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Old 05-15-2009, 07:36 PM   #1
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I went shopping for a television this afternoon and came back empty handed because no one had one powered by DC. Seems that they were plentiful a few years ago but everyone is now only stocking AC powered models. So, do I continue to search for something that operates off of DC or go with what's available and buy an inverter to power it in those situations where shore power is not available? We are thinking of getting something in the 19" size.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:40 PM   #2
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Hi: Steve Dunkle... I just got a 19" flat screen Toshiba but I went with AC. only. If we arn't near a currant bush then we will be watching fire flys. I think Camping World listed some DC tv's but in smaller sizes. 19" is fast becoming the smallest size Flat Sc. made. I think ours uses 60 watts of power!!!
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:21 PM   #3
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I went shopping for a television this afternoon and came back empty handed because no one had one powered by DC. Seems that they were plentiful a few years ago but everyone is now only stocking AC powered models. So, do I continue to search for something that operates off of DC or go with what's available and buy an inverter to power it in those situations where shore power is not available? We are thinking of getting something in the 19" size.
Hi Steve,
If you're buying a tv now you should also make sure you get a digital tuner(ATSC) not an analog(NTSC) so you'll be ready to receive digital signals in June if they finally make the switch. We bought a 15" flat screen with built in DVD player($267) in Feb while in Texas. It has 120v with a converter to 12v in the power cord, which means I have to use an inverter or take a chance and make up a special 12v cord and plug in to a 12v source in the trailer( the tv actually operates on 12v). I did see one 19" without DVD and it had the same 120v to 12v setup. A web site catering to long haul truckers was advertising 15" ATSC in Jan for $400. We spent a long time looking before we found one with all the features we wanted at a reasonable price.
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:35 PM   #4
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I went shopping for a television this afternoon and came back empty handed because no one had one powered by DC.
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Camping world had a 20" with a built in DVD for between $300-400. Google "12 v lcd tv" and much comes up. I know there are several labels in the 19 - 22 inch range, some with DVD built in, in this price range.

We are looking into a digital tuner for the laptop and an external 22 inch monitor (already own). Anybody have any experience with these?
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:44 PM   #5
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Digital tuners? I have hasd two different models from Hauppague. They both work well. I use one to watch the History and Discovery channels on my desktop PC while I work.

They just plug into a USB port.
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Digital tuners? I have hasd two different models from Hauppague. They both work well. I use one to watch the History and Discovery channels on my desktop PC while I work.

They just plug into a USB port.
Charlie and Joyce - Thanks for the info and site. Do you need an antenna?

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Old 05-16-2009, 12:08 AM   #7
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I just purchased this one

The consumer reviews on it are good and it is reasonably priced.

According to UPS.. it's currently in route from Phoenix to here.. should have it on monday!
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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.


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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.
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Old 05-16-2009, 10:33 AM   #9
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Steve, I just bought two of these for both my trailers..They are up to date with everything you need and a great deal..

http://www.jujudeals.com/22-widescreen-12-...tuner-p-97.html
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Old 05-16-2009, 10:37 AM   #10
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Camping world had a 20" with a built in DVD for between $300-400. Google "12 v lcd tv" and much comes up. I know there are several labels in the 19 - 22 inch range, some with DVD built in, in this price range.

We are looking into a digital tuner for the laptop and an external 22 inch monitor (already own). Anybody have any experience with these?
You can buy a "slingtv" set up at most electronics stores for your laptop. It carry's the signal from your home tv to anywhere in the world. The last price I saw was about $200.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:50 PM   #11
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Costco has this one currently on sale for $249. The one at Costco is black with a white back. It only operates off of AC so I would have to get an inverter to run on DC. We really don't need one with a DVD because our stereo already has that capability and the wiring is already setup for it.
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:28 PM   #12
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Well, we just came back from Best Buy with a cheap Dynex 19" TV and a plug-in inverter. But I don't think we got an appropriate inverter for the TV because it doesn't appear to be one of those sine wave or modified sine wave types. So, what type of inverter is really needed for a small LCD TV? I also read somewhere that we have to be careful about limiting the size of the inverter if it's plugged into the trailer's 12VDC connector. I believe the size of the wiring is the issue.
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:24 PM   #13
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http://www.target.com/Skyworth-19-AC-LCD-S...;rh=&page=1

I found this one at Target. I got it for my parents for Christmas.
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:37 AM   #14
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I just purchased this one

The consumer reviews on it are good and it is reasonably priced.

According to UPS.. it's currently in route from Phoenix to here.. should have it on monday!
You always find the coolest things! I just bought a 19" emerson from walmart, $168. Our local store is redoing their video section, so had to go to the next closest walmart to find it. Its cool, HD, 720, 2 HDMI ports.
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