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  • Dish Network Tailgater


The Tailgater® Portable Satellite Antenna is like a TV valet – it brings you service when you need it. Connect the Tailgater® to a compatible DISH® receiver and start watching TV wherever you are – in the parking lot of the big game, on a camping trip, or picnicking by a stream. Enjoy the same English or DishLATINO programming packages you enjoy at home when you're on the go - just add the Tailgater to your existing account. Some restrictions may apply.


The Tailgater® Portable HD TV System consists of a fully-automatic, portable satellite antenna and an HD solo receiver. It's easy to set up and automatically finds the right satellite for your DISH signal. Portable and lightweight, it's easy to carry from one outdoor activity to the next.

Note: The Tailgater® only works in the 48 contiguous United States.



  • Portable, compact & lightweight-10 lbs
  • Comes with built-in security bracket
  • Supports HD and SD programming
  • Displays: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
  • Built with weather-resistant cover
  • Automatically finds satellite signal

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Tailgater® - Model VQ2500.


  • Dimensions:  17.5" H x 16" W x 16" D
  • Weight: 10 lbs.
  • Color: White
  • Packaging Dimensions:
    • 20 7/8" H x 18 3/16" W x 18 3/16" D

Package Contents

  • Tailgater® antenna
  • 50 feet RG6 coax cable
  • User's Guide
  • Quick Reference Guide


HD Solo Receiver - Model ViP® 211k.


  • Dimensions:  1.9" H x 13.2" W x 10.7" D
  • Weight: 5 lbs.
  • Color: Black
  • Packaging Dimensions:
    • 4.5" H x 13.375" W x 16" D

Package Contents

  • ViP 211k HD receiver
  • Infrared (IR) remote w/ batteries
  • HDMI cable
  • RCA composite audio/video cable
  • RG-59 coax cable
  • User's Guide



Frequently Asked Questions.



I only want to use my Tailgater® for a few months a year. Do I have to subscribe to TV programming all year?

No! With our pay-as-you-go plan, you pay only for the months you use. When the season is over, simply stop your service without penalty. When it's time to use your Tailgater® again, call 1-888-615-3724 or log into your mydish.com account.


I am already a DISH customer at my home residence. Can I add Tailgater®to my existing account?

Yes, you can add the Tailgater® to your existing account and watch the same programming you enjoy at home in the great outdoors*! Purchase the Tailgater® and compatible DISH receiver, and then add the receiver to your existing account by calling 1-888-615-3724. A $7/mo outlet fee may apply.

*Note: Some channels, including international programming, RTN, local channels and Regional Sports Networks, are sometimes not available, depending on your location. Call for more information. Bluefield, WV, Lake Charles, LA, Columbia, MS, Springfield, MA, and Providence, RI markets will not be able to receive SD or HD channels with a Tailgater.


Can I have a Hopper and a ViP 211k receiver on one account?

Yes, you can enjoy the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR at home and still have a ViP 211k activated on the same account for your Tailgater®.


I am already a DISH customer and have an HD Solo Receiver at home. Will that work with my Tailgater®?

Yes, the following receiver models can be used with the Tailgater if activated on your home account: ViP® 211k, ViP 211 and 411.


How do you power the Tailgater®? Can I run my Tailgater® antenna, DISH receiver, and TV from my vehicle?

The Tailgater® receives its power through the coax connection with the DISH receiver. The receiver will need to be plugged into an AC power outlet. You can use an AC/DC inverter to power your receiver, Tailgater® antenna, and television off of your vehicle's DC power supply (12V power outlet). If your television is rated at more than 100 Watts, you may need to connect your inverter directly to your vehicle's battery since most vehicular 12V connections are only rated to 150 Watts. If you plan to watch TV for more than a few hours, be sure to start and run your vehicle for a few minutes It's required in order to keep your vehicle's battery healthy. Please note that most vehicles, when turned on, temporarily shut off power to all connections, meaning that you may have to setup your Tailgater® antenna again in order to resume viewing satellite TV. If convenient, a portable power generator, portable power pack, or alternative accessory battery may be better options for operating your system and can help preserve your vehicle's battery life.


Will my Tailgater® work during inclement weather?

Though rare, heavy rain, snow, or dense cloud cover can reduce the satellite signal, which may interrupt your television programming. Your television programming should return as conditions improve.


Can I use a DVR receiver with the Tailgater®?

You can add DVR functionality and 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 will apply. The external hard drive must have its own power supply cable and must be rated between 50 GB minimum and 1 TB maximum.


How do I prevent theft of my Tailgater®?

The Tailgater® can be secured by its carry handle using a padlock and security cable (not included).


Do I need special programming to use my Tailgater®?

No, the Tailgater® antenna allows viewing of any English or DishLATINO® programming package. Some channels, including international programming, RTN, local channels and Regional Sports Network(s) are subject to availability based on your geographical location. Bluefield (WV), Lake Charles (LA), Columbia (MS), Springfield (MA), and Providence (RI) markets will not be able to receive SD or HD local channels through a Tailgater® solution.


How do I view local channels with the Tailgater®?

Locals are subject to availability based on your geographical location. If you are in the same area as your billing address you will be able to view those locals. However, if you travel outside of that area you can view locals in that area by connecting an over-the-air antenna to your receiver. Additionally, if you wish to receive distant network channels for your RV, All American Direct (AAD), a separate company not associated with DISH, offers distant networks from San Francisco and New York in SD to RV owners. You can still use your current equipment, so there is nothing to buy or upgrade. To get more information or sign up, contact All American Direct by visiting mydistantnetworks.com or by calling 1-800-921-9677.


Will the Tailgater® work with all DISH receivers?

No. Three DISH receivers are compatible with the Tailgater® – ViP 211k, ViP 211 and 411.


Can I use multiple receivers with the Tailgater®?

No. The Tailgater® has a single coaxial connection to support one ViP 211k receiver. However, multiple TVs can be supported with shared viewing. The receiver's audio/video output can be sent to multiple TVs via HDMI, component +audio, composite or coaxial cable.


Can you get HD programming with the Tailgater®?

Yes. The Tailgater® will automatically locate DISH satellites at the 110, 119 and 129 orbital locations to provide access to all available DISH HD programming (based on your programming package).


I live in the Northeast and get my programming from the DISH Eastern arc satellites at 61, 72 and 77 orbital locations. Can I still use the Tailgater®?

Eastern Arc programming (orbital locations 61, 72, 77) is the same as Western Arc programming (orbital locations 110, 119, 129), with the exception of some local, regional and international channels. Western Arc satellites are visible throughout the US; however, the look angle for satellite 129 is lower in the Northeast. Due to the lower look angle, customers may experience difficulty viewing programming from the 129 satellite while in the northeast region. Programming from 110 and 119 should still be available.


How do I connect the Tailgater® to the receiver through my RV?

Most RVs already have an exterior portable satellite input that leads to the main cabinet for TV electronics (where the receiver will go). Simply connect your Tailgater to the exterior input (may be labeled as SAT in port, or Portable SAT in), connect your receiver to the internal electronic cabinet, and plug into your TV. Once you power on the TV and the HD receiver, the Portable Antenna Setup screen should display. If this does not happen, please connect the coaxial cable directly from the Tailgater antenna to your HD receiver.


How long is the set up time for Tailgater®?

Typically, you can start watching TV in less than 15 minutes. Note that the initial set up will take longer, since the receiver requires activation.

Reference Material

Tailgater® User's Guide           Tailgater® Quick Reference Guide           HD Solo Receiver Manual           Remote Control Quick Reference