Thinking about getting Satellite TV for the PUP!!!

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  1. fishguy1313

    fishguy1313 New Member

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    Does anyone hook satellite TV up to their pup. I was talking to a buddy at work and he said his brother does it. He just takes his receiver from his house and a satellite and mounts it on a few 2X6"s. Any advice would be GREAT! This would be nice to have for my daughter!

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  2. John L

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    I'd stay home before I brought a TV camping with me. Just my opinion of course.

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    look around on the net they make a rotating mobile dish they are pretty expensive Im thinking about getting one

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    directv has a set up for 50 bucks. includes sat.dish tripod compass and directions on setup.
    Love ours to death

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    I bought an old style roof top UHF antenna and a digital converter box that somewhat acts like a satellite TV with the on screen menus. All I need now is a 13" TV for the camper. I don't think I can connect my contraption to the little 5" battery powered TV I have in the pup.

    Now I understand John's point, and I don't intend to spend all day and night in the camper watching the TV, but some Sports events and the News would be nice to see every now and then. Especially if storms are near, a weather radar would be very handy to see at camp.

    This $50 buck set up from Direct TV, is that a one time fee, or is that Per Month? <hr> Oh, and I once saw a rather Large TV in somebody's Tent once. Looked like a 27" screen or better! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Shock">

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  6. fishguy1313

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    Like I stated above, my daughter and probably my wife would REALLY like having this kind of setup. Sporting events would be great for me as well. I understand John's point as well, but being a parent and husband that wants his family to camp with him, he must entice them! This comfort from home would definitely let me prolong our stay out in the pup. I bought this new camper with ALL ammenities. I just really love my family going with me!

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    Totally Understandable, Mike. It's good that you want the family to join ya at camp. I'm the same way.

    I've considered a Portable DVD player for my own daughter to use, but I haven't bought one yet. I've seen them with 7" screens or so, that fold down like a laptop computer for around a hundred or so bucks. I may still get that too, cause when it rains at camp, the kids (and me too) have a hard time having fun. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cowboy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cowboy Camper">
     
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    I haven't tried it, but I've heard others recommend recording your favorite shows on a DVR. Then you just take the receiver with you and watch the recorded programs. No dish needed.

    I recently picked up a HD tuner for my laptop. Now I will have access to TV if I need it. I always have the laptop with me for various reasons. I can certainly understand those who don't want to have TV while they're camping. I like to have the option. I haven't considered my satellite because I prefer to camp where there's a nice tree canopy.


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    We bring a radio but consider camping a break from t.v., video games, etc. etc.....

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    the 50 buck deal is only for the dish and tripod, service is required from directv. But as a subcriber already to directv it was a easy option to pick for us.easy setup and tear down and I never miss a game or the news and weather reports

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    When we had directv we used it on our PU, but we have since switched to dish and have not used it yet.....for no more room then you have in a PU sometimes it is not worth it.....We have a DVR box form dish and we record a bunch of movies and then we take it with us and watch the movies at night.....I like all the comforts of home when I camp.

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  12. Noni

    Noni See ya' out there !

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    Fishguy, that's a good idea, now remember you have to haul the TV, antenna, and the rest of the equipment with you. If this helps you and your family go camping, then go for it. here is a link for some DirecTV portable antennas. http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=Direct+TV+portable+antenna&cid=10758925553013406195#ps-sellers

    Me? I most likely will not haul more stuff. We use a radio for the news and weather while camping. We see camping as a break from everyday life TV, video games, etc, as well.

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    see ya' out-there !

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    FISHGUY I agree with you. It would be nice to have. I have been thinking of installing a small flat screen to the ceiling of the PUP, and have it flip down when we want to use it. We are thinking about making a week long trip to Cape Cod this year and it would be nice to be able to watch the morning news with our coffee.

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  14. fishguy1313

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    I was telling my wife about it last night. She was saying how we could camp for multiple nights if we had that "luxury"

    She gets what she wants, and I get what I wants!

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    Our kids are all four years apart, so when we camped as a family ages were like 5-9 & 13. I told them from day one there was no way I was bringing a TV camping and you know what happened. The camping trips have remained some of the fondest memories our kids have carried with them into adult hood. It's amazing when the boob tube isn't there to take up your time, you find you have to take up the time with each other. We would even ditch our watches after setting up camp. No TV and no schedules.

    Hiking,swimming, touring the area and historic sites on rainy days, fishing, playing cards and games and playing war with squirt guns, playing ball, tossing the frisbee, playing badmitten, cooking on the fire, making smores and reading stories before bed. They totally enjoyed having Mom and Dad all to themselves.

    After the first trip I never heard about a TV again,and to this day my wife and I bring just a radio and walkie talkies with a weather band and some cards and books.

    All I can say is try it sometime, it may amaze you as to how close the family can become.

    By the way, our kids were average kids. Usually plugged into their Nintendos, walkmans or in front of the TV watching movies or one of their favorite shows.

    I do realize everyone is different and camping should be enjoyable and if that means bringing a TV then go for it!!!!! Just keep camping.

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    Edited by - John L on December 30 2008 19:13:23

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    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    My wife has to sleep with a tv on but i prefer dark and quiet. We have a small 13 inch tv for the news and weather but after that i like to have the radio on in the background.

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  17. NeedtoRoam

    NeedtoRoam Colorfull Colorado

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    I, being in the satellite business for commercial properties(no homes) I have all the good stuff available to me.
    I will probably end up with a dish and tripod or a roof mount unit.
    I think it's important to know what's going on in the world, even if your away from home.

    If anyone lives in Denver let me know, I can get parts at cost. Contact me through this site.

    Fred & Ida

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    Well, I won't pay for the Satellite system, as I rather enjoy my Cable Internet that comes with the TV service at home. I just can't have anything less than the cable to run the Home Network that includes 3 computers at a time on the internet. So thanks fro the info on the 50 buck deal, but that won't work for me.

    I'll take my chances on the digital converter box and the old school UHF roof top antenna. I think this should more than enough TV for us at camp. The portable DVD player is also another option that I can still think about doing as well. <hr> John L,

    Thanks for the 'guilt trip'! But seriously though, you make a good case against a TV in the camper. I do not disagree with a word you said about it. But (as you know, folks are different) to us, it's a wonder to leave the computers for 2 or 3 days at time. To me, it's a Relief that I can get my DW away from the damn gaming sites for more than an hour... let alone for 3 days. I suppose the same can be said about me and my time at the forums here.

    Your exactly right on your post against a TV in the camper. But your TV is like our computers and internet. We do a LOT more as a family without the computers. For now, we share TV and Movie time when we ditch the computers, and camping helps us to do just that. Maybe someday we'll also give up the TV and Movies.

    Until that day arrives though, the kids (DD and Nephew) sometimes still get bored. So for this, the TV and DVD player could come in handy. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cowboy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cowboy Camper">
     
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    Scott, it wasn't meant to be a guilt trip, just something to consider and think about.

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    I've camped many years without a TV, but times are changing. I have a family now I have to keep happy. If their happy, I'm happy!

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