In-car entertainment....VCR

Submitted: Monday, May 10, 2004 at 16:52
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With all these new fangled DVD players for vehicle mounting now available, does anybody know whether 12v VCR players are still available and if they can be plugged into the overhead screens etc.
I'm a complete novice about all these systems. My kids have stacks of videos but no DVDs (we just hire one about every 3 months or so). We do have a home DVD player.
Any ideas???
Thanks
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Reply By: Topcat (WA) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 17:33

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 17:33
Hi Roachie, if you have a look on E-Bay you will find a few players for sale. Cheers.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 18:14

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 18:14
I dare say you could still pick up a 12v job somewhere. I've used my 240 volt job in the vehicle with an inverter but I can't see one list in your long list of appointments, mind you by the time I finished reading it you may have installed one :)
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:00

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:00
OOOOOOOOOOOOOWAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:08

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:08
Whats the hells that Baz, part some old jungle mating ritual or something. Forget about the money and flashy cars, sometimes the old methods work best eh!...good luck and hope you're not lonely tonight :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:10

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:10
Ray,
Thanks for that bit of advice. I've always resisted getting an inverter cos I've got so much 12v stuff, I really don't have anything that needs 240v.
Now....as for Baz's "comment"....I'm with you......"what the!!!" LOL
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 18:22

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 18:22
I got it Baz, Roachie & Mad Dog are a bit slow
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:02

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:02
Forget the 12v jobs as they are expensive to buy and repair just use a cheap 240v job with a small portable tv and the lot will run off a 200w inverter. Easy!!
See toyota drivers are not just pretty faces are we Des?
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:13

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:13
Not EVEN pretty faces!!!!!!!!!!!
Hey Pesty, glad to see you got your new fuel tank added to the tow-bar. Bout time you got a long-range tank for that ol' steamer of yours.LOLOLOLOLOL Must be a bit of pain having to pull up every few klicks to chuck another stick in the boiler, eh???
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:58

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 19:58
DVD burners are now only around $200, thats what I paid for mine.. Bollox to Tapes!

Download movies off the net, or hire them and copy them... DVD also take up less space, and harder to damage...
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:15

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:15
Geez Trucky,
You always make soooooo much sense....now why didn't I think of that?
Cheers,
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:19

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 20:19
Actually they are nearly half that price now Trucky, the cheapest that is. I still haven't got one but thinking I may wait till the new sony dual layer is released in June, around $350 I believe, but then I really want a pioneer, they shouldn't be too far behind sony.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 21:39

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 21:39
Yea happy with my LG Burner, I must have about 30 movies off the net now :D

The other thing is you can fit a lot more on to 1 DVD than a tape, so dont really need to take as many things with you, 3-4 DVD would be heaps. Put them in a CD Carrier that holds 10 discs would take up 1/2 the room of a 1 tape. You can also play MP3's on it.. Tapes u cant.. Yet to try a DVD blank with MP3's see if 4 gig of songs would work ion car MP3/WMA player :D
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Reply By: lazylcd - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 21:31

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 21:31
imho, if u want to watch dvd's stay at home there so much more to look at out the windows, isnt that the whole reason we go and get away any chance we get, not to mention that saftey aspects,(drivers watching tiny tv screens rather than watching the road) what a fantastic idea,

like i said my opinion, who knows i might even fry for this one

Lazy
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 21:49

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 21:49
Most of this video stuff in vehicles is to keep the kids amused Lazy.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 22:25

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 22:25
Lazy,
Mad Dog is right. This is a bloody big country. I have long range tanks on the GU and can do 1000klm between refills. However, the boys (aged 8,6 &3) can drive me around the twist after about 300klm. They fight and carry on. Annette then gets me to stop so she can get in the back and one of the older 2 gets in the front. We play eye-spy and spot "A" to "Z" on number plates and signs etc......that works for half an hour.
As much as I would like it to be the case, the kids don't share my fascination for the beauty of the Aussie saltbush and gum trees etc.
The unit I would have would not be visible to me in the drivers seat. It would either sit on the centre console (not preferred) or be mounted on the ceiling and flip down so only the rear seat passengers could see. I also believe there are cordless headphones available (correct???) which they could wear.
Annette & I agree that it would be bloody lovely if the kids held the same passion as us about the beauty of the bush, but the reality is that they are much more intellectually "active" than I was at their age 45 years ago.
We do take books; the 2 older ones enjoy reading quite a bit and the young bloke loves being read to as well. I guess that is the only other logical alternative to the electronic entertainment.
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 06:48

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 06:48
Lazy that sounds a lot cheaper than all the other stuff and possibly abit more educational.
Our kids have done a far bit of travelling now and from the age of zero
we give them a a few books to write and draw in and play games as a family.
I try not to travel more than 2 hours when with the family find a park or a hill or river get out 5 minute break kike a ball try and skip some rocks around and go again.

Just a thought
Eric

Ps we had a family away with us last year they had a set up with dvd players etc the kids sat in the truck a night and watced movies insted of siting around the fire .
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 09:34

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 09:34
Sorry fella's that was'nt me a certain little drongo being a smart ar#%, i did'nt see it till this morning, sad thing is he is 19. Roachie any thought given to a laptop everyone can use it and not just for DVDs just a thought.

Baz.
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Reply By: VWR - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 15:16

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 15:16
Game boys have a wonderous affect on kids too
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 15:35

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 15:35
Thanks VWR.... I hadn't considered that form of entertainment to date. I must say I'm a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to all this techno whizz-bangery. As such, my kids tend to be sheltered from it to a certain extent, although it's only a matter of time before they start biting me for something or other "to keep up with the Jones'".
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