We have had a HD TV in the Roadrunner since day one, but it has never been wired for HD. In Port Hueneme CA, I even made the mistake of scheduling a DirecTV guy come out to install a HD DVR. He brought a stand along dish that sits on the ground 'just in case'. But there was no way we were going to drag around the big dish, much less find a place to store it.
Recently, I was talking to a guy with a Tiffin MH at the campground in Seal Beach and he said he loved his HD through DirecTV with his Winegard Traveler fold-down dish ontop of his MH. He said he got it installed in Quartzsite, AZ.
Hmm...that got us to thinking. We were headed to Quartzsite and we had heard about the Winegard Traveler. I looked it up online, saw some videos and looked at a You-Tube install of one. I called DirecTV and also the guy who did the install on You-Tube. He was in Pennsylvania and offered some good information.
We have been saving $$$ for a while, so we called up Satellite Advantage in Quartzsite and talked it over. We arrived here in Quartzsite on Tuesday and had the install scheduled at their shop on Wednesday.
Everyone we have talked to has good things to say about the Winegard Traveler. And the reviews online are equally good.
We knew Satellite Advantage in Quartzsite had a couple of installs scheduled for Wednesday but they agreed to work us in. About 12:30 PM Joe started on ours.
The first thing he did was to take off the Kingdome Satellite.
As with all the screws on top, Joe used a sharp and strong putty knife to remove the old silicone caulk so he could use a socket to remove the screw head.
While Joe was talking down the old equipment and lugging the new up the ladder I scraped the residue off cleanly over all the old screw holes in the roof. Then I took some cleaner and scrubbed it. When Joe returned I got offered a job to help Joe as an installer, but I have some online work I need to do this week.
Find all the right wires and connections and deciding the best path forward took a while. After he hooked it all up, Angie and Joe check out the gear in the shop, and then talked with DirecTV to get it on my account.
I took a look at the finished product and think Joe did a very nice job.
Best of all, tech support at DirecTV was very helpful in programming the remote. And we love the new system. The pictures are clearer than we have ever seen. We can even see the golf ball in flight on the Golf Channel. We are still learning about the DVR Genie recorder but that looks like it has a lot of potential.
So that is our HD TV install. Another upgrade I think we will really enjoy.
Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles! Until next time...