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Old 01-06-2007, 03:48 PM   #1
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How do you watch DVDs or TV in your trailer? I have a 17' BF and wonder how others have decided to handle electronic entertainment? My Casita had a built in shelf. I would want to be able to have 2 of us watch simultaneously.
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Old 01-06-2007, 04:31 PM   #2
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I have a small portable 12v dvd player that inputs into my tv tuner.. same as at home,

that said... My laptop gets used more than not. The screen is bigger.
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Old 01-06-2007, 06:21 PM   #3
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We found at Radio Shack, several sizes of TV, dvd players that run on 110 and 12 volt. We got the 10 inch flat screen that is cable ready so we can watch the news or a dvd when ever we want. We almost always use the 12 volt even when we are plugged into power, and when we aren't plugged in the unit uses so little energy that we can't tell a difference. It has better volume than a computer and uses less energy. We had looked at a 13 inch regular TV but it weighed too much and even with the 12 volt used too much energy. The flat screens really show better and use a lot less energy.
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:27 PM   #4
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Laptop plus earphones so I don't disturb the neighbors who might be there for the natural experience.
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:39 PM   #5
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Lynne and I bought this 12V "10" Big Screen Mobile Theater" DVD-Only player (no TV Tuner) from Wal-Mart for $100; the swing-arm mount, intended for attaching the player to headrest posts was an extra $10. I figure we'll find an AM/FM/TV car stereo tuner so we can get local stations and plug it into the Line-In to watch the local station feeds.

The bungi straps securing the player to the Scamp cabinet posts are part of the player and attach at the back, by the way.

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Old 01-06-2007, 07:53 PM   #6
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Peter,

your coffeepot seems to be anchored to the wall. Tell me about it please.

thanks.

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Old 01-06-2007, 09:16 PM   #7
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We travel with a laptop computer which plays DVDs... so would be no additional hardware needed, if we were to watch a DVD in the trailer.
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Old 01-06-2007, 09:41 PM   #8
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Lynne and I bought this 12V "10" Big Screen Mobile Theater" DVD-Only player (no TV Tuner) from Wal-Mart for $100; the swing-arm mount, intended for attaching the player to headrest posts was an extra $10. I figure we'll find an AM/FM/TV car stereo tuner so we can get local stations and plug it into the Line-In to watch the local station feeds.

The bungi straps securing the player to the Scamp cabinet posts are part of the player and attach at the back, by the way.

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It looks like you have a scamp that has no sink. I know the extra counter space is at a premium, but, no sink??? Somebody at the factory really messed up.
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your coffeepot seems to be anchored to the wall. Tell me about it please.

thanks.

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'Taint nuthin to it. Two 1-1/4" office paper binding clips clip a nylon strap with Velco-type tape on it to the fiberglass coutertop backsplash. Wrap it around the coffee maker and through the carafe handle and it holds it pretty snug.

I chose the 8-cup Black & Decker coffee pot because it's just the right size for Lynne and I and it has an all-metal thermal carafe, so there's no glass to break. It's also nice because it automatically turns itself off when it's done brewing, so no burnt-coffee smell in the trailer, ever, and the coffee stays hot for at least an hour. We got ours just after Christmas from Home Depot for $30.

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Old 01-06-2007, 10:02 PM   #10
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We only watch DVDs while stretched out on the bed, so I went with a cobbled-together setup but mounted it permanently (even though the TV is detachable). DVD player below, CD changer hidden in the cabinet above, etc. No setup necessary.
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Old 01-07-2007, 01:04 AM   #11
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It looks like you have a scamp that has no sink. I know the extra counter space is at a premium, but, no sink??? Somebody at the factory really messed up.
Sink is on the other side, Candi. In fiberglassland the Scamp 19' 5th wheel is a big trailer . . . In RVstorageland, however, it's hard to see our little rig behind anything but a tent trailer. Even the cab-over parked behind ours is bigger.

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Old 01-07-2007, 01:25 AM   #12
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I have a 13 inch Color AC/DC TV with VHS, a 10" DVD player and a 17' laptop.

I used my laptop to play CD/DVD's until recently. I generally have the TV up on the counter next to the stove which only leaves the little shelf next to the sink to set the laptop.
It seemed to precarious to me. I purchased the DVD player and keep it plugged into the TV. I place it on top of the TV or hide it behind. If the DVD player happens to fall the loss would be far less than the laptop. Oh, and while my laptop has great speakers and sound, I've found using the TV for DVD/CD's gives me a little more volumne which I might need if the overhead fan were on.
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:43 AM   #13
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We use a small dvd player with a 7 inch screen.
At home a hd/dvd recorder which I use to produce dvd's we take with us on our journeys.
We don't need a TV, for news we use a simple shortwave (radio) receiver.
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Old 01-07-2007, 11:13 AM   #14
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Lynne and I bought this 12V "10" Big Screen Mobile Theater" DVD-Only player (no TV Tuner) from Wal-Mart for $100; the swing-arm mount, intended for attaching the player to headrest posts was an extra $10. I figure we'll find an AM/FM/TV car stereo tuner so we can get local stations and plug it into the Line-In to watch the local station feeds.

The bungi straps securing the player to the Scamp cabinet posts are part of the player and attach at the back, by the way.

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Peter,

that sounds interesting. Can you tell me the brand and model? THanks!
By the way, thanks for the photos with explanation. Gonna see if that works in my Bigfoot.

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that sounds interesting. Can you tell me the brand and model? THanks!
By the way, thanks for the photos with explanation. Gonna see if that works in my Bigfoot.

Eric
It's a no-name Walmart cheapie that claims to be made by Venturer, distributed by Alco Electronics of Ontario, Canada. The box was sitting in the recyle bin, so I folded it back together and snapped a pic for you.

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Old 01-07-2007, 05:35 PM   #16
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Peter, do you like the picture on that?

I have a smaller screen on a swing out, also for mobile, but the tuner is a seperate unit. I could use that to input to the larger screen.
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Sink is on the other side, Candi. In fiberglassland the Scamp 19' 5th wheel is a big trailer . . . In RVstorageland, however, it's hard to see our little rig behind anything but a tent trailer. Even the cab-over parked behind ours is bigger.

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Of course, it makes sense now that I think about it. I imagine that everyone has a scamp just like mine, laid out in the same manner.

Our neighbor had a 5th wheel in their backyard for the longest time. It looked like it was never used. We drove by everyday and looked for it. One day it was gone and though not a big disappointment in the scheme of things, we were still a little sad. Scamps just have that cute factor about them.

But, I'm off topic. I went to Walmart to look at your DVD/TV stand and couldn't find any. I did find that screen. Did you say you can plug something in to get local stations?

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We attached a TV/DVD/CD radio under the counter above the sink. I don't have pictures, but you can spin the screen towards the bed, so we sit on the bed while watching. On the bed, we bought some seats at Target that fold to support the back and the bottom. So we prop them against the Burro's back wall, sitting on the bed, with the TV flipped down below the cupboard above the sink.

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Peter, do you like the picture on that?

I have a smaller screen on a swing out, also for mobile, but the tuner is a seperate unit. I could use that to input to the larger screen.
The screen is a little small, really, but TV watching isn't a big thing for us. More something we'll do to listen to the local weather guy or watch a movie when it's cold, wet, and scary outside. It's main attraction is that it can swing out where we can both see it while sitting in the dinette without cluttering up our counter or other space.

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I went to Walmart to look at your DVD/TV stand and couldn't find any. I did find that screen. Did you say you can plug something in to get local stations?
Many (most?) stand-alone DVD players also have a TV tuner built-in, but what we're looking for is an AM/FM car stereo with a DVD player, something like this: http://www.shopping.com/xPF-Pyle-Pyle-PLD1...ayer-w-TV-Tuner

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