How to get TV service in your RV 

While vacationing in your RV, you might want to watch your favorite television shows or catch up on the news. Instead of going back home and cutting your vacation short, there are some tips for getting service in your RV. 

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You could place a small satellite dish on top of or near your RV as a way to watch stream TV and movies. You could also connect to a cable source if one is available. Another option would be to get a small antenna. One or more of these solutions could work depending on how much money you want to spend and how many channels you want to watch. A satellite is usually the easiest way to get service, and you can get them in various sizes so that they are easy to transport. They can easily be moved around on your RV or near your vehicle so that you can get the best service possible. Note that you might not be able to travel very far before contacting a satellite internet company like HughesNet to add service for your RV. 


Dish Tailgater is one of the better options to consider if you want to use a satellite. The dish can be purchased through Camping World and can be used for a variety of outdoor events instead of only with your RV. The cover on the dish is weather-resistant, which makes it ideal for sudden storms that might come up while you’re in your RV. All the software that’s needed is included with the dish. There’s also a bracket so that it’s easy to attach to the exterior of your vehicle. 

The VuQube Flex is another satellite option to consider that easily snaps into place with a button. It can be used with multiple providers including DIRECTV and DISH. All you need is a cable to connect the satellite with no power cord needed. 


Although a satellite can be placed just about anywhere on or near your RV, a cable connection needs a hookup. You would need to look for one at the campground you’re visiting as this is usually the only way that cable will work. Note that you may have to pay a fee to use the cable services that are offered, but you’ll be able to watch television while you’re in your RV. Another detail to keep in mind is that some cable services might not have as many channels as a satellite would. 


An antenna would need to be placed on the outside of your RV or inside the vehicle if you’re in an area with good reception. You’ll typically get the fewest channels with this option, but it’s usually one that’s free aside from paying for the antenna itself. With new antennas that are available, you can usually get most channels in HD so that you have the clearest picture possible. An antenna allows you to watch a lot of the local channels instead of the extra channels that feature movies or special shows. There isn’t a lot of equipment that you have to connect, which makes the installation process a bit easier and faster. It’s also easy to transport an antenna, especially if you get a small one that you place on top of your television or that you stick on the side of a window.


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