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Old 02-12-2016, 02:09 PM   #1
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12volt or regular TV

We have a 19 ft escape, that I would like to purchase a TV for. I plan on getting a 19 inch model. We have the 1500 watt inverter. Not sure if I should get a 12volt or a just a regular TV.
We do camp frequently where we will not be connected to electricity. Suggestions?
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Regular 120V TV has a converter that drops the voltage down to 12V ( ish ).
So if you go that way, you are inverting 12V from the battery to 120V and then back to 12V with loss all along the way.
So, just get a TV that comes with a 12V cord and a 120V cord.
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Old 02-12-2016, 03:23 PM   #3
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Do you know if I can run a regular TV off the inverter, as is when the trailer is not connected to electricity?
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Do you know if I can run a regular TV off the inverter, as is when the trailer is not connected to electricity?

Yes that's what we do, we also run the Jack antenna or the satellite receiver off the inverter. Works great.

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cheap 120V TV and a good inverter for the times you're not connected is what we did. Think we paid $89. we play dvd's on the TV and run the sound thru the stereo (bluetooth).

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Yes that's what we do, we also run the Jack antenna or the satellite receiver off the inverter. Works great.

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The Jack antenna is 12v already, no inverter needed.
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The Jack antenna is 12v already, no inverter needed.

You know you need to go camping when you forget these things Jim. I must be going through withdrawal. LOL

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other than a/c, everything else can be 12v....
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other than a/c, everything else can be 12v....
... except the (optional) electric element in the water heater, which can't (reasonably) be 12V but doesn't need to be since it would logically be run on propane when shore power is not available. Oh, and the microwave can't run on 12V DC, and although you can run it on an inverter you wouldn't want to for very long.

I assume that the point is that the list of stuff built into the trailer which can't run directly on 12V DC is pretty short, and consists entirely of optional equipment or modes of appliance operation that you don't need:
  • air conditioner
  • microwave oven (can run on inverter)
  • electric element of water heater (use propane when not on shore power)
  • 120V AC element of refrigerator (use 12V DC or proane when towing, propane when camped without shore power)

Most stuff you might plug in can be arranged to run on 12V DC without an inverter, with the notable exception of appliances with big motors (blender) or with heating elements (kettle, space heater, hair dryer...)
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I'm currently using an Insignia (Best Buy house brand) TV in my trailer. When I'm home it uses an external power supply that plugs into house current and supplies 12V to the TV. I leave the power supply at home and use an adapter to plug the TV into 12V in my trailer when traveling. It works okay.
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