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Best RV TV Options

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Best RV TV Options


Today we're going to be taking a look at the best options available for RV TVs. You might be thinking, why do I need an RV rated TV Why can't I just use any TV in my RV or camper Well, the truth is standard household TVs are not designed to hold up to those vibrations from a moving vehicle. Sure you can use them, but there's no telling how long they'll last. RV TVs, they're built to hold up to those vibrations and they're designed to work in extreme temperatures and humidity. They feature metal plating for durability and a polymer coating over the circuit boards to resist that vibration. So that's the difference between household TVs and RV rated TVs.Another thing to think about is how your TV is powered or how you need to power your TV.

There are two ways: 12 volt and 110 volt. 12 volt is DC or direct current; 110 volt is AC or alternating current. 12 volt would be power running off your onboard battery or batteries in your RV. This would be ideal for off the grid adventures, where you're be relying strictly on your onboard batteries for power. 110 volt is power from an external source like maybe a campground.

It's important to understand that 12 volt powered TVs will require wiring with the power in ground, and it is fuse protected. 110 volt TVs just plug in with your common two prong plug. So again, depending on your camping style, if you're an off the grid type person, a 12 volt TV would be your best option. If you're someone who camps at a campground where electricity is readily available, 110 volt TV would be your best option.Here at etrailer, we have a variety of sizes ranging from 19" and up. We also have a variety of mounting options.

Some of the TVs come with feet like these two here. Others have the option to add a stand like this one here. Keep in mind they are sold separately. All of the TVs can be wall mounted. These two are sold separately.

The TVs that come with the feet are easy to install. All of the hardware is included. Phillips head screws just go to the bottom and they're nice and solid. They also feature padding to add grip and prevent them from sliding on whatever you place them on. So as you can see with this TV's feet, the rubber pads are going to prevent it from moving, it's going to be nice and solid when we're on the road.Onto the TV with the stand, it attaches to the back. It's a very easy installation. You can see how it mounts here at the bottom. All of the hardware is already included with your TV, so when you purchase the stand, you'll have everything you need. The wall mount option allows you to mount your TV to the wall. It gets it up off that furniture, that flat surface, or whatever table you might have it sitting on. All in all, it gives you a cleaner look, and all of the mounts are swivel, so you're going to be able to maneuver it any which way you'd like. Here on the backside, all of the mounts work with that standard bolt pattern. So they're going to work with all of our TVs. You do however, want to be sure you choose the correct amount per the size of your TV. When you're all finished, it can be stowed back up against the wall.Now we can talk about the quality of the RV TV. One of the most important features you may want to know is resolution. Most people can't even tell the difference between the two resolutions, but 10 ADP has the better picture. With that being said, all of the TVs we carry are LCD with LED back lighting, so they're going to be brighter, they're going to last longer, they're more efficient, and they're going to be a lot better than the older fluorescent lamp style. The resolution may or may not be a big deal to you. For example, if you're wanting to put a TV in your kitchen to help keep you busy or in the bedroom to help you fall asleep, the resolution is not a big deal. Or if the TV plays a big part in your camping trip, you use it to entertain, you may want the better resolution.The next thing is what are you going to be plugging into the TV There are external DVD players, streaming devices, gaming consoles, and more. Most of the TVs have got you covered. They have HDMI ports, composite and component connections. Some TVs even have built in DVD players. Now all the TVs feature audio outputs for connecting additional speakers or soundbars. Some of them even offer a headphone jack so you can listen to them through your headphones. If you're concerned about just using your antenna in your RV or camper, all of the TVs feature an RF input.Let's go ahead and take a look at the TVs I've got setting out. Now this isn't all of the TVs we carry, but it's some of the best options. I've tested each one. Let's check it out.Starting with the Jensen 40", 1080p TV right here. Now this is the 12 volt model, so again, you're going to have to hardwire that in. You can see here we've got the power wire and the ground wire and it is fuse protected. With that being said, it also includes composite cables and a remote. Let's talk about the picture quality. Now, I thought this was very clear. I did, however, find that it has a bit of a narrow viewing angle. What I mean by that is I had to watch it straight on. If I we're to watch it from the left or the right side, it does kind of fade out a little bit, but it does have a good picture quality, like I said.Now onto the sound, I did think the sound was very clear. I think one of the main reasons for that is because these speakers do vent forward. Most of the times, other TVs then either down or back and bounce off whatever's behind them. But as I said, these face forward, so I think we can hear that a little bit better. Now onto the buttons, unlike other TVs, the buttons are visible. They're all right here in front. That way if we can't find the remote or wish to use the buttons on the TV, we can easily do that, they're easily accessible. Right here we have our coaxial for plugging in maybe an antenna or SPDIF for our digital audio out. Right here, we have our composite standard video cables our video, right and left audio, and then our component for HD video. Right here we have an HDMI port, and onto the bottom we've got another HDMI port, a USB plugin for maybe powering your streaming devices, and a left and right audio out for maybe a sound bar.Now onto this Jensen TV, this is the 55", 1080p. Now this is a 110 volt TV, so it's going to have that common household two-prong cord that we're all used to, so very easy. Now when it came to the picture quality of this TV, I thought it was a little bit on the pixelated side. Even after playing around with the settings, that still remained a little bit fuzzy. But what's nice is the viewing angle was very wide, so I could look at it from the side, the very front, both sides really, and still get that same picture is as if I was looking at it straight on. When it came to the sound quality, thought it was very clear and very loud for as big as the TV is. So you're not going to have any issues being able to hear it in your RV or camper or even on the outside of your camper.The buttons are located on the bottom here. They are labeled here in the front. That way you can easily operate them without any issues. So again, if you lose that remote or you just wish to operate the TV on board, you're not going to have any issues with that. It also includes a remote and some composite cables. Just like our other TV, we've got a spot to plug in an antenna we'd like, we've got our digital audio out, we've got our standard video, right, and left audio, and then we've got our component for that HD. We've got two HDMI ports, we've got one in here and one there. We've got one here and one there, USB for those streaming devices, and then we've got our right and left audio out for maybe a sound bar.Next we have the Furrion 39". This one's 720p. Now it, too, is 110 volts so we're going to have that common household plugin that we're all used to. Now with this one, I thought the picture was a little bit pixelated, kind of like the last one we looked at. I don't really mind too much about that pixelating, it's just as long as it's not too bad. However, this one, its color is a little bit washed out. I'm a colorful person. I like to have a lot of color in my TV, so this is not one that I would choose. Now as far as the viewing angle, this one kind of like our first one that we looked at, the Jensen, you kind of have to be looking at it straight on. That left and right view, it's going to get more washed out. I can still see what I'm watching, but it's faded, so you want to watch it straight on.When it comes to the sound quality, I thought it was about average. Didn't have any huge problems listening to it. It's still pretty crisp and clear, excuse me, so we're not going to have any issues there. When it came to the housing, it seems to be a bit on the cheap side. There's not, it's not flexible, but it's not glossy. It just looks like it's glued together, so not a big fan of that either. It does come with a remote and some composite cables. Now here on the side we have our buttons. Not a huge fan of this setup here, you can see how it's blocked by our screen, so if you're looking at the TV straight on, you feel around to the side for those buttons, you're not going to know what you're pushing, so it just makes it kind of a hassle.The Furrion does offer a bit more than some of the other TVs. Up top here, we've got our left and right audio out for maybe a sound bar. We've got a USB for powering our streaming devices. Right here, we've got our coaxial for using an antenna. Right here, we've got our PC audio in and then we've got our VGA in so we can hook up our computer. Right here we have three HDMI ports, so this would be great for hooking up a DVD player and game console or anything else we might have. Here on the bottom we have our other HDMI port. We have our standard and HD video plugins. We've got an optical, and we've got our headphones out.Now onto the Jensen we have mounted on the wall. This is the 28", it's 1080p. This is pretty much a mirror image of the first Jensen we went over, so again it's 12 volt. You're going to have to wire it in to your 12 volt system of your RV or camper.That picture quality is pretty good, but when it comes to that viewing angle, again looking straight on, it's going to give you the best picture, but the left and right side, it kind of fades a little bit. Onto the sound, we're going to have that great sound because of the speaker placement, it faces forward. The buttons are easily accessible and it does have that metal frame, so it's going to be nice and sturdy. Up top, again, mirror image of the first Jensen. We can use an antenna. We've got a digital audio out. We've got our HD video and our standard video if we'd like. We've got an HDMI port here, one at the bottom, USB, and then left and right audio out for a soundbar.Now one of the Proscan, this is a 39", 720p. Now it's 110 volts, so it's going to have that common household two prong plug in. This one's picture quality I thought was very good, very bright and crisp. The viewing angle, I can really sit from any angle, and I'm not going to have any problem seeing what I'm watching. Now when it comes to the sound, the speakers are vented to the bottom. I didn't see any issue with this. The sound is very clear.Now the buttons are located here in the center underneath the screen. This is a bit of a hassle in my opinion. So as you can see with the TV sitting as it normally would, we can't really see what's going on underneath there. The buttons are going to be hard to access. As you can see, it has all of the same connection points is most of the TVs with the addition of the PC audio in, the VGA, and a third HDMI port. Now the Proscan, like the other TVs, does include the remote. However, if you're interested in those composite cables, you'll have to pick up some separately. We sell them here at etrailer.com.Onto another Jensen TV. This is a 40", it's 1080p. Now this one's 110 volts, so again, we can plug it into our standard household outlet and we've got power. Now this one's picture is slightly blurry in my opinion. A little bit on the pixelated side again, but not enough to really throw it out. I can still watch TV on this and still enjoy it. When it came to the sound quality, thought it was about average, didn't have any problems turning it up and listening to it. I can hear the audio just fine. Here on the bottom you can see the speakers are vented slightly towards the back. When it came to the viewing angle, I thought it was very wide, so we're going to be able to sit at any angle we'd like and see what we're watching just fine.The buttons are located on the right side just behind the screen. They are labeled, but as you can see it's going to be hard to see what you're doing from the front of the TV unlike the other Jensen models where the buttons are in the front. We have our four screws for a wall mount if we'd like to add that. At the bottom, we've actually installed a stand, you can pick that up right here at etrailer.com. As far as the connection points, same as the other TVs. This one offers three HDMI ports.Onto the next Jensen TV. This is a 19", 720p. Now it's a 12 volt TV, so you'll have to wire it up with your RV or camper's 12 volt system, not a big deal. Now right away, what separates this one from the others is that it has an onboard DVD player, you can see that located on the side. This is going to be great for maybe your kid's room, maybe some other small places in your camper where you can power up a movie and watch it on there. Now as far as this TV, it's got great sound quality. It's got a great picture. I didn't have any issues with this one.The buttons are located just right on top. That way they're easily accessible and they're all labeled. As far as the connection points, it does have pretty much the same ones as the other TVs. It does, however, just feature one HDMI port, which we're plugged into. When it comes to mounting it to our wall. We've got our mount right here, and it does include feet, so we don't need to worry about picking up a stand.For our last TV. This is going to be the Furrion 24", 720p. Now this is 110 volts, so we're going to be able to plug it right into that common household outlet. With this TV as far as the picture quality, I thought it was just fine. Just like our last TV, not any issues there. But when it came to the sound quality, I didn't really think it was all that great. Even with multiple volumes, didn't think it got any better. As far as the buttons, they're located on the left side, just underneath the screen, they are labeled, but they're difficult to see and the buttons are hard to get to. It's going to be difficult to see which button you're trying to hit. The speakers are vented just towards the bottom. The openings aren't very big, this could be a reason why it's not very loud. On the side here, it only gives us the option to plug into the standard composite cables here, and it only has one HDMI port.Now, after checking out all of the TVs, if had to choose my favorite brand, it would be Jensen all the way. It's going to give me the most and the best quality in my opinion. But with that being said, I hope this was helpful. That's going to complete our look at the best options for RV TVs.