When 3 Hoppers are too much . . . here’s a page devoted to our new Hopper 3 setup.
When 2 Hoppers aren’t enough . . . here’s a page devoted to our 3-Hopper upgrade.
One result of the RV coax upgrade I did (described below) was that I installed RG6 cable that was “too good” for the original single DISH Hopper system.
The cable I ran was all rated at 3 GHz and most of it only needed to be rated at 2 GHz.
However, this mistake paid off because it allowed me to upgrade to two Hopper receivers without running any more cable. If I had done the original install “right” by running the lower frequency 2 Ghz cable, I would not have been able to upgrade to two Hoppers without pulling more cable in our RV. Argggh.
Basically, adding a second Hopper allows us to record more of our favorite programs because we now have 6 TV tuners available instead of just 3 with a single Hopper receiver.
So we just swapped out our bedroom Joey receiver for a Hopper for only $5 more per month.
Here are some photos from the 1/26/2014 installation . . .
ORIGINAL 2012 INSTALLATION
While I had the best intentions of keeping this a “simple” project, it soon mushroomed into a complete retrofit of our motorhome’s audio-visual system.
It was supposed to be as easy as A, B, C . . .
Part A, removing the control door, took 10 minutes. However, the other two took over a year to complete because of my own “scope creep” . . . I kept adding and changing things. For example, I made multiple wiring diagrams for my AV system and each revision got progressively more complicated.
I finally settled on the following design:
Single Hopper + 2 Joeys System (Original design)
Two Hoppers + 1 Joey System (January 2014)
Three Hoppers (July 2015)
One Hopper 3 (January 2016)
The jury is still out whether Jack is any better than the original bat wing antenna. But Jack is lighter and easier to crank up.
However, can’t say enough about the Winegard Travler . . . it slices, it dices.
Press a button and the dish automagically acquires Dish’s three Western Arc (WA) satellites — 110, 119, and 129 — in just a few minutes.
The only gotchas are if you’re parked under trees or parked too far east of the Mississippi. In either case, it just means setting up a portable dish.
Next, I installed a 5.1 set of Boston Acoustics speakers + a subwoofer. So this is really a 6-speaker system:
- left and right front speakers on either side of the TV
- center speaker right under the TV
- left and right rear surround speakers at the back of the living room
- and a subwoofer placed on the floor behind the passenger chair.
Running all the speaker wire was a job. A job that required a lot of Hide and Seek behind and through cabinets, transoms, and plastic wire runs.
I’ve heard that the newer technology all-in-one surround speakers are just as good as separate speakers, but . . .
. . . after watching the cheesy 2001 Pearl Harbor movie with Ben Affleck, I became a True Believer in 5.1 sound.
There’s a moment in the movie where Japanese planes begin their attack run on Pearl Harbor.
When the Japanese Zeros enter the movie frame, you first hear the planes only on the rear speakers. Then the sound of Zeros moves from rear to the front speakers as the planes advance.
The first time I watched the move, I did a double take and looked behind me for those planes.
That’s great sound!
We also installed a “basement” TV in one of our RV’s outside compartments. The TV had to be extra thin in order to fit between the RV water tank and the compartment door.
Here’s my installation saga . . .