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Old 01-14-2015, 02:36 AM   #21
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No intent to disparage. I was just describing my experience so far and cautioning about expecting an antenna to deliver the goods.
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Old 01-14-2015, 08:30 AM   #22
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No intent to disparage. I was just describing my experience so far and cautioning about expecting an antenna to deliver the goods.
Hi: gbaglo... I certainly trust our King Jack Antenna to deliver the goods better than King Steven!!! We will be concrete camping for a month in an urban area again. Last year our Winegard Antenna couldn't get a PBS station!!! No Downton Abbey!!! Hope the King Jack Antenna fares better this year. Alf
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Old 01-14-2015, 08:34 AM   #23
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Downton Abbey and Yuengling Beer, you must be in heaven Alf..... that is what we work for all our lives......happiness.
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Old 01-14-2015, 08:45 AM   #24
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Downton Abbey and Yuengling Beer, you must be in heaven Alf..... that is what we work for all our lives......happiness.
Hi: cpaharley2008... Some how Peerage and beer sounds so common!!! Now fine Whisky or Bourbon is quite another question.
I just love (Dowager Lady Grantham)... Maggie Smiths "Zingers". One of the perks of getting older is you can say certain things... and get away with it!!! Alf
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:47 AM   #25
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Y'all are very fortunate to camp with other people during good weather. But please don't disparage, by innuendo at the very least, those who are widowed (or are single) and camp during winter months when it gets dark at 4:30 p.m. and there's nothing but rain coming down; television and movies in the evenings can be entertaining. At least I'm out there.
Do I not have a right to reflect on personal experience? You certainly seem to have a strong opinion, and are voicing yours. Fair is fair.

I was in no way putting down anyone's preferred style of camping, just reflecting on an option I got, that I don't make use of. There are about a dozen couples/singles/families of us that camp together on a regular basis, and a few others at times, and I know of nobody that uses a TV. Maybe us Canuckleheads do things different.

BTW, we are out around the campfire even in ugly weather, often below freezing. We just dress appropriately, put up a tarp if required, and put another log on the fire.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:01 AM   #26
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There's no one right way to camp, it's different for all based on our desires. I was once part of a couple and KNOW my life was "different." As a single person, I notice a huge difference between WE and ME. There's no way I'm going to be out around a campfire in ugly weather, below freezing all by myself. Why should I? I can be comfortable inside my trailer watching a movie!
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:05 AM   #27
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There's no one right way to camp, it's different for all based on our desires.
Exactly!

What we as a group here can do, is to describe our preferences and experiences, and hopefully others can then pick out what might work best for them, given their situations, and preferences.

Because I prefer to keep things simple, and enjoy the great outdoors the way I do, is not wrong. Neither is it wrong for those who prefer the luxuries inside the trailer, the ones that are provided for us.

I expect my camping style too will evolve with time, as I age (further), and retire spending much more time doing extended camping trips. As much as I love a campfire, and it is a huge part of the experience for me, I also note that there seems to be a few campgrounds that don't allow them. What's up with that?
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Old 01-14-2015, 11:49 AM   #28
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We are trying to finalize our build sheet, and have had the Jack TV Antenna and wall mountable TV arm on our sheet from the start. However, with the advent of cable, fiber optics and satellite television, I was wondering if television airwave signals are very common any more? If you have a Jack TV antenna, can you please tell us if you feel it is worthwhile? Are there better options to spend the money on? Also, if we get a TV arm, is there some place near it to plug in an AC plug in? Is it worth getting the arm, or just a laptop computer? We welcome your thoughts and opinions. Thank you.
We don't use the TV much either, yet like many things when we want to....

An option not discussed much in detail and one I predict is growing as we speak is streaming via cellular data. In the US there is a price war thanks most likely to the FTC barring AT&T from buying T-Mobile. The costs have dropped significantly: $130/mo for 2 smartphones with 10GB data. AT&T is now running ads featuring Rollover for Data for example and I predict more pressure on pricing. Networks like NBC now let you stream their content as do of course Netflix, etc. We watch Dish Network via a mobile app Dishanywhere and it works great using our Samsung smartphone with their adapter that transfers the image from the phone to our TV.
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Amazingly enough, I probably watch more TV in the trailer than I do in our house. I didn't think that would be the case. We don't watch TV all that much, but the very first week we had a trailer we were staying at Long Beach WA, it was chilly and drizzling. We were both tired of the board and card games. I was happy to sit in the trailer and watch a BBC mystery, while the furnace kept us cozy and warm. We tend to use the shoulder season as the time for our extended trips, so evenings are cold, and in the spring they are often damp. The TV makes for a nice change of pace.
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When camping alone its nice to curl up in bed in the evening and watch a movie with a glass of wine and a dog or two. Usually I'm tired from lots of outdoor activities
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Streaming content over the internet is certainly the current and increasing trend. One problem with this for use in travel trailers is that if you think over-the-air TV stations are few and hard to get in remote camping locations, wait until you try mobile network access! If you have multi-megabit per second mobile speeds (and a suitable rate plan) that's great, but at a campsite in the Alberta mountains or interior B.C. where there are no TV stations, there may not be a mobile network at all, let alone one that supports enjoyable video streaming.

Having both over-the-air broadcast TV reception and internet streaming seems desirable for those wanting to watch TV. Satellite TV is also an option (albeit a heavy, bulky, and expensive one), but even that doesn't work everywhere.
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Hi: All... Been carrying around a copy of The Kings Speech since it came out on DVD. Got a 19" Toshiba flat screen with built in DVD player. Been in both 5.0& 5.0TA and the movie is still in its cellophane wrap. There's always something else to do!!! Alf
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Hi: All... Been carrying around a copy of The Kings Speech since it came out on DVD. Got a 19" Toshiba flat screen with built in DVD player. Been in both 5.0& 5.0TA and the movie is still in its cellophane wrap. There's always something else to do!!! Alf
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Need to open that DVDS. Very good movie!
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Beat you. I have a copy of A Clockwork Orange that's still in cello.
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We don't use the TV much either, yet like many things when we want to....

An option not discussed much in detail and one I predict is growing as we speak is streaming via cellular data. In the US there is a price war thanks most likely to the FTC barring AT&T from buying T-Mobile. The costs have dropped significantly: $130/mo for 2 smartphones with 10GB data. AT&T is now running ads featuring Rollover for Data for example and I predict more pressure on pricing. Networks like NBC now let you stream their content as do of course Netflix, etc. We watch Dish Network via a mobile app Dishanywhere and it works great using our Samsung smartphone with their adapter that transfers the image from the phone to our TV.
Glad we have an inverter
And the cellular data streaming is an even more viable option for those of us who have an unlimited data plan -- grandfathered in at a low rate. Of course, all of that depends on if you have a signal. I like the antenna and I like free even more.
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Up at Kane Lakes near Merritt you can't get AM or FM or TV, but there is a cell tower somewhere nearby.
Of course it helps if you have a company computer and company data plan ( no longer applicable ).
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Y'all are very fortunate to camp with other people during good weather. But please don't disparage, by innuendo at the very least, those who are widowed (or are single) and camp during winter months when it gets dark at 4:30 p.m. and there's nothing but rain coming down; television and movies in the evenings can be entertaining. At least I'm out there.
I have to agree, as when we are camping in the desert down south, the days are wonderful and warm, but when the sun goes down, it cools down quickly. As we are now a little older, we just simply dont quite enjoy sitting around the campfire with the cold air surrounding one. A warm trailer and a good movie seem to be more appealing at our age.

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Beat you. I have a copy of A Clockwork Orange that's still in cello.
Now that's going back a LONG time. Saw that in theater when I was in college!
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