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    New Van - DVD or not

    With three kids our old vehicle is out of space. My wife wants a van and I have given in and agreed to get her one. However we are going back and forth on the need for a DVD player. She wants one and feels it would make trips easier. Of course the techie in me is saying no because for half the price of the DVD upgrade all three of our kids could have their own ipads and watch what they want. I just view DVD as dead technology but I am probably looking at this the wrong way.

    Wanted your guys' feedback on experience with DVD in vehicles. We are looking at getting a Chrysler Town and Country fwiw.



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    Re: New Van - DVD or not

    I think your instincts are correct. Frankly, you could get a couple of Kindle Fires and have a shop sew in a good looking holder for them. You may want to make sure you can get power to them, and a heavy duty alternator or second battery, but it would probably be fine as is. You can buy all of your videos on line and not worry about changing DVD's or getting them scratched up. DvD's are old news and Amazon has all the content you need.

    I would hate to spend the $$$ on an iPad and have the kid destroy it, plus you would not need the camera.


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    Re: New Van - DVD or not

    I have a mini-van. Its a ball remover but they can be quite nice once you accepted that you are an old man :). I would not get the DVD as handheld options are way better now anyway. IPad/tablet is the way to go. Besides, the DVD player would just break anyway or be obsolete in 5-10 years.



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    Re: New Van - DVD or not

    Just bought a 2013 T&C Touring-L

    have been on some long trips this summer. The touring L has 2 screens. I can put a blue ray disc and a regular disc in. Put them on either screen. I got 4 wireless headsets . The kids in the back can actually toggle the sound from movie 1 and movie 2. While this is going on I listen to sXM radio. The guy above is right though....you can give them a Kindle/ipad and that works too.

    I will tell you its almost hard to buy a Town and Country that doesn't at least have 1 dvd player. you would have to go pretty basic.



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    Re: New Van - DVD or not

    Or,................. you could have your kids read a book or entertain themselves. Worked for my parents.



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    Re: New Van - DVD or not

    Quote Originally Posted by State43 View Post
    I have a mini-van. Its a ball remover but they can be quite nice once you accepted that you are an old man :).
    i have to agree with the first part, but.....we bought a new T & C on Memorial Day, but justify it by figuring we can easily get all tailgating materials inside and still have room for 2 kids and friends on Gamedays! DVD came with it with wireless headsets, which has been nice on two summer trips. We could live without and use personal devices. Especially when you can not listen to the radio when a movie is playing.



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    Re: New Van - DVD or not

    Quote Originally Posted by intrepid27 View Post
    Or,................. you could have your kids read a book or entertain themselves. Worked for my parents.
    So did a landline, no computer or air conditioning.



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    Re: New Van - DVD or not

    Quote Originally Posted by intrepid27 View Post
    Or,................. you could have your kids read a book or entertain themselves. Worked for my parents.
    My parents rolled down the windows, were puffing down heaters, and letting the ashes hit me in the back seat.



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    Re: New Van - DVD or not

    Quote Originally Posted by lionnusmb View Post
    So did a landline, no computer or air conditioning.
    If your kids are young, why not just get them each a portable DVD player for $50 -$100 each and then buy them an Ipad/tablet/laptop when they are old enough to use them responsibly?

    Edit: Sorry, didn't mean for this to be a reply to lionnusmb



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    Re: New Van - DVD or not

    We went through this same discussion when we got a new vehicle for the wife last spring. We decided that rather than spend the $1800 the dealer wanted to intall a unit (or the $5 Grand to upgrade to a model with the DVD included), we spent a total of $150 on 2 small handheld dvd players. We are much happier, and they can be used anywhere outside of the car also. At $75/unit they are almost disposable.



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    Re: New Van - DVD or not

    Quote Originally Posted by Trigger View Post
    We went through this same discussion when we got a new vehicle for the wife last spring. We decided that rather than spend the $1800 the dealer wanted to intall a unit (or the $5 Grand to upgrade to a model with the DVD included), we spent a total of $150 on 2 small handheld dvd players. We are much happier, and they can be used anywhere outside of the car also. At $75/unit they are almost disposable.
    Great minds think alike.



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    Re: New Van - DVD or not

    It definitely isn't a "must have". We have gotten by with portable DVD players so far. Not the most desirable with all the cords, but our oldest two are getting to the age where they don't use them as much on long trips (age 8 and 10). It is a lifesaver for our 2 yr old on long trips, though. The older two don't have any electronics of their own (and won't--we're cheap meanies) so they have to entertain themselves with books, activity books, and other things. We take 2-3 long trips a year (3-4hrs one way).



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    Re: New Van - DVD or not

    iPads or any tablet would be better than the portable DVD players for sure, I mean unless you're sitting on a stockpile of DVDs that you don't want to abandon the iPad would do much more to keep them entertained than just a DVD player.



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    Re: New Van - DVD or not

    I would just add two things:

    1) I would say the built in DVD is worth it if your kids are in the 1-3 range since holding/controlling an I-Pad isn't always easy for them to do in the car and it is very nice to be able to switch movies from the driver's seat, and you take some longer trips.
    2) Not to start a new thread/debate on which minivan to buy, which we all know has been done... and absolutely no offense to you T&C owners, but my 2 cents, I have a 2008 Honda Odyssey Touring and was rear-ended by a teen driver a few months back, while it was in the shop they gave me a brand new '13 T&C, initially I thought it was comparable, and thought I might actually be able to see myself buying one in the future and save some $ over the Toyota/Honda BUT after a few days of driving it I really really disliked it, I found it to have very poor handling, the transmission was pitiful, very jerky like it never knew what gear to be in, econ mode or not, fit and finish was sub-par, materials seemed cheap. When I got my van back I was so happy and couldn't believe my 5 year old van kicked the snot out of it. So my suggestion is, if you haven't already, test drive every mini van, especially a Toyota and a Honda, and pay very close attention, the T&C may seem nice at first but think long term.



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    Re: New Van - DVD or not

    I personally like the built in DVD player because I don't have to worry about keeping the iPads charged. However we also have a 120V plug in our Dodge Grand Caravan and about 4 power ports so charging isn't problem either, but it's nice not to have the cords all over.



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