When we checked into a campground in Florida for 5 months and found out there were no cable hook-ups we decided to take a look at satellite options. We did not know a lot about satellite tv as we have never had it before.
Needs To Work Everywhere
A few things we did know is that we did not want to be locked into a plan for any amount of time. We all know that electronics seem to go out of date at the blink of an eye. We wanted to try and find something that was fairly new and (hopefully) would be out of date by the time we received it. Lastly, since we would be on both the east and west coast, we wanted something that would work anywhere we were.
After researching both Dish network and Direct Tv, we decide on Dish network. We found a plan that is designed specifically for RV’ers. it’s a pay as you go plan. There are no activation fees, no contracts, and you can turn it on and off as you please. Let me explain, if you are at a campground that has no cable, you activate it. If you then go to another campground with awesome cable, just don’t pay the bill when it’s due. 3 months later you move to another campground with no or little cable, just pay the bill and activate. No separate activation fee. You pay for what you use (one month at a time) only.
Now that we found a plan it was time for the equipment. After talking to other campers in the park and doing some research, we chose the Winegard Pathway X2 with the Wally receiver.
The X2 fits our travel style. It will point to both the Eastern and Western Arc satellite orbitals. This way whether we are in the North or South, East coast or West, we should receive a signal. The second thing we love about this antenna is that it does not require a separate power source to make it work. It is powered through the Wally Receiver. Lastly, it will work with 2 receivers although both tv’s much watch channels on the same satellite.
This antenna has a built-in handle to make it easy to move when you are ready to roll to the next campground or boondocking spot. It also makes a great place to put a locking cable through if you are worried about theft. We put the X2 on the RV roof and lock it to the ladder. There is also a tripod (sold separately) that you can set it on.
After we received it, we set it up on the roof, ran the coax to the connector on the back of the RV, connected the Wally receiver to the inside RV connector and TV, and powered up the receiver. One side note. Dish wants you to run the cable from the X2 directly to the receiver for the initial set-up. As long as your RV connections and wiring are good, you can hook it up to your RV. We did and had no problems.
Once everything is connected and hooked up, follow the on-screen instructions. If you have the X2 on the roof like we do, you will hear it as it spins around and locates the satellites. It is done all automatically. You don’t have to do anything. That’s the beauty of the X2!!!
You will need to call Dish network to set it up for the first time. At this point they will set up an account and activate the account., it couldn’t be easier. Dish network will tell you to hook it up directly to your receiver during the initial set up.
We have this set-up now for about 7 months and love it. We never lost the signal while in Florida but have lost it once here in Ct. I will say the storm that we lost the signal was a bad one that produced a couple of Tornados here. Other than that, it has been reliable. For some reason, you will hear (or see, depending on where you locate it) it spinning around even while you are not watching TV. I am Guessing that is for updates.
As far as when we travel, we put a lightweight blanket on the shower floor, place the X2 on the blanket, then surround it with throw pillows. It works great!!!
Lastly, we purchased ours directly from Dish which was a mistake. We were rookies…lol. I have found our complete package on Amazon for much (much) cheaper than we paid. I have provided links throughout this review.
Weight: 16 lbs
Dimensions: 24.2 X 22.2 X 20.6 inches
Diameter: 21 inches
UPDATE: We have now sold this unit. We had no problems with this antenna the entire time we owned it. The new owner is just as happy with it as we were.