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Tips For Getting TV Reception In Your RV 1571

While some people may want to get away and “unplug” from their everyday lives while traveling in their RVs, many still want all the comforts and conveniences of home including computers, iPads, and televisions. For all those who want to tune in and watch their favorite shows while on the road, offers some tips on getting television reception in your RV.

There are three options to get a TV signal inside an RV: satellitecable, or antenna. Many RVers use a combination of these methods, depending on their travels and budget. For those with Internet access, streaming services like Netflix, the iTunes store, and Hulu are great options.

Using a satellite dish is a popular way to get reception, although individuals who choose this option should know that getting local network channels isn’t an option when you travel outside of what’s considered your local service area (unless you contact your company and change your “home base”). Because it requires calling, working with a customer service representative, and occasionally long hold times, this can often be a hassle.

The best-selling portable satellite antenna is the Dish Tailgater, available at Camping World for $349. Not only is it ideal for your RV, but it can also be used for any outdoor event, like camping or tailgating.

“Easiest set up available. Dish Network rep was super helpful and had the package and programming working in less than 20 minutes.” – Richard P. El Paso, TX

Dish Tailgater - best rv satellite

The Dish Tailgater is the first truly automatic, portable satellite antenna with fully integrated antenna and software. Its weather-resistant cover is perfect for most outdoor conditions and comes with a built-in security bracket. And even better, it’s roughly half the price of competing products.

“Great product, extremely simple to setup and operate. Great technical support is available from Dish’s RV tech support Helpline.” – Anonymous Mesa, AZ

Watch a video that shows more details about the Dish Tailgater.

VuQube portable satellite for RV

In just a matter of minutes, the VuQube Flex locks on to your RV with a push of a button. It’s very easy to set up and works with DIRECTV SD, DISH SD and HD, and Bell TV SD and HD service. There’s no external power connection necessary. You only need a single coax cable.

“I was greatly pleased to find out how easy it was to set up. I drive for a living and being able to get DirecTV on the road was a HUGE plus. I was in Canada and not only could I get the upper stations, I was able to get my local stations. I would recommend this to anyone!” – Anonymous

Go look at more details about the VuQube Flex.

Satellite dishes can be mounted on to the RV itself, while portable satellite units sit on the ground outside of the vehicle whenever you stop (like the DISH Tailgater).

Cable television requires a cable hookup for reception, so it’s a good option for people who frequent RV parks instead of more remote locations. Normally, cable offers fewer channels than a portable satellite, but it’s better than nothing, right? A word of warning, though: sometimes RV parks and campgrounds will charge its customers to use cable. The campground directory at lists locations with cable TV hookups.

Antenna for RV - Winegard Rayzar

Antennas allow you to receive local broadcast channels over the air for free, mostly in full HD video. Camping World offers the Winegard Rayzar (on sale for $39.99) that allows you to receive channels like NBC, FOX, ABC, and CBS in HD—all for free. It pulls channels in up to 25 miles away and sticks right on your window.

“Works great. Picked up 6 channels after we had it all hooked up. Well worth the money.” KBrack Etowah, TN

No assembly required. No permanent installation required. Easy mount suction cups included.

It’s difficult to not be satisfied with the high quality picture, number of channels, and the fact that every one comes in free—no matter where you’re parked.

What other tips do you have for getting TV reception in your RV?


  1. I purchased a VU Cube from a friend who never had it out of the box and sold his trailer.We were camping in one of our Provincial Parks where picking up a signal is almost impossible.I set the Vu Cube on a tripod I picked up,hooked up the coax and bingo satellite first try.Wife was very happy.Got to watch her Y&R.I hear now that these Vu Cube are discontinued,so I will definetly be hanging on mine for awhilr

    1. Did you have to have a receiver. We have a dish on RV we just bought it’s a 97. Trying to figure how to get channels

  2. Well if you get a good tailgater I guess you’ll be all right. We went through two of them, neither of which worked, even sent second one back to company to get “fixed” still didn’t work….paid $80.00 months for many months trying to get it to work.

  3. Did you have to have a receiver. We have a dish on RV we just bought it’s a 97. Trying to figure how to get channels

  4. I really like the idea of getting a a portable satellite for your RV, as you’ll be able to watch the TV during long road trips. My cousin and his family love to go on RV trips, but because he has autism and ADHD, it can be hard for him to sit still. I’ll mention a portable satellite to my aunt, so she can see if it’s a good alternative for them.

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