We have a digital LCD TV in our new trailer.
I used to be a purist and didn't want a TV on a camping
trip but I've come around.
Examples of when I am not against a TV in a camping trailer are
Bad weather episodes- seeing local radar can be highly desirable
Long nights- it gets dark at 5:30 in the winter and I can only
stand to sit by the fire for so long
Rainy days and nights- this week we camped 3 days and it rained
ALL day one day. We had thunder storms and tornado watches so
TV was good for weather info and alerts. A weather radio is a nice
thing too but seeing the live radar is extra nice sometimes.
Anyway, we found that digital TV or DTV is like a (digital)
cell phone. Either you have a signal or you don't.
It's not at all like analog where you can have a snowy picture
but still a picture. With digital it goes from PERFECT DVD
quality picture to blank screen and back as the storms and miles
block the signal.
Overall it is better IMO. For example, my TV has analog and digital
capability. Our analog signal was snowy with some static due
to the distance from the station. Our digital was perfect most
of the time. During the worst of the storm it was fine but
went out briefly later when the storms moved closer to the
If you currently have analog TV and are going to use it
next year, you need to get the coupon from the government.
With that you can purchase a digital converter at Walmart
for about 10 bucks.
One caveat-- if you decide to return the converter, they will
not give your coupon back so you get your 10 bucks back but
then you have no converter box and no more coupon
I -believe- that you will find you can watch a good/perfect picture
in places where you had mediocre analog signal if you switch
My DTV and converter box discussion ONLY APPLIES TO ANTENNA
reception. This does apply to rabbit ears also.
If you have cable or satellite, you will not need a converter
box. If you watch cable TV in your camp ground you don't need
a converter box.
If you're using your trailer TV antenna and wall box amplifier
it should work ok with a converter box or digital ready TV.