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aftermarket in-car tv/vcr for the little one on road trips(23 posts)

aftermarket in-car tv/vcr for the little one on road tripsJS Haiku Shop
Nov 4, 2002 12:39 PM
anybody bought/use one? i'm considering this one. feedback welcome.


wouldn't you prefer...Bruno
Nov 4, 2002 4:32 PM
kids to see the contry side rather than the TV which they watch all the time? Wouldn't a TV inside the car be against what a road trip is all about?
Apparently you don't have kids...Matno
Nov 4, 2002 4:57 PM

The TV in the car, which goes against all my instincts as a parent who wants to educate my kids, is the most marvelous idea anyone ever came up with. It seriously limits the chaos and bad moods of children who get restless in the car and wouldn't appreciate the scenery anyway. When I was growing up, my dad was big on watching the scenery too, but it got to be a little too much when we drove through Kansas and he wanted us to pay attention to every farmhouse with a 12 foot satellite dish (which he thought was fascinating). Fortunately for me, I always took lots of books and had no problems with car sickness.

That TV setup looks fine for the money. You can probably get a better deal on eBay, but it's not a convenient. Personally, I would rather get one with a DVD player (just because VHS tapes are bulky), but you're talking big $$ for those. My wife's the oldest of 10 (the youngest is 6 now), and her family has used one of those for years to make a fairly frequent 12 hour drive to their vacation home. It changes a boring day of just sitting to a boring day of watching movies, in my opinion, much easier to take. It certainly keeps the little kids much happier. Only problem is that the driver can't watch (usually me).
thanks...JS Haiku Shop
Nov 5, 2002 7:31 AM
i'm not too concerned about not being able to watch, though. so far i have the words to 10 blues clues tapes and numerous elmo and others memorized. no need to watch them again. :)

Apparently you don't have kids...cowsinus
Nov 5, 2002 1:42 PM
yes and feed them candy and let them stay up late. that will make them happy. do your kids have a tv in their bedroom? tv makes kids happy.
come to think of it, yes, you're right...JS Haiku Shop
Nov 5, 2002 7:21 AM
i'd rather have a 2 year-old kicking the back of my seat, screaming and crying, throwing fruit loops and toys, throwing fits, and necessitating not only my wife riding in the back seat, but stops every 25 miles for six hours.

now why didin't i think of that?
and while i'm at it...JS Haiku Shop
Nov 5, 2002 7:27 AM
I KNEW a response like this would come up. better yet, how about "you shouldn't let the TV babysit your kids. you're rotting their minds."

#1 a few years ago i might have said something similar. that was before a) becoming a parent, b) ANY travel with a young one, and, most specifically, c) airline travel (not a concern in this post, but a whole new experience if you haven't had the pleasure).

#2 i get more out of educational tv than reading, plus i can do both at the same time.

#3 personal insults and emotionally-charged rant withheld. nearly every time i post on the non-cycling board, my resolve and dedication to the "forum pact" are tested.

thanks for your input.
deep breath, J...Spinchick
Nov 5, 2002 8:13 AM
remember back to the time before you became a parent.

FWIW, if I never used the tv as a temporary "babysitter," I wouldn't have had a shower for two years.

I know several people who have the in-car dvd/video player. Some previously hard-to-travel-with kids are now much easier on long trips.
i'm trying. nmJS Haiku Shop
Nov 5, 2002 8:52 AM
give them Valium...Bruno S
Nov 5, 2002 8:23 PM
and put them to sleep during the trip. This would hurt their brains less than the evil box you plan to smack in front of their faces.
thanks for your input. nmJS Haiku Shop
Nov 6, 2002 6:11 AM
JS- I have used one for years.MXL02
Nov 5, 2002 6:07 AM
They are great! You should also get some adaptors to double the number of power outlets in your car, and converters for 12v DC to 110v AC so you can run the nintendo/ sega/sony game players. Your kids will be totally occupied no matter how far you are traveling.
thanks...JS Haiku Shop
Nov 5, 2002 7:29 AM
we have copious outletage (LOL) in the family car--newer model explorer--but more is probably a good thing. then again, i'm the primary road trip driver (but not the navigator!!!), and putting a nintendo or the like in the vehicle might find me in the back seat, second player.

Hey JS...I have one of thosePaulCL
Nov 5, 2002 7:42 AM
I've had it for about six years. Less one $90 repair bill to fish out a pencil and barbie shoe, its' been great. We used it on every car trip for years until we bought the mini-van with the fold down, built-in, TV VCR combo.

Yes, it rots my kids brains. But the TV keeps them alive in the car. WHY?? Becuase if we didn't have the TV/VCR, the kids would whine, yell, fight, kick, etc... and I would be force to kill'em !! So, the TV saves their precious little lives.

Paul. Dad of three ages 10, 8, & 4.
thanks. good info--pencil and barbie shoe? LOL nmJS Haiku Shop
Nov 5, 2002 7:44 AM
pencil and barbie shoe?PaulCL
Nov 5, 2002 8:02 AM
Yup...VCR quit working. So, we took it in to the shop. When I picked it up, the repairman handed me a little baggie with a broken pencil and barbie shoe in it. Apparently, they were jamming the system. Our fault becuase since we don't use the TV in the car anymore, we let the kids use it in our spare bedroom. Hence, damage.
How many amps does that draw?Kristin
Nov 5, 2002 7:50 AM
May want to stock up on fuses too.
Yes, stock "amps" and fuses nmBruno S
Nov 5, 2002 8:25 PM
got onetarwheel
Nov 6, 2002 6:56 AM
Yes, having children will change your views on a lot of things. I resisted the car TV for a long time, but finally broke down last summer when we made two lengthy car trips. The TV is well worth the money. We barely heard a peep out of my daughter both trips. If you are concerned about rotting their brains, buy some "educational" videos. I can't see why watching videos would be any worse than listening to most radio stations or CDs on a Walkman, or looking at urban blight and billboards through a window and getting carsick.
thanks!...JS Haiku Shop
Nov 6, 2002 7:11 AM
and, agreed.

hey, what's with the handle switcho-chango?

Nov 6, 2002 9:21 AM
On my home computer, I'm bianchi boy. At work, I'm tarwheel. Haven't figured out how to change handles, or it would just be tarwheel. Sorry for the confusion but we'res all anonymous anyway.
not me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!JS Haiku Shop
Nov 6, 2002 11:07 AM
bought it. thanks, all!!! nmJS Haiku Shop
Nov 6, 2002 7:12 AM