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View Poll Results: Does a tv belong in an RV?
Absolutely not! I'm a camping purist and don't need interference from the outside world! 10 8.40%
I don't see what the problem is... 63 52.94%
I really don't care either way as long as I'm camping 46 38.66%
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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Your opinion - Televisions in an RV

I'm just curious to know of the different opinions that are out there regarding the use/presence of televisions in an rv. Specifically, are you a camping purist who cannot imagine something like a tv being in an rv when you're trying to get back to nature...whether you like to have one to entertain the kids or keep up with the latest news and sports, or if you really don't care one way or the other?

Sorry if this has been brought up before but I couldn't find anything that was related to TV's in an rv, other than installing one.


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Old 07-30-2013, 01:13 PM   #2
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This question is gets a Yes and No from me with an explanation.

To set the scene, we have a Motorhome (Grayhawk 31SS). The standard rule is No electronics, including TV's (although the kids somehow get to bring their ipods - but we limit their use on the trip).
However, for very long trips, usually over several days of driving to get to our destination, we bring the TV to occupy the kids (and non-driver) with movies or Wii. The TV does not get turned on during camping part.
And the final however - one of our favorite things to do is watch the Bills game in October outside the Motorhome with a fire going (ect). Our TV is removable and rarely bring it (unless one of the 2 cases above).

So, while I am not completely against TV's on camping trips, I (we) don't usually bring it on normal camping trips. We do chuckle at people who are inside watching TV while we are watching the sunset.


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Old 07-30-2013, 01:43 PM   #3
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No question for us. We want one. It's gotten the most use by our grandson (6) in the evenings after going like a demon down the waterslides at Jellystone all day. At least we think he was awake, his eyes were open.
The bride and I will use it occasionally when it's just the two of us, usually in the morning to watch the news and catch up on which country we've offended in the last 24 hrs (don't get me started:hihi. We're not boondockers so we've always got the power to spare on the tele.

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Old 07-30-2013, 02:18 PM   #4
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I could leave our TV at home but it has come in handy keeping our 5 and 9 year old entertained when it is raining or 100 degrees outside (and it has rained the past 4 times we have taken the TT out). The DW and I rarely watch the TV when camping but it is nice be able to tune in local TV stations when sever weather is around.
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:51 PM   #5
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When we tented and had a pop up, there was no way I would have considered a TV. Without trying to offend anyone, we never needed a TV camping to keep our daughter entertained. A couple of years after we bought our first hybrid, we took a 6k mile trip. This was before widely available WiFi and cheap laptops. So I reluctantly gave in and bought a TV to catch weather reports on the route and have some entertainment on short overnight stops. We've got the point where we like having quick access to local weather reports, and a DVD player to watch movies late at night before going to sleep. Also for the occasional rain day. I guess maybe its become an "age" thing, but more over I think its an RVer thing. We don't watch it for the sake of sitting and watching it. Other daily activities, the nightly camp fire, and the desire to simply be outside really puts the TV at the back seat of our camping trips. If the TV is on in the trailer an hour a day, that would be a lot! So I answered "I don't see the problem!".
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:09 PM   #6
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I'm more of a camping purist...I like to stay unplugged from the world while camping. However, I find it enjoyable to drag a big screen tv out to the picnic table and watch a DVD around the campfire. The only other time I'd watch it is if it is pouring down rain.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:19 PM   #7
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DW has got to have her tv. We have two. She will watch while cooking or when she goes to bed. She has been after me to get a satelite dish.
But most of what she watches is network tv anyway, which is available at the cgs we go to. I would like Fox News and CNBC, however I have an xm radio in the truck, so if I need a fix I can get it there. A lot of their programs are available on a smartphone. I like to read, and after all, while camping we should probably try to get away from what we normally do at home; just for a change.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:27 PM   #8
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Never had one befor we got the Jayco and didnt think we needed one but I will admit we like watching the news or if there is a baseball , football, ect. game on and I have watched some movies when we have the grandkids. but most of the time we are outside by the fire.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:44 PM   #9
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I didn't vote in the survey because there wasn't a category that fit my true feelings. I'm not a camping purist, but I'm not an "I don't care" kind of person either.

We didn't have the ability to use a television until we bought our pop-up, but here's how the "television policy" worked from when we bought the pop-up in 1986:

For trips over a week, the television, a five inch GE Spacemaker, was packed up in a box and placed in truck. It was permitted to be brought out and setup in the pop-up only on days when we were confined to the inside due to long periods of inclement weather. As soon as normal weather conditions returned, the television was placed in its box and in put back in the truck.

For trips less than a week, the television stayed home.
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:25 PM   #10
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I have not voted yet. After our first trip out, and tested everything, I removed tv from the HTT. I do not watch much tv, however my DW and kid cannot get enough of it. By removing it, it helps with encouraging them both to get out and enjoy whatever is around us. We do bring the Itouch which has lots of movies on it, and the kid does like to watch it before going to bed. For me it is a way to encourage the two to get out and explore.

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