How to Set Up A Tailgater

Tailgater models are self aligning portable dishes powered by the coaxial connection to the Wally or 211-family receiver.

The Tailgater 1, 2, 3, & Pro support one or two receiver(s) on satellites 119, 110, and 129. The Tailgater 4 supports one receiver and satellites 119, 110, and 129; or 119, 110, and 61.5 when connected to a Wally.

View the Tailgater Family User Manuals

Tailgater portable dish connected to receiver and TV in a pickup truck

Setting Up the Tailgater

Follow these steps to connect your Tailgater and receiver:

  1. Connect one end of the supplied RG-6 coax cable to the "MAIN" port on the tailgater
    1. If using cables wired in the RV, they may already have an exterior portable satellite input that leads to the main cabinet for TV electronics where the receiver will go. The ports there may be labeled as "SAT in" or "Portable SAT in".
  2. Place the Tailgater in position outside where you have a clear line of sight
  3. Connect the other end of the RG-6 coax cable to the receiver
    1. If connecting directly to the receiver, use the SATELLITE IN port
    2. If using RV set up, connect your receiver to the internal electronic cabinet
  4. Connect your receiver to the TV
    1. Connect via HDMI cables, component cables, etc
  5. Plug the TV and receiver into power
    1. The receiver requires a 110 volt AC power source
    2. The Tailgater draws power from the receiver through the coax cable
    3. If your TV is rated greater than 100 watts, it may require direct connection to the vehicle battery. If you are watching TV from your vehicle for more than a few hours, periodically run your vehicle to maintain battery life. Starting your vehicle may temporarily shut off power and require re-setup of the Tailgater. For extended use, a portable power generator, power pack, or alternative accessory battery is recommended.
  6. Make sure your TV is on the correct input to see the DISH picture
  7. The Portable/Mobile Antenna Setup Screen should display
    1. If this does not happen, connect the coaxial cable directly from the Tailgater antenna to your HD receiver and unplug the receiver?s power cable for 60 seconds before reconnecting. It may take a few minutes for the Mobile Antenna Setup Screen to display.
  8. Follow the steps on the screen

Viewing Programming

The Tailgater will provide access to the channels available in your DISH programming package. Some channels, including international programming, RTN, local channels and Regional Sports Networks, are subject to availability based on your geographical location.

Adding DVR Functionality

You can add DVR functionality, including the ability to record and pause live TV, by attaching your own USB external hard drive to the USB port on the back of the receiver. A one-time $40 service fee may apply. For more information on external hard drives, visit

The Tailgater Family

Tailgater 1 portable dish

Tailgater 1

17.5" H x 16" W x 16" D
Weighs 10 pounds
Supports 1 receiver
Tailgater 2 portable dish

Tailgater 2

13.5" H x 18.75" W x 17" D
Weighs 8 pounds
Supports 2 receivers
Tailgater 3 portable dish

Tailgater 3

10" H x 17" W x 19" D
Weighs 8 pounds
Supports 1 receiver
Tailgater 4 portable dish

Tailgater 4

13.5" H x 18.75" W x 17" D
Weighs 8 pounds
Supports 1 receiver
Tailgater Pro portable dish

Tailgater Pro

13.5" H x 18.75" W x 17" D
Weighs 8 pounds
Supports 2 receivers

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