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Old 03-22-2017, 05:18 PM   #1
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i have to buy a new TV for the new 5.0. I will leave my old one with the 17B trailer(still works great) when i sell it. Is it important to buy an RV TV? and does it need to run on both types of power? i am not getting an inverter thing? but sometimes would like to watch on battery power. I think the one i have is a 19 inch? wouldn't mind a larger one. suggestions?
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Old 03-22-2017, 05:43 PM   #2
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If you are purchasing a new one, then for simplicity, I'd purchase a 12v model. Otherwise you will need to add a small inverter to operate while away from electric. I specified on my build sheet for "TV ready" to include a 12v outlet, not a 120v outlet. Works like a charm. Not necessary a RV model, but a 12v model, similar to what truckers use and that is a good place to start looking for a model.
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Here is the link...http://www.roadtrucker.com/12-volt-l...olt-tv-dvd.htm
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Old 03-22-2017, 06:16 PM   #4
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Kate, 12 vdc TVs, in my experience, can be darker than 120 vac models. I would personally recommend an AC rather than a DC model, and if you want to occasionally operate it in an area where there are no hook-ups, but a small (150 watt) pure sine wave inverter that plugs into the 12v outlet just inside the door of your 5.0 TA.
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Why would 12v tv's appear to be darker? Most tv's now are dc and have converters that convert the 120v to 12v. A nice LED 12v television is what I'm watching now, in my house plugged into 120v.
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Kate, I searched for a decent TV that was 12V, and found some of reasonable quality, but they were way more expensive than others that were 120V. I ended up buying a 24" Samsung smart TV on sale at Best Buy in the US for under $150.

I used a small 200W inverter that powers it and my laptop with shows on it. I didn't get a built-in inverter in my trailer, though down the road may add one. Either way using an inverter you can buy any TV your heart desires.
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Ditto what Jim said. We have a nice 19" Insignia TV intended for home use that came with a plug-in converter from 120V AC to 12V DC. Since the TV is expecting 12V DC input (see photo), I simply made a 12V DC plug-in for it to run direct from a 12V DC outlet (see photo; 120V AC that came with the TV on the left, 12V DC that I made on the right). Works great either way. Nice to have the option in case we need either outlet for something else.
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Ditto what Jim said. We have a nice 19" Insignia TV intended for home use that came with a plug-in converter from 120V AC to 12V DC. Since the TV is expecting 12V DC input (see photo), I simply made a 12V DC plug-in for it to run direct from a 12V DC outlet (see photo; 120V AC that came with the TV on the left, 12V DC that I made on the right). Works great either way. Nice to have the option in case we need either outlet for something else.
I have the exact same television and setup but I purchased the 12V DC plug/cord on Amazon instead of making one. Works great.
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Wow lots of good advice!
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Why would 12v tv's appear to be darker? Most tv's now are dc and have converters that convert the 120v to 12v. A nice LED 12v television is what I'm watching now, in my house plugged into 120v.
Jim. I said "in my experience." I'm not criticizing your choice or your current television. I've owned two 12v DC TVs in the past and they were inferior to AC TVs. Because of my past experience, I would not consider another. Additionally, the available selections are far fewer than 120v AC TVs. Kate asked a question; I stated my opinion.
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