Ah, the great outdoors! Campfires out under the stars, picnic food, long walks along wooded trails, nature in all her glory, watching the NFL Game of The Week or the latest movie releases on your 42in flat screen—wait, something is not right here. Rugged pioneer-style camping is fine and great, but if you’ve committed traveling in a Motorhome, 5th Wheel, or large trailer, you’ve already made the commitment to bring the comfort of home with you, so why not watch what you like to watch?
There are several options to view your favorite shows whilst on the road. Just as at your permanent base, you have the option of viewing local or terrestrial originated signals, or satellite service. For many years RV’s came with a pop-up antenna, or it was an add on option, that would allow you to possibly receive local network-affiliated stations, depending on locale, weather, etc. This is still a great option to keep; even you have or will have a satellite receiver, so you can receive local programming if needed.
However, it is important to remember that since 2010 all licensed broadcast providers are required to send their signals in Digital and older antennas, televisions will not receive that signal unless the proper upgrade box or digital-ready television is hooked into the system. If that is questionable you can always consult your RV parts dealer or a reputable electronics retailer.
The best option for receiving television while on the road is by satellite. Long gone are the days of the 12ft monster dish taking up space in your yard. The small digital dishes that are for home use now are perfect for travel.
There are two types available at the present-portable and roof-mounted. All satellite dishes have the same basic components- a parabolic receiving dish to …