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Post by orian on Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:22 pm

I hope this is in the right forum, if not I am sure some kind moderator will relocate it.

I have used a Maplin suitcase satellite dish for a few years but it is starting to show its age through assembling and disassembling.

I had designs on a dome or a through the roof system but my van has a solar panel utilising the spare space.

I am considering buying a Multimo from Roadpro and I have been impressed by the write up and videos on You Tube which suggest it has a good range of methods of attachment.

Is there anyone who has used/is using this product and could provide feedback/advice?
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Re: Multimo - satellite dish

Post by nimbus on Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:09 am

I used a Multimo for a couple of years before changing to a Camos Dome.

The Multimo is an excellent dish and performs extremely well and we managed to get all the main (BBC, ITV etc) channels right up to the Spanish border on the med. Skew adjustment becomes critical with a low signal strength and it helps to use a signal strength meter to determine the best skew angle. I did have a problem with water ingress into the lnb as the top is only sealed to the base with silicone sealant and the lnb is an expensive replacement. I paid £40 from Roadpro who were extremely helpful in diagnosing the problem although I have seen them on eBay for much less.

But the 30cm Camos Dome is so much better! Maybe not quite as sensistive as a Multimo but within less than a minute we're watching television.

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Post by orian on Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:38 pm

Hi Nimbus,

Thanks for your reply and yes I am green with envy. I would seriously consider a dome if I had the roof space. Perhaps on the next van.

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Re: Multimo - satellite dish

Post by rosalan on Wed May 25, 2011 9:04 am

Multimo lives; now!
After failing to get a picture for ages, I contacted Roadpro who asked me to phone them on my mobile when I was setting it up. They proved in seconds how easy the Multimo should have been and would have been if I got the right elevation. Since then I can generally beat the automatics for gettind a signal; in England.
Last year I was getting a good signal down as far as Malaga (not Astra2) and Gibralter.
Yes I would like an automatic dish but I only watch the news and weather, or the odd motor race and they are not worth the £2000 when I could buy a paper or listen to the radio.
My wife, I forgot to mention watches Deal or no deal, as this is not a program that I approve of, we will be staying in the far south where Astra 2 is not possible. Must go and do the ironing now. twiddle_thumbs
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Post by Johnh on Wed May 25, 2011 9:13 am

I used a Multimo for about three years. I had a satellite detector, the one with the led lights and buzzer. Would connect the Multimo to the external point on the motorhome and walk to the nearest clear space (25m cable). Roughly point the satellite dish in the correct direction and then from the east to south move the dish until the bleeper was at it's loudest. More or less job done. Further south adjust the scew to get the best picture and that was it. Quicker to do than to write about it.
I only sold it when I changed van and got an automatic planar flat sat.
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Re: Multimo - satellite dish

Post by orian on Wed May 25, 2011 11:17 am

Thank you to those of you who have responded. I have bought the Multimo and necessary accessories. Unfortunately I have tried to use it on 2 sites but trees prevented a signal. I was successful on one site using a very long connection lead but as this crossed an adjacent vacant pitch I felt I was pushing my luck and reverted to my fixed aerial.

I am off to Normans Bay in a few weeks which for those who don't know is situated near the beach at Pevensey (South coast) and the nearest tree must be at least 400 yards. I feel sure it will work there. think_smiley_46

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Post by rosalan on Wed May 25, 2011 11:59 am

I cannot see if you have a Heki rooflight on your Avitar, but what I do is put the dish on my roof, using the Roadpro sucker; which really works well.
There is a small flat area on my roof and I stick the sucker and dish there after giving it a damp wipe over so that dust will not stop it sticking. I have bought a few push-fit connectors to save screwing the fiddly nuts on these cables and 'open' the cable near the dish (which has a short cable attached for this purpose) and pop the satellite finder into the gap. Get the highest scream rotating the dish then try to improve my signal with the elevation. My earlier problems involved always finding Astra 1 first.
Putting it onto the roof also gives me a bit more security. up!
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Re: Multimo - satellite dish

Post by orian on Wed May 25, 2011 12:26 pm

rosalan wrote:I cannot see if you have a Heki rooflight on your Avitar, but what I do is put the dish on my roof, using the Roadpro sucker; which really works well.
There is a small flat area on my roof and I stick the sucker and dish there after giving it a damp wipe over so that dust will not stop it sticking. I have bought a few push-fit connectors to save screwing the fiddly nuts on these cables and 'open' the cable near the dish (which has a short cable attached for this purpose) and pop the satellite finder into the gap. Get the highest scream rotating the dish then try to improve my signal with the elevation. My earlier problems involved always finding Astra 1 first.
Putting it onto the roof also gives me a bit more security. up!
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Hi Alan,

I intend to try using the roof in France when I stay on Aires as there is often insufficient space to use a tripod. The sucker attachment is very strong but I find some of the roof mouldings/rooflights can prevent adequate rotation of the dish. My roof space is very crowded and is populated with one Heki, 2 smaller rooflights, a directional aerial and a 65w
solar panel. There is barely room as they say to swing a cat. Anyway thank you for your suggestions. big thumbs up

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Re: Multimo - satellite dish

Post by rosalan on Wed May 25, 2011 12:36 pm

I did not take too much notice as to how he did it but I have seen someone stick the sucker onto the side of his van.
Enjoy yourself and no doubt we may meet on a choice Aire at some time in the future.
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Re: Multimo - satellite dish

Post by orian on Wed May 25, 2011 1:38 pm

rosalan wrote:I did not take too much notice as to how he did it but I have seen someone stick the sucker onto the side of his van.
Enjoy yourself and no doubt we may meet on a choice Aire at some time in the future.
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That's an interesting thought. I have a clamp to fit my cycle rack which might be another solution, assuming I park the van the right way round. think_smiley_46

When I am in France I will be checking Autosleepers to see if they have a forum sticker in their window, so yes we may meet albeit France is a big country.

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