TV and VCR or DVD question - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-23-2006, 12:06 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Karalyn's Avatar
 
Name: Karalyn
Trailer: Eggless for now but looking. currently own Amerilite 21 ft
Minnesota
Posts: 844
This is probably the dumbest question I ever asked but just to make sure before I go buy a new TV set and DVD or VCR set up to use in the camper, I need to know for sure.
If I were to haul a TV with me with no outside antenna I assume most places out away from town would have bad reception. So, this is what I need to know (I think I know the answer to this, but! )
If I play a DVD or a VCR tape in my camper I should not need any "reception" because the VCR or DVD player is attached to the TV. Right? I should get good reception on my TV if using my own movies, RIGHT????
I hate to even ask this question, because I think it will work fine. But I would hate to invest in these things to find out it won't work.
Someone with a TV and DVD player should know the answer to this. Even if TV reception is bad, the TV will play my movies real nice and clear and voice would be good also. DVD is only a few inches from the TV and it just has to work.................RIGHT?
__________________

__________________
Karalyn
http://karalynsmaltese.com/</B>
Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.


Karalyn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2006, 12:17 AM   #2
Moderator
 
Frederick L. Simson's Avatar
 
Name: Frederick
Trailer: Fiber Stream
California
Posts: 8,151
Registry
Send a message via AIM to Frederick L. Simson
Talking

Think of your VCR and DVD machines as substitutes for an antenna. When there is no antenna reception, you CAN watch VCR or DVD movies.
__________________

__________________
Frederick - The Scaleman
1978 Fiber Stream 16 named "Eggstasy" & 1971 Compact Jr. named "Boomerang"
Frederick L. Simson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2006, 03:19 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Rick's Avatar
 
Name: It depends on who is asking..
Trailer: Actively seeking Escape 19/21
British Columbia
Posts: 373
...and please do not buy new equipment with vhs technology. Go with the DVD. It's just as cheap and the picture is superior. And in my neighborhood - dvd rentals are more readily available now - by a long shot.
__________________
Rick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2006, 05:59 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Lyndon Laney's Avatar
 
Name: Lyndon
Trailer: 1996 19 ft Scamp 19 ft 5th Wheel ('TOGETHERNEST' SLEEPS 8
Minnesota
Posts: 263
Your best bet is a small TV DVD unit Around 150 bucks. As we have found TV reception to be poor to none in a lot of the sites we stay at Mountians ect. I put a cable input on mine many years ago and have never used it. I carry a good portable jump start unit along as they are a handy thing to have anyway and I use this for the TV as my inverter bothered my unit {sound mostly]. I keep in the TUG pluged into the lighter so it charges up the next day
__________________
Lyndon Laney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2006, 06:23 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Steve L.'s Avatar
 
Name: Steve
Trailer: 2003 Casita 16' SD
Michigan
Posts: 1,690
Registry
I believe the TV shelf is rated for about 15 pounds but I'd go much lower if possible. LCD units are thin and light. Nice to have is a TV that comes with a 12v plug as well as the 120 plug. More efficient if you're camping without shore power.

Broadcast TV reception can be weak but with some favorite DVDs you won't care and you'll be good to go.
__________________
Quando omni flunkus, moritati
Steve L. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2006, 06:49 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Roger H's Avatar
 
Name: Roger
Trailer: Y2K6 Born Free 32RQ on the Kodiak chassis, 1995 Coachmen 19' B-van and 1996 Precision 21' Sailboat
Iowa
Posts: 5,000
Karalyn,

You asked for the time, and I'm going to tell you how to build a watch.

Yes a DVD or video player will work fine when you don't have TV reception. A TV station broadcasts signals over the air from a tower antenna. Your TV antenna catches the broadcast signal and sends it through wires to your TV where it decodes them into a picture and sound.As you get further from the TV broadcast tower, the weaker the signal and the poorer quality the picture.

A DVD or video tape player also uses wire to send the signal to your TV, but the signal originates in the box just inches from your TV, so the TV gets the full signals. If you start to see poor quality pictures from the DVD or video, it means the signal is degraded and you may either have a poor connection on either device or a bad cable in between.

Hope that helps!

Roger
__________________
Roger H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2006, 08:42 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Mike Watters's Avatar
 
Name: Michael
Trailer: Amerigo & Trailmanor (popupish)
Indiana
Posts: 459
I'm gonna put in another vote for the suggestion of the TV/DVD combo. The price of the combo isn't signficantly higher than just a TV set. The primary advantage of the combo is gonna be that of set-up and storage. No wires connecting the two machines - just one power cord etc. Just place the set on a table or counter, plug it in and go. MUCH simplier!

At home, I don't mind having a stack of machines and a rat's nest of wires (ask my wife - she'd be more than happy to confirm that). Camping? K.I.S.S. is the way to go (Keep It Simple Stupid).

VCR - Unless you've got a very large library of tapes, it's not worth it. I think you're gonna have a very hard time finding a compact deck or a smaller TV with the VCR built-in as well (unless you look for a used one).

There was a report in the news a couple years ago about a store chain in the UK which was dropping VCRs completely. As part of their justification they were quoted. "The shoplifters won't even steal them!" Tape is dead. Film is next (for the photographers in the group).

mkw
__________________
Mike Watters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2006, 09:01 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Roger H's Avatar
 
Name: Roger
Trailer: Y2K6 Born Free 32RQ on the Kodiak chassis, 1995 Coachmen 19' B-van and 1996 Precision 21' Sailboat
Iowa
Posts: 5,000
If you don't intend to watch TV much anyway, just buy one of the LCD DVD players! I saw some awesome top-end ones yesterday at Sam's with widescreen and excellent sound for less than $250!

The best part about them is that they fit nicely on the top of your dashboard and run on 12v off the "power port" (formerly known as "cigarette lighter hole") in your dashboard. They're so cool cause you can watch your favorite movies while you're going somewhere. You don't have to be distracted any more by the road, or what's in front of you. If you're REALLY good, you can watch your movie while you drive and share the details of the movie with a friend on your cell phone while you're driving, and never once have to be distracted by driving itself!

Just kidding... honestly though, the portable DVD units are excellent if you really don't plan on using TV.

Roger
__________________
Roger H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2006, 10:13 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 19 ft Scamp 19 ft 5th Wheel Dlx / 2001 Ford Ranger 4x4
Posts: 1,125
I bought an Orion/dvd at walmart last yr for $150. But being that i never got tv off the Delta Antenna... i just watched dvd's..... Dont bother with any VHS stuff... as said its outta date anyways..... Unless you plan on having satilite I would just get a portable dvd player... thats what I did... dont have to box the tv up and stuff and haul it around.... I love the portable dvd....
__________________
Christi V. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2006, 10:34 AM   #10
Suz
Senior Member
 
Suz's Avatar
 
Trailer: 1989 Casita Spirit Deluxe
Posts: 2,055
Registry
I started out with a 9"TV W/VCR. I only watched the TV once or twice and the VCR a few times. It was just too big and cumbersome, so I just got where I left it at home and took a book instead.

I got an 8.2" DVD player for about $150 around Xmas time. It's a great little unit and just right for the trailer. It folds to almost nothing, runs off 12V or 110 or it's own rechargeable battery. An added plus is that the DVDs don't take up as much room as the tapes, either.

For current news/weather I have my hand crank radio.
__________________
Suz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2006, 11:59 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Steve L.'s Avatar
 
Name: Steve
Trailer: 2003 Casita 16' SD
Michigan
Posts: 1,690
Registry
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.
__________________
Quando omni flunkus, moritati
Steve L. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2006, 12:21 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Roger H's Avatar
 
Name: Roger
Trailer: Y2K6 Born Free 32RQ on the Kodiak chassis, 1995 Coachmen 19' B-van and 1996 Precision 21' Sailboat
Iowa
Posts: 5,000
Steve... this is just frightening... have you been at MY DVD collection?

Roger
__________________
Roger H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2006, 12:40 PM   #13
Member
 
Trailer: 17 ft 1991 Bigfoot
Posts: 32
Karalyn,

When I was living in the Bigfoot, I purchased a small protable DVD player. Because the campgrounds also had a cable connection, I aslo purchased a inexpensive VCR and used it as a tuner to connect to an antenna or to cable. This worked great and I could watch "anything" in the camper.

Since moving again we only use the camper for "camping". What I have found is that the small DVD player is what we watch the most. On buggy Minnesota nights or in the rain we all just sit at the camper table and plug in a DVD.

We are never close enough to at town to get good reception, most of the campground that we stay at do not have cable, and VCR's just take up to much room.

So I would suggest a portable DVD player. Expect to pay $150 at most, and if you watch for bargins you can get one for under $100.

- Good Luck!
__________________
Joe Mielke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2006, 01:23 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Brian B-P's Avatar
 
Name: Brian
Trailer: Boler (B1700RGH) 1979
Alberta
Posts: 5,000
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.

I wouldn't buy a laptop PC just to use as a DVD player, because those portable players which Roger mentioned are so cheap, but a laptop would normally have a much bigger screen, and does other stuff as well.

If you camp to get away from your computer, you can ignore this option!

Like almost everyone else, I would not bother hauling a VCR, or carrying the associated bulky tapes.
__________________

__________________
1979 Boler B1700RGH, pulled by 2004 Toyota Sienna LE 2WD
Information is good. Lack of information is not so good, but misinformation is much worse. Check facts, and apply common sense liberally.
STATUS: No longer active in forum.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Question Rob M Forum Admin, News & Announcements 3 10-26-2009 09:51 PM
TV Question Pat M Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 21 05-04-2008 11:47 PM
Cat Question Ian-Vicki Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 13 08-20-2007 11:03 AM
GPS Question Darwin Maring Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 10 12-25-2006 12:19 AM
Answer a Question then Ask a Question CarolnJim General Chat 77 06-03-2006 12:39 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.