Normal TV in Motorhome?

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  1. PeteandJules

    PeteandJules Read Only Funster

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    Hi everyone,
    Pete wants to buy a normal TV for the motorhome and we wonder whether anyone has experience of doing this.
    We have 2 x 12v 110amp hour leisure batteries and a 3kw inverter
    We were looking at the:
    19 Inch LED Multi-Region TV/DVD Combi, HD Ready, Freeview & PVR, Silver (19H6030S-D)

    Any thoughts or advice would be gratefully received,
    Thanks
     
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    Which make is it and more importantly does it run on 12v directly.

    If so you can make up a 12v lead if it is not supplied with one, better than using your invertor.

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    Go to ASDA they are doing a 19" TV DVD combo with freeview for around £90
    12v .No need for an inverter .
    I've got the same batt power as you but solar on the roof ,we heat the van and do all our cooking on gas ,have led bulbs and a 12v wii console .We have never ran out of power yet!
    No need for an inverter ( unless you want to use a hair dryer) you can get 12v everything these days,




    Vlad
     
  5. pappajohn

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    yes, that Finlux is a 12vdc/100-230vac set and will work fine in your motorhome.

    best run on 12v as to use an inverter you are inverting 12vdc to 230vac via the inverter then back to 12vdc via the sets inlead transformer.

    a 12v lead and suitable plug will do the job nicely.
     
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    It's very inefficient to run a TV from an inverter, especially a high wattage one like yours. Get a 12v one.

    I have just ordered this one

    [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003VPJZ48/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1"]16" Ultra Slim LED Digital Freeview USB Record TV DVD.: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics[/ame]

    They also do a 22" one but our cabinet won't take one that big. It can record to SD card or USB stick and can (in theory) be used with a large collection of films on an external hard drive.
     
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    I think you are best off buying a "proper" motorhome or caravan TV even if they cost a bit more.

    Reasons:

    1. They are directly 12v, no inverter

    2. they are much more tolerant of voltage variations than a TV designed for home use, so if your voltage drops a bit as it will as the battery runs down, the motorhome TV will continue working OK for longer.

    3. every time you move you need to retune the TV, if you are using its in built digital tuner. So it needs to be easy to do this. Makes like Avtex have one button tuning on the remote that are reasonable quick without going through all the set up menus that you normally need to do with home TV's.
     
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    check the kogans on the right hand sight of the site i now have 2 of these and both are great
     
  9. WillH

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    Go for Kogan, as above. Got one last year and it does what it said on the box, no problems.

    Rgds
    Bill
     
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    Another satisfied user of a Kogan 12v unit here :thumb:
     
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    Kogan for me too, takes some beating on all counts,

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