There are several exclusions for utilizing your service in your RV, but not in another place. You should have two accounts if you have two locations. When you're ready to leave for the summer (or winter) residence, just contact and have your billing and service addresses updated. DirectTV will then send a letter to the previous address informing them of your new address and any changes that may affect your service.
If you have third-party television services such as cable or satellite, they must be turned off before you leave on vacation in order to prevent any interruption in service when you return. DirectTV uses a system called "home zone routing" to determine where within its network your account is located at any given time. If these other services are left on when you go away, it could cause problems for others on the same block with similar setups. DirectTV recommends that you turn all third-party services back on once you're done using them.
The only other thing to note is that your DIRECTV remote control works with one account per RV, so if you have both an indoor and outdoor receiver in your vehicle, you'll need two controls. It's easy enough to get a second remote control for less than $10 online.
Your account is only valid for your primary residence... one primary residence, period. One account per location.
As long as there's a power outlet available, you can have any amount of DVRs connected to that outlet, regardless of who installed them. If you plan to move them around or connect them up with wires from other outlets, you need to get power strips made for home theater use. These are sold at most big-box stores and online. Be sure to buy ones that will fit any number of devices.
Direct TV doesn't mention this when you order their services, but it's important to know about its limitations before you install your first DVR. They don't want you to keep multiple accounts open so be sure to close the additional locations if you aren't going to use them.
Why can't you get the local channels in the city you're in? According to the legislation, your local channels are linked to something known as your "service address." Unless you get mail in your RV, your service address is the same as your home address. In principle, you might modify your service address by calling Directv or DISH. In practice, this isn't done very often.
In addition to your service address, the location of your receiver affects which local channels you can receive. A satellite radio wave reaches every place on Earth simultaneously, but it takes different paths through land and water, so not everyone will hear a signal at exactly the same time. This is called "multipath" effect. The closer your receiver is to either the transmitter or the satellite, the less impact multipath has on reception quality. If you live in an area where there is no interference from other receivers, such as deep inside a forest, then you have no reason to move your receiver.
If you don't get your local channels, check that your receiver's location is set properly. There may be settings for state, province, or country instead. If you still can't pick up signals, call Directv or DISH customer service and ask them to fix it for you. Sometimes they'll switch your service address if it's not working correctly.
You may connect an RV to your house's electrical system in two ways: when you buy the RV, you can guarantee that everything you need is installed, or you can install a 30/50 Amp hookup at home. Turn off the breaker at your house as well. If required, use an adaptor to connect the extension cable to your RV's electrical connectors. You should also check that all RV manufacturers are not only providing information on how to do this but are also making their houses ready for this type of connection.
Household appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and heaters can be dangerous if not used properly with an RV load. These appliances need to be able to handle the extra current needed by an RV battery. Consult your local electrician about proper protection for your household circuit breakers.
RV batteries must be kept at a safe discharge level. Allow them to charge up fully before you go camping so they will have enough power for your entire trip. Batteries lose their ability to hold a charge over time so it is important to take care of them. Do not leave batteries inside vehicles in hot climates without protection from the sun. Use only quality car batteries designed for RV applications. Check the label on the back of the battery for instructions on how to prevent damage to your vehicle's electrical system.
If you want to stay connected while away from home, there are two options: satellite television and wireless phone service.
There is nothing that confines a receiver to a certain spot. However, DirecTV's terms of service stipulate unequivocally that all receivers must be in the same area. However, in practice, they allow for differences by letting a single account to have various receivers in their holiday homes and RVs. So if you want to watch TV while on the road, there are several options available.
Your first option is to buy a portable DVD player. These devices can be taken anywhere because they are small and light enough to carry around. They also come with their own speakers so you don't need to worry about where you put out a headphone jack or satellite dish. However, since they are designed to play DVDs, they will only read one disc at a time. You would need an external drive to store more than one movie.
Your second option is to use the DirecTV in-home service. With this option, you will need to have Internet access through AT&T U-verse or Verizon Fios in order to use the remote viewing feature. Then, when you log into your account online, you can control which movies are played on every television in your house from any device (phone, tablet, computer) using web browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer.
Your third option is to use a virtual private network (VPN).
A Directv receiver is required to receive programs in your RV. If you already have a DIRECTV subscription, you can utilize any of your existing receivers. Unplug it from your home TV and connect it to a satellite dish in your RV. Plug the RV's power cord into a separate outlet on your trailer or vehicle. You will need to provide your own cable for watching television.
If you don't have a DIRECTV subscription, you can sign up for one of their short term promotional plans. These plans are only available at certain locations and for a limited time, but they can be used while traveling. Visit a DIRECTV office or call 1-877-DIRECTV (33562) for more information.
Once you are subscribed to DirecTV, you can use your phone while traveling to watch programming on your account. Go to the My DIRECTV app or website to see what's available on demand from the list of channels included with your subscription. You can also use these tools to change the channel lineup or add premium channels like HBO or Showtime for an additional charge.
You can also subscribe to DIRECTV while traveling by connecting your phone or tablet to a wireless network at a hotel or motel. Most hotels will be happy for some extra business and may offer a free daily newspaper or magazine along with their Wi-Fi service.