place of my old front mounted tv. Of course I have to remove it when we travel but so far so good. I also use Direct TV.
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HDTV in the Motor Home 7 years 8 months ago #12087

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Yep, I did about the same. I had a 32" flat screen HD and I hang it center front. Takes only a couple of minutes clip it to the eye bolts. Removed the old TV and put a door on the cabinet. Had a 22" computer monitor so I mounted it to the door. An older laptop in the cabinet runs a screen saver of her choice and gives her a nice digital picture frame.
Dish now offers RV option. No contract, put it on hold for awhile if you are where cable is provided and no penalties. Pick the package you wish to pay for. You buy your receiver and and dish or cube. I use a tailgater and it works well.
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HDTV in the Motor Home 6 years 2 months ago #13477

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Hi Curt, see you have a Bounder, we are just getting tinto this wonderful time of life with a 2014 Bounder 36E. Any sage advice as we begin our new life?

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