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Old 10-29-2018, 02:58 PM   #1
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TVs for RVs, does it matter

I am looking at upgrading my TV and surround sound both of which suck. And, they always have. I see that those TVs sold by RV supply folks are weather and vibration tested and are 12v powered. Does any of this really matter? Has anyone changed out there standard issue TV for new one?
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Just buy any tv you want. RV specific tvs are marketing ploys.
Other than the 12v feature, there's no difference.
My Jensen RV tv was 110v AC and a basic 720dp tv.
Replaced it with a bigger Vizio smart tv.
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What size TV are you talking about.

Only some of the smaller TVs (under 19”) (Jensen brand?) May be 12 volt if that matters.

Other than that......ANY TV brand and sound bar will work. Shop around.
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I currently have a Jensen 32" model. I cannot expand the sound on this one.
Looking at doing maybe a 34" and get the sound bar, but was concerned about the weather and vibration issues with a non-"tested" TV. Thank you,
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Be sure to view the actual picture on the tv you choose at the viewing angle you will be viewing it in the RV. Many of the inexpensive tvs cut costs by using low cost displays with very narrow viewing angles. Unless yu plan to do a lot of boondocking ( on 12V only) you don't really need a 12V tv.
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Be sure to view the actual picture on the tv you choose at the viewing angle you will be viewing it in the RV. Many of the inexpensive tvs cut costs by using low cost displays with very narrow viewing angles. Unless yu plan to do a lot of boondocking ( on 12V only) you don't really need a 12V tv.
We dry camp a lot and use an inverter to power the 120v AC Vizio tv.
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I am looking at upgrading my TV and surround sound both of which suck. And, they always have. I see that those TVs sold by RV supply folks are weather and vibration tested and are 12v powered. Does any of this really matter? Has anyone changed out there standard issue TV for new one?
Nope. Get any tv you want.
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Just buy any tv you want. RV specific tvs are marketing ploys.
Other than the 12v feature, there's no difference.
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You didn’t say what year/model you have. Most of the newer ones have the separate Jensen DVD/FM/BT etc unit which is connected directly to the forward TV. If you have that setup check to make sure the HDMI cable is connected to the HDMI port labeled ARC. That way, the audio output of the TV is sent to the Jensen. Selecting HDMI as a source on the Jensen will disable the TV sound and put it on your overhead speakers.

The sound via that system is what I consider marginally acceptable. You could change the overhead speakers but you’ll need to spend a couple hundred bucks. I added a 200 watt Bazooka subwoofer under the couch. Very pleased with the sound from the TV now.
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Just buy any tv you want. RV specific tvs are marketing ploys.
Other than the 12v feature, there's no difference.
My Jensen RV tv was 110v AC and a basic 720dp tv.
Replaced it with a bigger Vizio smart tv.
X2. Buy the size and brand you want. All will work on an RV.
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