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Using a Hopper 3 with the Winegard Travler

After about two months of testing, it looks like DISH’s new 16-tuner Hopper 3 will work with the automatic rooftop Winegard Travler dish.

Though a standard DISH Travler will have to be modified, this allows a game-changing satellite DVR system to be used in an RV.

As of today, it looks like I am the only person to test DISH’s new Hopper 3 with a modified Winegard Travler. Though I claim bragging rights, consider this . . . you may want to wait until other folks report their success (or failure) with this system before doing it yourself.

For details, see Hopper 3 & the Winegard Travler.

Also, Hopper 3 Feature Sheet (PDF)

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  1. Greg Sandoe #

    This is the first site that I have found that can answer questions regarding the compatibility of the Hopper 3 with the Wingard SK-1000 dish. I have called Wingard and Dish RV support and other Dish technical support and none could answer my questions. Your articles answer almost all of my questions. One thing that I would like to do is to use the Wireless Joey instead of the wired Joey. My coach has four TVs but only two are wired for satellite connections. Not a very good design but that is what I have. To be able to hook up all four TVs I would have to run additional wiring and I would like to avoid that so that is why I am interested in the Wireless Joey. I have also been told that the Hopper 3 does not need the separate wireless access point to communicate with the Wireless Joey. This is built into the Hopper 3.


    March 25, 2016
  2. Brandon Cook #

    When you installed your Hopper 3 in Hybrid LNB did you have any issues with the Travler saying no LNB Voltage?

    June 22, 2016
    • Yes. You must disconnect your Hopper 3 from your Travler during the sat acquisition process. I use an AB switch to do this.

      If you’re getting the “No LNB Voltage” at other times, then the Hybrid LNB is probably not connected properly.

      June 22, 2016
      • bcook17 #

        Currently don’t have the Hopper 3 Connected but noticed the LNB IN was connected to Port C and Port 2 was to Port B. Do you think that would cause it?

        I just flipped them a second ago after swapping the LNB to confirm that wasn’t the issue.

        June 22, 2016
      • I am curious what model AB Switch you are using and what frequency it supports?

        July 6, 2016
      • I don’t remember the brand. It was pretty generic. Freq = 900MHz.

        July 6, 2016
  3. Paul Perrone, N4EJ #

    Tom, need a little help. I am a tech savvy guy so this does not scare me. Here is my situation. I have a Traveler 3005 currently set u for DirecTV. I want to switch to Dish and get a Hopper 3. Can I replace the dish on the traveler 3005 with a Dish Network Turbo HD home dish reflector and arm and replace the LNB with the new Hybrid LNB and carry on from there? How do I get the Winegard 3005 positioning receiver to be happy with the new dish and find 110, 119 an 129 Dish sats?
    Regards, Paul

    August 11, 2016
  4. Maximiliano #

    I have a hopper 3 trying to look for the signal and I’m getting (No nlb voltage) what can I do

    August 15, 2016
    • Probably one of two things:

      (1) Your Hopper 3 is connected to your Travler during sat acquisition — you must DISCONNECT a Hopper 3 from the Travler. After the Travler locates the sats, THEN connect your Hopper 3.

      (2) You wired the Hybrid LNBF incorrectly. See my install diagrams.

      August 15, 2016
  5. Jeremie Branton #

    I have a Travler setup for Dish. I bought a Hopper 3 receiver and the coresponding LNB. When I swapped out the LNB the Travler was already locked onto the Dish satellite and the controller was turned off. When I turned on the controller the signal was immediately lost and the system could not find the satellite again. There were three coax cables in the arm of the Travler. I only hooked up the first two. Does this third cable need to be hooked up with a splitter or is there another trick to getting the system to work?

    September 16, 2016
  6. Arwinder #

    Thanks for the detailed write-up which encouraged me to try out the Winegard Travler with the Hopper 3. However, after following the directions as suggested, I am running into the “No LNB Voltage” issue and the unit inevitably goes into the stow mode. If I use the DPP LNB to align the dish and then replace it with the DPH LNB and test with the Hopper-3, all tests are ok and I am able receive the requisite channels. The “No LNB Voltage” issue occurs even with the Hopper-3 completely disconnected. Any suggestions appreciated.


    October 16, 2016
    • Sorry it took so long . . . been busy.

      Looks like you found an answer on

      October 19, 2016
      • Arwinder #

        Indeed, got it figured out. I had the cables mis-identified. Thanks again for the great write-up.

        October 19, 2016
  7. Ken Kaahanui #

    Tom, misread your reply to me. so to be perfectly clear DO NOT purchase a hopper outside of dish. (so I’ll order from dish) The other part of the install should be fairly straight forward. Thanks again for the reply.

    November 19, 2016
    • You do NOT need to purchase a Hopper at all. You should lease from DISH. However, contact a local sat dish installer to do the install. DISH will NOT let you install a Hopper 3 on your own, even if you buy it.

      November 19, 2016
  8. James Beliveau #

    I have studied and studied this but still don’t yet know for sure how to do it.For a single line can I only use cable A and not B&C to the LBN?

    March 12, 2017
  9. James Beliveau #

    I am trying to get the Travler to work with the Hopper3.I hooked up the one and two cables to the new Hybrid LBN one and two connections and taped number three.What else do have to do to the other connections?Thank you.Jim

    March 18, 2017
  10. James Beliveau #

    Well at 75 years old I tried.LOL I followed the connections ok at the LBN but not sure if I was suppose to change the Turret connections or the Base?Sorry.

    March 18, 2017
    • Suggest you contact a local DISH installer and point him to my install drawings. I’m 10 years younger than you and I don’t like climbing around on my RV roof.

      March 18, 2017
  11. James Beliveau #

    Been up there six times and that’s six to many.Thanks anyway.

    March 18, 2017
  12. James Beliveau #

    Figured it out and works great.

    March 20, 2017
  13. How did you fix it?

    March 20, 2017
    • James Beliveau #

      Used a ohm meter to determine which cable was which. Had them wrong.

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      March 20, 2017
    • James BeliveU #

      Used a ohm meter to determine which cable was which. Had them wrong.

      March 20, 2017
  14. Gene #

    Yes I have tried it- and it does work fine… The winguard and the Hopper 3….
    Set up as described – unhooked from hopper
    and find satellites Before hooking hopper inline…
    I only wish Winguard would allow the eastern arc to work also- instead of only western arc..

    March 22, 2017
  15. My question is not to do with the original set up which you have covered well. I do not live in my RV and in the past I have been required to call Dish each time I have gone out. They state that they need to re-Ping my Sat Receiver because it has not been active for the past 30 days. Am I going to need to continue to do this with the Hooper 3 and if so, am I going to need to do your entire set up as described ( each and every time?

    May 11, 2017
  16. Joe Rizzi #

    I have used a hopper 2 and wired joey in a RV for our yearly Christmas trip .. Have a digital roof antenna and the usb dongle for local channels .. Would the Hopper 3 work for me our do I need to do some rewiring and get a new Dish ?

    June 13, 2017
    • Yep, a Hopper 3 will work with your OTA antenna + the USB dongle. Remember, however, that this just gets you local OTA TV stations.

      If you want all your DISH programming, then you need a setup like this:

      June 13, 2017

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