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Old 02-16-2009, 09:34 AM   #1
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Hi folks. I'm new to the forum and new to RV'ing when my Escape 19 gets built.

The TV option on the Escape is a 15-inch, 120 Volt unit. I'm thinking about requesting a 19-inch, 12-volt TV.
We'll typically watch DVD movies but may get into satellite dish lin future years.

What are thoughts and experiences of the forum on 12-volt TV operation and a larger screen?

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Old 02-16-2009, 10:27 AM   #2
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Hi: Edgar... The one thing the previous owners kept out of the trailer was the flat screen TV. We are looking for a replacement and would probably get a 19" as this seems to be almost the standard size for small flats!!! Before Christmas I saw a Samsung for(CDN$) $389. with a built in DVD player. We already have the swing arm attached to the wall so it should be an easy install. I dont think we will go for a 12V as we would only use it while plugged into a "current bush"!!!
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Welcome Edgar!
You are definitely on the right track in getting an Escape! Talk to Reace re: a larger TV. I'm getting a 19" with the swing arm on the fridge cabinet for both small and large (bed) dinette viewing.
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"Before Christmas I saw a Samsung for(CDN$) $389. with a built in DVD player."

Heh Alf,
I've been checking out 19" TV's with DVD, and so far the problem I've found with most (owner reviews) is poor audio. I went to our local Best Buy and checked them out there also, with my own ear. Sure enough, the Sharp, Samung and Toshiba all had great pictures, but poor audio, particularily when you placed a DVD in it. I'd hate to get to a dramatic moment on a DVD, when all of a sudden, the AC or heat fan cuts in and ...... "what'd they say" Check out Best Buy's brand, INSIGNA. Seems to be built by LG, and the video and audio were very good on their 19" HDTV with DVD. Just my findings. Blessings
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Old 02-16-2009, 04:23 PM   #5
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Opps Edgar, I forgot to reference your question. I'm not familiar with a 12 volt model. Not sure how long your battery would last with that load. I turn the little 3" screen on, on my camera, and the battery is gone pretty quickly. I'd think a small generator would be more dependable if you like to watch TV. You'll find that the most fun camping is a good fire and the stars, with a good cup of coffee in your hand. You've made a great choice to invest in RV'ing, particularily, Escape-ing.
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Hi: HokieEscape... LG is a bad word here. My best friend has one and nothing but trouble. Two service calls and printed circuit boards changed and still not satisfactory. I know it might be an annomally but!!! I haven't made a decission yet, as the Mrs. says "We don't go camping to watch TV". BUT BUT BUT!!!
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I have the Insignia 15" LCD, and it sucks. I bought it because the only other small TV I could find was a Curtis ( which doesn't inspire confidence ). You have to watch it straight on - the viewing angles are very narrow. Skin tones can be OK, or they can look like paint by colors, even within the same show. I don't recall the sound being good or bad.

I much prefer watching my 13" Sharp CRT, but I wouldn't want a tube TV in the Toad.

For any selection in flat screen TVs you seem to have to move up to 19". I would have liked a 7".

Anyway, since I don't have an antennae, the issue is pretty much moot. If I really want to watch something, I'll have to find a campsite with cable.
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Hmmmmmmm! May have to figure a way to boost the sound on the Toshiba or Sharp then : - ( Didn't know the problems with the Insignia (LG). Better keep looking I guess.
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Hi: All... I think the problem with small TV's are small speakers and amplifiers!!! Maybe earphones are called for
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Hi: All... I think the problem with small TV's are small speakers and amplifiers!!! Maybe earphones are called for
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I have portable powered speakers ( Altec ) that I use with my iPod and Sirius Sat radio that could be used with a TV. There are lots of options for powered speakers that you could plug into the earphone jack. Check out the powered speakers made for computers too. Gamers need big sound when they blow things up, so that could be perfect for movies.

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