“I want the two kids to be able to watch TV while we’re driving long distances” –that’s what I had in mind when we went out with our RV last summer. But I didn’t know it would become a problem that would require me to search for a solution on the Net.
Here’s all that I’ve learned about how to watch TV in RV while driving.
First of all, you need to check whether your TV is mounted in the sightline of the driver. If yes, as a safety, measure, it will have an ignition cut out switch to prevent turning it on while driving.
Although it is often suggested that you need a generator to power the TV, using an inverter is the more practical way to go. An inverter can convert the 12V house batteries to 110 V AC needed to run a TV. With inverter prices going down, you can get pure sine wave RV inverter for a price less than two hundred dollars like this one. This inverter can run almost everything except the air conditioner. All house outlets could be used just as if they are connected to shore power at a campground. You should mount the inverter is close to the batteries for better efficiency, and make use of the remote control to turn the unit on and off.
Some people also use solar panel in RV to power the TV. It is not noisy, clean energy and saves money as it has just one-time installation cost. However, since it is dependent on sun, in winter when you may have less sun, this can become an issue.
What is the Best Smart TV For RV?
Deciding on the best TV for RV is not easy as there is too many choices in the market today. One of the most key decision you need to make is about the size of the TV depending on the space you have in your RV.
Another important feature to consider is the availability of multiple ports for multifunctional uses. For example an HDMI port will enable you to watch Amazon Prime Cinema, Nextflix, etc. while SD card port will allow you to see photos and other types of stored media.
If your TV needs 12 V power, an inverter will need to have a fully compatible power source
A TV that is made for RV generally has internal cases that are more secure than general TVs and are built to take more shocks and vibrations as you may often drive in bumpy roads.
The Free Signal TV Transit 32″ 12 Volt DC Powered LED Flat Screen HDTV is great for RV if your RV space is big enough. It has a 12v power plug to plug in the power source. Read more about it here.
However, remember that having a TV ‘ON’ while driving is a red flag and you may be stopped by law enforcement officers. Ensure that the TV is in not mounted in the viewing position of the driver.