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  • JEBar
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    looking forward to your continued reports and info on the campground

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  • wiredgeorge
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    Long term follow up... first Wally was DOA when we took it camping a few weeks ago. Called on a Friday afternoon and a new one was waiting for us on Monday at home. Been figuring things out since. The remote works on voice command if you are networked. I bought a Netgear wifi adapter and it MUST be one that works with dish. I already had a BUNCH of wifi adapters and none worked. You can buy one on eBay for about $20. I bought a Western Digital external hard drive; 2 TB. I recorded some movies before we went camping this weekend. Works just like a home DVR. Had to pay an initialization fee of $40 to Dish to use it. I am glad I bought a 75' RG-6 cable as the supplied 25' cable isn't long enough to position the Playmaker antenna if it needs to be moved to get a clear view of the southern sky. The camp ground we are staying in has huge shade trees and it took me a bit to get a view through the trees. Since the Wally had to be reset, it took awhile to get things set up... over a half hour but it was because I had to move the antenna twice before finding a sweet spot. We have all the channels we have at home and this is nice as there are only a couple OTA channels available in this part of Texas. The park we are staying at is kind of great so may write up something with some pics later!

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  • wiredgeorge
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    Missus had her phone on speaker and what was worst was hearing over and over "this is your thing" or "this is our thing". What an annoying thing to keep saying. My wife did the cancel as I lack any semblance of the patience she has!

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  • avvidclif
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    Tell it like it is: "Your service and pricing suck"

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  • wiredgeorge
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    To follow up....
    Got the Playmaker and Wally yesterday. Set the Playmaker on top my slide as the instructions say it likes a clear view of the southern sky. Turned the handle north as mentioned in instructions. Ran the RG6 into the rv via the window in the slide and hooked it to the Wally. Turned on the Wally and it went through its set up with a few clicks on CONTINUE and such by me after steps were complete. Birds were acquired with no drama and the remote paired with the TV (Vizio) done easily. Called the number on the screen and was watching satellite TV within minutes. I had bought a 75' run of RG6 for setting the dish away from the receiver (for clear sky) but the instructions say no more than 50'. Not sure if 75' will work. I have ordered a tripod as they say a level mounting surface for the dish is required and the top of my roof isn't flat. I would order one of those ladder mounts BUT not always sure of having a view of the southern sky where the RV is parked at a camp ground. Also ordered an RG6 bulkhead connector for outside/inside:


    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    Not crazy putting the coax through my window where it is still open a crack. I will get a USB3 compliant external hard drive at some point when finances allow and get it hooked up to record.



    FWIW: Had DishTV installed in the house. A hopper and 3 Joeys. Once the software update was downloaded, working great. The receivers came with a much older version of software and once the new software was loaded it works great. We manually kicked it off before going to bed. The Dish GUI is feature rich and offers MUCH more than DirecTV did and while it will take some time to figure everything out, my wife and I are both happy to save $60 a month for MORE programming.



    It took longer to cancel DirecTV than to have the DishTV installer set up the new package. My wife was on the phone for over an hour and a half. She was put on hold, mis-directed and stonewalled. She finally was able to get to the RETENTION person after an hour and a half and they actually tried to brow beat my wife by asking first OVER AND OVER why we wanted to cancel. My missus was patient and told the gal on the phone we no longer watched TV. They actually offered my wife a drop in fees from about $175 a month (ouch) to $80 a month (not sure what the terms were as my wife insisted they cancel and didn't listen). If you have a mind to cancel with DirecTV, just be prepared to be given the run around and be patient. Do not get into discussions about WHY just be firm and say CANCEL CANCEL CANCEL and if they must have a reason, tell them something like "WE NO LONGER WATCH TV".

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  • wiredgeorge
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    Bought the PL-7000 / Wally bundle from dishformytailgate.com which is linked off the Dish website. They are NOT part of dish but a preferred partner. I bought the extended 3 year warranty for under $20 and only covers the Wally. The dish has a 2 year manufacturer's warranty from Winegard. Total cost $357.99 including warranty and shipping. The actual company where I made the purchase is Pace International. Listening to the elevator music interrupted by sales ads, I found I could have received a free dish from them in a promotion (didn't see it on their homepage) if I had purchase my home Dish service from them... didn't want to get the missus mad because she set up the service and the install so don't have any deals but if you are thinking about Dish TV, you might want to call 800-811-4191 for Pace International and speak with them as you might get a bonus RV dish of some sort.

    I didn't go with the Pathway X2 because it weighs about 3 times as much as the Winegard PL7000 and decided to try the Wally as early complaints seem to have been resolved based on comments from various sources. It is also easier to hook up a modern hard drive for recording. I don't think we can record one show and watch another though without some more equipment involved so will pass that for now as it ain't a big deal. Will probably record stuff while parked at home for playback later. I also don't care about integrating the OTA with the receiver; will just switch inputs and watch OTA if the situation warrants. Will likely pick up a tripod at some point once I understand how to place the dish while camping;

    Thanks to all who helped me make a decision!

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  • frank henn
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    We have had the 211 since we signed up 5 ears ago like you we were with Direct for 4 years and they just got too high. We pay the 7 dollars a month to keep it on just one less phone call to make when we go out

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  • Housted
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    We have 2 wallys one in a mountain cabin with the permanent mount 3 lnb dish.
    The one in our 5er is connected to a Winegard Pathway x1 mounted on the roof.
    They have been flawless so far (2 years).
    If you don't use for some time you can reauthorize on the Dish app for the iphone.
    Only time we have to call is when we change locals in the rv.
    Very satisfied with Dish.

    Housted

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  • wiredgeorge
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    Was hoping to hear someone comment on wally vs ViP211K... I know the HD connection on the ViP211K is 2.0 USB but it has less negative reviews on amazon. Problem is, folks who review on amazon are generally kind of irritated about one thing or the other so not sure how much to rely on those reviews...

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  • JEBar
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    looking forward to hearing your assessment after using it for a while

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  • wiredgeorge
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    The missus signed us up for Dish yesterday; should be a pretty substantial savings and hopefully the Dish GUI isn't as messed up a the recent DirecTV updated GUI where I can't find recorded shows without spending an hour searching every corner of menu. We get our house system installed on Sep 5. I am considering a Winegard PA-1000 dish and ViP211K receiver. Will add a hard drive for recording I guess. Dish is also offering a PL7000 dish and Wally bundle; anyone have an opinion. Will cost us $7 a month to leave the thing installed and not have to make calls to turn off and on service which I believe is worth it.

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  • wiredgeorge
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    As I mentioned, we have DirecTV in the house so I am hesitant to buy an antenna for fear it may be obsolete next year. All the antenna manufacturers are SD only which may be going away except Winegard who makes a DirecTV compatible antenna for SD/HD called the Traveller. It costs almost $2000. My wife and I decided to wait till out contact with DirecTV expires then bail and go with DIsh and at that time we will pick up Dish in our camper as well as our house. I am sick of DirecTV as they have screwed up the GUI which makes trying to find or watch recorded shows a nightmare. The GUI worked fine until the "upgrade".

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  • frank henn
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    We have Dish use a tailgater works well for us both SD and HD (Depends on the Area. We have it bundeled with the house at 7.00 a month. They have a pay as you go, but with our history it is better to go with our plan no call to activate it. Note Needs to be used once a month or you have to wait to have the programing up dated

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  • JEBar
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    vague is correct .... I have no clue how big of a percentage of Direct TV's customer base (like us) is involved .... it will be interesting to see what they will offer help retain us as customers .... if we have to buy 3 new dishes, they better have one heck of a deal going

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  • wiredgeorge
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    Originally posted by JEBar View Post
    we have used Direct TV (both at home and in our camper) since '02 .... so long as they leave the plan we have alone, we will probably stick with them .... hadn't heard that they plan to drop SD service after 2019 .... if/when they do we will have a decision to make
    Just google DirecTv and 2019 SD and there is a lot of smoke. DirecTv put out some announcement that was vague and details are sketchy but it does look like they are going to decommission the bird that carries SD in phases in 2019. Equipment will be affected.

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