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TELEVISION WITHOUT 12 volt CAPABILITY Wanderer 1-20-03  
I'M JUST FINDING OUT that most TVs that come in a new RV are 110volt ONLY. They are not both AC and DC. How do you handle that when you want to watch TV for hours and are not in a park with elecric hookup???????? (I do not want to run a generator.)
Am told that using an inverter draws more electricity than a DC TV on just the battery? Is that true?
Most RVs have two separate electric systems #1.with an independent battery to statr the engine and system #2 with "service" battery or batteries to provide
power to lights and other parts of the RV while camping.
Use an iverter to run your TV, make sure that the inverter is plugged to the system#2 (service) so if you run down your battery you can stat the RV with the
Sustem #1 battery and with the engine running it will charge the service battery.
Most system#2 service batteries are more then one, I have 3 in my Itasca, I installed the third one myself.The batteries should be Marine grade deep discharge so they can be run down to zero volts and no be damaged. A 13 inch TV operating from an inverter can be run over 10 hours from a laege service battery.
I hope this helps.
German Saucedo, Consultant
Re: TELEVISION WITHOUT 12 volt CAPABILITY Darl Souders 7-18-07  
Use a 14 lcd tv. They draw very little watts. On 3 batteries, you can watch tv all night without a problem. I don't know how many batteries you have or if you have solar or not. I have 8 batteries, and 760 watts of solar panels, and I have to remember to start the gen at least once a month for 5 min. As for tv's I have a 32", 20", and a 14 for outside. My 32 inch draws about 140 watts. While the 14 draws about 3 amps.

Re: TELEVISION WITHOUT 12 volt CAPABILITY Joe Diamold 7-1-08  
I searched forever for a 12 volt converter box because I don't want to run my generator or have to use an inverter and kill my battery just to watch a little tv. Long story short, there aren't any. So I started talking to other campers when we were out and got some very good advice.

This guy from Arkansas picked up a 19" widscreen 12 volt tv and replaced the center part (the 1/4" board where the handle is) of one of his swinging cupboard doors with it. It looked awesome and the tv was top notch so I did the same. I went to the same place and bought the same tv. I know it's not too original but I'm not a super creative guy. I did get it all worked out in the end and it looks sharp!

I sure am glad I didn't find a 12 volt analog to digital converter box. This tv has it all. It's a 12 volt lcd flat panel with ATSC (digital) and NTSC (analog) tuners and a DVD player built in. This thing is frigen awesome as far as portable tv's go. Oh yeah I also added a 12 volt antenna signal booster, it really works. It claims to gain 23db. I don't think its quite that strong but it does work.

I bought the 19" Skyworth LDC flat panel from
Re: TELEVISION WITHOUT 12 volt CAPABILITY Traveller 12-15-09  
I have been travelling around the world in RV's for the last 5 Years, Australia, Europe, USA, and now in Canada. Whilst in Australia I found the Majestic 12V LCD TV's. My wife and i used it for some serious outback trips and it was great - we had the best performing set at all the RV parks. The power consumption is so light your lights use more power than thier TV's. I am now in Canada and bought another RV and had to get one of these. Anyone doing any serious outback or offroad that wants a reliable product should check out these guys.
Re: TELEVISION WITHOUT 12 volt CAPABILITY Rodger Z 11-28-10  
I have purchased several 12V DC TV's for my RV and cabin. The TV's in the cabin are running from solar panels and deep cycle batteries without a problem. I was a bit concerned about the freezing temps at camp that are completely out of my control when we're not at camp. I talked to the folks at and they assured me that the cold isn't an issue. They were very easy to understand (perfect english), very helpful and quicker to deliver than any other place I've ever shopped online. Do yourself a favor, stay away from so called 12 volt televisions that require a power inverter and knockoff websites who sell them. Pay attention to who you're buying from and do your best to keep your cash in the USA as it will help to recover our economy.
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