If you want to watch live TV in your motorhome, you’ll need an aerial, satellite dish, or internet connection.
A satellite dish allows you to watch the hundreds of channels available from services like Sky. But while buying a motorhome satellite is easy, installing it can be trickier. To simplify your TV service setup, here’s our complete guide to motorhome satellite installation.
Do you need a satellite dish to get a TV signal in your motorhome?
There are 2 ways to get a TV signal in your motorhome: using an aerial or a satellite system. An aerial gives you access to Freeview channels, while a satellite dish allows you to watch a wider range of channels with a Sky subscription.
Both motorhome TV aerials and satellites need to be mounted to the roof of your vehicle to give you the best signal strength, so they can both pose problems when it comes to installation. Decide on the channels you want to watch before you select your system so you can watch whatever you want while you’re on the road.
If you want to get satellite TV in your motorhome but you’re not sure which dish to get, use our satellite system selector to find the right system for your motorhome, campervan, or caravan.
Can you install a motorhome satellite dish yourself?
Yes — Maxview satellite systems come with all the fixtures you need to install your satellite dish yourself. This involves climbing up onto the roof of your motorhome to affix the satellite dish securely.
If you want to install your satellite system yourself, you can buy your dish directly from the Maxview website. Take a look at our range of roof-mounted satellite systems.
How to fit a satellite dish to a motorhome
Follow these satellite installation steps to fit your satellite dish to your motorhome, caravan, or campervan.
1. Clean the roof surface
Dirt, grease, and dust can prevent glue from bonding to the surface of your motorhome, so you need to clean your roof thoroughly before you begin. We recommend cleaning the entire surface, as you may need to glue trunking across the roof as well as the base plate.
2. Decide where you will mount the external system
The position of your satellite system is important. When choosing a position, make sure that:
- The system is facing the back of the vehicle
- There are no electrical cables or switches underneath screw fixing points
- There are no obstructions that may block the signal
- The dish won’t overhang the side of the vehicle
- There’s enough space for the dish to collapse when in park mode.
3. Install the roof unit
When you’ve found the right position for your satellite system, detach the antenna unit from the base plate. These should be affixed to the roof separately.
Fix the base plate to the roof using adhesive. We recommend using one of these glues for best results:
- Sikaflex®-512 Caravan
- Geocel® Geobond HM
Secure the base plate in place using the screws provided. You can then re-attach the antenna unit to the base plate.
4. Feed the cables through to the control box
Plan a route for your cables to reach the control box. The route should be as straight and direct as possible. (If your cables aren’t long enough, Maxview can supply extension cables). At the point where the cables will feed down to the control box inside the motorhome, drill a pilot hole. Then widen this until the hole is just big enough to fit the cables through without chafing (typically 32mm).
With the cable fed through to the control box, use the adhesive to attach trunking to the roof of your motorhome, keeping your cables safe, secure, and tidy.
5. Connect the control box
Install the control box in a secure place inside your motorhome. Use the included mounting brackets if needed. Connect it to the cables running from the antenna box.
6. Attach the dish to the roof unit
Use the provided fixtures to mount the dish on the root unit. At this stage, you can test whether the satellite dish has plenty of room to move and collapse as expected.
7. Connect the system to your TV
With the satellite dish and control box fully installed, you can now connect it up to your TV. Once the wires are all connected, you can use the Maxview app to test that your satellite TV works.
Advanced installation guides
There may be some variation in how your satellite should be installed, depending on its size and functionality. Find in-depth installation guides for each Maxview satellite below:
- Maxview Target installation guide
- Maxview Connect installation guide
- Manual Maxview Crank Up installation guide
Tips for safe DIY motorhome satellite installation
- Take care when working at heights and climbing up and down from the roof of your motorhome. Be aware of trip hazards — especially wires and cables
- Make sure the roof of your motorhome can support your weight — use creeper boards if necessary
- Don’t travel until the glue has fully bonded to avoid damaging your satellite system
- Wear the right protective clothing when using power tools and strong adhesives.
How much does it cost to install a satellite on a motorhome?
It’s not always easy or possible to fit your own satellite dish. We partner with dozens of motorhome satellite installers around the UK who can supply and fit your satellite dish to give you the best possible signal strength, and ensure your unit and cables look neat and tidy.
Most installers supply and fit your Maxview satellite dish for £1700 – £2100. This depends on a few factors, including:
- Dish type — we offer dome, automatic, and manual satellites
- Dish size — Maxview satellites are available in 50cm, 65cm or 85cm
- Autoskew LNB — an optional add-on that automatically adjusts your LNB for the best reception
- Single or twin LNB — twin LNB allows 2 TVs to be watched at the same time
- Location — some installers charge an additional fee to travel further afield.
Why use a professional motorhome satellite installer?
While it’s more expensive to hire a professional to fit your satellite dish, it’ll save you tons of time and energy. Experienced fitters can also:
- Make sure your satellite fitting looks neat
- Protect your cables from rain and wind
- Position your satellite for the best possible TV signal
- Recommend the right satellite system for your needs.
While it’s possible to fit your own dish, we usually recommend that you choose a professional motorhome satellite installation service — especially if you haven’t fitted a satellite before.
Find a motorhome satellite installer
It’s easy to find an approved Maxview satellite installer in the UK. Our map shows every approved installation expert and where they’re located, so you can find a local professional to take the hassle out of fitting your motorhome satellite.