Lynne told me about this topic minutes after I locked the trailer up after installing a TV in our trailer. So I scooted back into our trailer, took a couple pictures, then sat down to write this post.
What I wanted was an all-in-one, under-cabinet TV/Radio/DVD player like those that you can install under your kitchen cabinets, one that has a TV screen that folds up and out of the way when you're not using it.
What I found was this Coby multifunction under-cabinet unit
, and (as I said) installed it in our trailer today. Its TV is a small 10.2" screen, but it's nice and clear, runs on 12 volts, has audio and video inputs for an MP3 player (or video game, if you have kids or are otherwise inclined) and fits in perfectly
under our Scamp's kitchen cabinets.
Another good thing is it has a very light
touch on our batteries. With the DVD player running it consumes 0.8 amps (about 10 watts, half of what an 1156 incandescent light
bulb draws), 0.2 amps (2 watts) when the radio is running, and has a parasitic power draw (the power the unit draws when it's turned off) of under .1 amps (about one watt), so it's a good choice for a couple like us who depend on our solar
panels when we go dry-camping. (We'll probably unplug it when we're running on solar
and aren't using it.)
Now the down side: Coby is not known for quality products, and while many of the reviews I read on the Amazon site had only good things to say about this unit, there are a lot of people who returned their sets (sometimes multiple sets) because their unit arrived DOA or had other shortcomings.
I have two more things I need to do to complete my TV install: run the TV antenna cable and add a nylon strap to keep the TV screen in its closed position while we're towing. I'll post installation details and talk more about this set after these things are done and I've had a chance to use the set a few times.