Great post Greg!! Thanks for doing the homework and posting real numbers!
When we first got a camper I was adamant, NO TV. We're going camping
in the woods to get away from the TV!... etc etc.. I've come around.
Last summer we spent 5 nights at Pisgah National Forest.
(Think Smokies with less people and traffic).
It was June and great temps and pretty good weather except each evening, we'd hear the rumble coming over the mountain and it would rain!
Campfires were out.
There was a WallyWorld about 3 miles down the road with a RedBox.
We'd sit under our awning and have a brewski and then retire inside when
the skeeters got too bad. We watched a movie each night.
I ran my genny for a few hours on day 3 to boost my 2 plain old 12v
crank/deep cycle marine batteries.
It works for us! My cheapo inverter cost about $20 and it is not pure sine wave. The TV has some lines in the background but not too bad.
I can live with it. I actually have a better inverter but for some reason it
shuts down for "low voltage" when my batteries are anything less than