Avtex Snipe

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  1. leeboy

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    Thinking of buying an Avtex snipe satellite receiver, are they any good?
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    Lee.
     
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    Had ours for about 6 months and no problems so far
     
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    Hi friend at work has had one since they came out and tells me it works very well
     
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    looks good to me
     
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    Thanks for all your replies, can any one tell me if when you buy an item from ebay, you have to pay extra taxes etc as this product is from Germany? it's not clear at all on the ebay site.
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    There are no import taxes from within EU countries.(y)
     
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    Hi Germany is part of EU so there should be no taxes
    terry
     
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    So I should be ok to order from the link above? If you dig a little deeper, there is a cheaper price from the same supplier, the only difference is the spiel is in German but it's retailing around £493.00 complete with base plate. Think I'll order one tomorrow.
    Thanks all, will update when I have it.
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    The latest version is the Avtex Snipe Pro Max-maybe compare?

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    Hi Roger,
    That's right but at more than double the price?
    Lee.
     
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    Why not go to a Motorhome show and look for Capital Stores - they do deals at most shows and are a main distributor or try their website https://www.capitalstores.co.uk/snipe-satellite-tv-antenna they have a special offer on at the moment. We have one and daughter has one and they are excellent - we had a fault occur on one of them after about 18 months - contacted Lee their rep - he gave us a Freephone number - it was picked up the next day at their cost as soon as they received it and checked they sent another unit straight out - we had the replacement within 4 days at no cost to us. Perfect service and well worth dealing with a reputable company.
     
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    Spot on Lee. We are fulltiming at the moment prior to house-hunting in France next month. We bought it for its claimed performance as far south there as we intend to go. We'll have to see how good it really is when we get there!

    We have a 16" Avtex tv & that worked perfectly on digital with our external suction mount Avtex aerial. Got a bit fed up with threading the cable through the kitchen window!

    Our Pro Max cost £1300 fitted & has been great in UK-we are sitting on the proceeds of our house sale so loadsa money at the moment ;). Also I'm not a d-i-y er with the van!

    Really just wanted to make sure you got what you wanted-it is a good price.

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    Hi Roger,
    thanks for that. Could you receive digital tv in France just with the stick on Avtex aerial, if so which aerial is it?
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    Lee.
     
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    Hi,
    Once we went south in France-nothing from UK. This is it http://www.avtex.co.uk/index.php/antenna/sth2000.html

    We used campsite wifi & an expat network subscription to watch Silent Witness & other stuff we like. The Snipe Pro Max is supposed to work with the smaller footprint for UK tv BUT we'll see in a few weeks!

    Roger
     
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    Could you pick up French channels on the digital through the aerial?
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    Yes we could on a fairly random basis. We mostly use the internet that varied according to the number of campers who were logging on & off. Apparently Filmon.tv is an alternative.

    Hoping the new kit will work a lot better for us?
     
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    Thanks Roger, hope all works well with your new kit.
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    Hi All,

    I've read in the blurb that these units run off 12-24 volts. My question is, does that mean it only works from a DC source, or is there a mains (stepped down) option? Reason I ask is that I only have one 12v outlet in the hab area and I use that to power other gizmos.

    For security reasons, I would intend to use the unit portably (i.e. place it atop the van by popping it out through a large Hekki roof light and bring it in/hide it when not in use) I don't really want to permanently mount it on top using the plate. However, the 12v outlet is at the other end of the van! I know the units come with 12m of cable, but don't particularly want wires trailing all over the place!

    Anyone give me a few setup ideas? Perhaps a separate 12v supply? I have a few small 12v mobility scooter batteries knocking around in the garage that came gratis. Will they do? Presumably, you only need power for the unit when searching for a satellite? Or does it need constant power for the controller?
     
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    Another Snipe user, very pleased with it, German prices are now very good. When I brought mine last April they were about £1000 in Germany and £640 in the UK so i brought in the UK did get ripped off another 92 quid for the mounting plate.
    Did have a fault on it where the motor wasn't switching off when folded down phoned Avtex they arranged for collection and sent a new unit by return, not sure what service you would get from Germany but you are saving a couple of hundred quid.

    As for performance, locked onto Astra 2 with UK channels as far south as northern Provence (didn't like it when it rained).
     
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