Satellite TV on the Cheap?
We are not big TV watchers when we are camping, but I have to admit that I have always been a bit enamored with the idea of having 100 channels of viewing pleasure in the middle of nowhere. Sure, I have looked (and dreamed!) at all of the latest auto-tracking rooftop receivers, but the thought of dropping $3,000 dollars on a luxury item did not seem prudent and besides, unless we are camping at the beach our rooftop is almost always shrouded in forest canopy – something that is not very conducive to locking onto a satellite. Then one day, fate reared its ugly head! I was on the DirecTV website ordering another receiver for our home system, when I stumbled across something in their product listing called a “Disaster Readiness Kit” for $49. Low-and-behold, a Disaster Readiness Kit appears to include just about everything an RV’er on a budget needs in order to add satellite TV. And did I mention that it was $49?
A week later, the package was delivered to our door. Yes, it really is called a Disaster Readiness Kit and yes, it even comes with a wrench and screwdriver! I plan on picking up a few more items for the installation, including a mount for the RV ladder and a signal-strength meter. I’ll go over those items, along with the installation, in next week’s article – wish me luck!