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Old 02-18-2014, 05:40 PM   #15
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Having camped with children on the wet coast I can tell you after a few real wet days having a DVD player and a TV can be a life saver - especially as by night fall they have gone through all the board games etc.

Here is a picture of mine.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:42 PM   #16
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With our 4 and 5 yr Olds we bought a pair of over the back of the seat DVD players for the car. We only put them in on trips. They came with AC adapters also. So I just leave that in the camper and move one of the players to the camper when we get where we're going.

We primarily use the DVD to entertain them in the morning... They get up so early and I'm saving our fellow campers a few winks in the morning by keeping them quiet inside for a bit.

also is handy on rainy days. Can only do so much in a 13ft with 2 adults, 2 kids, and 2 dogs. And we like to use it some ourselves on rare occasions.

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Old 03-14-2016, 10:08 AM   #17
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I envision a clamp-on, extension arm that would attach a flat screen to the vertical, wrought iron bars to the left of the sink in my 2015, 13 foot scamp. Any ideas where I can find such a thing?
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:26 AM   #18
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What's the good of a regular TV unless you will always have AC power? If it's only about emergency entertainment for kids on a rainy day, how about an inexpensive 12V portable DVD player? Or a tablet with some content pre-loaded? You don't need a very big screen in a tiny trailer. Keep it simple.
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Old 03-14-2016, 11:38 AM   #19
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DVD's are fine when home, but hey, let's not forget that state-of-the-art entertainment center called the portable TV/VCR system. It took me quite a while to track one down and it cost all of $5, including the remote, at Goodwill, but worth every penny!

I can roll into any town with a flea market or garage sale while traveling and pick up a stack of classic movies ever produced on VHs for all of a dollar a pop, or less. One exception being when I laid out $20, TWENTY DOLLARS for a new old stock (NOS) copy of the movie "The Train" starring Burt Lancaster with the train load of art in Nazi-occupied France. That French train engineer should have received an Oscar for the way he played his role.

Casablanca, Faulty Towers, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Godfather, Three Stooges, Little Rascals, Walt Disney, etc., I've got them all and when done they get dropped off again at Goodwill.

Huh, take that you techie snobs (not that I am being judgemental!).
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Not a snob… We still have one of those at home. It still works and we use it occasionally to watch some good old movies.

But for me it's way too heavy and bulky to travel with. With four people in a Scamp 13, where would we put it? And it requires AC power. We've been camping in the Scamp over three years now without ever hooking up to electricity.

Besides, I hardly think a portable 12V DVD player counts as high tech any more- they're becoming almost as obsolete as TV/VCR combos!
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Old 03-14-2016, 01:31 PM   #21
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We use a computer for all our entertainment needs, desktop at home, laptop when we travel. Plays DVDs and saved youtube programs on the road and the screen is fairly large. Laptop is compact, runs on a battery, can charge it by starting up the car and plugging it in, in a pinch. The computer serves other purposes as well, we can use Skype as a phone if we take it with us into McDonalds, some towns even have free wifi downtown, just park. We do pay as you go with cell phones, so Skype with free wifi is cheaper and easy.
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Yes, they are a "bit" heavy and bulky so would not work for those who have other members along. I take it with me only occasionally if I expect there to be extended down time in the evenings. I installed a 300 watt inverter just for it, and surprisingly, with so many moving parts, it doesn't use much juice from the battery. I half expected it to be about as bad as a 12v frig.

They were commercial grade as they were used mostly for trade show demonstrations, etc. so the picture quality is as good as just about any current TV system.

They did have a 12v cord option but I probably won't ever find one of those.

VHS is going to make a comeback, just wait and see!!
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But for me it's way too heavy and bulky to travel with. With four people in a Scamp 13, where would we put it? And it requires AC power. We've been camping in the Scamp over three years now without ever hooking up to electricity.
I found that using the portable DVD player or laptop to watch movies with more than 2 people a problem - small screen - someone always turning it this way and that, to see, making it hard to watch. Put it up on the counter and its at high risk of getting knocked off with people coming and going in a small trailer, thus the reason for the flat screen mounted up and out of the way. The newer ones do not use as much power as you might think. A small inverter and solar power works well.

Having said that my new to me trailer I picked up last week has a new 19" flat screen TV with built in DVD that is 12 Volt.

You are lucky BTW in that the area you live has lots of BLM camping spots to hang out in so you are able to camp in areas without power more frequently than some of us living in areas where such areas are a bit more out of the way and very difficult if not impossible to get into pulling a trailer.
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All true, Carol. We have two kids and the small screen is just right for them to sprawl out on the bed and watch. Their taste in entertainment is different that ours anyway, and rainy days are a lot rarer down here in the Southwest.

In spite of the abundant BLM land, you won't find us there, though. My wife says flush toilets and hot showers nearby or she stays home... We stay at no hookup sites at state and county parks.

Did you say new trailer??? You sly dog! Congratulations!
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Having said that my new to me trailer I picked up last week .......


And exactly WHEN are we going to see pictures? You go girl!
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With our 4 and 5 yr Olds we bought a pair of over the back of the seat DVD players for the car. We only put them in on trips. They came with AC adapters also. So I just leave that in the camper and move one of the players to the camper when we get where we're going.
Oh my goodness! We have the same set up for LONG trips, but it never occurred to me that we could use them in the camper should we encounter a rainy day that keeps us indoors and the books and board games lose their magic Love getting new ideas! Thank you!
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I have noticed that many flat screen televisions use a 12 VDC power supply. Just read the power brick. I used this method to put a flat screen in my travel van.
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Did you say new trailer??? You sly dog! Congratulations!
LOL went to Napa California last week to enjoy some sunshine and wine.... no sunshine just more rain than we have had all winter in Vancouver, BC but they have good wine! Drank some and decided I liked the rivets in my Scamp so much I should buy a trailer with more of them Spent 5 days towing it home in the rain along the coast #1 highway watching the amazing wave action created by the storm all the way up the coast. Very cool.
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