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  1. billr

    Plea for any help!

    Steve 😊👍
  2. Very good outlook Jay. Everyone wants these folks and place to be there next time when they want to return.
  3. Regarding your original question converting the traveler over to Dish I did one for a friend recently, just called Winegard sales and they walked me thru the steps in the control box to gather info they needed to be sure to order the right kit and it was comparable to work with Dish. The conversion was easy and took about 40 min.
  4. I used the original big hitch mounting angles cut to length, inverted and mounted inside frame rails So finished hitch height was 47” , and dropped 1/2” plate on top all bolted up with grade 8 bolts
  5. As mentioned check square and no obstruction If no issues there... Sounds like you need a new actuator. They are pretty easy to replace. Then bleed it out. Probably have to open the belly up to access it. Can order one probably from Lippert.
  6. billr


    Always have a Battery Minder on when not driving. If power is avail, only when dry camping no power. Annual level and terminal cleaning Batteries last about 7-8 yrs for me
  7. Just finished a conversion for a friend and doing another soon as they wanted to ditch Direct. Thought an update on this might help with future searches Was a fairly simple process. Call Winegard tech support and they walk you through checking the direct traveler and programming box to see if it’s possible. Verifying model antenna and software in box. Order new LMB arm with Harness and a new reflector. They will confirm the P/N req. The cost for their kits were $279 plus tax and shipping this was from Winegard The conversion was simple and had great instructions Final step was a little tricky with the way to program the box but was fine Found 110, 119, and 129 first time They kept it simple with a couple of Wallys setup and activated with Dish outdoor Pay as you go account. Did learn if activating two Wallys, each needs to be activated on the # 1 receiver cable then moved to other location as receiver 2. This link I found on a few searches here was very helpful. https://rvseniormoments.com/tech-docs/dish-tv-for-rvs/directv-to-dish-travler-conversions/
  8. When we didn’t have auto levelers, I made a level board/ramp of sorts. Three boards 2x10s One long enough to be under both tires enough to make it easy. Then two more screwed on top. Shorter lengths. All with 45* cuts on ends to allow ease of climb. Back up on one board one tire, other tire on groundO. Or same tire up two boards, other tire still on ground. Or, rear tire on third board and other tire on first Gives you three heights to adjust till level. small increments. Very easy. Quick. Can also add a separate board in front so front tire is on a board two. Gives a more fine tuned adjust. Rarely was needed. Used this setup over 20 years on three diff trailers. Never an issue
  9. billr

    Brakes Frozen

    A bar and big ol hammer through wheel hole smack the drum.
  10. We have a hopper 3 with traveler and DPH42 Tried to covert our Wally pay as you go acct but Dish wouldn’t do it. They set up home acct in our Fifth wheel. Sent a tech with a new Hopper 2 joeys and an EA ground dish. We were up and running. I then converted over to the traveler. We change locals with zero trouble using text msg. I have a template to start the text. Takes 2-3 min tops. Done. Used to call but way too many questions etc.
  11. We have the Hopper 3 and yes we can. You just will have it saying searching for signal. Just press DVR and your set.
  12. Good luck Nigel! This is a nice build very clean rig!
  13. Any portable solutions other than a manual setup dish to work with a Hopper 3 setup? Currently run on traveler. Not looking at this time to use a manual setup antenna. Guess a Wally would be needed to use the pathway then?
  14. It’s possible the cut off switch isn’t killing all take offs from the batteries. You will need to look at how they wired in the switch. There are several connections to the batteries some factory some by others. If you can cut off all loads you should have better luck keeping the batteries up. Setting up a powered charger is good idea. Solar panel also.
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