On our last RV we had the Winegard crank up dish with the digital satellite finder. They are cheap because they are cheap. The biggest problem we had with it was when ever there was any wind at all it would wobble around and lose the satellite. The design of the system is terrible, we talked to others with it and found that they had the same problem.
With the motor home we have now we just use a portable dish. We found a few things that made it a snap to set up.
First, we got a satellite signal finder for around $20 from http://www.sadoun.com/Sat/Products/Accesso...ignal-meter.htm
Second, we downloaded a *Free* program that tells you where the satellite is, it actually gives you a aiming picture, it allows you to use either GPS or Zip Code location inputs to locate the satellite direction. It will work with any satellite TV, internet, weather, etc. Download the program from here; http://www.datastormusers.com/lookangle.cfm
Third, we were tired of the problems of the tripod, having to weigh it down to keep wind from blowing it over etc. so we built this little stand out of PVC an mounted the dish on it.
Yes the dish is flipped over 90 degrees, an yes it works just fine, it doesn't blow over in the wind or any thing else.
Here is a picture of every thing broke down an ready for storage/travel.
You will notice that I drilled out the spot welds on the boom arm and replaced them with 1/4" bolts so that it can be folded over for travel/storage.
For any one that is interested in using this base system, here is where I got the information on making/using it. http://www.bbrv.dreamstation.com/sat.html
Cost around $10 to build your self.