Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-25-2012, 11:47 AM   #43
Rivet Master
 
Gene's Avatar
 
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 10,840
I spent all of 5 minutes looking at reviews on Viore TV's. They were all over the place and quite mixed. Some people said they found Viore unresponsive when their TV's died. It is a company that has sold low end TV's in Asia for years and has been breaking into the American market by selling at stores that sell TV's at low prices such as Walmart. I'd rather not take a chance on one. Vizio may be a better choice since they have been getting pretty good ratings lately, but I think their prices have been increasing too. Looking on Amazon, there are some other brands I have never heard of and a lot of Samsungs.

Most of the 19" TV's I've looked at are 720p. This may not make much difference on a small screen TV especially if only used in the bedroom. There are smaller ones that seem to be for cars and would be 12 v. for that reason. Some other smaller ones seem to be for kitchens. In our bedroom, anything larger than 19" is too big. Prices for 19" seem to range from $125 to $300.

The 12 volt units are more expensive generally. This makes no sense to me since every electronic device operates internally on some other voltage than 120 volts and needs an internal transformer to convert whatever voltage comes in to whatever voltage the device works on. It should cost no more to convert from 120 v. or 12 v. Some 12 volt TV's come with an adapter for 120 volts. It may be cheaper to buy a 120 volt TV and buy a separate small inverter to plug into the 12 volt plug when boondocking. I see that CW sells such an inverter. I think it is rated at 400 watts but does not say whether that is 400 watts at 12 volts or 120 volts. It is probably rated at 120 volts, but the catalog does not say. If it were rated at 12 volts that would mean only 40 watts at 120 volts and I doubt there is a TV that would run at that wattage. Details like this are hard to find on the internet, but they matter.

The place to put a mounting bracket in our trailer is on the partition between the bedroom and the shower. The partition is plywood (between 1/2" and 5/8") and there is about an inch of space between it and the shower wall. Airstream tells me 5/8" #10 wood screws work fine. Locking brackets to keep the TV from swinging around while driving are quite expensive (RV prices of course). Some people use a cheaper bracket and bungie in it place. I don't know if a bungie cord would scratch anything, but I have seen no reports on that on the Forum. When we go to CW next week I'll see if they have a good price on one. There were none in the catalog. Prices on brackets on the internet range from around $25 to $109. The high price is for a locking bracket, but there was a review saying it could be gotten at CW at $60 or so—but CW's prices change all the time and that may have been special that has since expired.

A fair number of 19" TV's come with DVD players built in. If you want to put kids in the bedroom to keep them quiet, that is a way to go. There is no place to put a separate DVD player in the bedroom except with lots of exposed wires or nailing it to the wall. Or, a laptop on the floor, but also a pain. If you have kids, they can probably explain how to do that or anything else.

I am torn between many competing values—who needs another TV in a trailer? It would be cool. A 12 TV means I could get TV news and weather when bookdocking. This could cost $400 for the best stuff! Maybe I could get by for $150 (my wife would not allow such cheap stuff, so this option is not available). Meanwhile I look for a wifi booster which could be enough expenses for now, but I can't understand the specs for various wifi boosters. I need to adopt a 9 year old who can explain what to do except they always want to spend the most.

Gene
__________________

__________________
Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2012, 01:39 PM   #44
3 Rivet Member
 
2004 16' International CCD
Orem , Utah
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 213
if you have digital converter already

There is one of those RV rated ones on classified sections right here `15inch
__________________

__________________
starcraft is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2012, 02:40 PM   #45
Rivet Master
 
TouringDan's Avatar

 
1966 24' Tradewind
1995 34' Excella
Lynchburg , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2,470
Gene

The voltage for an inverter does not matter because inverters are rated in watts. Watts = volts x amps. A 100 watt inverter is plenty. The Viore tv is 12 volts @ 3 amps or 36 watts. If it is plugged into a 120v outlet it will only take .3 amps (120v x .3 amps = 36 watts).

Dan
__________________
TouringDan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2012, 02:55 PM   #46
Rivet Master
 
TouringDan's Avatar

 
1966 24' Tradewind
1995 34' Excella
Lynchburg , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2,470
Gene

Here is a picture link to view my Vizio tv in my Tradewind with my $20 tv mount secured by 2 bunge cords- it works just fine.

Dan

https://picasaweb.google.com/1104463...47924028167554
__________________
TouringDan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2012, 01:20 PM   #47
Rivet Master
 
Gene's Avatar
 
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 10,840
Dan, thanks for the wattage info. I didn't think a TV would take very much, but didn't get around to checking. I was at a CW today and was going to look at their 400 w. plug-in inverter and the specs on the box, but they didn't have any on the shelf. I did see the locking TV mount ($63), but since we haven't decided on what we will do, I did not buy it. If it were only me, bungie cords would be fine, but I do not make these decisions alone. Our ultimate decision is motivated by the question—which is more important, wifi booster, cell booster, TV? Two TV's in a 25' trailer may not be necessary. Communication with the world is important to us.

Gene
__________________
Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2012, 10:10 PM   #48
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrawfordGene View Post
Two TV's in a 25' trailer may not be necessary. Communication with the world is important to us.

Gene
No, Gene, that's correct; you will need a larger trailer!
__________________

__________________
ďCourage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.Ē
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
12 volt


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What did you buy on Black Friday? ROBERTSUNRUS Off Topic Forum 58 12-01-2011 12:05 PM
Brake Shoes - Where to buy? ckbailey97 Brakes & Brake Controllers 23 09-21-2011 02:43 PM
2000 airstream 39' diesel best buy look make offer eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 07-25-2011 02:00 PM
Trying to buy a New Trailer kingfisher24 On The Road... 2 05-13-2011 08:26 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.