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Old 01-30-2014, 08:33 AM   #1
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Replace satellite dome

I what to replace the dome on my 05 Vectra with one that has 2 heads, so I can use a DVR. My question is has anyone done this and can you pull the extra coax cable through the current roof tunnel where the one coax cable is located.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:43 AM   #2
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If you want the absolute best (IMO) option, replace the dome with a Winegard Travler SWM dish. They are available in either Dish or Direct, HD configurations and you will only have to run one cable from the dish to inside the coach, then you will have up to four available outputs.

The Travler finds the bird quickly and is much less affected by dew or rain fade like the domes.

I installed one on a Winnebago Journey and I was able to use the old cable from the Kingdome I was replacing to pull the new coax into the space behind the TV. I suspect the Vectra is set up the same way.
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:34 PM   #3
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I agree, the Trav'ler is probably the best antenna available right now. If you Google it you can find some deals on it. They are not cheap but they really work. I had a KVH R4 for 6-7 years and it wore out, replaced it with this one and it is far better.
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Old 02-01-2014, 08:54 PM   #4
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Yes you should be able to pull the dome and use the old cables as a pull "string" to pull your new cables. Not to muddy the waters for the Winegard fans, but when we replaced our King Dome, we went with an RF Mogul SWM dish. Very easy to use, finds the satellites easily and quickly and great reception.
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:38 AM   #5
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Camping World has an install special of $39 on ANYTHING right now, plus shop stuff, caulk, rags.
they are both on sale, Direct TV $1800 & Dish is $1500. Hop to it don't miss the Cheap install.
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:45 AM   #6
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I was at Camping World last week and asked about the cost to install the Traveler. I was told the $39 special does not apply to satellite dishes. I was quoted $139.00 FWIW
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:33 PM   #7
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I was at Camping World last week and asked about the cost to install the Traveler. I was told the $39 special does not apply to satellite dishes. I was quoted $139.00 FWIW
I would have to say that is still not too bad.
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Old 02-03-2014, 12:03 AM   #8
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I have a King Dome and a DVR. The Direct Sat Tech found a 2nd portal on the dome for the cable and ran it thru the same hole. No labor charge from Direct because I took 2yr rental agreement on Receiver/DVR.
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Are you sure you don't have two LNBs. Ours did but they only ran one cable,I just added another cable and ran it along side the other one and then down thru the hole already in the roof.Now I can use my DVR,it works great.
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I what to replace the dome on my 05 Vectra with one that has 2 heads, so I can use a DVR. My question is has anyone done this and can you pull the extra coax cable through the current roof tunnel where the one coax cable is located.
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Sometimes we camped where we could not get a signal due to trees or other obstacles so we bought portable automatic satellite dish and connected to the external satellite connection then both the King Dome and remote dish to the DVR receiver. If the signal was bad on the roof unit at least we had the other to either watch TV or record.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:58 AM   #11
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I ran a second cable from the King Dome dish to DVR.
They are marked Main and aux.
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Camping World has an install special of $39 on ANYTHING right now, plus shop stuff, caulk, rags.
they are both on sale, Direct TV $1800 & Dish is $1500. Hop to it don't miss the Cheap install.
There was a thread here about a month ago about exactly how CW installed a sat dish. I believe they ran the cable ON THE ROOF and tacked it down every foot or two. Looked like crap and gaurnteed to fail.

I've had to repair/re-install so many of their jobs that I would not trust them to install a roll of toilet paper.
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If your King dome is working and you want to add a second LNB, why not look at the new Tailgater portable dome. Sets up quick, works around trees and is in the $ 350 range. My brother in law just bought one from someone back East that included the receiver for less than $ 200 but the B ***&%^*(( won't give me the web site till I do some work for him. We may have a Hell freezing over situation soon>
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