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Old 10-08-2018, 09:22 PM   #1
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I have a Sunseeker 3050S and I want to replace the tv that came stock. Can I purchase any smart tv or do I need to get a 12 volt tv? Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:43 PM   #2
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I would think you could go either way, although 12V tv's are harder to find and more expensive. Of course the standard 120 VAC units need shore power or a genny running to work.

What do you have now?

Look at your current TV... note the USED plug-ins (jacks) on the back of your current TV and make sure your replacement unit has the same type and number of jacks that you need... that is important as the inputs/outputs on TV models are NOT all the same.
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:47 PM   #3
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Any TV will work if you have an AC receptacle to plug in to. The receptacle where your TV is mounted may only have a 12 volt receptacle. Many home TV's are 12 volt, and have an AC to DC converter built into the power cord. All you would have to do is cut that converter off, and get whatever 12 volt connector is required by your RV installed onto the cord.

Go to a store that has the TV's on display, and you will be able to check the cord set up behind the TV and look at the AC to DC converter to see what voltage it is converting to. If it is 12vdc, you're good!

Some of those power cord brick put out 19 vdc instead of 12vdc. Add a step up transformer like this https://www.amazon.com/AweKing-Water...06W5JTCBT?th=1 if that is the case. They make different transformers depending on the power draw of the appliance.
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Todays LED tvs have VERY low power requirements and even a 400watt dedicated inverter will work them without over taxing your battery.

I am partial to LG Smart TVs as they can communicate with most computers using a simple media server like Universal Media Server.

I tried PLEX, but it requires a good internet connection to work. That renders it unsuitable for an RV media server as you most likely will be using it with a poor or non-existent internet source.
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Any TV will work if you have an AC receptacle to plug in to. The receptacle where your TV is mounted may only have a 12 volt receptacle. Many home TV's are 12 volt, and have an AC to DC converter built into the power cord. All you would have to do is cut that converter off, and get whatever 12 volt connector is required by your RV installed onto the cord.

Go to a store that has the TV's on display, and you will be able to check the cord set up behind the TV and look at the AC to DC converter to see what voltage it is converting to. If it is 12vdc, you're good!

Some of those power cord brick put out 19 vdc instead of 12vdc. Add a step up transformer like this https://www.amazon.com/AweKing-Water...06W5JTCBT?th=1 if that is the case. They make different transformers depending on the power draw of the appliance.

Most LED tv's larger than 20 inch and smart tv's have a built in converter. The 120vac cord plugs directly into the back of the tv.


I have never seen a tv with a power brick. The old 12" ac/dc GE cathode ray colored tv I had back in the 80's had a 120vac and a 12vdc cord that plugged into a cigarette socket.
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They are changing Rich, I went to BJ's wholesale and was looking at the back of the LCD/LED Tv's on display in the twenty to 30ish inch range, and they had AC to DC power bricks in the cords.
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Follow up: I was in the store today and looked at back of the smaller Samsungs, they have a 19vdc input. Converter is in the cord. You would need to use an inexpensive step-up voltage booster to run these on 12v. Larger TVs will probably have only an AC power cord and will require an inverter to run on 12v.
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Be sure to look at the actual TV model you want to purchase. Some of the lower price tv's have a very narrow viewing angle and depending on the mounting position /viewing position, the picture may be not be usable.
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yep. Highly recommend an adjustable wall mount to tilt for best view.
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