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brklyncamper

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I've been looking to upgrade to a VuQube Portable Satellite System. Anyone else use it? What's your experience with it? I'm looking at the RV accessories in this site. I'm considering the VQ1000 model.

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You should look at Dish Network's Tail Gait dish. It works the same as the Qube and costs $350.


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JerryofWV wrote:

You should look at Dish Network's Tail Gait dish. It works the same as the Qube and costs $350.


However it is programmed to only work with Dish Network, it will not work with DirecTV.


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I've used the VuCube 2000 for three years now and never had any problems with it. I use it with direct TV. I have a mount that I put it up on my ladder when parked for and extended period of time. I have used it from North Dakota/Minnesota in the summer and when snowbirding in the southwest. The only thing is when I make the transition from the northern latitudes to the southern latitude it takes it little while for the dish to lock onto the satellite. It does not pick up the local channels when you are out of your local area. It also does not do HD. As I understand it you were mentioning the 1000 model and I do not believe you can get "any" local channels on that model regardless where you are. Maybe you get the national network feeds, if that is the case then you are ok.


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I prefer the WineGard carry out. I use it with Dish, but it will work with Direct also.


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JerryofWV wrote:

You should look at Dish Network's Tail Gait dish. It works the same as the Qube and costs $350.



Wrong................. You can only use a specific reciever, with the Tailgater.


I have had a Vu-Cube 1000 for about 3-4 years, it works fine, BUT , there are some special things you need to keep in mind.

Note I OWN a Vu-Cube 1000................

1. You can only move the internal dish, with the remote.
2. The recievers (directv anyway) put out voltage intermitant, Voltage is needed to run the AIMING part of the Vu-Cube 1000
3. AS you try to find the satelite You WILL get a "EO" flashing on the remote screen, this is when the reciever is not putting out the Pulse power.
4. When the power is up, you will get the normal screen, and can aim your Vu-Cube 1000.
I spent 2 years with directv trying to solve this isue, but , it is the way directv builds its recievers. I do not know if Dish has this issue. It is a minor inconvenionce--I have learned to live with.
5. You CAN NOT get H.D. with this dish, with Directv (supossedly you can with some of the Dish recievers)

6. You can use one of a number of recievers with the Vu-Cube.


I like this Dish - Vu-Cube 1000- for travel, as it is protected from the elements, and is easy to store, as you can put it anyplace where it will fit. Regular dishes will have parts sticking out, harder to store.

It is not a perfect system but it does what it is supposed to do. I wish I had known its limitations, when I bought it, but it was just out, when I got it.

Now, the Vu-Cube 2000, is self aiming (easier), but more money.

Sorry this was so long, but I wanted you to know the facts...................from a Owner of the unit.


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I am looking at the VuQube 1000 for my trailer... I am confused about the Directv receiver not outputting the voltage needed to aim the antenna. Does the receiver (In my case a Directv D-12) cycle the power on / off or provide it only a certain times? Thanks

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So until Direct TV gets an automatic portable HD dish with a pay-as-you-go plan, get a Dish Tailgater -- you'll have HD & you can sign up for a Dish pay-as-you-go-plan.


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I too have the 1000 and love it. I am with Dish and with the 1000 I am able to lock all three sats as needed for both HD and HD locals. The 1000 changes from one sat to another all automatically.


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bfast54 wrote:

JerryofWV wrote:

You should look at Dish Network's Tail Gait dish. It works the same as the Qube and costs $350.



Wrong................. You can only use a specific reciever, with the Tailgater.


I have had a Vu-Cube 1000 for about 3-4 years, it works fine, BUT , there are some special things you need to keep in mind.

Note I OWN a Vu-Cube 1000................

1. You can only move the internal dish, with the remote.
2. The recievers (directv anyway) put out voltage intermitant, Voltage is needed to run the AIMING part of the Vu-Cube 1000
3. AS you try to find the satelite You WILL get a "EO" flashing on the remote screen, this is when the reciever is not putting out the Pulse power.
4. When the power is up, you will get the normal screen, and can aim your Vu-Cube 1000.
I spent 2 years with directv trying to solve this isue, but , it is the way directv builds its recievers. I do not know if Dish has this issue. It is a minor inconvenionce--I have learned to live with.
5. You CAN NOT get H.D. with this dish, with Directv (supossedly you can with some of the Dish recievers)

6. You can use one of a number of recievers with the Vu-Cube.


I like this Dish - Vu-Cube 1000- for travel, as it is protected from the elements, and is easy to store, as you can put it anyplace where it will fit. Regular dishes will have parts sticking out, harder to store.

It is not a perfect system but it does what it is supposed to do. I wish I had known its limitations, when I bought it, but it was just out, when I got it.

Now, the Vu-Cube 2000, is self aiming (easier), but more money.

Sorry this was so long, but I wanted you to know the facts...................from a Owner of the unit.


I do like my unit, and would buy it again if needed.
The Tailgater is a VuQube 2500. It only works with Dish and certain Dish receivers such as the Dish 211k. It does receive HD. It is self aiming and cheaper than the other VuQubes. But again, it is Dish specific and Dish receiver model specific. $499 gets both the Dome and the Dish receiver. You can add on a external hard drive for recording programs.


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