Thinking about getting Satellite TV for the PUP!!!

Discussion in 'Campsite Electronics' started by fishguy1313, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. braclark

    braclark New Member

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    I've been reading this forum way too much.
    I read it like:
    <BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>Your exactly right on your post against a <b>T</b>ow<b>V</b>ehicle in the camper.<hr height=1 noshade id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote></font id=quote><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" size=2 id=quote>

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  2. fishguy1313

    fishguy1313 New Member

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    ^That's funny! I have no doubt in my mind I will have satellite this spring/summer in my pup.

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  3. NYgranny

    NYgranny New Member

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    We take a small tv for the news (and something to do on rainy nights when we can't have a fire). We're getting a converter box for that tv, for the pup and using it in the bedroom occasionally when we're not camping. We have satellite dish for the set in the living room. We probably watch WAY too much tv when at home, but we DO miss the news without it, although the radio is great, too. I guess we like having "all the comforts of home" now that we're off the ground!

    Barb

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  4. turtle

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    We took the tele with us when rain was predicted and found that we enjoyed having the news and weather available to us so we now take one all the time. Don't think I'll ever go as far as directtv or dish as I can do without the sports/reality shows etc for a few days.

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  5. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    I'm with John. The idea of a TV in a campground sends feeling of little creepy, crawly things up my back and makes me shudder.

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  6. winston24

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    NASCAR!!!! I've got to have my NASCAR!!!! I will do anything to get my NASCAR!!!! Oh yeah and the weather and news to is also nice to have.

    1998 Coleman Bayside (Our Front Porch)
     
  7. Cowboy Camper

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    I am very much against having the <b>T</b>ow <b>V</b>ehicle in the camper! Too much work to get the truck in there! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tongue">

    But I'm still on the hunt for an older 13" TV if one can still be found these days. Product Obsolescence can be a pain. Time to stop by the 'second hand' stores we have around here. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_happycamper.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Happy Camper">
     
  8. khawk

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    Son-in-Law bought a dish & tripod. We both have Direct TV and just take one of our receivers from home. We bought a 15" LCD TV from Sam's with DVD player. We set up with using compass and on-screen instructions. Just make sure you have enough cable to set up the dish with a clear view of the southern sky. Local channels can be a problem if you are out of the footprint for local. We were surprised when we picked up Huntsville, AL stations in Destin, FL (over 300 miles away).

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  9. Groovin Campers

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    fishguy, If you do some research here you will find another thread on this subject.
    But if you can not find it if you already have direct tv you can simply take one of your receivers and a spare dish,they even have tripods that have a level and compass on it.
    You do not have to tell direct tv that you are traveling with this system unless you need the big four (ABC,CBS,FOX,& NBC)if you need them you can sign up for a national plan and go through those hoops.
    This set up is cheep and works well,and you never know when you will need it.
    And anyone that is against you using a tv camping will just stay away from your site especially when there team is playing.<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">

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    When I die I want to go like my granpa in my sleep not screaming like the other people in the car.
     
  10. Cowboy Camper

    Cowboy Camper New Member

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    The second hand store came through for me folks. On the first attempt (visit) I found one for <b>7 Bucks!</b> For a camper tv set, I think it'll be just fine! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">

    Here's a Link to my Gallery Pics of the set up as tested in the living room at home that night.

    There's also a couple other topics here about a Home Made antenna that is made from coat hangers. The poster of that project made one himself and reported very good luck with it. I'm planning on trying that sometime too. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_happycamper.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Happy Camper"> <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cowboy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cowboy Camper">
     
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    Groovin Campers New Member

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    Here is the link to the old thread
    http://www.popupportal.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=19129&FORUM_ID=1&CAT_ID=1&Topic_Title=satellite+dish%3F&Forum_Title=General+Camping+Forum

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    When I die I want to go like my granpa in my sleep not screaming like the other people in the car.
     
  12. fishguy1313

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    Thanks GROOVIN. I knew about taking just the receiver from home and a spare dish. I decided to just get a DVR and record some stuff and take that receiver w/ us to camp. Then we can watch TV if we want. The dish just seemed like too much work. Maybe next year!!!

    2002 Chevy Blazer - Tow Vehicle
    2005 Fleetwood Utah - Pop Up
     
  13. Richard

    Richard Take kids camping. It's great for you and them.

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    I made a great DTV antenna, gets anywhere from 8 to 15 channels, for under two dollars out of 6 coat hangers, a few screws, washers, and a 2 1/2 ft board. I learned how here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWQhlmJTMzw

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  14. Richard

    Richard Take kids camping. It's great for you and them.

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    I take a portable DVD player for the kids. Using the digital converter ($10 from walmart after $40 coupon) I can send the signals right onto the little screen of the DVD player. It also gives me great onscreen program data.

    PU = 95 Coachmen 12' Box
    TV = 02 2WD Suburban
    "Living in the Blue Ridge Mountains suits me just fine!"
     
  15. NY G-Men Fan

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    Everyone enjoys camping in their own way, no tv or with tv. I don't think that I would go that route with the satellite hook-up. I have brought the lap top and allowed the kids to watch a movie before bed though. The DVR has been the best addition to tv in my opinion. This year alone I have missed lots of football games because of the kids activities. I can't wait to camp. My DW and DS's are anxious too! Happy cmping to all!

    Rob - '71 , Anne Marie - '73
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    Directv told me it was no problem for me to use my spare bedroom receiver in my PUP, but to let them know if I was taking it traveling (so it wouldn't show up in the system as potentially stollen). They did tell me that wherever I went, I would have my home programming.

    I've seen alot of dishes on tripods in my travels, and noticed that most of those folks liked the parking lot style sites vs. wooded.


    I don't watch much tv, but do carry a small tv and dvd player. I get my news from the internet, and love being able to see the radar map without Harry-Fatso standing in front of the exact area I need to see - while the map is in view for about 30 seconds! Best of all - no doom/gloom predictors gabbing about all the murders and other crime! Best stress reduction is to turn off the television!
     
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    I totally understand the no TV in the pup, but with my family it is almost a must...not so much for the actual tv programs, but for my 3 year old to not wake up the entire campground at 6 am. We are on the hunt for a TV/DVD combo...we have taken the lap top with us so far and played the movies on it, but he likes to play with the key board on it when I am not looking. When it is quiet time at night and time for bed we will put a movie in and 1st thing in the morning. He is a very active and loud little boy, this is one of the many ways we can get him to start to relax and settle down. (and please don't bash me for this, he is my third child and the only one we have had to do this with -every kid is different and this one is has a high functioning form of Autism so they say)

    Now with all that being said - what does the converter box do for you...I am very interested, since we will have the tv I would not mind seeing the news from time to time.....I am addicted to the news and weather!!!

    Darlene (72), DH (69) DD (94), DS (01), DS (05)
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  18. Crackshot

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    Darslife - The converter box is for the digital switch going from analog signal. Much better picture quality.

    We have TV and Nintendo in our new trailer.

    Like others were saying, when it rains at night or when its 100 degrees outside and want to hibernate with the AC on, gotta have something to do!
    We are on a computer terminal all day, all week and getting away from PC's is a vacation in itself!

    2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad cab 4X4
    2007 Jay Feather EXP 29 A

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  19. hvac1877

    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    If you have a older non-digital TV you will need a converter to convert the digital signal back to analog so you can watch TV after June 12 now. If your TV has a digital turner built in you wont need the converter. Remember if you have a LCD TV in you pup don't let it get below freezing or the screen with bust due the the liquid crystals freezing and expanding busting the screen

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    ok, so if I get a new TV more than likely I will not need the converter box.

    We won't leave it in the pop up... I will bring it in when not camping.

    Do you need an antenna to get local channels? we have cable hook up, but I am not so sure that we will be camping in places with cable.

    Movies do just fine, just curious. I like some of the others have a laptop, computer at work and then I have to carry a blasted black berry everywhere I go....so camping where there are not signals for anything of the sort will be welcomed<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">

    Darlene (72), DH (69) DD (94), DS (01), DS (05)
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