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Old 11-10-2010, 03:44 PM   #1
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Our trailer (Surveyor sv 191) did not come with a TV. Any advice on buying a TV that can stand up to the rough roads and general bumping that it will receive in a trailer? LCD, LED, plasma? I live in British Columbia and plan to travel to southern Arizona in early February with a bunch of DVD's for rainy days. Any information would be appreciated.
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:47 PM   #2
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Both of my campers came with regular residential LCD's. The Keystone had a 27" Vizio but I can't recall the name of the 42" in the Prime Time. We carried a smaller 19" Vizio for the bunkroom in the Prime Time. Just put it in a cabinet with a towel around it while traveling. I think the LCD's are pretty durable. Just stow it so it's not bouncing around.
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:48 PM   #3
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We've had a Visio 22" LCD for the last year that we've had very good results with. Great picture and haven't had any problems with the mount. We put a piece of 2" foam rubber between it and the mount and then go across it with a bungee so that it holds it against the mount with the foam in between as a shock absorber. The foam piece is U shaped so that the area where the mount attaches to the TV fits in the open pace in the middle.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:23 AM   #4
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I probably wouldn't buy a plasma for an RV but most LCD or LED/LCD's should be fine. My thinking is that the LED backlit models would hold up better than the CCFL backlit models but there doesn't seem to be any complaints to prove that there's a problem with either.
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:00 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice. I will definitely avoid plasma TVs and look at the LCD lines. I hadn't heard of Vizio before, but will check at the local supplier: Costco. I was looking for a DVD/TV combo, but I think I'll just use one of the DVDs I have on hand. BluRay may make the DVD obsolete anyway. Thank you to the 3 of you for taking the time to make suggestions.

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Old 11-11-2010, 06:03 PM   #6
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Walmart carries Vizio also...Jason
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:06 PM   #7
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On this subject: I have an 07 Flagstaff 5er, it came with a 15in flatscreen. It's pretty hard to see from the back of the living room, so I'm looking to replace it with about a 32", I have room to mount it in the area designated for the TV so I'm wondering if a regular LCD/LED TV would work. Would I need another power source to run it on 12v when dry camping? The current TV came with a stand and a transformer in case we wanted to take it off the wall and us it on a table top or out doors so I'm wondering if this is a Special type tv and not just a home use TV. Any comments would be appreciated.
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:56 PM   #8
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I'd be interested in learning more about the capabilities and limitations of 12 volt TVs.
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I had posted once before (I need to find it), that little box on the power cord to the TV id a converter. Most electronics run on DC power anyways. That converter box makes AC power into DC power. Find a TV that is 12 to 24VDC (look on the converter on the power box for the output voltage. You will definitely want to regulate the voltage. Newmar makes a great line of converters and regulators. I used them heavily in the marine business and now in the communications business. Make sure you have the correct setup, 13VDC will not stay that as your battery is used, for example. You need to protect the TV circuitry for high and low voltage. I can get further into this subject if needed but to go to 12VDC using a regular off the shelf TV and not ruin the TV by large voltage swings will cost a bit to do, but it is do-able.
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Both of my campers came with regular residential LCD's. The Keystone had a 27" Vizio but I can't recall the name of the 42" in the Prime Time. We carried a smaller 19" Vizio for the bunkroom in the Prime Time. Just put it in a cabinet with a towel around it while traveling. I think the LCD's are pretty durable. Just stow it so it's not bouncing around.
Hi M10RIDER: I'm wondering, how the large tvs work with battery power when dry camping? I have a 15inch in my 5ers living room and it works both on 12 and 110v. I guess the CONVERTER allows the 110 to convert to 12v. when hooked up to shore power. But since what I can see they don't make large tvs over 22in that are 12v. Does this sound right?
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