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Old 06-21-2015, 12:13 AM   #1
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12V TV, is it worth the extra cost?

We've been contemplating replacing our old 90 lb. original TV's with flat screen LED. The 12V version are twice the cost of a standard flat screen. Is it really worth the cost? The only advantage we can see is if we are boondocking but otherwise we typically stay at sites with full hookup.

Can we use the 12V while driving with our grand kids?

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Old 06-21-2015, 12:21 AM   #2
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I would say no. If the majority of your camping is with full hookup, I doubt you would save any money on the back end.

You would be able to use a 12v while driving, yes. Or you could just turn on the genny to run a standard 110v T.V.
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Old 06-21-2015, 01:06 AM   #3
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I have a Samsung flat screen that has a 120vac to 12 vdc transformer. The only problem with taking it in the camper is the original shelf does not have necessary headroom for it with the provided base.
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Old 06-21-2015, 05:24 AM   #4
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I put 2 new LED tv's in our 5er. It is not worth the extra money for the 12 volt tv. You can get great deals online at Walmart.com and save a ton of money over a 12 volt unit. You can also save a ton of money over purchasing the tv in the Walmart store. They have some really good deals on line from time to time.
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I power my LED flat screen TV with a little cigarette socket inverter similar
to this one-- Schumacher XI14 Power Inverter - Walmart.com
$20 from WallyWorld.

Check your TV antenna wall plate. Some have a 12v socket already there.
IF you don't have one you can pretty easily install one. I tied my last one
to the radio/DVD player power wire and never blew a fuse in 5 years.
My current rig came with the socket in the Winegard wall plate.

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I power my LED flat screen TV with a little cigarette socket inverter similar
to this one-- Schumacher XI14 Power Inverter - Walmart.com
$20 from WallyWorld.

Check your TV antenna wall plate. Some have a 12v socket already there.
IF you don't have one you can pretty easily install one. I tied my last one
to the radio/DVD player power wire and never blew a fuse in 5 years.
My current rig came with the socket in the Winegard wall plate.

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Yes! Totally the way to go. Buy the TV you want and if needed use the inverter to power when only 12 volts is available.
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Old 06-21-2015, 11:51 AM   #7
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Look for a Television with a 12volt input. Since Radio Shack is pretty much closed, you may have to order a pigtail from Amazon.

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Old 06-21-2015, 12:10 PM   #8
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My vote is NO. We had around a 13 inch one that we used for about a half hour of TV each night before going to sleep and it drained the battery too fast.
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Old 06-21-2015, 01:04 PM   #9
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We Boon-dock most of the time so I can tell you that yes the extra cost of the 12v TV's are worth it because, Every inverter I have tried uses up the batteries to fast. With a 12v TV I don't use near the batteries and it doesn't become a problem. Now if you are always hooked up to shore power then it isn't an issue but three continuous days on batteries requires everything to be very low power draw. Even with a Solar panel. Hope this helps.
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12V option might be good in a motor home to keep guests happy on the road. It would then serve the same purpose during field trips in your toad/dingy. Hedge your bet even further with a set that also plays DVD's when over air is not working well and preserve your sanity by getting equipment with ear phone jacks.
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