Thinking about getting Satellite TV for the PUP!!!

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  1. LifesAGrill

    LifesAGrill Raymond, MS

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    We were camping a few years ago, and a storm brew. I turned on the radio (local) and they said there was a slight possiblity of rain and nothing else. About 10 minutes into the storm, a tornado touched down within 3 miles of the CG. We lost our screen room and almost all of our outdoor kitchen supplies, never found them.

    Therefore, I will never go camping without Satelite TV. Had i been watching the Weather Channel, as my mom was at home, we would have know there was a tornado warning for our area and been able to take some precautions. The local radio was too busy playing songs to let us know that we were in danger.

    I have read this post and agree with the arguement not to take TV with you, but until you ride out a tornado in a PUP, I really don't think you have an arguement for my reasoning.

    Happy Camping!
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  2. hvac1877

    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    What i like about my Sirius radio at least last year we had tornado warnings in the area we were camping and it came on and switched to the channel to the weather channel to give us the weather. Other wise we would not have know to pack up early and get on the road.

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  3. bdlaue

    bdlaue New Member

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    We go camping to get away from TV. Dont miss it much. As for something to do in evenings, reading a book or magazine works. Or if I am lucky, we can just "do it" more than usual. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_happycamper.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Happy Camper">

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    I'll be another one, who will need/should have satellite in the PU, because I'll usually have my three kids with me. I've been looking for a solution to that, aside from DVDs, and have decided that, when we're at a camp site, or anywhere we can get WiFi, then I'll be using the laptop, and getting our TV shows from www.hulu.com They're shows that have already aired, but I know there are shows that we haven't seen before

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    dcj070454 New Member

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    Never have and never will. When it becomes a desparet thing like TV, I just stay home. If you can't live without it, you have serious issues.
     
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    Csea New Member

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    To each their own and if thats how you relax then hey we can't judge you on that.

    However, Camping is supposed to be relaxing and getting back to nature.... if i wanna watch tv, id stay at home.
     
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    A weather radio programmed to the county you are in will get weather warnings just as fast or faster than your TV will.
     
  8. EV2

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    Just a few comments on this thread. Since you asked about Sat television, I assume that you do not need opinions on whether to have a television camping, as you probably can determine that for yourself. As was mentioned, an older set with analog tuner will required a digital converter for over the air. If you are using DTV, you do not need a converter, or even any tuner at all for that matter as you can just use video inputs. I have an in-motion antenna that will work for non-HD programs either when parked or on the rear seat screens when on the road, but it is costly. By the way, LCD screens to not freeze and break, but should only be operated at normal temperatures. If you do not need in motion, it is not too difficult to setup DTV antenna on Standard Def. If you wish to have HD, that takes a little more effort as it has to be tweaked pretty carefully and requires the larger dish. It is not too difficult to do after you have done it a few times, and it is quicker and easier if you have a meter, but that could also be costly if you have no other use for it. Local channels are on spot beams, so your home receiver will work for network home channels only for a couple of hundred miles around the center of your local spot beam. Once you leave the spot beam, you will loose your network access, but will retain the rest of your subscription as it is nationwide. If you obtain a dedicated RV receiver account, you can access the national network feed, but that will defeat the savings of being able to use your home receiver. As to reporting to Directv to prevent it being reported as stolen, someone is having some kind of 'senior moment' as there is no basis for this. Yes, I believe that a CSR may have advised this, but Directv customer service reps may be the most unknowledgeable reps on the planet. No need to call, you will just create a nightmare. Hope this DTV information assists your decision.
     
  9. Richard

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

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    I've been reading all the comments, Thanks EV2 for a direct answer with hard facts.
     
  10. mike1wade

    mike1wade Want to Dark Side

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    I don't believe you asked for a debate on bringing along a television. Some of the posts missed this point. Because my disabled daughter loves camping and being all together, but can not take long hikes, swim, or any physcial extremes, and she loves the television being along I use an old utility light tripod with a lenghth of 1 1/4" pvc pipe mounted vertically on the top, and the dish is slid onto the pipe. The cable is run into an opening between the canvas and the box. We also have a free to air omni directional antenna mounted on the roof and wired into the pup. If you want more info, please email me. Camping is all about family no matter what your preferences are.
     
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    We lose signal at home if it snows/rains very hard. Wouldn't that still be the case if you're using the sat for weather. Our weather radio was less than $30 and will wake the dead in the middle of the night. Here in the mid west, storms come up pretty fast. It's nothing to go to bed looking at stars and wake to a major storm. We've rode out some significant storms in the Airstream, can't imagine those same storms in the PUP. Better to seek shelter, you can always replace a PUP or the pots/pans.
     
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    I take along our extra dish, receiver and an aluminum 'speaker stand' - if it's a weekend trip, we hardly ever set it up - If it's a week long adventure we take the time to get it going. We've gotten pretty good at setting it up and normally get 95%+ signal strength (cuts down on rain fade).

    I'm also considering building one of the omnidirectional HD antennas with the board and hangers to have on hand for our long trip this summer. After driving 8+ hours I'm not going to feel like messing with the dish for a single night stay.

    The hardest part of the whole thing is getting the stand level. It has to be PERFECTLY level to shoot the satellites and I haven't found a BAL for a dish tripod.

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  13. Richard

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

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    Bal for a dish tripod, now that would be handy! :)
     
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    armyguy US [USA]

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    Stoopid me, I was googling Satelite tow vehicle..... i was like how could someone say if you need it that bad then stay home? How else were they gonna get there? [:D]
     
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    :) If you want the winegard mp1 is a good low cost option, portable and easy to set up. Although getting the signal can be a little tricky. we had a recevier not being used in the house that now lives in the camper.
     
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    The only TV we take is a really small portable TV in case the weather gets bad and besides you can stay at homw and watch TV. Camping is suppose to get you outdoors not stay in and watch TV all day.
     
  17. jmcclung11

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    I took the dish off of my house and mounted it on a tripod. I then added an additional card to my old receiver on my mom's account that I pay her for. I can deactivate/reactivate that card whenever I want. Therefore, we usually only have it activated during September through January..football season! It is great to sit out with friends and just watch a game sometimes. It is great for when it is really hot here and the kids want to sit inside for awhile to cool off.

    Don't let anyone talk you out of bringing it. The only problem that I have is that we camp in State Parks a lot and the tree cover. Good Luck.
     
  18. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    Just so everyone is aware, this thread is from 2009, so the OP has probably figured things out. There's no reason that the thread can't continue, though.
     

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