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    Posted: 22 Nov 2017 at 7:52am
Want to be able to use television while Boondocking without having to use the generator.  Any way to convert to use 12 volt battery?  Are my assumptions below correct?

1.  Need 12 volt outlet.  
2.  Need a 12 volt television.  I believe the current one in our 179 RP is 110/120v?
3.  If I swap out to a 12 volt tv, it will will still work when I am plugged into shore power.

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1 Yes.
2. Not necessarily. You can purchase a small inverter to use. Just make sure it is large enough to support the television but not so large it wastes power. A small inverter will cost a lot less than a 12V television. but a 12V television will not have the power waste of an inverter.
3. Yes, but see #2.

I have an inverter that I can use. We have not used it much as we have not had a signal strong enough to use when we have been boondocking. Hope this helps.
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The 19" Jensen TV that came with our 2016 179 was rated to only consume 17W. I doubt you could even find an inverter that small, so just about any would do.

Another advantage to sticking to an AC television is variety. You'll have an almost limitless selection of TV models to choose from. 12V televisions in larger screen sizes (larger than portable) are few and far between.

We have a 24" Samsung LED TV in our 179 now, which has much better picture quality and viewing angles.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mcarter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Nov 2017 at 12:15pm
The inverter would address your assumptions, it would have to have a 12V source (outlet), but allow you to use present TV and no change to functions with shore power. The issue to me, is what is your plan to recharge 12V battery with this added load. You said no generator, so pretty much leaves you with solar and the tow vehicle.
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Thank you for your helpful response.  We want it just to watch movies off our ipad while we boondock.  We do have a generator but it seems crazy to run it for two hours to watch move when I can recharge my battery in 20 minutes.  Do you have a recommendation on an inverter?  I assume the inverter gets plugged in to 12 volt outlet and then the tv?
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Thank you!
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Thank you!.  Any recommendation on an inverter?  
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The inverter needs a 12V source, that can be a 12 volt outlet, but most are cigarette lighter plug adaptable or hooked directly to 12V line. According to Bum the TV is not high drain. So you have a wide choice. Look at Camping world, Amazon and etrailer for options. Personally I would go for a minimum 1000 watt. You're not trying to run the microwave. But nice to have more than needed. Recommend a sine wave or modified sine wave and the cooling fan operates when needed. My Pod didn't have a 12V plug until I added it on a spare 12V line.
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Originally posted by mcarter

Personally I would go for a minimum 1000 watt. You're not trying to run the microwave. But nice to have more than needed.
That is one honkin' inverter. Anywhere near 1000 watts would create >80 amp drain on the battery(ies), and require very large wires. I would rather see ~~ 400 watt inverter (which could potentially pull over 30 amps, which is still pretty hefty) that had a pure sin wave.
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Good advice, waiting on you to weigh in:)
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