Power Supply in Motorhome

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  1. RogeTeri

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    Bit confuse. I have two leisure batteries and a large solar panel fitted on the roof. Everything seems to work ok but the television. Do you need to be on a hook up to use it? It works fine when connected to the mains supply
     
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    How is the TV connected to power? I presume it is capable of running off 12V and that you have switched the input to a12V socket?
     
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    Oh God! Now I'm lost. Sorry for being so thick. Will be at peterborough on Thursday so I think I may need to get help there, thanks JeanLuc
     
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    Or is it a 240v TV like you'd use at home? In which case, it will only work on hook-up - unless you have an inverter.
     
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    If, off hook-up, the lighting works and the TV does not it looks like you've got a 240V TV.

    Then you either get an INVERTER ( 12V DC from battery --> 240AC ) or fix the TV with a 12V adaptor ( might not be possible ) or buy a 12V DC TV.
     
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    Keeping it simple - does it have a 'household-style' 3-pin plug on the end of the lead?
     
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    The TV came with the van, why is life so complicated???

    I have learned I know nothing!

    Have heard of inverters but would not recognise one if I fell over it, must take my card to Peterborough I think it will have melt down
     
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    On the back of the TV it says its 12v/240v. Its wired into the main fuse box
     
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    At least you know that
    If you do fall over your invertor it is not installed correctly
    G
     
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    So if I need one are there any you recommend?
     
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    Look me up at Peterborough :thumb:
    We will be there late Thursday.

    Will have a motorhome fun placard with Jaws on it in the side window

    I will wander over and take a gander for you, no problem
     
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    Just look for the smart looking gent in a bowler hat:thumb:

    That's correct isn't it John?
     
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    had the exact same problem when I got our MH in July and phoned the dealer to say was coming back in for them to sort as TV didn't work, felt a right prat when he said the same thing if on hook up then use the normal plug if off hook up use the 12 volt connection.

    we all live and learn (well some of us never learn) and as for the Boss she can't get her head round the fact that the microwave will not work unless we are on hook up, so I tried to explain that everything with the EXCEPTION of the 3 pins plugs will work with no hook up so sorry dear NO hairdrier etc if NO electric
     
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    Thanks Jaws, I'll come a knocking!
     
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    RogeTeri said:
    "Oh God! Now I'm lost. Sorry for being so thick. Will be at peterborough on Thursday so I think I may need to get help there, thanks JeanLuc "


    If you're lost and will need help to get to Peterborough, you'll need more that a dubious telly mate! I suggest:
    a) a sat-nav
    b) a teenager (they know everything...I know, I've got one!)
    :thumb:

    Simon
     
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    Well this post has made us feel a whole lot better as we have just had the same trouble getting our heads round the whole inverter/12v issue. What I thought was the inverter turned out to be an amp for the bass speaker :Doh: We got a friend round who had more experience and told him the TV didn't work on 12v so he pointed out that we needed to plug in to the 12v for it to work. :Doh: I naively assumed that when we were off mains that everything just worked as normal but through the inverter instead!! Might have to invite Jaws in for a glass or 2 this weekend so we can pump him for info!! By the way if you spot a motorhome with no lights on Saturday night it may well be us with a drained leisure battery because we don't know what we're doing :Rofl1:
     
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    No you dont need an inverter, but the tv needs wiring to a 12v supply.
     
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    There will be loads of funsters at Peterborough who will be falling over each other to sort your problems if you ask.

    Warning -DO NOT OFFER DRINKS - you'll never get them out.
     
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    Well then it's a good thing we stopped at the wine merchants in Calais on our way home last week from our first MH trip, best load them bottles up tomorrow :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    I can't tell you how much better I felt reading your post. Was a little hesitant to post in the first place as it is an admission of ignorance. I think one of the advantages of motor homing is you not only buy into a way of life you also buy into a community. This is evident from the waves you get on the road to the people on this site who are willing to give their time to reply and offer to give advice and help. The only down side is the likely decent into alcoholism:Eeek:
     
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