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Old 03-24-2011, 08:57 AM   #15
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I bought a 12" Panasonic 120/12 volt for our Pace Arrow in 1992. It still works so well I can't replace it.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:15 AM   #16
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I ultimately went with a Polaroid that I got from Overstock or one of those places, and it runs fine using trailer 12v. Nice built-in DVD player, and it has HDMI inputs (useful for viewing my hi-def "home videos" while on the road), and has stereo outputs so I can run the sound through the trailer's stereo, etc. Can't comment on your proposed brands, however.
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:42 PM   #17
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I decided to buy a Skyworth 22" 12-Volt LCD TV with built-in DVD Player. Hopefully it will be more economical when boondocking as compare to inverter + 120 Volt TV.
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:48 PM   #18
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We just got a Vizio 22. Less then an inch thick and only takes a sub $15 to plug it directly into the cigarette lighter in the trailer. I posted a video in the Basecamp forum that shows the TV. Currently we just hook it up to our iPad 2 and have a great setup for boondocking.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:40 AM   #19
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I just baught a 22" TV/DVD combo made by Skyworth and replaced the old 19" Toshiba unit. It is a 12 Volt unit which plugs into the RV. It is a new model, Skyworth just introduced and suppose to use 58 watt power, it has some good features, like DVD player can be easily removed if needs to be, being a low reliability item (mechanical system).
There are couple of other manufacturer Naxa and Supersonic. You can buy any of these from Truck supplies place for about $300. You can also run it on a 120V, it has transformer in the cord just like laptop units. I am taking my the AS out this weekend to test it out in the field.
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:13 PM   #20
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Here my 2 Cent's :

from an electrical standpoint: if you use a inverter to produce 120Volt for a 120V TV, you will be discharging your batteries at a much faster rate than on a 12 Volt TV. not good for Boon Docking

about the TV:
i would strongly recommend Jensen 12 Volt or simular . the reason is, that the Jensen not only can withstand the extreme temparature and moisture changes much better than any "regular TV" (they have protected circuit boards), the Jensen has a re-inforced internal structure to support the TV better, without breaking apart due to vibration.. a regular TV will eventually Fail / brake due to weak mounting points.
And No, i do not work for Jensen.
I tried several regular TV's on small Cabin cruisers/ boats and we had a lot of warranty issues, due to corrosion/ or just due to broken mounts on the TV. the warranty issues dissappared with Jensen.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:15 PM   #21
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i would strongly recommend Jensen 12 Volt or simular . the reason is, that the Jensen not only can withstand the extreme temparature and moisture changes much better than any "regular TV" (they have protected circuit boards), the Jensen has a re-inforced internal structure to support the TV better, without breaking apart due to vibration
Wow, I just looked these up and they are double the price I paid. I would think it would be cheaper to buy a cheaper model and wait for better technology.
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:43 PM   #22
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I just replaced my 17" Toshiba 120v (came stock with the Sport) with a Akai/Viore 12v/120v 24" LCD/LED HD TV DVD combo. Installed it this afternoon and it works great! Picks up 19 Tucson Stations with the stock Wineguard where the Toshiba did 3.
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:58 PM   #23
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Most flat panel 110 TVs actually run at lower voltages. If you have a plug in power plug it is actually a little inverter/transformer. Some step down to 19 but some to 12v. You can then rig up a plug to go right into your 12v outlet.

12v TVs are one thing, 12v TV/DVD combos another story. I had 2 Akai and one Audiovox go south on me. The 12v DVD drives were crap. This is one electronic gizmo it is worth having an extended warranty. But, this was several years ago and maybe they are better now.

Speaking of now after my last 12v TV/DVD was fried I took my Audiovox back to the store for extended warranty. They gave me a Sharp 110 as a loaner and then lost my unit. I still have the Sharp which works great. I find using a stand alone 110 > 12 inverter a hassle though.
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Most flat panel 110 TVs actually run at lower voltages. If you have a plug in power plug it is actually a little inverter/transformer. Some step down to 19 but some to 12v. You can then rig up a plug to go right into your 12v outlet.

12v TVs are one thing, 12v TV/DVD combos another story. I had 2 Akai and one Audiovox go south on me. The 12v DVD drives were crap. This is one electronic gizmo it is worth having an extended warranty. But, this was several years ago and maybe they are better now.

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They are. The new ones are LED instead of flourecsent backlight. I was told they run a lot cooler. It was the heat that killed the DVD drives.
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LED's use a lot less power on 12v than Plasma...
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We just got a Vizio 22. Less then an inch thick and only takes a sub $15 to plug it directly into the cigarette lighter in the trailer. I posted a video in the Basecamp forum that shows the TV. Currently we just hook it up to our iPad 2 and have a great setup for boondocking.
hi, what is the plug you use to convert it to 12V? I would love to know. thanks!
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We have 2 22" Skyworth TVs with built-in DVD players in our 27FB. We've used the trailer over 200 nights with them. They've been rock solid. They run on 12V DC, and they also come with an AC power supply. We've only run them on 12V. Their current draw is VERY low - it's been awhile since I checked, but it was significantly less than their "rated" power. Seems like it was maybe 2-3 Amps (at 12V DC = 24-36 Watts)

They are full 1080p HDTV with lots of inputs - HDMI, A/V, Component, VGA, etc. They have built-in DVD and they supposedly have good protection circuitry for voltage spikes and low-voltage operation. I think they still work down to around 10V DC.

I got mine both from roadtrucker.com for around $300 each. This was in April '10, but I think they still have the same ones.

My only downside on these units is clunky user interface - remote controls and on-screen menus. Not too bad once you get used to them, though.
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The Skyworth is a rebadged Akai/Viore as are most of the smaller 12v TV's out there. They can be had at WalMart and run around $200. I got mine at TechforLess. The 12v plug can be had at Radio Shack.
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