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Old 11-17-2016, 09:04 PM   #1
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Running TV while driving Thor Vegas

Hi all we are brand new to this going on the first road trip. How do we let the kids watch tv while driving down the road? We could not get them to operate without the generator running. Does the generator have to be on while driving to operate the tv?

We want the kids to be able to watch dvd's while we are heading done the road

Thanks for the tips

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Old 11-17-2016, 09:10 PM   #2
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As shipped from the factory Axis/Vegas units need the generator to be on while driving down the road (the installed TVs are 120VAC and there is no inverter in the unit).

You can always add an inverter if you don't like to run the generator--it really hasn't been an issue for us. We quite frequently go down the road with the genny running.
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Old 11-18-2016, 10:00 PM   #3
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You can pick up a True RMS inverter in the 300 watt range that will run the tv off battery power and your alternator will keep the battery charged. The TV only draws 40-80 watts depending on size and the DVD player is down under 30 watts. But dont buy one of the cheap switched inverter or the TV will hum and you will get static lines. Dont get one that is too small like under 200 watts because the TV will draw a surge current when you first turn it on before it settles to its running current and dont get one that is too big over 500 watts because it will have a greater parasitic draw even when your not using any appliance. Your going to pay $150+ for a good inverter but it will be worth it in gas savings and peace and quiet while the TV is on.
You could also get a big inverter wired into the coach but you will pay big bucks and need a sizeable battery bank to run it.
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Old 11-19-2016, 12:18 PM   #4
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If your TV has a power brick that delivers 12 to 14 volts to your TV, you could run the 12v from your RV directly to the TV and not use your power brick. The brick will have the output voltage marked on the brick.
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