How to Install an RV Satellite Dish

by Chris Moore

A satellite dish is one of the best ways to receive television signals from your RV. Once you have satellite TV service, there are several types of dish antennas designed specifically for RVs, and they can be mounted in multiple ways. Whether or not people can watch TV while in motion depends on the type of dish. It is even possible to take a dish antenna meant for home installation and convert it so it can be mounted on your RV.

Choose the type of in-motion satellite dish that works best for your RV. A domed or other low-profile satellite antenna works best because it eliminates the risk of being knocked off or damaged while driving.

Convert a home satellite dish for RV use, if that is the only type of dish that you have. This mainly involves a kit that allows you to remove the mount on your home dish and replace it with a mounting system that will work for the vehicle.

Mount the dish to the RV. Some dishes have built-in mounts that are bolted in place on the roof or other location. For other dishes, get a third-party mount that will attach to the dish and then secure it to a window, ladder or other location.

Route the dish's cables into the RV's interior. Some vehicles have a built-in pre-wire for an easy connection. If the dish is on or near a window, you can crack the window open and send them in that way; otherwise, you'll probably need to drill a hole in the roof or side. If the dish uses 12-volt DC wires for its electric motors, route those wires to the RV's TV antenna.

Connect the dish's cable to the input port of your satellite service's receiver box. Connect the receiver's output to the input of the RV's TV set.

Tip

  • check Use RG6 coaxial cable when connecting the dish.

Warning

  • close Check with your satellite TV provider to see which particular direction the dish must face when mounted.

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About the Author

Chris Moore has been contributing to eHow since 2007 and is a member of the DFW Writers' Workshop. He received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Texas-Arlington.