Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-15-2021, 06:27 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
kentdavido's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Tulsa
Posts: 422
Smart TV

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_3736.JPG
Views:	61
Size:	67.8 KB
ID:	254589
We purchased the big guy new. 2016 364TS. We never watch TV however we thought about changing this TV out to a smart TV that can just stream from our phones or screen mirroring. Have any of you guys done that and is it complicated? Love to hear your ideas and suggestions.
kentdavido is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 06:30 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
nomad297's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 6,292
Quote:
Originally Posted by kentdavido View Post
Attachment 254589
We purchased the big guy new. 2016 364TS. We never watch TV however we thought about changing this TV out to a smart TV that can just stream from our phones. Have any of you guys done that and is it complicated? Love to hear your ideas and suggestions.
This is just me, but I would rather have a non-smart TV and choose the device that suits me best for streaming.

Bruce
__________________
2016 Rockwood Windjammer 3029W Diamond
2015 Chevy 3500HD LTZ 6.0 Crew Cab 4x4 Long Bed 4.10:1 SRW
nomad297 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 06:36 AM   #3
Georgia Rally Coordinator
 
aceinspp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: GA
Posts: 19,207
I have a smart TV but it smarter than me and so I just use it as regular besides I'm not a big fan of watching TV anyway. LaterRJD
__________________
2020 Shasta Phoenix SPF 27RKSS
2018 Dodge Ram 2500 6.4 3:73 gearing. Traded 2015 Chevy 2500 6.0, 4:10
Traded 2015 30WRLIKS V-Lite
Days camped 2019 62
Days camped 2020 49 days camped 2021-26
aceinspp is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 06:39 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
nomad297's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 6,292
Quote:
Originally Posted by aceinspp View Post
I have a smart TV but it smarter than me and so I just use it as regular
This is my problem...and my wife’s. They’re all different and it gets tiresome explaining to others how to use them. This is why I prefer just a regular TV and my preferred (ROKU) streaming device. The ROKU works the same on every TV.

Bruce
__________________
2016 Rockwood Windjammer 3029W Diamond
2015 Chevy 3500HD LTZ 6.0 Crew Cab 4x4 Long Bed 4.10:1 SRW
nomad297 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 06:59 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
kentdavido's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Tulsa
Posts: 422
Thank you. We never watch tv so all of your thoughts are appreciated.
kentdavido is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 07:08 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
007matman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 2,309
If you can drive a Roku, you can operate a Smart TV.

Think of them as having a Roku stick embedded in them.
007matman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 07:11 AM   #7
Retired Army MSG!
 
lazyjj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Sharon, SC
Posts: 212
I can't tell by the pic what type mount you have but it is simply deciding what size you have now and going back with the same. DW and I purchased a new rig in January and the tv we had in our trade in we kept. After mounting I decided it wasn't large enough for the space in our 5vr living area so I purchased a 40" Vizio smart tv and I have truly enjoyed it. I also have a Dish tailgater that you cannot rely on in a lot of shady parks we visit so the option to stream on the Vizio as well as cast from my phone has been great. We do not sit around and watch a lot of TV but, we have gone out 4 times in the new rig to date and the weather just hasn't always been the best so the tv fills the time we can't be outside.
lazyjj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 07:19 AM   #8
Site Team
 
KyDan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 9,679
Quote:
Originally Posted by 007matman View Post
If you can drive a Roku, you can operate a Smart TV.
Think of them as having a Roku stick embedded in them.
I sort of agree with you and sort of disagree...

Yeah they act similarly but.... remotes are SO varied. A roku remote (at least mine) is fairly simple. The remote for our "smart TV" is much more complicated and some buttons are not very intuitive.
example- other TVs use a button called "input" or "source" to switch between antenna, roku, chrome cast etc....
MY current TV remote has a button which has a little pictogram on it that sort of looks like the end of a coax cable.
And there are at least 2 other ways to change inputs using that remote.
__________________
Peace!
Dan & Rita D
2017 Nissan Titan 5.6L King cab 4wd
1999 Suzuki Intruder Motorcycle
Blue Ox WD hitch

Camping days 2010-53, 2011-47, 2012-41, 2013-41, 2014-31, 2015-40, 2016-44, 2017-63, 2018-75, 2019-32, 2020-41, 2021-42
KyDan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 07:50 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
nomad297's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 6,292
Quote:
Originally Posted by 007matman View Post
If you can drive a Roku, you can operate a Smart TV.

Think of them as having a Roku stick embedded in them.
I bet you’re younger than me. My son is my go-to when it comes to working out these technical things. He says I’m a dinosaur for using a ROKU and he just can’t understand why I get so frustrated with the smart TVs we have owned. We have a smart TV in our kitchen (I bought it because it was cheap) at home that my wife uses just for noise more than anything and I just can’t work it out. I think I have it, then the next time I try to use it, I realize I don’t have it. Then I have my son come to the kitchen to click a couple of buttons on the remote to get it going. It’s frustrating for me and my wife, but the TVs with the ROKUs are no problem.

Bruce
__________________
2016 Rockwood Windjammer 3029W Diamond
2015 Chevy 3500HD LTZ 6.0 Crew Cab 4x4 Long Bed 4.10:1 SRW
nomad297 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 09:26 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
kentdavido's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Tulsa
Posts: 422
You guys know what it’s like in some of these parks the Internet is crap and then we use our phone as a hotspot. And the streaming charges can be crazy once you go over your limit. And depending on where you are in the TV reception is tough. We don’t have a satellite dish because we just don’t watch that much TV however there are those times.
kentdavido is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 10:27 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Independence, Kansas
Posts: 738
We have two tv's in the house and one in the camper. They are all LED flat screens but only one is smart tv. We have the amazon firestick on all three effectively turning them all into smart tv's. I like the firestick because the on screen format and controls are the same for all three tv's now. We get our live tv and local broadcasts through Youtube TV. When we are camping we use one of our phones for a hot spot and receive all of our tv and internet through it. We get our internet, netflix, hulu, prime, youtube and youtube tv, and others all through the hotspot. Years ago we carried a satellite dish and then later moved up to a tailgater. Now we don't have to bring anything extra.
comfun1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 10:33 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 347
You can get a connector that will plug into your phone and it has a port to connect an HDMI cable and your phone charger cord. We have streamed a lot of stuff with it. I got mine from Best Buy.
Sunseeker16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 01:11 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Dodge Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1,419
I just installed a smart TV above the door in our 350TS. In that position we can now view it from the new reclining love seat we ordered. But I don’t use the smart portion of it unless I’m in the driveway at home where I have good WiFi. I use an apple adapter that lets me mirror my phone to the TV. So I can watch anything I want. With HULU if I’m out of my zip code I can’t watch it on the TV, but I can still watch it on my phone, kind of stupid. I would’ve gotten anon smart TV, but they aren’t that much cheaper so I went with the smart TV.
__________________
2012 Georgetown XL 350TS, Hellwig front/rear sway bars, Sumo Springs, Blue OX True Center steering damper
2013 Ford Explorer LTD toad, Roadmaster Stowmaster 5000, VIP><Tow Brake

Better to have a bad day of camping than a good day at work!
Dodge Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 01:45 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Dayton Ohio
Posts: 2,077
Our Jensen rv tv fell apart in less than a year. The mounts broke out of the plastic and it hit the floor.

We replaced it with the cheapest Samsung smart tv. 50" Under $400

It is smarter than I am.

Great picture. Wifi roku etc built in. It will be a long learning curve.
tomkatb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 03:44 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
httntheroad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: anywhere we want
Posts: 196
We just use a phone to hdmi adaptor. Cheap and works perfect.
httntheroad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2021, 07:35 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Delco Bobby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Media, PA
Posts: 2,687
Quote:
Originally Posted by httntheroad View Post
We just use a phone to hdmi adaptor. Cheap and works perfect.


Same here, very easy and no aggravation.
__________________
2017 Dynamax REV 24RB
2018 Ford F-150

Formerly a 2013 Sunseeker 2250 SLEC.
Delco Bobby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2021, 10:01 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Whitehouse, Texas
Posts: 1,180
We are using a chromecast and use Visible cell service. Unlimited data for 40 per month including taxes. Last time we camped it rain half of the time. We must of use over 30 hours of HD TV. It never buffered. I can't say we will get that service everywhere but it has done us good. It operates on Verizon towers.
If cell service is not good enough for streaming we bring our laptop with us and watch shows that we have recorded.
Quote:
Originally Posted by kentdavido View Post
You guys know what it’s like in some of these parks the Internet is crap and then we use our phone as a hotspot. And the streaming charges can be crazy once you go over your limit. And depending on where you are in the TV reception is tough. We don’t have a satellite dish because we just don’t watch that much TV however there are those times.
__________________
2013 Georgetown XL 378
2008 Honda CR-V
wrapperman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2021, 06:10 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
kentdavido's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Tulsa
Posts: 422
Thank you for all the advice and wisdom. You guys are a great group of friends I value and trust the ideas you share. Have a great day.
kentdavido is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2021, 06:31 AM   #19
Usually Confused Member
 
emm-dee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Georgia
Posts: 3,809
FWIW, ROKU has “mirroring” capability now. Works very good on the iPhone, iPad, Mac and MacBook. Don’t have a clue if it works on a Droid phone...they are still way to complex for me.
__________________
2018 Forester 3051S (aka Clyde, the rolling roadblock)

2015 Wrangler Toad (aka Bonnie)

At some point during every day you suddenly realize nothing else productive is going to happen the rest of that day. For me, it usually occurs around 9 am.
emm-dee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2021, 10:31 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
kentdavido's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Tulsa
Posts: 422
Quote:
Originally Posted by emm-dee View Post
FWIW, ROKU has “mirroring” capability now. Works very good on the iPhone, iPad, Mac and MacBook. Don’t have a clue if it works on a Droid phone...they are still way to complex for me.


Thank you, we’re Apple.
kentdavido is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:19 AM.