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Old 02-24-2006, 06:41 AM   #29
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I used to drag the lap top along for DVD viewing but soon stopped that. I didn't like that it took up table space. The only other likely spot was the stove top, but I usually have it playing while cooking dinner and moving it back and forth from the dinette table to the stove stop is a nuisance. I don't really use the PC for anything else while travelling so I leave it behind.


I definitely didn't want to carry both a TV and a player so a separate DVD player wasn't an option.


I do a fair amount of boondocking so squeezing the most amps out of my battery was a goal so running an inverter and it's built in inefficiency didn't appeal. Plus, I at the prospect of turning 12v to 120v so that the "brick" transformer could turn it back again to 12v for the TV. I run off of 12v even when the trailer is plugged in.


CRT TV's don't use all that much current, but LCDs are better. CRT's are bulky and my aging eyes need something fair sized. I went with a 12" TV/DVD. Plays CDs and MP3s on a CD.


Playing a movie only uses a little under 2 amps DC an hour on my Audiovox. It's hung under the overhead storage in the back corner over the foot of the bed. It swivels so that I can watch in a reclined position. Although I'm like one of those dolls... if I go horizontal, my eyes close.

For what it's worth, I believe some TVs use 9v DC. I assume that when they run off of 12v, the conversion to 9V is in the 12v plug. It's a minor transformation (DC to DC) so it doesn't have to be one of those "bricks". I offer this because going to the Shack for a cord in these cases may not work. Getting the TV vendor's supplied 12v cord is the safest, if not always the cheapest, option.
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Old 02-24-2006, 07:32 AM   #30
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Old 02-24-2006, 01:46 PM   #31
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...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....
Good point, but...

The change is to [b]digital transmission. It is cable and satellite that made the change first: modern satellite systems are all-digital and reception requires a specific receiver which puts out signals to go with various types of TVs, and a similar box is required for the digital channels on cable. The latest phase is digital transmission over-the-air (to your antenna) - this is how all of the broadcast high-definition stations work, and all stations will go that way eventually. In the U.S., the change is mandated by the federal regulators; in Canada, the government is allowing the industry to choose when to change (but sets the technical standard for the broadcast format).

For now, stations which broadcast [b]over-the-air in digital on a new channel usually continue to broadcast in analog (the old style) on their original channel. Eventually, they will shut down the analog transmitters and anyone with an analog-only TV (which is just about everyone today) will need to get a new TV, or a new separate tuner. The separate tuner should be cheap and readily available, since you can already get this sort of thing to use with your computer (usually for analog stations).

This changeover was supposed to be well underway by now, and perhaps even complete this year, but in Canada there are only about 4 cities with any digital over-the-air broadcasts, and no station with digital only. I'm considering buying a new TV for the house, and I'm not worrying about getting a digital tuner.
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Old 02-24-2006, 11:03 PM   #32
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Heh heh. My wife says I'm 53 going on 17.
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Old 02-25-2006, 10:12 PM   #33
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Again thanks everyone for your input! I am thinking TV/DVD if set up is not to bulky. Led TV does sound like a lot less to carry around. I will need to check out some more stores. and sure do have a lot of ideas now to toss around.
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Old 09-08-2006, 05:45 PM   #34
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I've just bought a laptop and had previously bought a Wonder TV tuner. The antique laptop I bought it for didn't have appropriate specs so I couldn't use it till now. It works really well on the new laptop, using a set of slide on rabbit ears as an antenna. The laptop has a DVD and 14" screen so I figure with WIFI as well I have a multi purpose tool.

Anyone know if there is a way to set up an antenna that would be not too space consuming and inconspicuous inside my Surfside. There used to be flat "T" shaped wire antenna's you could attach to the wall. I'm assuming that such an antenna inside should work as well as outside with a fiberglass trailer. I'd like to be able to just plug it in and not have to "tune" the antenna. Am I dreaming? Do you always have to tune an antenna depending on geographic orientation. Or could you have a loop right around the trailer or a big loop at l least that would work equally well if you parked facing to any point on the compass?

Anybody out there know about this stuff?

I really want to be able to watch the CBC news when in Canada and PBS in the US.
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Old 09-08-2006, 06:08 PM   #35
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Just wondering. Does anyone have a Skybox satellite system?

They are designed for SUVs and RVs.

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One would fit the flat roof of a Fiber Stream. For the rest of you, it would take some engineering to affix to an egg.

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Old 09-08-2006, 06:13 PM   #36
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I went simpler.

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Old 09-09-2006, 12:07 PM   #37
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We are not big on watching TV so putting lots of $$ into a TV/DVD combo that was small and light weight was not a viable option for us. We used to take my laptop camping. We just used it for playing DVDs; getting into email or on the Internet was not something we wanted to do while weekend camping. The computer and case was always in the way when it was in the trailer.

Last year, I purchased a Sony DVD player at Walmart for between $100-$150. It is small, light weight and packs away in a drawer. As a bonus, we also use the DVD player on long air plane flights, when we are on business staying in hotel rooms and our daughter uses it when she has to sit up all night with patients.

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We are not big on watching TV so putting lots of $$ into a TV/DVD combo that was small and light weight was not a viable option for us. We used to take my laptop camping. We just used it for playing DVDs; getting into email or on the Internet was not something we wanted to do while weekend camping. The computer and case was always in the way when it was in the trailer.

Last year, I purchased a Sony DVD player at Walmart for between $100-$150. It is small, light weight and packs away in a drawer. As a bonus, we also use the DVD player on long air plane flights, when we are on business staying in hotel rooms and our daughter uses it when she has to sit up all night with patients.

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We met last weekend at Lanesboro and you may have seen our LCD/DVD player setup in our 13' Burro. We bought a Polaroid 10" screen model that has DVD/CD/TV/AM-FM/MP3. It is mounted under our upper cabinet over the sink. We can watch from the front dinette or from the rear seats/bed. It has great sound and swivels 270 degrees for maximum viewing. I put a bungee cord around it when driving so that the screen doesn't accidently drop down and bounce (it was originally intended as an under-cabinet kitchen model where the kitchen doesn't move!). The cost was a bit pricey (I think it was around $300 at Circuit City), but it is permanently installed and I don't have to haul anything anymore. We love it!
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