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DirecTV-to-DISH Travler Conversions


Yes, Virginia, you can convert DirecTV to DISH

So you have DirecTV satellite TV and you want to change to DISH. Good for you.

However, you have a rooftop DirecTV Winegard Travler that you bought for a lot of $$$. What to do? Spend another couple of thousand to buy the DISH version of the Winegard Travler? There’s no need to do this.

You can convert almost any DirectTV Travler to its DISH counterpart for just a few hundred dollars. Here’s how . . .

First, determine what type of DirecTV Travler you own . . . there are 3 versions: SK-3003, SK-3005, SK-SWM3.


Note that all DirecTV Travler versions require two Winegard kits — RP SK-11 and the RP SK-21 (see Winegard web site):

In addition, if you own a DirecTV SK-3005 (Slimline dish), then you must check both the IDU and ODU software versions (see Winegard Travler Documentation):




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If you have a DISH Winegard Travler, you should connect it to a DISH Hopper with maybe a Joey or two. The Hopper is DISH’s version of the DirecTV Genie — a whole home DVR system.

The Hopper 1 (original), Hopper 2 (Hopper with Sling), and the new 16-tuner Hopper 3 will all work with a standard Winegard Travler SK1000:

Hopper 1 & 2

DISH Hopper Examples

Hopper 3

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