DISCONNECT TV

By: joealaska , 2:40 AM GMT on April 24, 2014

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Last time we talked I was wasting time driving through and around the massive construction of a 2nd bridge to carry I-65. I bought the tripod (when I asked #1 Installer about WHAT tripod, I asked him if they were all the same - universal? I was told yes. I bought the ONLY tripod this huge place carried and felt good. And I was also feeling good (shortly the courts may ask you to verify this under oath) knowing BEN was an RV owner himself and my installer.

So I drove back to New Albany, Indiana NEXT DAY. Yesterday the guy (BEN) showed up right on time in that 4 hour window. I arrived a bit early and grabbed some fast food. I unpacked some stuff I had stored underneath and put it away in the RV. He showed up 3 hours after I got there. I do admit I learned a lot just sitting there.

Then I see the van approaching...Direct TV. New driver No Ben. The New Guy was stunned when I asked if he knew it was for an RV. He admitted that was a first for him. I told him the back story, and he said I got the wrong tripod.

He called the boss.

All I emphasized when I was being “SOLD” was RV. RV that moves. Tires. You know RV mounting is tough? Are you sure? They did not understand.

There was a flurry of calls. Ben got in the loop. Finally the installer told me if I got a certain antenna from someone out there, they could probably do the job. He also suggested I call a big local RV dealer and see if they had any suggestions.

I called Direct TV and directed them to cancel the “TV”.

Now I am looking into a few streaming deals. All a slave to the telephone tower proximity.

Today I went and registered LEGGS. It went pretty smoothly. I had all the paperwork my story was pretty basic. Guy living in Louisville with an Alaska drivers license buys an RV in Indiana from a guy who just died. YADDA. When I walked up to the lady at Motor Vehicles, waiting in line for over an hour, I told her I felt like I was taking the last few steps of a long journey. I asked her BE GENTLE. She was. I am now licensed and legal.

4 weeks ago I was talking to a dealer about the tow dolly. He was out of them and he was expecting a bunch of them soon. I called him a couple days ago and he was still waiting. Any minute.

It continues.

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7. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:30 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
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6. dotmom
2:26 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
I thought maybe there would be a new blog this morning - but I think "moving day" wore Joe out. The last I heard - he had no refrigerator. So now we will wait and see.
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5. Rotty3
2:18 AM GMT on April 26, 2014
preacherskidd: when cable bills run in the hundreds of dollars, are you surprised that they are selling antennae like hotcakes?
I don't have much time to watch, so I don't miss TV at all. Might eventually go with streaming. Heck, when Amazon charges a mere $99 (the new prime rate starting next year), and 40,000+ free movies, why would anyone pay a gazillion bucks just to watch cable? Oh, wait, I forget... some sports events. :P
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4. preacherskidd
9:27 PM GMT on April 24, 2014
There are people who do nothing but install satellites on RVS. And this is just a small town. Personally I got rid of cable and have never enjoyed TV more. I get 22 HD channels by antenna. All the stations have 2 or 3 substations now. Even channels not available on cable. Get both NC and SC public tv. 6 channels. Travel shows all day. Just read an article, antenna sales are growing fast. In some urban areas they can get 40 channels. They are buying Hulu or Netflix to supplement it.
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3. Ylee
1:51 PM GMT on April 24, 2014
Joe, you may have to take a day trip to get a tow dolly, if no one in the Louisville area has one(hard to believe; keep looking). You may try Lexington, or even Indianapolis.
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2. insideuk
12:25 PM GMT on April 24, 2014
This streaming of a TV service from telephone masts sounds like a day trip to slow buffering hell with an unexpectedly enormous data usage bill tagged on the end of it...

but what the hell would I know about it?

BUT.

On the basis that I never let that kind of thing stop me:

Have you tried DISHFORMYRV.COM ?

I like the look of them. I always thought Bens DirectTV eyes were set too close together.


As for that tow dolly guy, I wouldn't trust him anything like as far as you'd like to throw him....
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1. Arbie
10:55 AM GMT on April 24, 2014
This what the direct tv website says.

RVs

Planning a road trip with your motorhome? Take your favorite shows with you. With our DIRECTV CHOICE MOBILE package, you and your family can enjoy over 185 channels featuring the best mix of movies, shows, sports and family entertainment. You might also be eligible to receive ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC from New York or Los Angeles via our Distant Network Services.

Contact one of the following distributors to order your mobile receiver and programming: King Controls, KVH Industries, or Winegard.


I'm guessing Joe wants normal tv not mobile tv.

It's a harder to post a comment on the new interface, at least using my phone. It doesn't scroll and navigate very well.

We're having beautiful mild weather here. Not too hot and not too humid. I wish it could last forever.
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On June 4th I left Kentucky driving my RV known as Leggs. The trip is mostly unplanned, it will be interesting to see where I end up. Let's GO!