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Old 02-23-2006, 02:28 PM   #15
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Just because this might not be obvious to everyone...

If you are hauling a computer (presumably a laptop/notebook/tablet/whatever-you-call-your-portable) with you, it likely has a DVD drive, and it definitely has a screen, so you already have everything needed to watch DVDs. Very small portable tuners are available to plug into it for those times that there is a signal to receive, and a larger separate monitor (including any TV) can be hooked up for a larger screen if desired.
Im glad someone mentioned laptops - since thats what I plan on using. They're small, lightweight and I have noticed several campsites that offer wi-fi internet, which I think will only become more common. On one hand, Im taking work with me, but on the other hand...I can stay much longer and not completely lose track of whats happening at work and in the world! Boy, do I [b]love living in the 21st Century!
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...and please do not buy new equipment with [b]vhs technology.
Boy, do I feel old. Yeah, I have an (old) TV/VHS combo unit in the Fiber Stream, but most of the trailer's furnishings are cast offs from the house. I still have an extensive VHS library. <sigh> Not to mention my Vinyl record collection...

In California one can no longer just throw this stuff away, one has to pay to have it "recycled". If I gotta pay to get rid of it, I'm sure gonna make sure it's dead before I do. Use it up, wear it out, make it do...

My new laptop plays DVD's & CD's & MP3's.
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WOW, I never expected all these replys. Thanks everyone. It seems that most would suggest the Portable DVD without the TV (as reception is usually bad out in the sticks anyhow.)
I do have a laptop computer but it is older. If it has a place to put in a DVD are you saying I am set up already? All I would need to do is buy some DVD's, get a 12 volt plug in and I am set to watch my movie out in the wilderness?? Otherwise go get a Portable DVD with a nice size screen and use that.
Wow, looks like I go looking for a nice size portable DVD or a TV with one attached so as I get a bigger picture. Relaxation, here I come without boredom on those rainy days.
Thanks again everyone for your opinions!!!!!
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Not to mention my Vinyl record collection...

My new laptop plays DVD's & CD's & MP3's.
Huge vinyl record collection here also! I used to work at a radio station a wee bit 40 years ago, and brought home a bunch of extra samples. 45's 33's etc. I don't have the heart to sell them or thorw them out, but I never play them anymore. They are too bulky. Hmmmm, wonder if those old records could somehow be made into CD's?

Any way, you said your laptop plays MP3's (what are those??????????)
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...I do have a laptop computer but it is older. If it has a place to put in a DVD are you saying I am set up already? All I would need to do is buy some DVD's, get a 12 volt plug in and I am set to watch my movie out in the wilderness?? Otherwise go get a Portable DVD with a nice size screen and use that...
Exactly what I was thinking. I don't know what "older" means to you, but DVD capability is relatively new in laptops; since a DVD and CD are the size and shape, they all look like they handle DVDs, but you need both the right version of hardware and some software (the normally comes with the computer). If a DVD will work in the machine, and the computer has a drawer that pops out to load the disk, then the face of the drawer will normally say "DVD" right on it.
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Wow, looks like I go looking for a nice size portable DVD or a TV with one attached so as I get a bigger picture...
You can even combine two approaches and use a portable DVD player even if it only has a really small screen (the really cheap ones) and plug it into the cheapest LCD (flat panel) TV or computer monitor you can find, to get both image size and portability.
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My solution to the DVD/Laptop problem was to purchase a USB DVD reader/writer. Solved the problem with my older (Gateway 2500) laptop.
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...but I never play them anymore. They are too bulky. [b]Hmmmm, wonder if those old records could somehow be made into CD's?

Any way, you said your laptop plays MP3's ([b]what are those??????????)
I just spent a lot of money to repair my 1982 Kenwood KVA-503 amplifier in my home stereo system, so I could still play my records and cassettes. To "convert" your vinyl to CD, you just need a readable-writable CD burner on your computer, and a cable to hook up your stereo system's output from your turntable.

As I understand it, MP3 is a "different" format, kind of like an "LP" CD... I don't have any...
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I just saw this TV online and it says ac/dc. Would that be the 12 volt set up as well as electrical?????? This is only $159. If it works on 12 volt it might be the way to go. This way I have a TV if I am near a city.

Orion 9" Flat Screen AC/DC TV/DVD Player
Orion's TV/DVD combo is all you need for movie and TV entertainment
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ac/[b]dc. Would that be the [b]12 volt set up as well as electrical??????
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Speaking of obsolete, my son was telling me that in a couple of years the broadcast signal for television will change and most of the TVs around now will not be able to receive the new signal. The old TVs will still work on cable or satellite. I can't keep up with all the changes. Man do I feel old some days. Tom Trostel
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Karalyn, I think your original question was answered.....at least once!

I think some national office supply stores have DVD players on sale after rebate for around 9.00...yes that's $9.00!
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Im glad someone mentioned laptops - since thats what I plan on using. They're small, lightweight and I have noticed several campsites that offer wi-fi internet, which I think will only become more common. On one hand, Im taking work with me, but on the other hand...I can stay much longer and not completely lose track of whats happening at work and in the world! Boy, do I [b]love living in the 21st Century!
Nothing better than sitting around the RV watching the DVD of Laurel and Hardy's "Them Thar Hills"; their adventure camping in a trailer. (Click on Stan and Ollie.)


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Old 02-24-2006, 12:15 AM   #27
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[quote]Nothing better than sitting around the RV watching the DVD of Laurel and Hardy's "Them Thar Hills"; their adventure camping in a trailer. (Click on Stan and Ollie.)

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it is one of those designed to be run in a car/suv.
i have seen some with a swivel monitor.
i am considering something like this to go in my trailer.
small, light, and... 12 volt
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OK! It's settled. We have you buying a combination TV/DVD unit.

Now...you'll be needing DVDs. Just the classics at first. The ones you can watch over and over and over....

I'm thinking...

Airplane
Animal House
Blazing Saddles
Blues Brothers
Young Frankenstein
Princess Bride
Which Monty Python I wonder....Holy Grail I suppose.

Add:
The Shawshank Redemption
Renaissance Man
The Quiet Man


I'm going to completely disagree with almost everyone here as to the best type of unit. I have an Emerson 9" TV/DVD unit. 12v/120v. It was $139 at Walmart last June. I wish it was an LCD unit and that's my only regret, since prices are coming down. Well ok, I wish it was bigger, but that's not as important to me.

The reason I disagree is because I don't only use the unit in the trailer. Most of the time it sits on the desk next to the computer where I spend most of my free time, and it watches TV for me. A pure LCD DVD player won't watch TV, it will only play DVD's and CD's. Nothing wrong with that, I just like to maximize my options.

Karalyn, the Orion Model you mention is essentially the same as mine. It will run off the 12v battery in your trailer for a few hours, or off standard wall-type electricity (120v) forever. That's the kind of electricity you have at campgrounds or RV parks that provide electric hookups.

BTW, another useful item is an inexpensive set of powered speakers to plug into the TV/DVD's headphone jack to make things sound much better. Back to WalMart, you can get a decent set of Altec speakers with Subwoofer for $24.95. In our wee trailers, that's as much as most non-audiophiles will ever need.

Hope my dissenting opinion was helpful.
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