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Old 01-14-2016, 08:10 AM   #21
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I use my ODK TV as follows. AM news, weather channel or ESPN to get caught up while cooking the family breakfast.
At night it's been mostly sports while sitting around the fire with friends and family.

If you want a TV get it. If that is how you relax which is what it's all about then do what makes you happy. While I do limit the tech stuff (leave the tablets home) when camping, TV with everyone sitting around sharing a sporting event, movie or favorite show is quality time as well IMHO.


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Old 01-14-2016, 08:14 AM   #22
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To each their own. For sure.

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Old 01-14-2016, 08:19 AM   #23
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I put on the Fireplace DVD during the fire bans
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Old 01-14-2016, 08:28 AM   #24
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I thought about doing something like this too. But then I thought about it some more and decided it probably wouldn't get much use. Yeah, it'd be nice to catch a game now and again, but that's about it. One trip I was out and wanted to catch a game, so I just turned my TV inside so I could see it through the door. I was cooking and entertaining for some family at the time, so a few of us that were interested in the game just kind of glanced every now and then to catch an update.

I'm thinking now that I'd rather start a camp fire and relax. Or sling my hammock and take a nap or read a book or go for a walk or just sit in my camp chair with a cold drink and take it all in. With all that to do, it's not worth the trouble IMO to tote along another TV to set up outside. OTOH, when we're at a site with cable, DW goes crazy. We don't have cable at home (cut the cord years ago, threw up an OTA antenna, and never going back), so that's part of her "leisure time". I'll usually watch with her just so we can be together for a while, but then my son (15 months) and I will go outside and make ourselves busy with something...

I agree, to each their own though; I'll never judge. I saw a guy watching a game outside his MH by himself one evening enjoying a cigar. I was happy he was enjoying himself, and glad he wasn't smoking that thing inside his MH. I'll enjoy a cigar now and then too, but I would NEVER smoke inside my camper.

Add: I LOVE the idea of the fireplace DVD!

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Old 01-14-2016, 09:22 AM   #25
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I'm re-thinking my original response. Maybe there is a place for the outside tv. Two years ago I stayed at a State Park near Niagara Falls over 4th of July. Two families behind me hung a sheet over one TT while they projected Wii bowling on the sheet. It really didn't bother me cuz there were thousands of kids and families around so noise was the norm. On the other hand, I've been at some really remote and quiet parks where an outside tv would be about as welcome as a contractors generator. I guess it depends on the place and if it's appropriate. In camping, it's not always all about "me" (or at least it shouldn't be).

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Old 01-14-2016, 10:05 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by Tex1961 View Post
I have to smile at your question.

5 Years ago sitting in my tent - Look at those people in RV's, why did they even bother, if your going to camp dang it.. CAMP.

3 Years ago sitting in my tent - Look at those people in RV's.. Hmm.. looks kinda nice.

2 Years ago sitting in my RV. Look at those people with TV's. If their going to camp dang it, then CAMP.

1 Year ago sitting outside my RV watching TV.. Wow.. Look at all those poor people sitting in tents... They don't know what their missing....

In short.. Don't worry.. If you want to watch TV inside, outside or on your roof then do it. Camping is for fun.. So have fun.... YOUR WAY..... Whichever that may be...
A story that could be shared by many of us as we've "matured" I know it's close to our situation. Now I look at it as camping with a really tricked out tent! The stuck in the damp tent while its raining days started loosing appeal in our mid fifty's, so now we go camping with the knowledge that a dry comfy space where we can put in a favorite movie to pass some time aint nothin to be ashamed of. As far as outside T.V., like many said, it can be a great ice breaker for folks to gather around for a game, or a family movie, but with our current camper it's not a decision we have to make anyway.
I do LOVE music though and enjoy picking out good tunes to listen to quietly now and again by a good campfire or a sunrise cup of coffee.
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Old 01-14-2016, 10:09 AM   #27
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TV's defeat the whole purpose of camping...
Really now.

I'd think that spending 2 weeks in a trailer park atmosphere with people all around me (when at my home I'm isolated from people since I live in the sticks) would have already defeated the purpose of camping.

Maybe I don't know what the purpose of camping is.

I know why I'm leaving here for 2 weeks and going to Florida, and that's to be warm and play some golf.
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Old 01-14-2016, 11:23 AM   #28
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My first trailer (an entry-level model) didn't come with a TV or TV antennae, so I would take my 2nd home TV (an 18" analogue with rabbit ears) when I went camping. When that TV died, I upgraded to a 21" digital TV w/built-in DVD player, and a flat-panel antennae. When I upgraded to my Eagle 2 years ago, that TV became my bedroom TV, mounted on a swivel wall mount, that I had also purchased for my old TT. The TV removes from the wall mount with a simple thumb screw, so it's easy to take off the mount and carry outside.

Last Memorial Day, I took it outside, turned on the inside TV with the audio piped through the outside speakers, and watched the Indie 500 outside with surround-sound stereo. IT WAS AWSOME! Over July 4th weekend, there was a couple camping next to me in a tent with a couple of youngsters. They were bored one evening, so I took the TV outside under the awning, popped in a DVD, and the whole family enjoyed watching "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" with me - complete with beverages and pop corn. It was almost like an old drive-in movie.

I say "If you enjoy it (and it's legal), DO IT!
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Old 01-14-2016, 12:01 PM   #29
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Agreed! Also, I figure no one next to me wants to see (or hear) my tv either.
I have to tell you, watching my sports is the #1 reason for me to have TV. Aside from keeping restless kids busy in crappy weather.
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Old 01-14-2016, 02:42 PM   #30
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All this talk about TVs and being outside reminds me of why I have a motorhome to begin with.


Enjoy what you have as you will. So long as you're not bothering anybody else around you, have at it !!! Life is short, enjoy it.

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