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Old 06-01-2014, 04:06 PM   #21
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We have a small TV. Its mostly used at night for the kids to watch a DVD at bedtime but being able to catch the local news and have something else to do on rainy days is convenient.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:01 AM   #22
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We have a TV in our rig that sees fairly regular use for the time being. In the morning during breakfast, we try to catch the local news, and if the campground has cable, we'll catch one or two of our favorite shows while we relax and finish our coffee before we get out for the day (we don't have cable at home, so it's a nice treat sometimes). In the evenings we'll catch the news, and we always bring a handful of DVD's for pre-bed-time entertainment.

Sometimes it gets so hot around here that sitting out by a fire in the evening seems like about the worst idea ever. The bugs can get pretty vicious too.

The one thing I will say is that we're expecting our first child in October, and I have a feeling our TV usage while RVing will likely change. We didn't have one for many years when I was a kid (dad finally relented and let mom have a TV and VCR, I rarely ever watched it). And when you're backpacking, there's obviously little room for electronics. I want my kid to be exposed to the beauty of the outdoors, and to appreciate whatever charms our chosen spot has to offer, so it's likely the TV will be reserved for very specific times. Even if the weather's bad, there's nothing like a good card game by candlelight to bring the family together... The TV doesn't make lasting memories or deeply ingrained family traditions...
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:40 AM   #23
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We go camping to get away from these types of things. In the last six years, the tv in the rv has been on 4 times, due to being inside because of the weather. If it weren't for the dvd player, it would not have been on at all. No tv reception where we camp, and there will NOT be a satellite dish on my rv. I have a DVR at the house if there is something that is on while we are out. No tv and no phone service is what camping is about.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:43 AM   #24
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No TV ???? Lets stop talking crazy.. Lol..
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:33 AM   #25
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No TV ???? Lets stop talking crazy.. Lol..
You must know my wife.
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No TV ???? Lets stop talking crazy.. Lol..
Yes, with the units we bought they end up being a focal point....my wife's idea of camping!
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Old 06-02-2014, 12:20 PM   #27
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We do use our TV on our trips, but only for DVDs. We don't use it with satellite or cable, although had I had a cable cord on my first trip this year, I would have watched the Blazers/Rockets playoff game while I was at the coast. Ended up going into overtime and kept walking to the neighbors trailer who had their TV out under the awning playing the game. I got home to watch the Lillard series winning shot and that is what matter to me :-)

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Old 06-02-2014, 02:37 PM   #28
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We have a small TV but no satellite. If we're lucky we can get 2 -3 channels in the places we camp. I mostly use it for weather. Also take a few DVD's in case of rain, but don't think we've looked at one yet!
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I carry a NOAA Weather Radio for weather emergencies.

We have a popup so no TV. However, on our 10 day vacation next week I plan on bringing a small TV and DVD player in case the weather turns south. A small camper with 2 3-year-olds jumping about stir crazy is not fun. They don't have the attention span for games and you can only read so many books.

On weekends however there is no TV, but the weather radio always comes.
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Old 06-03-2014, 12:17 AM   #30
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Bottom line is easy. For those that are single, you'll get this later.

"If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."

Short answer to the truth.

We purchased a 2007 Jay Flight bunk house in 2007.

The agreement was simple. She told me "I'll go camping with you and the kids, if you can give me a comfortable bed, air conditioning and DirecTV. " I told her I'd do that, IF she would guarantee me a minimum of 20 nights per Summer camping season, spent in the new camper.

My wife at the young age of 35 had to have 3 vertebrae in her spine fused. Falling to sleep in pain is a difficult task. The number of vertebrae fused escalates as we age. At 53, her entire Lumbar is fused, tail bone is fused and we are making our way up. That said,

Agreement made: I purchased a Yamaha 3000 watt generator and had a welder fabricate a hitch and cargo rack off the rear bumper stout enough to support it and more. I purchased a Tempurpedic matteress and I purchased a DirecTV dish.

My kids were 5 & 6 when that agreement was made. They are now 13 & 14. We average 30+ nights per season in the camper.

We've camped at Glacier National Park, Devil's Tower, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone NP, Canada, Grand Coulee Dam, Crater Lake NP, Santa Cruz beach front, Petrified Forest NP, Phoenix, Grand Canyon NP, Arches NP, Teton NP, Sequoia NP, Yosemite NP, Lake Tahoe & Twin Falls Idaho :-).

We typically travel 3000+ miles when we go cross country to see these amazing National Parks and cities of ours. And we live in God's Country to begin with, in the heart of the Rocky Mountain range, here in Montana.

A TV in our TT......priceless.

Momma's happy and hence so is the entire family.

My wife is happy and comfortable.

If bringing along a TV, enables me to get my wife out of the house and simultaneously be able to show my children some of the most amazing sights in our country. Then TV in the TT.

If putting a TV in the TT means the kids get to go camping and momma will be there, in a manageable state of pain, but there........Then DirecTV is inside our little condo on wheels. Our Vacation Home, when we are away from home is a very welcome addition.

Whether in a parking lot overnight, in route to another long US Interstate long expedition of daily driving, or simply up the road only a bit to camp on the weekend in the middle of the woods, where a grizzly may be friendly.

So TV in the TT........Momma's happy, we're all having a good RV time. Dad gets his kids out camping with their mother.

For the single guys, you'll get it someday. But always know,

"If momma ain't happy, ain't no body happy".
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