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caltex

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TiVo in a motorhome
« on: March 27, 2005, 05:43:09 PM »
Anyone have experience with a hard drive video recorder in the RV?  I would like to put one in the motorhome if it would be rugged enough to survive the bouncing.  Does anyone know if these units “park” the heads when turned off, maybe giving a better chance at survival?
Robert

Phil

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Re: TiVo in a motorhome
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2005, 06:02:33 PM »
Anyone have experience with a hard drive video recorder in the RV?

I use a Directv Tivo in my MH and I love it.  The disk heads will park if you remove power but, many leave the Tivo running while driving.

Phil

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Re: TiVo in a motorhome
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2005, 06:03:05 PM »
Our DirecTivo has been running continously for 4 years and 40,000 miles with no problems.  You can't turn a Tivo off, the switch that looks like an on/off switch just puts it in standby.  It continues to run in that mode.  You have to remove power from the unit to actually turn it off.

If you hit bumps hard enough to bother a hard drive, you'll probably not be too comfortable yourself :)  The only time we turn ours off is when boondocking to conserve battery power.
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Ron

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Re: TiVo in a motorhome
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2005, 10:19:32 PM »
We also have a directTV tivo.  Works fine and we love it.  Hardly ever watch live TV anymore.  Several of the framily have tivo.
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Re: TiVo in a motorhome
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2005, 04:15:58 PM »
Caltex,
The hard drive in a Tivo is the same as the ones in your desktop computer. The heads will park when power is removed. Unless you will be using an auto-tracking antenna while travelling and the unit is powered on, you shouldn't have any problems. On the other hand, as Ned said, you have to be travelling some pretty rough roads - too rough for people travel - to do any damage even while powered on. They draw about 40watts, so powering them down when boondocking is a good idea; especially if you'll not be using it for an extended period. That being said, try to remember which programs it is scheduled to record either one time or on a season pass, so you don't miss out on them. Just go into DIRECTV Central, Pick Programs to Record, To Do List, and jot down what you see there. 
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caltex

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Re: TiVo in a motorhome
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2005, 10:47:28 PM »
Thanks for the response,  I guess I’ll give it a try.  I don’t have an in-motion sat dish so I can power off when driving.
Robert

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Re: TiVo in a motorhome
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2005, 06:42:13 PM »
We have carried our TIVO many thousands of miles.  Put it in Standby and use the TV, when moving, for SA2005 and Silverleaf.

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Terry A. Brewer

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Re: TiVo in a motorhome
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2005, 02:16:40 PM »
 
Anyone have experience with a hard drive video recorder in the RV?  

I run two TiVo's in our motorhome with no problems...I record the auto races while driving down the road. The hard drives are subject to failure but this happens when sitting in a house also. Just like your computer.<G>

Terry
At Yuma, AZ

 

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