King Introduces Dual Purpose Satellite TV Antennas For Dish & DIRECTV

King is introducing two new automatic satellite TV antennas for use with Dish and DIRECTV satellite services.

King Tailgater for Dish (Model VQ4500)
King Tailgater for Dish (Model VQ4500)

The new, second-generation King Tailgater for Dish (Model VQ4500) and King Quest for DIRECTV (Model VQ4100) are designed for use as either a portable or a roof mounted satellite system.

“In recent years, the demand for mobile satellite antennas has shifted significantly toward portable systems due in large part to lower price points,” said Craig Bartyzal, vice president of sales for King, said in a company news release.

“While portables do offer greater flexibility, many RV owners still want the convenience of a permanently mounted antenna that does not require additional set-up when arriving at their campsite.”

The cost difference between a portable and roof mounted antenna along with the added installation fee for a permanent, roof mounted installation has led many RV owners towards the portable option within the past few years.

“We believe these new antennas provide an affordable option for both” said Bartyzal.

“By combining power and data over the coaxial cable we’ve reduced the complexity of the installation and the required labor time to install.”

At 8 pounds and 13.5-inches high, the new King Tailgater and Quest antennas are smaller and lighter than any previous models yet provide improved signal reception. The new aerodynamic shape is the result of significant effort put into the industrial design.

King Tailgater for Dish (Model VQ4500)
King Tailgater for Dish (Model VQ4500)

“We worked with a team of industrial design engineers to optimize signal reception, aerodynamics, manufacturability and the overall user experience” said Craig Miller, president of King.

“Making the antenna smaller while improving signal reception capabilities was no small task, but we completely redesigned the antenna, optics and chassis to achieve this.  We also integrated the mounting feet to allow for roof mount installation without the need or expense of additional mounting hardware.”

Like the first-generation Tailgater antenna introduced in 2011, the second-generation King Tailgater works exclusively with Dish’s pay-TV service. The new antenna delivers more installation choices to Dish customers, who can choose to permanently install it on a RV rooftop or use it portably. It is compatible with Dish’s current model ViP211z mobile HD receiver, as well as legacy receiver models 411, ViP211, and ViP211k.

Once powered on, customers use a Dish remote control to select the state in which they are traveling. From here, the King Tailgater will scan to automatically locate three Dish satellites, delivering access to HD channels in minutes.

The King Quest antenna works with DIRECTV SD programming with the option of adding a controller accessory (purchased separately) to make the system compatible with Dish HD and Bell TV services as well. The company said the King Quest is the only automatic RV satellite antenna of its kind to offer a coaxial only cable connection without the need for an external power or data cable when used with DIRECTV service.

King Quest for DIRECTV (Model VQ4100)
King Quest for DIRECTV (Model VQ4100)

The company will begin shipping the new antennas in early April.

King Tailgater

Fully automatic portable HD satellite antenna sits on the ground or permanently mounts to the roof of your RV. Enjoy all your favorite TV programs anywhere, anytime including local networks. Compatible with DISH HD Solo receivers (ViP211z, ViP211k, ViP211 or 411 – all sold separately). DISH satellite service required; no long term contract necessary with pay-as-you-go option. For stationary use only. Limited Mfr Warranty: 2 year parts and 1 year labor. Made in the USA.

Use as either portable or roof mount (mounting feet included)

MSRP: $379

King Quest

Take your DIRECTV Satellite TV Service anywhere in the continental US! Use the KING Quest as a portable satellite TV antenna or permanently mount to the roof of your RV. This small, easy to use, fully automatic antenna gives you the freedom to take your favorite DIRECTV programming with you on the road, to the great outdoors, or anywhere in between. Not compatible with SWM only receivers. DIRECTV satellite service required.  For stationary use only. Limited Mfr Warranty: 2 year parts and 1 year labor. Made in the USA.

King Quest for DIRECTV (Model VQ4100)
King Quest for DIRECTV (Model VQ4100)

Exclusive for DIRECTV service

Use as either portable or roof mount (mounting feet included)

MSRP: $549

Worth Pondering…

We owe a lot to Thomas Edison—if it weren’t for him, we’d be watching television by candlelight.

—Milton Berle

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Top 5 RV Upgrades

Americans are well-known for their need to be ahead of the game with the next-best-thing when it comes to the latest and greatest in technology.

Winegard Carryout G2 satellite TV antenna
Winegard Carryout G2 satellite TV antenna

Smart phones are constantly updated or upgraded, computers keep getting smaller and faster, and cars are continually incorporating new and better advancements in safety and comfort.

And RVers also have the same insatiable desire to update and upgrade their home-on-wheels to newer and bigger models or to install popular and useful upgrades to their existing model.

Following is a list of the top five upgrades currently available for updating older RV models:

Satellite upgrade

People on the go don’t want to miss out on their favorite TV shows and sports events. The next generation of portable or mountable satellite dishes has emerged. It is becoming increasingly popular, and some would say necessary, to have the complete RV home-away-from-home experience.

High-powered satellite dishes that can be mounted to the top of an RV, or a carryout satellite that can be set up on tripod or picnic tables to ensure the maximum TV reception are the norm rather than the exception.

Despite the small size of some of the latest satellite set-ups available, their reception abilities are usually incredible. So, next time you want to watch the big game while camping, plan ahead and upgrade your satellite system.

High definition TVs

Upgrade your RV lighting with LED replacement bulbs for brighter light and better visibility.
Upgrade your RV lighting with LED replacement bulbs for brighter light and better visibility.

Installing a satellite upgrade for high-definition programming begs the need for a new LED flat screen TV. One of the most common installations for RVs 5+ years old is the replacement of the old TV with a sleeker, more functional and attractive looking LCD/LED TV.

You’ll likely need to install a new mount. These mounting options range from traditional flat screen wall mount to tilting mount. The most popular type of mount is the articulating mount which allows the TV to be pulled out from the wall, tilted from right to left, and pushed back when you’re finished watching.

LED lights

Have you ever noticed that the lights in your RV become hot after being on for only a short time? Have you been horrified at how quickly your battery drains while camping without access to electricity?

Upgrade your RV lighting with LED replacement bulbs for brighter light and better visibility. LED lights stay cool to the touch and are at a minimum for risk of fire. In addition, they use an average of ⅕ the amount of electricity that standard bulbs use. This prevents electric burnout while camping (a very unpleasant experience) and saves on energy consumption and electricity costs. Some bulbs come with built-in surge protection.

Back up camera

Few vehicles roll off the assembly line without the latest and greatest technological advances a rear-view or back-up camera.

Due to the size of most RVs, it is virtually impossible to really know what’s behind you when you’re backing up. A back up camera is especially useful for those with children or pets. The installation and purchase of a back up camera is comparatively small, and many local RV dealers are able to complete this upgrade quickly than you’d expect.

Solar panel installs

Solar power enables RVer to camp wherever they want, for extended periods, without sacrificing anything.
Solar power enables RVer to camp wherever they want, for extended periods, without sacrificing anything.

Solar power enables RVer to camp wherever they want, for extended periods, without sacrificing anything. Unlike an AC generator, a solar-power system has no moving parts, makes no noise or smell, and requires little maintenance. A solar system can be cost-effective over the long term and can be sized to suit your needs, whether that’s just keeping a single battery charged or maintaining a large battery bank for running all the modern conveniences of a large rig.

A basic RV solar-power system consists of one or more solar panels to generate charging current, a charge controller, batteries, and ancillary components such as brackets, mounting hardware, and wiring.

Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells that convert the sun’s energy into electricity. Solar panels are rated in watts of output and the wattage rating is determined by multiplying the panel’s peak power voltage by its peak power amperage.

There’s always a new addition that can be made to any RV-lovers home.

Worth Pondering…

As Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

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Winegard Introduces Carryout G2 Satellite TV Antenna

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Co. recently introduced the compact Carryout G2 automatic satellite TV antenna designed for use while RVing, camping, tailgating, and other outdoor activities.

carryout-g2-dimensionsThe new satellite TV antenna is almost half the size of its predecessor, the Carryout (GM-1518), and features a sleeker lightweight design.

The Carryout G2 receives DISH, DIRECTV, and Bell TV programming for the ultimate in provider versatility.

“The Carryout G2 pushes the ‘size-versus-performance-trade-off’ common to satellite antennas to the limit,” said Aaron Engberg, director mobile sales channel for Winegard, in a news release.

“Reducing the size by 40 percent from our original Carryout, without a single compromise in performance, is truly what makes Winegard the leader in antenna design. Consumers want smaller, faster, better, and Winegard has once again delivered with the Carryout G2.”

The Carryout G2 portable satellite antenna is fully automatic and is quick and easy to set up.

Equipped with two coax ports, the G2 supports two receivers so you can watch different programming from the same satellite on two TVs at once.

The antenna is powered through a 12-volt output (included), but can be connected to a 110-volt outlet with a power converter (sold separately).

Key benefits to the Carryout G2 antenna include:

  • Fully automatic antenna eliminates the need for manually aiming/finding satellite signals
  • Compatible with all major satellite TV programming providers
  • Works with most satellite receiver models, including activated receivers from home
  • Backed by a two-year parts, one year labor limited warranty
  • Several mount options are available

gm-2035_lSpecifications include:

Unit Weight: 10 pounds

Dimensions: 14.3-inch diameter, 13.5-inch height

The Carryout G2 is now shipping and has an MSRP of $649; models are available in white dome (GM-2000) or black dome (GM-2035).

A Roof Mount Kit is sold separately.

With the simple to install roof kit accessory, easily convert the portable G2 into a permanent roof mount without having to pay the price of a roof mount antenna.

Additional wiring is required unless vehicle is prewired for a Winegard satellite TV antenna.

The RK-2000 Roof Mount Kit has an MSRP of $49.99.

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Winegard Company

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications.

Since its founding in 1954, Winegard’s pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle, truck, marine, medical, and automotive antennas.

The company’s 2-way VSAT antennas provide real-time broadband solutions for extreme and remote environments in support of the oil and gas industries, as well as military and emergency response teams.

gm-2000_lWinegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first residential antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work.

Address: 3000 Kirkwood Street, Burlington, IA 52601

Phone: (800) 288-8094

Website: www.winegard.com

Worth Pondering…

We owe a lot to Thomas Edison—if it weren’t for him, we’d be watching television by candlelight.

—Milton Berle

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KVH Introduces TracVision R1

RV owners can now enjoy a new standard in reliability aboard their coaches thanks to the TracVision R1 from Middletown, Rhode Island-based KVH Industries, Inc.

kvhThe compact, 13.5 inch TracVision R1 brings hundreds of channels of premium satellite TV programming from DISH Network or DIRECTV to any motorhome, travel trailer, or fifth-wheel trailer travelling in the continental U.S.—even while the vehicle is in motion, according to a KVH news release.

“Adding satellite TV is an excellent way to make a motorhome truly feel like home,” says Jim George, KVH’s director of sales for satellite products.

“The TracVision R1 allows you to enjoy your favorite shows, news, weather, sports, and even cartoons with the grandkids in your RV just as you would in a traditional home. The TracVision R1’s compact design and outstanding reliability make it a valuable addition to any vehicle, especially with KVH’s nationwide network of factory-certified dealers providing easy-to-find installation and service wherever you travel.”

TracVision R1ST
TracVision R1ST

Weighing just 7.5 pounds, the in-motion TracVision R1 brings satellite TV programming to the road and destinations throughout the continental U.S.

The system offers in-motion performance typical of larger antennas. The TracVision R1 is small in size, easy to set up, has a single-cable design, and has Whisper Drive motor technology.

It also comes in two configurations: the TracVision R1ST includes an exclusive, integrated 12V DIRECTV receiver/controller.

For those who prefer DISH Network or want to easily switch among satellite TV service providers, the TracVision R1DX offers a 12V multiservice interface box/controller that supports virtually all home receivers from DISH Network and DIRECTV.

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KVH Industries, Inc.

KVH Industries, Inc. is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 150,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft.

TracVision R1DX
TracVision R1DX

Winner of 38 National Marine Electronics Association Industry Awards, the prestigious General Motors Innovative Design Award, 2 CES Innovation Awards, the DAME Award in the Marine Electronics category, and a finalist for the Automotive News PACE Award, KVH’s mission is to connect mobile customers with the same digital television entertainment, communications, and Internet services that they enjoy in their home and offices.

The company is based in Middletown, Rhode Island, with facilities in Illinois, Denmark, Norway, Singapore, and Japan.

Address: 50 Enterprise Center, Middletown, RI 02842-5279

Phone: (401) 847-3327

Website: kvh.com

Worth Pondering…

I do not think that the wireless waves I have discovered will have any practical application.

—Heinrich Rudolf Hertz (1857-1894)

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Winegard Introduces Carryout Anser Portable Satellite Antenna

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard, the pioneer in television antenna design and development, introduces the Anser, the newest member of the Carryout family of portable satellite TV antennas.

Winegard Carryout Anser Satellite TV antenna

The Carryout Anser sports a one-of-a-kind design and is ideal for RVs, tailgating, picnicking, family outings, and other outdoor activities.

Users simply set the elevation provided by the receiver and plug it in. After the antenna automatically finds the satellite, unplug the antenna power cable and start watching TV.

“We’re introducing the Anser to provide consumers with a simple satellite TV solution at a very affordable cost,” said Aaron Engberg, Director of Mobile Products for Winegard.

“In today’s hyper-mobile world, we like to be entertained and in touch with our favorite sports teams and shows constantly. The Anser is highly portable and requires no assembly.”

This hybrid automatic portable satellite antenna receives DISH HD programming from a single satellite, 72 degrees, without toggling between several DISH satellites as on some other automatic antennas.

The Anser also pulls in DIRECTV standard programming from satellite 101 degrees.

The Carryout Anser is also compatible with Bell TV in Canada.

The Carryout Anser comes with an easy grip carrying handle and a security eyelet that is molded into the base.

A 25-foot 12-volt power cable and a 25-foot coax cable are included for easy outdoor positioning. An optional 12-volt to 110-volt converter is available, as well as a Carryout tripod mount, all sold separately.

For a limited time, new DIRECTV customers can take advantage of a Winegard new customer $150 mail-in rebate.

The Anser will be available at retailers and RV dealerships nationwide in September and has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $449.

Technical Specifications Dimensions: 15 inches stowed height, 20.75 inches fully deployed height x 21 inches diameter

Weight: 16 pounds Eyelet attached to base provides ability to lock-up antenna for added security

Easy grip handle for effortless carrying Supports 2 receivers (single satellite viewing)

Stationary use only

A pioneer in antenna, auto signal acquisition and tracking technology, Winegard has designed more than 1,000 different antenna models with more than 60 U.S. patents granted.

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Winegard Company

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications.

Since its founding in 1954, Winegard’s pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle, truck, marine, medical, and automotive antennas.

The company’s 2-way VSAT antennas provide real-time broadband solutions for extreme and remote environments in support of the oil and gas industries, as well as military and emergency response teams.

Winegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first residential antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work.

Address: 3000 Kirkwood Street, Burlington, IA 52601

Phone: (800) 288-8094

Website: winegard.com

Worth Pondering…

We owe a lot to Thomas Edison—if it weren’t for him, we’d be watching television by candlelight.

—Milton Berle

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Tailgate with Winegard Carryout

Football season is right around the corner, which means pro and college football fans are dusting off their tailgating gear, getting pumped up to watch, attend, and tailgate at stadiums across the nation.

With all the new gadgets around, a sure bet to make any tailgate a hit is the Winegard Carryout automatic portable Satellite Dish.

This Tailgating Satellite Dish assists football fans to catch up on all the other games before, during, and after the Big Game, the company noted in a news release.

The Carryout automatic portable HDTV tailgating satellite dish sets up in just a few minutes with little-to-no effort.

Compatible with DISH, DIRECTV, and Bell; users can watch the games in crisp, clear HD with DISH or enjoy DIRECTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket in standard definition.

To receive HD programming, users must have an activated HD receiver with HD programming package and an HDTV, which are sold separately.

Winegard Carryout

“Nothing makes tailgating more fun than watching other games and pre-game coverage before the game,” said Aaron Engberg, director of mobile products for Winegard.

“And, at such an affordable cost and the flexibility in using a receiver from home, it’s a quick and easy way to create the ultimate tailgating experience.”

Made in the U.S.A., the Carryout automatic dish is only 15.6 inches tall and 20 inches in diameter, and weighs just 11.5 pounds.

It features an easy grip handle along with an eyelet on the base for added security. Included are a 50-foot coax and 12-volt power cable.

The Carryout features DVB technology for extremely fast and accurate satellite acquisition and automatically locks on and switches between the desired satellites, viewing a single satellite at a time.

Suggested retail price is $699.00.

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Winegard Company

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications.

Since its founding in 1954, Winegard’s pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle, truck, marine, medical, and automotive antennas.

Winegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work.

Address: 3000 Kirkwood Street, Burlington, IA 52601

Phone: (800) 288-8094

Website: winegard.com

Worth Pondering…

Just do it!

“Would have, could have, should have.” Famous words indeed.

It just brings us back to the old adage—we only regret those things we DIDN’T do.

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Five Things You Need to Know Today: October 14

Since I like things to come in fives (and tens), here are five things YOU need to know TODAY!

1. Pump Prices Heading for 8-Month Low

Let's Go RVing to the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Gasoline is tumbling to an eight- month low as reduced U.S. growth causes pump prices to follow crude oil’s decline after lagging behind since April.

Pump prices have fallen 15% to $3.39 a gallon from this year’s high of $3.985 on May 4, according to AAA data.

Prices may drop another 20 cents to $3.19 a gallon by early November, according to the median estimate of eight analysts in a survey by Bloomberg News.

West Texas Intermediate oil, the most-traded U.S. crude grade, retreated about 30% over the same period, AAA reported.

2. New Arizona RV Resort Now Open

It’s no longer speculation, it’s the real thing. The Pirate’s Den RV Resort & Marina is now open.

The newest RV resort on the Colorado River, the Pirate’s Den RV Resort & Marina, is located on the beach front in a 92 acre waterfront parcel of the La Paz County Park, north of Parker. The Pirate’s Den provides full hook-ups including high-speed wireless internet access, bar and restaurant along with convenience store and marina.

Pirate’s Den Resort’s onsite boat launch allows for convenient boat launching with a three lane boat ramp. RVers can also enjoy daily walks along the River promenade and extended bike paths. And, five minutes from your front door you’ll find casino gaming, golf, tennis, ATV trail blazing, and hiking. In addition to music festivals and swap meets, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Pirate’s Den Resort.

3. New Winegard Interactive Tool Helps RVers

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company has made it easier for consumers to select the type of satellite antenna that best meets their needs. An interactive satellite antenna selector application was uploaded on their website earlier this week.

“Winegard has an antenna to meet every customer’s budget and television viewing need,” said Aaron Engberg, director of the mobile business unit for Winegard. “We realize that choosing a satellite system can be a very confusing process for customers. By selecting the features important to them, the application recommends models that fit their budget and TV viewing behavior.”

To access the free application, click here.

4. Extinguishing an RV Fire

There is a simple way to remember the steps to using your extinguisher to fight a fire—it’s called the P.A.S.S. procedure. Here are the four steps to follow:

  1. PULL the pin. This unlocks the operating lever and allows you to discharge the contents of the extinguisher.
  2. AIM low. Point the nozzle or hose at the base of the fire.
  3. SQUEEZE the lever above the handle. This discharges the extinguishing agent. Releasing the lever will stop the discharge.
  4. SWEEP from side to side. Moving carefully toward the fire, keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire and sweep back and forth until the flames appear to be out.

Always keep in mind the most important fire safety rule: Save lives first and property second.

5. Utah Judge Dismisses Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Let's Go RVing to Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The 4th District Court Judge David Mortensen has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a 12-year-old boy, who was killed by a bear while camping in the Timpanogos mountain area four years ago, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

Sam Ives was killed after a black bear entered the family’s campsite in June 2007. His parents filed the suit against the State of Utah, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and others in 2008, saying they failed to warn people of a dangerous bear in the area, which had attacked other campers.

Have a great weekend.

Until next time, safe RV travels, and we’ll see you on the road!

Worth Pondering…

There is a ripening of the season as fruit trees grow heavy with red apples; leaves turn golden to reveal a harvest of pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, and peppers in the field; and grape vines hang heavy with clusters of newly turned black and golden grapes.

Enjoy your days and love your life, because life is a journey to be savored.

Grab the keys and let’s go RVing.

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