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DISH Tailgater Satellite Antenna

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The first truly automatic portable satellite antenna with fully integrated antenna and receiver software.
Automatic satellite acquisition with no separate remote control or power source required. Just connect the Tailgater to your DISH VIP211z HD receiver (sold separately) via the supplied 50' coaxial cable and in minutes you’re watching your favorite satellite TV shows in crystal clear HDTV. The custom designed user interface with on-screen graphics is an exclusive feature you won’t find with other mobile antennas and makes set-up effortless. No need to reconfigure the receiver when you take it back and forth between your home and RV. With the Tailgater, receiver configuration is automatic – no more check switches! Just place it anywhere in your campsite with a clear view to the southern sky. It even tells you if the satellite signal is partially or completely blocked via on-screen diagnostics. Less than half the price of other automatic satellite antennas and without all the set-up hassles. For reception of DISH SD and HD programming.

Advantages:

  • Half the Price of Competing Products!
  • DISH HD & SD (110, 119 & 129 satellites)
  • Portable and Roof Mount Designs
  • Completely Automatic Acquisition and Switching
  • Receiver Remote Controls All Hardware
  • Single Coax Connection – No Power Cables
  • Weather-Resistant Cover with Built-In Security Bracket
  • Compatible with Dish Network HD Solo Receiver models 411, ViP 211, and ViP 211k




  • Technical Specs


    Tech Specs

    Weight: 12 lbs.

    Dimensions: 17.5" H x 16" W x 16" D

    Documents:

    Manufacturer: King Controls

    Mfg Part #: VQ2500

    Tech Notes: Weight 10 lbs.
    Works in 48 contiguous U.S. states



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    Reviews


    DISH Tailgater Satellite Antenna: Customer Reviews

    Camper's Choice Rating

    (5 Based on 114 Reviews) Add A Review

    Reviewed by 114 customers

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    Worked once


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    October 15, 2014
    Bought ours about last summer and we bought it specifically for camping. Got it hooked up, called Dish to activate, no problem. Worked like a champ. The CSR gave us our monthly fee. Not bad, as we only had planned on using it for about 6 mos out of the year. A couple of weeks later, went camping again; unit didn't work. There were no trees, no interferences, and a clear sky. We didn't have cell service where we were, so we couldn't call Dish to find out what was wrong. Well, I thought maybe that was an anomaly. A few weeks later, when camping again, unit didn't work. Called Dish, walked me through set-up, and it worked. Went camping again, unit didn't work again. Called Dish, walked me through set-up and it worked. Every time we attempted to use it, it wouldn't work. The unit couldn't find a satellite. Again, no trees, no interferences. So I called Dish and told them we wouldn't be using it until next (this) season. After we called Dish this season, the first bill I got was a bit higher. They failed to tell me that the first price was a one year introductory fee. After that, it would be the pricier of the two. For the one or two times a month that I was going to use it, assuming that it would even work, wasn't worth the charge.
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    Good luck


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    September 24, 2014
    Have had one of these for four years and have only encountered one problem, getting it to work. Have spent over 40 hours on the phone with tech folks in the 20 or so times we have used it. Our last visit to Arkansas on the White River resulted in not being able to use our Tailgater the entire vacation. Took over an hour to get our home system back online stay away, far away!
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    Dish Tailgater


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    July 18, 2013
    I bought the tailgater to replace the Trac Vision Sat on my RV. It works great, the only issue I had is when the grand kids would switch the tv to watch a movie I would have to reboot the sysytem to see local stations. Over all a good investment I recomend this to all RV's.
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    We Love our Tailgater


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    July 17, 2013
    Took out Tailgater on our camping trip and was able to watch the Sprint Cup Races. We didn't have any problems with hooking it up, it was so easy to do. We are very glad we purchased this and have told others who are thinking about getting one to go for it.
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    Tailgater with portable hard drive


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    May 05, 2013
    Easy to set up. Point handle north. Need relatively clear view of southern sky. 211K receiver that works with it doesn't have DVR feature. We added a WD 2TB hard drive (must have it's own power source) , paid $40 one time fee for this to DISH and we now have DVR! ( You must also pay $7 mo. fee to dish to activate receiver, can cancel and restart as desired) You can only record what you are watching (which gives you full DVR) or record when you are not watching TV. You cannot record one and watch another simultaneously. If you don't record what you are watching you won't be able to back up to re-view anything. I'm not sure how it works in cloudy weather or rain yet, but on a clear day it works great. We drilled hole in handle larger and slipped padlock thru it; then attached cable to padlock and secured cable to stationary object for safety in campground.
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    Third time might be a charm.


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    December 12, 2012
    I love the Tailgater. It worked flawlessly for 2 months with three trips, 10 campgrounds and a week at home. Then nothing. When searching for satellites I could hear a motor running, but the antenna was not slewing. King Controls had me open it and verify. They replaced it, but it took 3 weeks to come. The replacement worked perfect for 3 hours, then Total Signal Loss. King Controls had me open it up and take some voltage measurements... failed ckt board. The third unit is en route now. I bought it just 3 months ago. This is the one time I should have bought an extended warranty and didn't.
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    Nice!


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    December 04, 2012
    Small, simple, easy.
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    awsome


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    November 06, 2012
    As i was a long time dish user at home buying this tailgater was a no brainer. Rather than thier $39 no contract stop anytime i just added the additional reciever to my current billing for an additional $7 per month. You will have to purchase a new dish reciever, why they don't offer it as a package to i don't understand.I did have one problem after the set up which was straight forward and easy. Once i got to the screen where I needed to call dish to authorize the technician said this would not be compatable with my home system with the hopper reciever. To say the least i was quite upset. Took it all apart and was ready to return. I called them back to see my options as i felt the tailgater was more important than the extra features of my home hopper. Well this new and more knowledgable technician informed me that it most certainly is compatable. Soon after the hopper was released there were many complaints of not being able to have more that 1 reciever on the hopper account. They changed their policy and sent a memo out. Guess my first knucklehead missed that memo. I reinstalled it, got authorization and was watching ALL the programing i have at home in the RV for just $7 more a month. Unlike a previous poster who had to run new coax and connectors i had no problems. I have a 2006 RV with an amplified switching box. I connected the supplied dish coax from the tailgater to my outside service panel and was good to go.. So if you have dish network at home this is a must have just ask for a supervisor when authorizing if you have the hopper and they say its not compatable.I bought mine at the good sam rally in Daytona.
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    Works better than expected


    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    September 19, 2012
    After talking to a dozen or so owners of the Winegard Carry out, and various types of roof mount antennas, I was skeptical about this little easy to use lightweight little known antenna. What a surprise! You only need to know the general direction of South so you can find a place between trees, etc. It does NOT have to point south (although it comes up ready quicker if it is facing south). I lost HD signal several times during heavy rain, it automatically switched to the SD channel (probably a function of the receiver, however the antenna made it all possible). Used it the most in the National Campgrounds in Red River, NM, where nothing else is available on air.
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    Q & A



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    How do I protect it from theft ?
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    will this work with a 322 receiver?
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    rain
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    Are there fees to use the dish?
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    Is this compatible with a Dish VIP 211z?
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    Does it have to be level?
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    is it a mobile antenna for watching as you drive
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    Will it work with a hopper receiver?
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    warranty on the tailgater satellite antenna ?
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    Can this support 2 receivers IF only 1 is powered on
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    how to sign up for pay as you go service
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    WILL THIS PRODUCT WORK ON DIRECT TV
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    Is this only for Dish or can it be used with Direct?
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    Will this antenna work in all of the United States
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    how many tvs can run off 1 unit
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    What other equipment needed
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    If you are a dish customer, is there an additional charge added to my monthly bill for this satellite use? If so, how much?
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    Does this product qualify for the extendend warranty through Camping World?
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    With the tailgater can you split the signal to two receivers for two tvs?
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    What tailgater antenna works with Direct TV?
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    Will this work with a 612 receiver?
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    Does this unit work as a wifi hotspot also?
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    How does the antenna get power to find the satellite?
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    Will this satellite antenna work with Direct TV receivers?
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    Will this work with a Dish 512 receiver?
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    Will this work in Alaska and/or Canada?
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    Will this work on a Dish 311 receiver?
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    What is the warranty time?
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    Does this work with Shaw Direct?
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    Does it work in the East Yellowstone area?
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    Will this antenna support Direct tv?
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    Is this for Dish Network or does it work with Directv?
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    Can this be installed inside home and pointed out a window
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    Will this work with a VIP 222K home receiver?
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    Does this receive in hd?
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    Will it work with Bell ?
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    Difference in tailgater satellite VQ2500 & VQ2510
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    Which tripod will work with this antenna?
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    Will it support 2 tvs on separate channels?
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