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Old 07-29-2016, 09:53 AM   #11
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Is the RCA you're mentioning a 12 Volt TV?
Link is at post #4 above to check the specs. Had mine 4 years and no issues.
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Old 07-29-2016, 09:59 AM   #12
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looks like thats the one to get. Thanks tractors1
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Old 07-29-2016, 02:08 PM   #13
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I bought an Insignia from Best Buy (<$100USD and have had absolutely no problems; I can't remember but it either came with a 12V cord or I bought a very inexpensive one on Amazon:

Insignia 19" Class (18.5" Diag.) - LED - 720p - HDTV Black NS-19D220NA16 - Best Buy
Looks pretty good. Dirt cheap too.
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Old 07-29-2016, 03:38 PM   #14
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I had Insignia 13" and found that you could only view it straight on, which is fine, if you are the only person watching. Maybe they have improved in the last six years, but I'd want to view the TV I'm considering ( and listen to the audio ).
The 15" Seiki I now have is better for viewing angles and came with a DC cord and an AC cord. Last I looked, the smallest screen they now offer is 22". Last I saw my TV, it was in a box under the bed.
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I had Insignia 13" and found that you could only view it straight on, which is fine, if you are the only person watching. Maybe they have improved in the last six years, but I'd want to view the TV I'm considering ( and listen to the audio ).
The 15" Seiki I now have is better for viewing angles and came with a DC cord and an AC cord. Last I looked, the smallest screen they now offer is 22". Last I saw my TV, it was in a box under the bed.
When we picked up our trailer September 2014, I put a old MacBook Pro and the complete Seinfeld DVD collection and a couple of movies in one of the back overhead cabinets. 22 months later we have not watched one episode or one movie.

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I hooked up my TV to cable at Osoyoos. Twenty minutes later it was still memorizing channels. Turned it off and put it away to go to beer swap.
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:02 PM   #17
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Is anyone using the portable Direct TV dish? I think that would be my choice if I had a TV in an RV. Any pros or cons?
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I hooked up my TV to cable at Osoyoos. Twenty minutes later it was still memorizing channels. Turned it off and put it away to go to beer swap.
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Is anyone using the portable Direct TV dish? I think that would be my choice if I had a TV in an RV. Any pros or cons?
Given a choice, I'd go to the beer swap
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If picture quality is important to you I don't recommend most of the 12 volt TVs. The fact that its 12 volt should have nothing to do with the picture quality but the manufacuturers must not focus on that because it does. Even the high end 12 volt TVs can't compete with the picture quality of the 22" Samsung we use.

If you want it to run on 12 volts, as long as the brick power supply is designed to provide between around 12 volts to 14 volts, a generic 12 volt power cord with a 2.1mm "universal" plug on the end should work fine. Ours does.

Other bonuses : bigger screen, thinner bezel, and usually significantly cheaper.
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Is anyone using the portable Direct TV dish? I think that would be my choice if I had a TV in an RV. Any pros or cons?
It isn't portable, but I have a satellite TV setup (Shaw Direct, because I live in Canada) on my motorhome. The biggest problem with it is that desirable campsites often do not have a clear view in the direction needed to see the satellite, so there is no service at all. Advantages are that:
  1. the channels are the same everywhere - no finding and figuring out what is available locally; and,
  2. the full range of channels are available if there is any service at all, compared to a very limited selection over-the-air in most camping destinations, and only a basic channel set on a campground cable service (for those still offering this service).
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