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Old 08-16-2014, 12:51 PM   #43
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I dont watch a lot but it is nice to have to watch the news. I wasn't aware
of so many 12v TV's on the market. I will look at that but I did a quick google
and didn't see any name brands like Samsung or Sony. I will keep looking.
I was somewhat surprised but pleased to discover that the cheapie ($130) Seiki flat panel TV I bought from Sears last year is just a 12v TV running through a converter off 120v. I am not guessing or speculating, I ran it off 12v in the Scamp and it worked fine.
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:45 PM   #44
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I dont watch a lot but it is nice to have to watch the news. I wasn't aware
of so many 12v TV's on the market. I will look at that but I did a quick google
and didn't see any name brands like Samsung or Sony. I will keep looking.
I'm going for this one as the long-haul truckers like it, has a built-in DVD player, and a very wide viewing angle:

22" RCA 12 Volt LED TV DVD Combo, DECK22DR - RoadTrucker.com

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Old 08-17-2014, 06:44 AM   #45
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I was somewhat surprised but pleased to discover that the cheapie ($130) Seiki flat panel TV I bought from Sears last year is just a 12v TV running through a converter off 120v. I am not guessing or speculating, I ran it off 12v in the Scamp and it worked fine.
I checked at Sears and was happy to see that the Seiki was on Sale for $109 and yes the back side has a 12v connection.

Timber Wolf did you cut the 120v converter and wire it to 12v or did you p/u a 12v cord for it?
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:01 AM   #46
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I checked at Sears and was happy to see that the Seiki was on Sale for $109 and yes the back side has a 12v connection.

Timber Wolf did you cut the 120v converter and wire it to 12v or did you p/u a 12v cord for it?
I had previously purchased a 12V power plug set to run a fan and one of the adaptors that came with it fit the Seiki. I got this one from Amazon: Amazon.com: RoadPro (RPDC-812) 12V Power Adapter with Universal 6-Way Plug: Automotive
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Engel SB70f interesting....I might contemplate something like this for my next fridge purchase down the road. I have a 100 watt solar panel, I would seriously consider adding a portable panel to be able to keep up on it. My Norcold is a 2012, so its a few years down the road but they might have even more efficient units by then.
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My Seiki came with 120V and 12V cords. It's a 15" and cost $79.
Had it a couple years, but haven't watched it.

"Timber Wolf did you cut the 120v converter and wire it to 12v or did you p/u a 12v cord for it?"

Not sure what you are contemplating. The 120V cord has a built in converter to 12V. If you cut that off, you'd be plugged into AC and running 120V into the TV. That would hurt.
Just get the 12V cord if it isn't included.
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:24 AM   #49
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Just found on Craigs List a 19" Proscan like new with a 12v and a 120v cord at a yard sale price. Pluged it into 12v and it works great. Thanks for the info Timber Wolf and others. I checked it with the Belkin watt meter it is using 22-23 watts, very happy camper!
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:15 PM   #50
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My $270 100 Watt returnable Solar package: DIY:

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I suggest you don't adhere the panel (s) to your camper because it's better to be able to move the panels into direct sunlight, and leave the camper set up.

I find I'll move my panels 3-4 times a day if there's a tree near me, in order to capture the most sunlight.

Get long (30 ft) cables from the controller out to the panel (s) so you can chase the sun, around trees and your camper.

My Patriot uses some electricity for the water pump and the propane alarm. With LED's, I have plenty of light inside for a few hours in the evening, and I never go below 12.5 volts. That's good. Even on intermittent sun days, it stays above 12.5 until morning when I can start charging, again.

Best of all, it requires no babysitting. I can leave it all day and it's charging without me. No fuel to carry, no moving parts, nothing to fix or rust. I drive with it on my bed, and have a thick chain on it when charging so no one can walk away with it without some rather large bolt snippers.

As the long post states, there's one technical issue, but it's easily dealt with.
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