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Old 01-17-2016, 11:43 AM   #1
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12 V Television for trailer

Hi, our 21' escape will be ready in October so are starting to make our options list. We are going to go with the dual 6 v batteries and solar and thought a 12 V TV would work well with this. We would like our TV to have a USB so we can watch downloaded movies and thought a 20-22" TV would work well. So far I haven't found many options for 12 V TV's with USB port. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone.
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Old 01-17-2016, 11:59 AM   #2
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You could use a laptop to play the movie, displaying it on the TV through an HDMI cable. If you put the movies on microSD cards, and use a tablet or phone that has a microSD slot (that is, presumably not anything from Apple), you could play the movies on the tablet/phone and display it on the TV through an HDMI cable. An alternative to an HDMI cable is a Chromecast or similar device that accepts the video from the computer/phone/tablet over WiFi and puts it into an HDMI port on the TV.

All of this assume that the TV has an HDMI port - it's hard to imagine a TV built today that wouldn't have at least one.
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Old 01-17-2016, 12:00 PM   #3
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This is one have been looking at - not sure if Amazon Canada has it:

Axess 24"
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Old 01-17-2016, 12:14 PM   #4
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I had no trouble finding a small (19") television with a USB port capable of using 12V. I did have to buy a 12v power cord as I recall (2013):

Insignia 24" Class (23.8" Diag.) - LED - 1080p - HDTV Black NS-24D420NA16 - Best Buy

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia...&skuId=9215028
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Old 01-17-2016, 12:19 PM   #5
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We have a Westinghouse TV that runs on 12 VDC.
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Old 01-17-2016, 12:24 PM   #6
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I'm looking into this as well. It looks like the Naxa tv's sold on Amazon come 12v ready and require a separate cord for 110v. Most have a built in dvd player which I recall from the Casita Forum are not recommended due to durability issues from the bumps and grinds of towing. Wonder if they've gotten better.
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Old 01-17-2016, 12:29 PM   #7
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[QUOTE=steve dunham;124534]We must be marching to a different drummer. We are form following function people .The color / pattern of the flooring , counter tops ,window covering , graffics etc, etc are not a major concern to us . The ability of a trailer to function well without constant attention ,maintenance or repairs is our chief concern
If the trailer doesn't leak , everything works and we can go camping
than all is well with us . IMHO[/QUOTE
As many have observed, camping styles vary widely along with personal choices and abilities to haul extra goodies. Extended negative weather conditions or site challenges when just going home is not an option, often changes attitudes on creature comforts. A blue ray player on a cold
rainy evening after a hot meal cooked inside can be pretty enjoyable.
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:54 PM   #8
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We got a 19" Samsung TV that needs more than 12v. I have an old 60w inverter that plugs into the 12v outlet and it nicely powers the TV. I plug my laptop into the humidity port when needed.
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Old 01-17-2016, 07:02 PM   #9
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I had a Jensen 12V TV which I recently took to the dump (well okay, electronics recycling). It basically fell apart as I was using it.

I replaced it with a Best Buy Insignia 24" TV. I looked at the small TVs in Best Buy and saw that this one had an external power supply with a 12V input to the TV. I think Insignia is Best Buy's house brand. It weighs half as much and costs half as much as the Jensen. I tried it out in my trailer a couple of days ago on 12V power and it works fine. I've used it at home for a few months now with no problems.
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Old 01-17-2016, 07:20 PM   #10
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Thanks for all of the great information. Looks like we don't have to get a specific 12 V TV as they are so expensive.
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