confused re TVs

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  1. Tats

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    Been searching on the net re TVs in MHs, and getting a bit confused. Would appreciate some clarification please?
    Sometimes we have hook-up, other times just 12v - do I need to buy a special 12v TV or can I just take our ordinary 17" LCD TV from the house? Our TV doesn't have dual voltage, but I think I've read that if you get an inverter that would work. Is that right? If so, any recommendations on which is best to buy?
    By the aerial point in the MH is a socket for a 12v plug (is it called a clipsal plug? - looks like it takes 2 flat pins) but I haven't seen any TVs on the net which come supplied with such plugs, only the cigarette lighter type plugs. Do you get a choice of leads, or do you need an adapter to use that type of plug - the only cigar lighter/power outlet I've seen in the van seems to be in the cab (unless I'm as unobservant as I sound - maybe other Avantgarde or Autoquest 180 drivers can advise?), and that's not practical for the rear lounge area. Can you get an inverter (if that's what you need?) fitted with such plugs?
    Then I get confused over regulators - or are they call stabilisers? - the things to protect the TV from changes in voltage as the leisure battery's charge is worn down. Are these necessary? Have I got it right, some 12v TVs come with inbuilt stabilisers, others you have to buy separately? If you run a normal house TV with an inverter, do you then need a stabiliser as well, or do the inverters protect from fluctuations as well?
    All seems so complicated for something so simple :Eek!:
    Would prefer just to use our portable LCD TV in the MH (esp as it has an inbuilt DVD player - ideal for the kids :Smile:), rather than forking out over £200 on a new 12v TV specifically for the MH, but don't know if possible. Please advise.
    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Hi,
    You can use an inverter but it will take a lot of battery for not a lot of viewing, the 'two flat pins' plug you get an adapter and then can use 'cigarette' type plug, you don't need to spend over £200 on a 12v TV with DVD, look around eapecially online.
    If looking in shops physically the 12v TV will not be 'hard wired'.
    Look on internet put ac dc tv into google, or Ebay shops anywhere really, when you think you've found the right tv just ask google for a review of make & model.
    :Rofl1:
     
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    Hope the above helps
     
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    Hi see att,
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    These inverters from Argos have noisy fan.
    I bought one and returned it because of this noise as it would interfere with watching TV.
    Very robust construction though.
    I got one from Lidl, smaller (150W) but much quieter.I only have a small 12V TV, bought off Ebay for £50, the inverter runs my Sky box.
     
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