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Old 28-03-2004, 03:06
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How much on average would I be to install at Sky dish??? I want to add a dish to my static caravan and plan to take my box with me when I go to the caravan. If the price is expensive how easy is it to install yourself and what do I need (I will have the dish, cable, fixings, tools, etc). Would I need a sat finder? The caravan is in Scotland (AB31 6NT) is there a site that will tell me where to look? I looked on ebay and found this Sky Dish. Any advice would be helpfull
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Old 28-03-2004, 08:10
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A quick search of these forums threw up the 'famous' David Sullivan website, just the job for this:

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/de.sullivan/

Go and buy a 60cm dish from ebay (45cm probably not good enough for Scotland). The one you list is over priced. 15 seems an average price, look through this section http://electronics.listings.ebay.co....istingItemList
You'll have more fun doing it yourself.
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Old 28-03-2004, 11:44
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Sometimes zone 2 dishes ( the bigger one) are advertised in the paper, or put a wanted ad in your free ads paper and lots of people will phone with a dish they have. Cost around 10-15. A sat meter is handy though you can use the internal signal/strength meter as described in Dave's great site about satellite for caravans.
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Old 29-03-2004, 00:48
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What is the average cost of getting it fitted professionally??? I would be willing to pay up 2 40.00, would that cover it.
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Old 29-03-2004, 10:40
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Ive seen a few HGV trucks parked up at night with Satillite Dishes so it cant be that hard to do
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Old 29-03-2004, 11:42
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Originally Posted by Coullio
What is the average cost of getting it fitted professionally??? I would be willing to pay up 2 40.00, would that cover it.
I would think a professional installers call out fee would be 40 +.
Some people have their dishes on a stand outside the caravan. I'd try and align it myself first. Once you learn you can find the sat quickly , it just takes practice.
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Old 01-04-2004, 21:09
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Well I got quoted 60.00 to fit my the Dish & move TV Aerial. I have bought a scaffolding pole and plan to fit my Sky Dish to that (hammer the pole into the ground then attach the pole to the van using drainpipe brackets, would this be ok?) I also bought a TV Aerial bracket, which attach to the van (is it ok to attach directly to the van?). Sorry for all the question, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
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Old 01-04-2004, 23:32
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I wouldn't attach anything to a caravan unless I could bolt it to the chassis or draw bar, the skin of the caravan is too insubstantial to support anything but itself. Bolting the pole to the jocky wheel tube should be fine.

It's probably been mentioned before, but www.satelliteforcaravans.info has all you ned to know.

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Old 05-04-2004, 10:38
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Originally Posted by Coullio
Well I got quoted 60.00 to fit my the Dish & move TV Aerial. I have bought a scaffolding pole and plan to fit my Sky Dish to that (hammer the pole into the ground then attach the pole to the van using drainpipe brackets, would this be ok?) I also bought a TV Aerial bracket, which attach to the van (is it ok to attach directly to the van?). Sorry for all the question, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
hi Coullio, I`ve recently installed an installation to my static caravan, done it by myself thanks to the advice on Dave sullivans web page. It was trial and error and a lot of patience to tune it in without any special meters or anything. The only problem i get is when it is windy and it sways the pole a bit with the dish on as it causes the the picture to block up etc. I need to think how i can fix the dish to a more perminant fixing so the wind etc. won`t affect the picture. Apart from that every thing is o.k. Have a bash at it and see what happens. Andy .
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Old 06-04-2004, 20:12
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Originally Posted by anddytrew
hi Coullio, I`ve recently installed an installation to my static caravan, done it by myself thanks to the advice on Dave sullivans web page. It was trial and error and a lot of patience to tune it in without any special meters or anything. The only problem i get is when it is windy and it sways the pole a bit with the dish on as it causes the the picture to block up etc. I need to think how i can fix the dish to a more perminant fixing so the wind etc. won`t affect the picture. Apart from that every thing is o.k. Have a bash at it and see what happens. Andy .
Hi Andy, thanks for the mention of my website. I used to have my dish mounted on a short mast (about 18") attached with self-tapping screws to the offside awning track of my van. That meant I didn't have to screw into the body of the van, yet the dish always remained rock-steady. However I've just invested in a tripod (44 from Stuart Longton Caravans, less 10% for being a good customer!). Tried it out for the first time last week and it worked fine. (I pegged it down just to make sure but it was pretty stable anyway). I did that to save having to carry stepladders with me, which always drew a few smiles from near neighbours! However, as I said, my short mast never had stability problems so maybe that's the answer in your case as well?
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Old 08-04-2004, 10:06
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We could even be in the pipeline for lidl having a Satellite system which would be suitable for this purpose.

Many other countries have had this item:

http://www.lidl.nl/nl/index.nsf/page...ing_satelliet_

So im sure it will come to the UK before long!
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Old 08-04-2004, 20:21
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Originally Posted by davesull
Hi Andy, thanks for the mention of my website. I used to have my dish mounted on a short mast (about 18") attached with self-tapping screws to the offside awning track of my van. That meant I didn't have to screw into the body of the van, yet the dish always remained rock-steady. However I've just invested in a tripod (44 from Stuart Longton Caravans, less 10% for being a good customer!). Tried it out for the first time last week and it worked fine. (I pegged it down just to make sure but it was pretty stable anyway). I did that to save having to carry stepladders with me, which always drew a few smiles from near neighbours! However, as I said, my short mast never had stability problems so maybe that's the answer in your case as well?
Dave.
Hi, Dave, i`m glad to be a plug to your web site and i`m sure that other people have benefited from it as well. I can`t see the point of purchasing equipment to do the dish alighnment job when all it takes is patience and also to be able to tell people i meet that i`ve done it myself with no cost at all. I`m down my `van over the easter weekend so i`ll try and reposition the dish in a more perminant position. I`ll get back to you and let you know how i get on. All the best for now Dave, Andy.
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Old 08-04-2004, 20:45
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I would agree except for the fact that on Dave's site he does mentions Grundigs which can sometimes be a little iffy. I have one and had to keep turning it off and on again to reset it whilst using the internal signal meter.
I now use an external meter. ( Digisat Pro).
Some excellent advice on the website.
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Old 08-04-2004, 21:54
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Word of warning, be carefull of wandering domestic animals, cows/sheep/goats/dogs and worse of all "children", blundering into your dish/mount.
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Old 10-04-2004, 00:49
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I have done the following.

Used steel stake (used for fencing) from B&Q. I hammered it into the ground and then added my scaffolding pole. I added the dish to that. I also bought a Maxview fixing kit (shaped like a L) and fitted it directly onto the van. I also added some brackets to stop the aerial moving. I got it installed for 40.00 and managed to get a Quad LNB. I will be getting another cable installed and take my Sky+ out with me.
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