Homemade Mount for a Satellite Dish on an RV

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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A satellite dish can be taken to any location as long as it can be positioned properly to receive the satellite transmissions from the overhead satellite. You can make a tripod to hold the satellite dish when your RV (recreational vehicle) has stopped travelling for the day. The tripod will enable you to mount the satellite dish on the roof of the RV and use it in the same manner as one that has been permanently mounted. A few hardware supplies and a tripod from a camera store will be needed as will some tools that you can find already in most homes.

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Things you need

  • Camera tripod
  • Pliers
  • Satellite bracket
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • 10-by-10-inch aluminium sheet, 1-inch thick
  • Metal shears
  • Grease pencil
  • Bonding glue
  • 3 2-litre soda bottles
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Sand bag

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  1. 1

    Tighten the tab on each camera tripod leg clockwise. Expand the three tripod legs out. Stand the tripod on the floor. Grip the screw at the top of the tripod platform with the jaws of a pliers. Twist the pliers to break the screw off. Dispose of the broken screw in the trash.

  2. 2

    Place a sheet of tracing paper on a work surface. Stand the satellite bracket on the tracing paper. Trace around the bottom of the bracket on the tracing paper with a pencil. Remove the bracket.

  3. 3

    Place the aluminium sheet on the work surface. Tape the tracking paper to the sheet with cellophane tape. Cut out the outline on the tracing paper through the sheet with a metal shears. Dispose of the tracing paper and the excess pieces of the sheet in the trash.

  4. 4

    Stand the pole attached to the bottom of the satellite dish on the sheet. Move the pole so that it is close to one side of the sheet, but at least 2 inches from the side. Trace around the bottom of the pole on the sheet with the grease pencil. Remove the pole.

  5. 5

    Cut out the outline on the sheet with the metal shears and dispose of the cut out metal in the trash.

  6. 6

    Apply bonding glue to the platform on the top of the tripod. Line up the bottom of the sheet with the platform so that the hole in the sheet overlaps the platform on one side. Push the sheet against the platform and hold it steady for 2 minutes so that the bonding glue can take hold. Let the bonding glue set for a day.

  7. 7

    Empty three soda bottles. Wash the bottles out with dishwashing liquid and tap water in the kitchen sink. Let the bottles dry for two or three days. Place the caps back on each bottle.

  8. 8

    Take the tripod that is now a satellite dish mount out of the RV when you have stopped travelling for the day. Twist the tab of each leg of the tripod counter clockwise to release the leg inserts. Pull the inserts halfway out of each leg. Twist the tabs clockwise to lock the inserts.

  9. 9

    Stand the tripod on the roof of the RV. Pour sand into each of the three soda bottles. Put the caps on each bottle. Duct tape a bottle to the bottom of each of the three tripod legs. Insert the pole at the bottom of the satellite dish through the hole at the top of the tripod's mounting plate. The satellite dish can now be set up to receive a transmission from an overhead satellite.

Tips and warnings

  • You must use the same satellite receiver that your subscription service has registered to you.

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