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Fri, Sep 6, 2019 9:36 PM

Can I take my home receiver/DV in my RV?

We are getting a directv satellite antenna installed on our new RV.  A friend says he just takes his home receiver with him.  Can we take ours? It's also a DVR so that could interfere with recordings, couldn't it?

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Juniper

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4 months ago

As long as you can get the Genie-2 (HS17) hooked up and working, then you can use your Mini Genie Clients as normal, assuming you have wireless models (C41W or C61W). Any other Mini Genies are wired only and would have to be installed like they are at home.

 

You will want a regular antenna on your TVs for locals. Once you travel outside the home "spot-beam" you will lose access to locals thru DirecTV itself.

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shannon02

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4 months ago

Unless it is a Winegard Travler don't bother as all SD only dishes are obsolete when DTV finishes shutting down the MPEG2 channels.  While you can use a home receiver once you get outside of your local channels spot beam you lose all local channels the only fix is to use an OTA antenna connected to a TV's OTA tuner.

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@nemismom wrote:

We are getting a directv satellite antenna installed on our new RV.  A friend says he just takes his home receiver with him.  Can we take ours? It's also a DVR so that could interfere with recordings, couldn't it?


It must be the Winegard Trav'ler in order to be compatible. DirecTV started shutting down their old feeds beginning April 2019 so all other dishes specifically for mobile are now obsolete. Shutdown is expected to fully complete over the next several months so no area will be able to use any other mobile dish. Alternatively you can use a regular DirecTV Slimline dish intended for home, just on a tripod/sled mount and manually aiming it.

 

DVR still functions. The difference is that it will not share recordings with any boxes still at home as Whole Home DVR only works when physically on the same DirecTV cabling.

 

What is the model number of the DVR? Just to be sure no other issues.

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4 months ago

Thanks for your response. Yes, we are getting a Winegard
Trav'ler. Have one on the current trailer and have been very
happy with it.

We currently have a wireless DirecTV system. There is a
triangular box, model #H517-1000 and also a Genie Mini, model
#C41W-100 at our main TV. Would we have to take them both?
Would we need WiFi to run it?
shannon02

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Yes you will need both and they do use WiFi to connect to each other but you don't need WiFi internet.

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4 months ago


@nemismom wrote:
Thanks for your response. Yes, we are getting a Winegard
Trav'ler. Have one on the current trailer and have been very
happy with it.

We currently have a wireless DirecTV system. There is a
triangular box, model #H517-1000 and also a Genie Mini, model
#C41W-100 at our main TV. Would we have to take them both?
Would we need WiFi to run it?

Ok so you have the Genie-2 (HS17). Yes you have to take both as a Mini Genie Client cannot work without the main box and the HS17 forbids dedicated receivers being on the account. This makes it unfriendly for RV setups, but can work outside of any remaining bugs in the system.

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4 months ago

Thank you for the responses. Here's a follow up question:  We have three TVs in the RV.  Can we take three mini genies and use them like we do at home (with the main unit, of course)?

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4 months ago

Thank you. This has been extremely helpful.

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4 months ago

Amazon has the slimline dish and digital satellite finder, plus the tripod for DirecTV

shannon02

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4 months ago

They are having a Winegard Travler installed but having a dish on a tripod/sled mount can be used if it is blocked by trees.

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3 months ago

Need new(er) antenna and DVR receiver for RV.

 

Reading the many questions on this site now has me very confused.

All I am looking for is a plain-jane solution--I don't need HD or anything fancy.

[In the past, I have used a Tivo R10 receiver with an 18" round dish, and had everything I needed.]

 

Not sure what minimalist setup I need to do about the same thing.

Do I really need a complete slimline dish setup?

Not sure what minimal sat dish and DTV DVR receiver is required.

 

Some expert guidance is sorely needed.

Thanks.

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3 months ago

what receiver do you have at home?

 

the winguard traveler or a swm dish on a tripod are the only options i can think of at the moment for a dish


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@BRTgal wrote:

Need new(er) antenna and DVR receiver for RV.

 

Reading the many questions on this site now has me very confused.

All I am looking for is a plain-jane solution--I don't need HD or anything fancy.

[In the past, I have used a Tivo R10 receiver with an 18" round dish, and had everything I needed.]

 

Not sure what minimalist setup I need to do about the same thing.

Do I really need a complete slimline dish setup?

Not sure what minimal sat dish and DTV DVR receiver is required.

 

Some expert guidance is sorely needed.

Thanks.


You actually do need HD as that is MPEG-4. DirecTV has been shutting down the old SD MPEG-2 feeds since April 2019. So the old round dish and R10 are obsolete.

 

Currently the option for the dish is either expensive Winegard Trav'ler specifically for RVs, or getting a regular slimline SWM dish and using it with a tripod/sled mount which you manually aim.

 

DirecTV is providing complimentary MPEG swap options for those like yourself with outdated equipment. The swap only covers the home itself, so anything RV only will be at your own cost.

 

What are the models of every box you have?

The old DVR (R10) you mentioned, is it only used in the RV or do you use it in the home as well?

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3 months ago

Howdy:

The only receiver in the RV is an old Tivo R10.

 

Don't really need HD, since I understand that all the channels I need are on the 101 bird.

Really only need the major network channels and some music.

Hoping to get a new(er) HD DVR, so I can at least record shows for later watching.

 

Trying to get by with the old round crank-up dish on the roof  of the RV.

Thanks.

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@BRTgal wrote:

Howdy:

The only receiver in the RV is an old Tivo R10.

 

Don't really need HD, since I understand that all the channels I need are on the 101 bird.

Really only need the major network channels and some music.

Hoping to get a new(er) HD DVR, so I can at least record shows for later watching.

 

Trying to get by with the old round crank-up dish on the roof  of the RV.

Thanks.


Is the TiVO R10 used at home, or just in the RV?

Even if they are not used in the RV, what are the models of the other boxes you have?

These two questions sort out how you get updated equipment and what options they narrow down to. Cabling and dish in the RV will be on your own cost through a RV installer or other 3rd party retailer, but the R10 might be swapped by DirecTV itself if it is also used in the home. If you have the legacy $5 TiVO fee on top of your DVR service, that fee would go away as DirecTV hasn't had any TiVOs since the outdated THR22.

 

You will need HD as the MPEG-2 (SD feeds) are being shutdown. HD TVs haven't been made in many years and DirecTV stopped offering SD only service back in 2015. So those old broadcasts were on the way out. There will be 'some' SD programming available (as shows will still exist that were made before HD existed), but it will be on the MPEG-4 feeds. That is why the dish needs replacing as it cannot receive MPEG-4. Trying to "get by" with the old dish would be like trying to get by with a floppy disk, 8-track, or unleaded ("regular") gasoline. Change in an era I'm afraid.

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