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Old 05-17-2014, 04:21 PM   #1
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New Winnebago with Traveler Dish

Ordered a 2014 Journey 42E with factory installed Winegard Traveler dish. Am wondering how will it come set up? I have DISHNET and I am told they send it from the factory set up for DirectTV. Does the selling dealer convert it to DISHNET or do I have to call and have the factory set it up for DISHNET. And if you know, what is the difference, I thought a dish was a dish?
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Old 05-17-2014, 04:35 PM   #2
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We just got our 2015 Tour from the factory. I specifically asked for a Dish capable Satellite. We got the DirectTV Traveler. Trying to resolve the issue at the dealer now.

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Look at this PDF from Winegard. You should be able to select your desired service in the setup.

http://www.winegard.com/kbase/upload/2452282.pdf
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It's my understanding that the Trav'ler comes in two varieties...one for Direct TV and one for DISH and you can't use one for the other.

We have the Trav'ler 1000 for DISH and couldn't be happier. One of the best rv investments I've made.
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Old 05-17-2014, 05:05 PM   #5
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It's my understanding that the Trav'ler comes in two varieties...one for Direct TV and one for DISH and you can't use one for the other.
This is correct. You better hurry up and change your order if you can.

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Old 05-17-2014, 08:40 PM   #6
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LSMITH2509We when through this when we purchased our 2014 Adventurer. We were amazed at the misleading information about the Trav'ler antenna from the dealer, luckily I have a friend at the factory which helped.
Winnebago only installs the DirectV version of the Trav'ler. Winegard sells a conversion kit to change it to Dish which you or the dealer must do. I did the change out myself. New LNB and New reflector.
Even with the cost of the conversion kit it was a much better deal than what the dealer wanted to install the same antenna.
PM me your email address and I will send you a copy of the Winnebago/Winegard flyer with the information. RRGuy send me your email also.
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Winnebago only installs the DirectV version of the Trav'ler. Winegard sells a conversion kit to change it to Dish which you or the dealer must do. I did the change out myself. New LNB and New reflector.
Even with the cost of the conversion kit it was a much better deal than what the dealer wanted to install the same antenna.
Wait! This doesn't make sense. Doesn't the Direct version cost several hundred dollars more than the DISH version? So you pay for the more expensive Direct version plus pay for the conversion kit. Doesn't it make more sense to order and install the DISH version to begin with?

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lanerd, I agree. In my case the dealer wanted $600 more than the discounted Winnebago price to install the dish version. So I stayed with the factory install and did the conversion. For one thing that kept the antenna under the Winnebago warranty in case of a leak.
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Well, that's a good point and I can understand your reasoning. I purchased my Trav'ler from Camping World when it was on sale ($999) and had my local rv mechanic install it for $250.

Why did he want $600 "more" to install the Dish version? There's no more to installing one than the other. In any case, $600 to install is simply way too much.

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If anybody wants info/pics, send me a PM. I converted my Entegra's Winegard Travlr from DirectTV to Dish and it wasn't hard. It requires a kit from Winegard for about $350. It is of course easier if your RV comes factory installed with Dish if that is the one you want. My brand of RV was only available with DirectTV. The only upside to paying the cost to convert your system is you can easily switch back if you decide you want to change services.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:07 AM   #11
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Our new Phaeton also was only equipped for Direct TV systems. I had them remove our Trav'ler from our old coach and install it on the Phaeton in place of the In-Motion dome. The tv's were equipped with built-in IR-UHV converters, but would only work with Direct. So to be able to access my DISH receiver I had to install two additional IR-UHV converters.

I don't understand why the rv mfg's only go with Direct TV.

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Old 05-18-2014, 10:11 AM   #12
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It is easier and cheaper to convert from DirecTV to Dish as DirecTV requires the power inserter and splitter.
The only good reason I can come up with is most motorhomes are sold to dealer stock and no one knows what the customer will need. Also dealers like to install the antenna as they are a good money maker.
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:30 AM   #13
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Keep in mind that you can convert an SK-3005 or SK-SWM3 to Dish network. Then you still have the option later to change it back if you keep the old parts.

YOU CAN NOT convert an SK-1000 to anything else.
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Quick follow-up. Lazydays changed our Traveler from Direct to Dish. No charge. I even got to keep the Direct parts they removed to use later if I decide to go to Direct.

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do you like your blue ox ? Think about get one for are winnebago tour !
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:05 PM   #17
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Our 13 came with direct, dealer jus swapped put the dish. Had to do some
convincing!
Pretty simple, 30 min job. We have the dish receiver. Course all TV' s have to watch
the same channel? Traveler works well, as long you are open to the SW.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:08 PM   #19
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A Dish version of the Travel'r came with our 2006 Winnebago Voyage. I understand I can have Dish on a no-contract month-to-month basis. Is anyone doing this? I thought it would be great during football season. Thanks.
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:16 PM   #20
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The Directv Travel'r can be converted to Dish. The Dish cannot be converted to Directv.
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