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Old 07-28-2007, 07:08 PM   #15
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You guys who preach no electronics when camping might bear in mind that some fortunate folks are out there living in the campgrounds, not just getting away from it all for the weekends. They are at home, albeit in pleasant surroundings, and like to have the some of the same entertainment amenities as those who are stuck in anchored homes that they feel the need to escape from...
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Old 07-28-2007, 07:23 PM   #16
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You guys who preach no electronics when camping might bear in mind that some fortunate folks are out there living in the campgrounds, not just getting away from it all for the weekends. They are at home, albeit in pleasant surroundings, and like to have the some of the same entertainment amenities as those who are stuck in anchored homes that they feel the need to escape from...
then there are those of us who have no tv at home either . . . .
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Old 07-28-2007, 08:03 PM   #17
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The gov keeps pushing the deadline back so I don't think U should hold your breath So go ahead and purchase what you like and enjoy it while U can and if U need a converter in the future just get one. It beats not having a TV to enjoy while waiting around watching the grass grow because you're afraid you will have to spend a little cash in a couple of years.

I think that the best TV for an egg is one of the very thin ones (LCD) and most are at least Enhanced TV if not HDTV ready or compatible.
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Old 07-28-2007, 11:03 PM   #18
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I remember in the "good ol' days" when I was a kid in northwest Iowa, we got three TV stations, two of them with decent reception. There was seldom anything on worth watching. Now we get Dish Network Satellite TV with over 200 stations, and a bazillion movie channels. With all those to choose from, there is STILL seldom anything on worth watching.

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Old 07-29-2007, 09:33 AM   #19
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Well, now, I guess I just gotta put in my two bits here---what with you kids reminiscing and all.

As a kid growing up in central Louisiana in the fifties, we finally got a tv when I was around 14 or so. Before that, it was the Lone Ranger and Tonto on the radio. Then, ATV (after TV), we could only get one station well with the forty foot outdoor antenna. One or two others would come in once in a while with poor reception. I did watch Marshal Dillon and Miss Kitty on occasion, but they were doing their thing in a snow storm.

I recall that another kid invited me over to his house one time to watch their new color tv. It turned out to be a black and white unit with a tri-colored plexiglass pane covering the crt!

For years after my wife and I were married with a teenaged daughter, we didn't have a tv in the house because we felt there was just too much negative on the air. Now we have tv (s) again, but the crud that is available seems to make our earlier decision the better one---.

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Back in Fort Madison, Iowa In the 50s, Dutchie and I would go behind the grocery store and get an orange crate and take it to the Crossly store next door that would leave a TV on in the front window and we would watch the honeymooners and freeze our butts off.

Color TV: I had a friend that painted the case of his black and white TV orange so he would have a color TV and yes, I remember the 3 color plastic over the screen with the blue on top and green on the bottom.
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Old 07-29-2007, 05:53 PM   #21
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Actually, I now have a TV at home, but unless there's some specific news I want to catch, it's function is to display DVD movies...

On the road, I used my laptop for playing DVDs, with earphones to keep it quiet in campgrounds and not disturbs other folks' camping experiences.
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Old 07-29-2007, 06:14 PM   #22
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...Here in California, there is a disposal fee for old electronics. As long as my old (1999) cathode-ray tube based TV functions at all, I will continue to use it, with an exterior digital tuner if necessary.
Same here (disposal fee, and keeping the CRT TV). I wasn't suggesting that anyone should get rid of their television simply because it is a CRT-type, but it makes little sense to buy a new one of that design.

We have two TVs, one each of CRT (about 16 years old) and LCD (a year old). I'm not about to replace either... but neither goes in the Boler.
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We have two TVs, one each of CRT (about 16 years old). I'm not about to replace either...
We have 4 CRT television sets. Two I purchased, and 2 were given to us (in perfect condition) when friends just had to get the latest technology. We also have 5 VCR's. My stereo system (circa 1982) has all components functioning except the audio cassette player, which eats tapes. The one in the car still works, though. I still play my classical Lp's on a turntable. I also have a sizable library of vinyl albums & 45's, audio cassettes, and VHS video cassettes.
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:33 PM   #24
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I just can't take it anymore.....
I build Home theatre systems for rich guys and sell and install all manor of custom electronics,A/V,Home Automation,Security and any other pricey toy you can imagine and some you could not.

I first explored this Fiberglass lifestyle because I install all over the country and I liked the idea of bringing my own house instead of living in hotels.
So far I have been from Miami to Santa Barbara and points in between in my work.

If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be selling $3000.00 and up T.V.'s like they were a staple I would have said you were crazy but that is what I get every day now.
At Christmas last year I traded in 4- 35-40" CRT's so customers did not have to deal with them when I installed new Plasma's

All of my family got the old CRT's and everyone was happy!

The FCC has set and let pass so many deadlines for this stuff it seems like a joke. Just last month a big one went almost un-noticed where the new sets require a "Cable Card" slot so they can replace the cable box and you then do not have to deal with your cable provider for the hardware.
That will be the day.

The only people affected by the digital transition will be those who still use antenna's to receive local programming and they are a very small base of the profit now for the manufacturers.

I too use a laptop in my trailer as a DVD player and TV. There are great TV tuner cards out there that will tune everything including Digital Terrestrial in the future.
The one I use also acts like a Tivo so I can record what I want to watch later which increases my odds of finding something I want.

Needless to say,all laptops use LCD screens.

Isn't life great?
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:28 PM   #26
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I believe it's since March of this year that all TVs sold in the US have to have a digital tuner,
so you should be ready for the switch if you buy a TV today. Just make sure it has the digital
tuner.
The feds are auctioning off the "old" frequencies used for TV to accommodate all of this data
we're all flinging around every day. Google, Verizon, AT&T, and others will be bidding on these
airwaves (and paying billions for them). The new digital TV signals will be in a different spectrum of frequency.
I think it's about 20% of Americans that still get their TV from airwaves (including me aboard
my Casita); those are the folks that will have to either purchase a new TV or purchase a
converter box, which will be subsidized.
Hope this helps!
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Old 07-30-2007, 12:34 AM   #28
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Whats a TV?
My wife found a digiTV with a 15" screen AND built in DVD player for the Bigfoot at Sam's Club for $259. It was about the cheapest set we'd found. We have dish at home, and I very seldom use airwave TV even though we still have an antenna.

Anyway, we took the trailer out about 3 weeks ago for a few days, and hooked the TV up and used it for the first time. The regular channels were rather snowy (as expected) and then I hit a channel that was not only crystal clear, it was incredibly sharp and DVD quality! I didn't even know the TV HAD a digital tuner, but there it was... digital HDTV right off the antenna. I didn't even know our local channels in Cedar Rapids IA were broadcasting in digital already! Not being a big network TV guy... I have to admit that digital signal is waaaaay better than analog.

I'm converted.

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