I’ve written about my satellite TV setup before, mostly in reference to the Winegard Carryout I used for a few years. You can read those posts here:
As I mentioned in the later reviews, I finally decided I was happier using a regular dish rather than the Carryout. The reasons are in the final review so I won’t rehash them in this post. All this to say that for the past few years I’ve used the home style dish and intend to keep on using it.
One of the weak links in this setup, though, is the tripod. I inherited a small, very basic one, that is rather flimsy. If the ground is unlevel, I put something under one leg to attempt to level it. I also stake it out with guy wires to hold it steady in the wind. It works but is far from an elegant solution.
I’ve been looking at the TV4RV tripod for some time. However, it is pricy and I had a hard time pulling the trigger on it. Finally, though, I went for it and I’ve just finished setting it up.
The tripod is actually a modified surveyor’s tripod; each leg can be adjusted independently. A compass is supplied that fits right into the top of the tripod, and you are supposed to aim the direction before you ever mount the dish onto the tripod.
The whole setup took about 15 minutes and I think in the future it will take less time than that. In my case the new tripod was set up right next to the old one, so I just moved the dish from one to the other. In other words, there wasn’t much aiming involved in the initial setup. However, I’m fairly confident that it won’t be hard to master the setup process.
The whole thing is supposed to be attached to the ground using one of those screw in doggie stakes. In my case the ground was too rocky, so I ended up using an alternative method using two tent stakes. Also, you are provided a bungee cord, but I opted to go with a strap. Of course, different situations will call for different anchoring solutions, for instance, using a 5 gallon bucket of water.
So, I now have the Cadillac of portable dish tripods. I’ll report back on any future discoveries I make while using it.