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Old 06-21-2010, 06:03 PM   #1
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Hey everyone. Now that I have my Boler, and I have this spare Bell dish, I'm toying with the idea of having satellite TV while we camp. But I keep having this nagging feeling that I'm no longer "roughing it" as it were. I remember years ago having a discussion with friends about satellite and internet etc while camping and I said that that isn't camping (although back then, anything other than tenting wasn't camping either in my opinion). But now, I have this beautiful camper, and this dish, and a one year old and three year old. And I keep thinking, it'd be nice when the kids are getting crabby to every now and then put them in the camper and have them watch a little Disney. I can sit back and have a drink and relax. Am I crossing a line? (a little tongue in cheek here)
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:10 PM   #2
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anyway you enjoy it is camping, as long as it does not interfere with your neighbors enjoyment.

No one can dictate what you do or don't do within your site, as long as it stays there, and is legal.

Back when I was growing up, before stonehenge was built, my Dad would give us assignments to keep us occupied. They would be based on our age and capabilities "Go find *this* plant, or go collect *this* type of wood, or something educational like that. If I had kids, I would do the same, but as an adult, I don't have to eat my peas, or sit by the fire if I don't want to. I have both TV and internet, and I use them often. I still consider myself as camping.
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:42 PM   #3
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Ya, plus I'm a bit of a tech kind of guy and I want to try it, just to see if I can. It might end up being a bigger pain than not having it. So we'll see I guess!
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:03 PM   #4
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If you take your satellite dish, you won't be the first molded trailer owner that does so... nor the last. I think you should enjoy yourself however you wish.. as Gina mentioned it doesn't bother your neighbors. When the weather is cruddy and you can't sit by the campfire... how many books would you read anyway? Lots of folks take laptop computers or DVD players, same/same I think.
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Go for it. I have mine hooked up all the time. I like my news.
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Yep, I like my news too! If its raining, I can sit back on the bench or the table bed, and watch some news, or a show, or sports. Yep, I'm sold.
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Hey everyone. Now that I have my Boler, and I have this spare Bell dish, I'm toying with the idea of having satellite TV while we camp. But I keep having this nagging feeling that I'm no longer "roughing it" as it were. I remember years ago having a discussion with friends about satellite and internet etc while camping and I said that that isn't camping (although back then, anything other than tenting wasn't camping either in my opinion). But now, I have this beautiful camper, and this dish, and a one year old and three year old. And I keep thinking, it'd be nice when the kids are getting crabby to every now and then put them in the camper and have them watch a little Disney. I can sit back and have a drink and relax. Am I crossing a line? (a little tongue in cheek here)
My grandsons were not much older than your little ones when I started taking them on camping trips.
I wondered the same thing about DVD players. I remember sitting at a picnic table with my generator going to run the TV/DVD player, watching a Disney movie with 2 of my grandsons. It was great!
Now my youngest grandson is getting his drivers license this month.
Cars and girls=very little camping!
Camping with crabby kids and TV will be some of your greatest memories.
They will be getting their drivers license sooner than you think.
After they are a little older and before you have grand kids you can rough it.
Your not crossing the line by keeping your kids happy while camping.
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anyway you enjoy it is camping, as long as it does not interfere with your neighbors enjoyment.

Well said


Back when I was growing up, before stonehenge was built,



my Dad would give us assignments to keep us occupied. They would be based on our age and capabilities "Go find *this* plant, or go collect *this* type of wood, or something educational like that.

That's a great idea! I loved things like mushroom and plant hunting when I was a kid, and if my parents had asked me to go find stuff on a camping trip (and then been interested in it when I got back), I would have been very enthused.
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I really do not care. You are not in the woods making your own cloths and killing your on food and drinking out of the stream. That is roughing it. After that it is a matter what what makes you come back again and again.
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Hi Gord, we often get ribbed about "roughing it" in our BF..I'll add my 2c worth as others have confirmed here. Enjoy your down time anyway you like out there. Same for the kids..let them wind down with whatever won't hurt them. Change of pace, change of scenery...go for it. The detractors don't know what they are missing! I have been wondering about a portable satellite dish myself.
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That's the thing! If camping become a stressful event, then people wouldn't go back to doing it. So use every tool you have to make the experience as joyful as possible. Otherwise, just forcing yourself into some ideal, will only make the experience not as joyful.

Then again, I see myself in the future, setting up the dish and not getting a signal, and trying this and that and finally swearing and kicking the dish over! Hmm, now I'm not sure! Ah, gotta give it a try anyway, just to see!
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Well, there is a term that some people use instead of camping - glamping. That is me. We have air conditioning, running water when there is a hook-up, high definition television and DVD player, automatic can opener, microwave, and even a chandelier.

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PS: I guess my radio is a crank one.
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Glamping, I like it!

Well I still have a hand pump for water. I don't have air conditioning, although I'm installing it this week! I'm contemplating a microwave, doesn't seem necessary when I'm camping, but then again, sure makes making popcorn easier. I'd like to install some speakers or something too, but I'm not sure what I want to do with that yet. For a television I'm using my LCD computer monitor and a media player (sat dish would use the sat receiver). I'd like to replace the under counter fluorescent light with some under counter halogens. I just don't like the light that comes from those fluorescent bulbs.

Anyway, I'm babbling...
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(although back then, anything other than tenting wasn't camping either in my opinion). Am I crossing a line?
You used a tent while camping? Now real camping is going in the woods nekkid and building your
tools out of flint, hunting down your food and clothing and building shelter from fallen trees while
building your satellite dish out of Iron ore! That's roughing it!
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