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Dome Satellites

Automatic dome satellites have been on the market for a number of years and definitely deserve some consideration before choosing a satellite system for your motorhome or caravan.  

Let's see if we can weigh up the "pros" and "cons" to help you make your mind up.

The Pro's and Con's of dome satellites:-

PRO's

  1. Dome satellites are cheaper to buy than a conventional clamshell automatic satellite dish.
  2. Automatic dome satellites are easy to use and very often operate with the touch of a single button.
  3. The outer shell of a dome satellite will protect the dish from harsh weather conditions. You can enjoy satellite television even in high winds.
  4.  The dish inside a dome satellite can be a much lighter duty which can really bring the weight down.  The Auto Vu Dome and the Roadpro Dome weigh as little as 8 KG.
  5. Relatively simple installation with few cables.

And now the things to consider.

  1. The main downfall to a dome dish is the size of the dish itself. The height of the dome has to be kept to a minimum which means the dish inside a dome is normally around half the size of an elevating clamshell dish. The knock on effect from this is a reduced footprint (Area where you are likely to receive satellite TV).
  2. Height is a definite consideration when having a dome satellite fitted. Most domes will be around 40cm tall from the roof to the very top of the dome. (Don't forget the height of your motorhome is very often dependant on Roof rails, roof lights, raised bed areas and not the roof itself so a full 40cm will not be added to the height of your motorhome.)

Summary

As mentioned in the section above satellite domes definitely tick a number of boxes but have one main floor "the range", this is only a problem when travelling abroad and wanting to receive "Free To Air" channels from Astra 28.  Realistically dome satellites work very well throughout the UK for all channels but when travelling through France the range is limited. Channels broadcast on Astra 2 f and E (free to air channels) will be limited to Northern area whereas Sky channels which are currently broadcast on will give range to mid-France.  Here is a link to Google maps page where people have reported their finding with Astra 2f people feedback satellite range for Astra 2 f.

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  1. Roadpro Dome

    Roadpro Satellite Dome Static

    The Roadpro dome is so simple to use, anybody should be able to master it. Simply turn on and within 30-60seconds the satellite should have locked on to its position and you can sit back relax and enjoy the TV station of your choice. This System will require the addition of a satellite receiver. (A number of different satellite receivers are available from Automate.)

    Fitting Service

    Fitting for this product starts at £150 and will vary depending on vehicle type and travel.If you would like to enquire about having a product fitted by ourselves please Click Here and fill out the details. Once we have received your details a member of staff will contact you to discuss a quote for fitting.

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    £1,225.99
  2. Dome satellite for motorhomes

    VuQube 2

    The VuQube 2 is a fully enclosed automatic satellite system designed to receive satellite TV and radio in the UK and Europe at the press of a button, using a wired control box.

    Fitting Service

    Fitting for this product starts at £150 and will vary depending on vehicle type and travel. If you would like to enquire about having a product fitted by ourselves please Click Here and fill out the details. Once we have received your details a member of staff will contact you to discuss a quote for fitting.

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    £749.99
  3. Satfi UK+

    SatFi UK+

    SatFi UK+ has been specifically designed for the UK market. Unlike a number of dome satellites, the height has been kept to an absolute minimum. With an overall height of just 26cm, this robust little unit is definitely worth some consideration.

    Fitting Service

    Fitting for this product starts at £150 and will vary depending on vehicle type and travel. If you would like to enquire about having a product fitted by ourselves please Click Here and fill out the details. Once we have received your details a member of staff will contact you to discuss a quote for fitting.

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    £1,499.00
  4. SatFi RV Fully Automatic High Performance Dome

    SatFi RV

    A very popular mid-range dome as it has a large high gain parabolic dish which allows for extended reception range. If you are travelling outside of the UK through France into Spain the SatFi RV is ideal as you have the flexibility to watch your favourite satellite TV programmes whilst in Western Europe

    Fitting Service

    Fitting for this product starts at £150 and will vary depending on vehicle type and travel. If you would like to enquire about having a product fitted by ourselves please Click Here and fill out the details. Once we have received your details a member of staff will contact you to discuss a quote for fitting.

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    £1,599.00
  5. SatFi EU Fully Automatic High Performance Dome

    SatFi EU

    Setting the benchmark for satellite dome technology with regard to performance and features is the SatFi EU. This being because it is the first full-size 36cm dome to use a  Cassegrain reflector that is high gain.

    Fitting Service

    Fitting for this product starts at £150 and will vary depending on vehicle type and travel. If you would like to inquire about having a product fitted by ourselves please Click Here and fill out the details. Once we have received your details a member of staff will contact you to discuss a quote for fitting.

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    £1,799.00

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