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Old 02-23-2012, 11:37 AM   #1
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Ok, my husband and I are having a disagreement. He wants to put a very large flat screen TV in our FGTT. I say it will take more electricity than a small TV. If we would be running on solar power, would it make a difference? The LIL Snoozy has room for a large TV, and he wants a huge one. I am sure someone out there can settle this argument for us.
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:39 AM   #2
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Every TV sold is required to list its power draw on the label.
Just look and compare.
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:50 AM   #3
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Get the Large TV and when the power drains out the battery, read a book.

He will B happy and so will U.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:14 PM   #4
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Laura,

I don't think power will be your issue if you get an LCD TV. We've found because the trailer's small, a smaller TV does the job because you're closer.
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In addition, some tv's are 12 volt which is great for solar and made for travel, some people take the tv from home but on the long run they will not hold up to the jarring and bumping and moisture of rv travel. Jensen marine tv's are good.
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Norm is correct in regards to size versus viewing distance, this is good sizing guide.
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-UDtkFQ5...placement.html

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In addition, some tv's are 12 volt .
Does anyone have suggestions for a 12 VDC flat screen TV. 19" to 24" would be good.
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Here is a 15" that I have and the picture is unbelievable.
Jensen Je1512led 15" Led Hdtv Wall Mount Only 12v
The speakers are in the front as well as the controls, nice features
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Norm is correct in regards to size versus viewing distance, this is good sizing guide.
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-UDtkFQ5...placement.html

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In over 35 years selling TV's I have NEVER seen a man want a smaller one and rarely seen a Woman want a bigger one.

Just the way it is?
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:25 PM   #10
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The most efficient TV's for RV use are 12v LED LCD's. Currently we use a laptop to watch movies with but we are looking at the 19" - 22" models and they draw about 3-5 amps, very low compared to the 110v models which are in the 20a to 30a range as I recall. A quick google search shows the Jensen 32" LED draws 7.5 amps - still within range of a 225amp hour battery system and a 100w solar panel supplying about 4 amps per hour.

Assuming the TV is not on day and night but just a few hours a reasonable solar system can provide more than enough power for your needs.

Shop around the RV and trucker sites, read the specs and you'll find plenty of options.

If you have not taken delivery of your Lil Snoozy yet, ask if you can get a dual battery setup, either 2-12v or 2-6v. 6v batteries have thicker lead plates and will endure deep cycling longer than 12v batteries. Just one 12v deep cycle battery will work harder or draw down capacity lower to supply the the entire load.
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There are no TV's that draw 20 or 30 amps that is just not practical?
Like I said they are all required to specify the draw right on the label.

I think you might be surprised too that now that many TV's use LED backlighting and small switching power supplies that even up to 32" they can have very modest needs for power.
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Ed, you're right. The fact household circuit breakers are 15 - 20 amps did not occur to me when answering this post. I did dig up the Jensen 32" LED TV specs though, and they state 90 watts, 12v 7.5 amps. Thanks for the catch, Roger
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As to ruggidized TV's we have a standard off the shelf LCD TV and have used it for probably 8 years in various RV's, at least 7 months a year. It has been all over the place including a 1000 mile dirt road. It has never had a single issue.

As to 19" TVs, I was looking at them in Walmarts the other day $98-150 with front speakers. Buy a small 100 watt inverter and you can run it anywhere every night if you choose.
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Big Truck Stops have all kinds of 12VDC items including TVs.
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