Recommendations? TV, DVD, CD syst. for Scamp 5th - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-21-2007, 01:57 PM   #1
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New owner...will pick up new Scamp 19' from Backus this Wednesday! Any recommendations for sound system: TV, DVD, CD player? Pretty excited here!

By the way, how late in the fall do I dare use full water facilities in this part of the country (I think I read somewhere to cease when temp dips below 32 for more than 2 hours...rule of thumb?)?

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Old 10-21-2007, 03:04 PM   #2
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When I purchased my Fiber Stream I ask myself these same questions. My son recommended that I purchase a lap top computer and a TV tuner. I thought this was a good idea. That way you have DVD, CD and TV and computer for not much more than what a TV, DVD would cost. Trailer had am fm radio with tape player. Only mistake I made was not buying a HDTV tuner.
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Old 10-21-2007, 03:43 PM   #3
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When I purchased my Fiber Stream I ask myself these same questions. My son recommended that I purchase a lap top computer and a TV tuner. I thought this was a good idea. That way you have DVD, CD and TV and computer for not much more than what a TV, DVD would cost. Trailer had am fm radio with tape player. Only mistake I made was not buying a HDTV tuner.
The only thing I would add to that is a good set of Speakers for your laptop. They’ll plug right into your notebook and give Full Bodied stereo sound, say if your watching “Top Gun” or something
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Old 10-21-2007, 03:47 PM   #4
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This is a very GOOD tuner more info at
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=373&type=expert
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Old 10-21-2007, 04:00 PM   #5
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Great idea!. I was planning on getting a laptop soon anyway, so that really makes sense. Thanks.
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Old 10-21-2007, 05:35 PM   #6
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Winter Camping: I did it in Maryland 7 years ago. I was connected up to running water and sewer and I insulated all water lines and used heat tapes and put rock salt in the gray and black tanks. Did not have water in the clean holding water tank. The electricity was free and I ran 3 electric heaters along with the propane furnace.

If you are going to just do it for a weekend or so what I would do is to winterize the water lines with antifreeze and then take bottled water to drink and wash dishes, use a tub in the sink and dispose of it that way without using the campers fresh, gray or black systems.

TV on the Laptop: What an outstanding idea.
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:26 AM   #7
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I agree, the laptop with a HD seperate tuner is a great way to go. It gives you a TV, a DVD player and a computer eccentually all in one!
We bought the Pinnacle HD Pro Stick for about $100 at Bestbuy. Works like a charm!! Ron
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:55 AM   #8
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David,

I picked up my Scamp 5er 1 April this year. We really like it. I have two 15 inch HDTV's. One in the loft and one in the pantry area. I bought the mounts at SAM's club for about $50 each along with a DVD/CD player for about $50. I would reccomend the Polorid 15 inch HDTV, about $200 at WalMart. The one I bought for the loft is an Insignia from Best Buy, It cost more and not as good of a picture. The antenna from Scamp works real well. Most places i get 15-20 channels.

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Old 10-23-2007, 07:04 PM   #9
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You might want to check the specifications in the manual to make sure they can survive in the camper where it will either get to HOT or to COLD when you are not camping.

The manual may caution that to Hot or to Cold could ruin the LCD.

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Old 10-23-2007, 08:42 PM   #10
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For the time being our trailer only has a 12V DVD player on a swing arm mount, something I picked up from Walmart for $99 and is intended to be one of those strap-to-the-headrest-and-amuse-the-kids kinda things. With 2009 set as the date that traditional analog TV stations turn the lights out and move to HD digital, I'm putting off buying anything more fancy until 12V LCD TVs with built-in HD tuners come down in price. My ideal tuner would be one of those kitchen under-cabinet mounts that includes a DVD/CD/AM/FM/HDTV tuner.
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Old 10-23-2007, 10:21 PM   #11
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New owner...will pick up new Scamp 19' from Backus this Wednesday! Any recommendations for sound system: TV, DVD, CD player? Pretty excited here!

By the way, how late in the fall do I dare use full water facilities in this part of the country (I think I read somewhere to cease when temp dips below 32 for more than 2 hours...rule of thumb?)?

David from Duluth
i have a 13 foot trilly so my needs may be different but i had a under the cabinet cd/mp3/dvd/cd/jpeg player installed under the cupboard above my sink. the little screen folds up out of the way. does the trick for me as is right by the bed. i also bought from Canuck Tire a solar battery pack that will run any appliance /gidget /widget to my hearts content when boondocking. will even charge my cell.
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:39 PM   #12
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I guess all this depends on where you like to camp or RV as the case might be. The places we generally go the best TV show is right outside the window, or the big surround screen provide by mother nature. The best music is birds singing, the breezes in the trees, and rustling of the night creatures, the hoots of a distant owl, or howling of a coyote. It's great fun to turn on my headlight (the one with elastic straps that you put on like a hat) to red and look for eyes in the night. Then try to guess what animal belongs to those two red dots that move around.

It's the kind of TV, DVD, Stereo, etc. you can use anyplace, you don't have lug it around, it doesn't need it's batteries replaced or charged. In fact it charges my batteries.

There you have it. The very best entertainment system possible. That's my opinion.
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:27 PM   #13
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You've got a real good point Byron when the weather is nice, there's nothing better than the good old outdoor picture show. But we know the weather isn't always stellar, bugs like to come out and play at night and children aren't always perfect. Having a DVD or TV in the trailer sometimes makes the camping experience a good one to remember. It's a nice way for children who are not yet readers to unwind and calm down before bed. Pleasant for Mom and Dad to watch a movie that, at home, they never had time for... because life always gets in the way.

I'm following this topic closely, because the big ole 19" TV/VCR combo.... is gonna be replaced someday.
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Old 10-26-2007, 03:56 AM   #14
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I agree, it's great to sit out and look for red eyes at night. My only thought is--when those red eyes are more that 5 feet off the ground, perhaps it's time to go inside, lock the door, and WATCH tv!
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