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    Ford Patents Drive In Movie for Ford Trucks

    Ford is getting into the drive-in movie business, in a way. I just read a Fox News story stating the company has patented a system where a movie screen and projector can be mounted in the bed of their trucks.

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    The system consists of two telescoping supports that fit into receptacles in the truck's bed. One of the I-beam supports will be at the cab end of the bed to hold the screen and a second one at the tailgate end to hold a projector and speakers.

    If today was April 1st, I would have thought this to be an April Fools Day prank, but my calendar says March 11th. Does anyone see the value in this? I would think that one of the inflatable outdoor screens would be much more compact, portable, and easier to deal with.

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    It might just be real. My Ridgeline has speakers in the truck bed.
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    If I were looking for a portable, outdoor option for projection I would get an inflatable screen, and set the projector on the tailgate.

    I would think that you would be very limited in the size screen that you could use with the in-bed option.

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    I wonder how much this so called "outdoor entertainment" option will be? An extra 1k?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrippleJ View Post
    I wonder how much this so called "outdoor entertainment" option will be? An extra 1k?
    Oh, it's worth much more than that.

    Speakers and power outlets connected to a built-in inverter would be a plus. I had a car that had an electric air pump built into the trunk. It came with an inflator hose not only for the tires, but you could also use it to inflate soccer balls and pool floats. It was actually helpful quite a few times.

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    Now, they should add that inverter as well.

    I am sure it will be pricey..
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    Now, they should add that inverter as well.

    Ridgeline comes with one.
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