Pups & Television Sets


Active Member
Apr 1, 2009
I'm thinking about purchasing a 15" flatscreen TV for my pup. I don't plan to watch it a whole lot, but would like it for rainy camping days when it's nice to snuggle up inside.

I realize reception will depend on where we are. I guess my question is whether or not it's even worth having a TV as far as reception, local channels, etc?

Camping...It Ain't For Sissies


Super Active Member
Jul 5, 2007
High Point, North Carolina
It depends a lot on where you camp. We tend to lean towards full-service campgrounds for our longer trips. If we go that route, the TV comes with us for entertainment/news/weather. If we head up to the mountains that has spotty reception, the TV stays home.

One thing to keep in mind is the looming digital cutover. As I understand it, the digital stations transmit at a lower power....your out-of-the-way campground might get analog reception, but won't get digital.

We have a couple older laptops in the house....fairly slow by current standards, but they have DVD drives. Bringing one along has saved the day on rainy/cold moments!

Todd & Machelle
3 Kids, 2 Dogs, 2 Cats
'88 Palomino TXL & 1993 Ford E-350 Van


Feb 26, 2007
Weatherford, TX
Depending on where you will be camping, you probably will not have very good reception, unless you are in a commercial campground that has cable. We only carry a TV when the grandkids come with us (has built in vcr and dvd player) that way we can put a movie in for them as the get settled down for the night. Otherwise, we prefer books or games. If you have a laptop, you might want to take it instead of the TV. You can pop a dvd in it or on those long rainy days, you can have games to entertain yourself. Personally, I'm partial to long, frequent naps when we are stuck inside!!

Hey Todd - looks like we were thinking along the same lines!!

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Edited by - POP-POP on April 01 2009 23:57:21


Franconia, Pa.
I recently saw this one in a member's camper. It looked great, and it has a DVD player in case your reception stinks.

Remember, with ATSC (digital) TV, your picture is either perfect, or not there.

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Active Member
Apr 1, 2009
The digital/analog issue had crossed my mind. I do have a laptop and thought about just using that for awhile to see if it serves the purpose (DVD's, etc). I'll have it with me anyway so may as well give it a try.

I'm with you on the naps...nothin' better than curling up and snoozing through a rainy afternoon! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_snooze.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Snooze">

Joe ~ Actually had my eye on a 15" Insignia! Looks nice!

Edited by - KateTheKamper on April 02 2009 00:07:33


Barrington, NH
Mar 25, 2009
New Hampshire
I bought a small 13" (digital) with a built in dvd player, cheapy at walmart for under $100, it's a regular tv though, the flat tv the same size was over $300. I thought just incase it's rainy out, we could watch a movie, Also when hooking up, many campground's now have cable, wifi, etc.

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Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va
Mar 10, 2008
Highland Springs Va
we have a 13 old tv and got the converter for it. When i went out few weeks ago i only got one channel with the bunny ears. I am looking for a better antenna for it for the boonies! Dont forget you don't want to store your lcd tv in the pup in really cold temps the lcd screens will freeze and bust.

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Living the Darkside...
Silver Supporting Member
Feb 6, 2007
Centerville, OH
I have a Pinnacle USB TV tuner that I use with my laptop. Since the laptop always goes with us on long trips, (got to check in here right?)it just made sense. It has both a digital and analog tuners and works well enough.

I will say that in June analog signals are gone and you will be just looking at digital signals via an antenna. However a lot of campgrounds that offer cable, won't be changing out their systems to only offer digital, so having a tv that does both isn't a bad thing.

Bruce ______________
2004 Expedition & 2000 Palomino Mustang SL-SG-FT


Northern NJ
Jan 16, 2008
Green Township, NJ
We went through the same thought process last year about whether to bring a tv with us on long trips in case of rain, and to get the news and weather.

We decided on getting the TV Tuner Card in the laptop computer. It has worked out great. We can watch movies on it, watch tv, surf the web (if available). After the first trip, we decided to add a compact set of speakers which have also worked out well. All this with the added benefit of being able to pack it up in its case and stow in a locked truck when we aren't there.

Joe & Dawn
09 Honda Pilot
08 Fleetwood Santa Fe


Active Member
Feb 14, 2007
We have taken a 15"tv and a portable dvd. Just purchased a 15" flat screen digital with built in dvd player for less than $250.00. Most places we camp are close enough to metro areas to receive a few stations for news/weather etc. and we have the dvd as backup for bad weather and only have to carry 1 item instead of 2.

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01 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad cab
Ron, Diane and the Lab mix, Cody


Franconia, Pa.
If you're bringing a computer, then look for a Pinnacle Ultimate HD stick like Theseus mentioned. I have one, too. Just make sure your processor is faster than 2.4 GhZ.

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Super Active Member
Dec 13, 2007
I've got a small 13" TV and rarely use it, but have been pretty pleased at the reception when I do (rabbit ears). It gets used more for DVD's for the g'kids.


Active Member
May 4, 2008
Don't forget to bring a Playstation or Nintendo also for those rainy days!

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Active Member
Sep 15, 2008
Austin, Texas
I put a 22" LCD flat screen and dvd player in our pup. I prefer the kids to play games but on the last night of our trips we'll have a movie outside by the fire.

Me-70, DW-69, DS-98, DD-03, 4 dogs
'08 Tacoma with an '08 Fleetwood E3


Tyngsboro MA
Apr 1, 2006
Tyngsboro, MA
I'm thinking about the tuner card for our laptop instead of carrying a TV. I've only brought a TV once, when DW was recovering from some medical issues and couldn't wander too far from the PUP. But, we always have a laptop, and most of the campgrounds we go too have cable. Will be nice next year when we are transferred from NM to MA.

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Raymond, MS
Feb 15, 2009
Raymond, Mississippi
I got caught in a tornado camping one time. It made a beliver out of me. The radio station never interrupted the music to let us know of the danger. We lost our screen room and awning but the rest of the camper weathered well. That was the last time I go camping without a tv and my satelite dish. I can already hear the nay sayers talking about the Direct TV set up, but until you have been in my shoes, please do not cast stones.

Happy Camping!
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Camped 4 Nights in '09


Super Active Member
Dec 13, 2007
I have a small 13" tv in the PUP (and it rarely gets set up), and have had decent reception (analog) with the rabbit ears. I also have a portable DVD player that we've enjoyed several rainy days/eves.

At one time I'd planned to take my home Directv receiver and spare dish (with tripod) in the camper, but have yet to do so.


I like it to still be mooin'!
Feb 26, 2009
We keep our old small tv in the PUP and pull it out on rainy days and such.
Our old VCR is there too, I keep thinking its things that wont bother me if they break, get stolen or lost.
Reception has never been a problem in our PUP or when we had a tent. Not all CG's have cable tho so its a totally personal thing.

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Feb 3, 2006
Madison Virginia
I take along a 13'' tv, we have a converter box and rabbit ears in the pup. I also bring my laptop just in case I want to watch a DVD and on the of chance that I can pick up wireless internet.

dh-Billy '67
dw-Tina '66
kids are grown so we are empty nesters and proud grandparents!!!
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Active Member
Jan 15, 2009
Woodstock, GA
We're leaving this afternoon for Fort Mountain State Park, GA. They have cable hookups, so we've decided for the first time to take our small TV with us. I was surprised that a state park has cable.

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