Just because you’re living life on the road, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a little comfort time to kick back and watch your favorite shows on TV. Having a 12 Volt TV for your RV or camper makes it possible to enjoy the same relaxing entertainment no matter where you are. In addition, having a TV comes in very handy for those rainy days when there’s nothing to do but wait it out.
So whether you are looking to install a new television or replace a factory-installed unit with a more updated version, there are many models from which to choose. That being said, knowing which 12-volt TV to buy can be a bit daunting if you don’t know much about RV TVs. Here we review what we feel are the five best units for 2018, along with answering some common questions about RV TVs.
Top 5 12V TVs for RVs:
Specifically made for RVs, motorhomes, and boats, this model has a sturdy design with a reinforced cabinet that is structured with an abundance of mounting points, ensuring your TV stays in place. The circuit boards are well-coated for maximum durability and conformity, and it comes with an optional tabletop stand (sold separately) for added convenience if there’s not enough mounting space available. Includes a fully-sfunctionable remote control and DC power cord.
The 16:9 LCD panel is designed to deliver bright, clear images, coupled with a fitted HDTV or ATSC tuner for displaying high-quality images from 480 to 1080p.
Made specifically for RV, motorhomes, and boats
Great picture quality
Sound quality can fluctuate
12 Volt TV DVD Combo
With its 720-pixel resolution, this TV / DVD player combo delivers rich, sharp resolution on a 24-inch screen. The combination of sharp, high-definition video with clear audio provides an unbeatable viewing experience. There’s a plug-and-go USB port where you can insert your flash drive for instant view. Both the TV and the built-in DVD player are controlled by one remote control, for the ultimate in convenience. Energy Star rated for being economical.
Great value for price
TV and DVD in one
Consumer complaints about DVD player freezing
Tinny sound quality
This unit comes with HDMI inputs with digital noise reduction (DNR) technology and elimination of interference to provide crisp, clear picture quality, along with its Color Balance for ultimate high definition. This model is SD input compatible so you can enjoy music and photos on the big screen. There’s a plug and play USB port, and the PC input converts your TV into a computer monitor. Includes a built-in DVD player and an integrated HDTV tuner.
Uses very little battery power to operate
Great value for price
Poor viewing at angle
Complaints about remote control
Complaints about customer service
Best Image Quality
The Transit 32” HD TV is made to work with any mobile 12V power application, with easy conversion to home use with an optional Power Brick AC adapter. TV comes with easy wall mounting or can be used for tabletop display. Backed by outstanding customer support and a free 60-day tech support and a one-year unconditional replacement warranty. Includes a 12V cigarette power cord.
Great sound and picture quality
Easy wall mounting
The sleek, compact design of the AXESS TV1701-15 makes this an ideal unit for setting up in your RV, motorhome, or boat. The 1366 x 768 maximum resolution provides a clear, sharp image. There is a built-in digital and analog tuner for finding your favorite shows, and a 12-volt car cord for portable viewing. This lightweight TV is made to offer impressive performance and functionality, and uses very little battery power.
Comes with a Built-in Cable/Antenna RF jack, Audio/Video, PC-RGB (VGA), PC Audio Jack, USB Input, HDMI port, Earphone Audio Jack, Coaxial Output Jack, CVBS Input.
Clear video quality
Many different inputs
“Tinny” sound quality
Difficult angle viewing
Common 12V TV Questions:
Why Use a 12-Volt TV?
12-volt, battery-powered TVs are more convenient to use in RVs and motorhomes, and as an alternative, many 12-volt TVs come equipped with an AC adaptor.
What’s The Difference Between A Regular 12-Volt TV And An RV 12-Volt TV?
There are really no differences. As long as you have a newer model LCD TV – not the “boxy” CRT model that isn’t designed to handle the vibrations from moving around – it should work perfectly fine. In addition, LCDs are more equipped to sustain changes in temperature and humidity.
Another feature to consider is having a TV with an anti-glare screen, so it will never be difficult to watch in the sunlight.
What Is The Ideal Size of TV For My RV?
When selecting a TV to fit in your RV, space becomes the primary concern. If you plan on mounting your TV to the wall, make sure you know your exact measurements of space before you make your purchase. You will most likely be purchasing a TV that is much smaller than the one you have at home, but your RV has limited space, so you will likely be viewing at a closer proximity, so it makes more sense to purchase a smaller unit. TVs can run as small as seven or eight inches, and can be an inexpensive, yet very functional solution. For more info about life in a proper RV, check out RVLivingNow’s great little guide to living in a TV full time.
What Is The Best Way To Mount My TV?
If you need to install a TV in your RV where there wasn’t one installed before, you might consider using a mount that has an articulating arm. Oftentimes, a 12-Volt TV does not provide the best picture quality when viewed at an angle, so an articulating arm mount can lock in place so it allows you to adjust the angle for the best view.
When you are in the market to buy a new 12-volt TV for your RV, it isn’t necessary to buy one that is specifically made for recreational vehicles. For many years, consumers, as well as RV manufacturers, have been using regular 12-volt TVs without any issue. The most important things to keep in mind are:
1. Buy a model that works best for your particular lifestyle.
2. Make sure you have sufficient room to securely mount your TV
3. And most of all, enjoy!