Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
 

Go Back   Thor Forums > Thor Tech Forums > Maintenance and Repair
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-10-2022, 12:37 AM   #1
Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 25.2
State: New Jersey
Posts: 41
THOR #24794
Watch TV in Axis while driving?

We did our first trip in our 2017 Axis and it was awesome. We found the TV doesn't work while going down the road. I know I can put the generator on but I wouldn't do that for just the TV. Is there a relatively easy way? An inverter for just the TV? This isn't a necessity but if there was an easy mod, I'd probably do it.

__________________
Ubugarrity is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2022, 12:51 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 33.1
State: Massachusetts
Posts: 115
THOR #26005
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ubugarrity View Post
We did our first trip in our 2017 Axis and it was awesome. We found the TV doesn't work while going down the road. I know I can put the generator on but I wouldn't do that for just the TV. Is there a relatively easy way? An inverter for just the TV? This isn't a necessity but if there was an easy mod, I'd probably do it.
Are you from Andover MA? Im having the same thing in my rig. So far the cheapest route is to run an inverter depending on how many batteries you have will
Make up the size of inverter. Theres a more expensive route going with a victron multiplus which does everything automatically
__________________
Ntrinh15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2022, 01:03 AM   #3
Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 25.2
State: New Jersey
Posts: 41
THOR #24794
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ntrinh15 View Post
Are you from Andover MA? Im having the same thing in my rig. So far the cheapest route is to run an inverter depending on how many batteries you have will
Make up the size of inverter. Theres a more expensive route going with a victron multiplus which does everything automatically
It would only be while the engine is running if that makes a difference. Andover, NJ unfortunately Is there a TV that runs on 12VDC and 120AC I wonder?
__________________
Ubugarrity is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2022, 01:14 AM   #4
Axis/Vegas Enthusiast
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 24.4
State: Michigan
Posts: 9,837
THOR #1150
What is wrong with running the genny for the TV?

We used to do it all the time in our 24.1--especially when our son would come with us and bring his PlayStation.

Its not like it burns that much more gas. Can't even tell a difference when you calculate the mileage at the pump.
__________________
2022 Thor Axis 24.4
2021 Mach-E
blog - https://spareelectrons.wordpress.com/
JamieGeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2022, 01:16 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 33.1
State: Massachusetts
Posts: 115
THOR #26005
The power is typically taken from the house batteries and cables run up. There are several ways to do this. You could back feed the panel which takes some rewiring and important to shut off some breakers. Some run an extension cord. There is a member here that has done it and waiting for his reply. There are some youtube videos however no one showing it on a MH. Mainly TT which means your parked anyway
__________________
Ntrinh15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2022, 01:22 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 33.1
State: Massachusetts
Posts: 115
THOR #26005
Quote:
Originally Posted by JamieGeek View Post
What is wrong with running the genny for the TV?

We used to do it all the time in our 24.1--especially when our son would come with us and bring his PlayStation.

Its not like it burns that much more gas. Can't even tell a difference when you calculate the mileage at the pump.
With gas prices i dont need any more fuel being wasted. An inverter is a better solution more so when the alternator is charging the batteries while driving.
__________________
Ntrinh15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2022, 01:35 AM   #7
Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 25.2
State: New Jersey
Posts: 41
THOR #24794
Thanks for the replies! I've been searching online and it looks like there are 32" 12v TVs. That might be an easy fix but I'm still researching. I don't think I'd hesitate to run the generator for the AC if needed just seems like a lot for just the tv but it is an easy option. We'll try it on the next trip.
__________________
Ubugarrity is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2022, 02:28 AM   #8
I Think We're Lost!
 
Bob Denman's Avatar
 
Brand: Still Looking
Model: Tiffin Wayfarer 24 BW
State: New York
Posts: 22,195
THOR #8860
Time for me to play "Devil's Advocate" again...
Do you really think you can do your best driving with that added distraction?
The manufacturers wire them this way for a very good reason.
... Just sayin...
__________________
Bob Denman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2022, 03:06 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 33.1
State: Massachusetts
Posts: 115
THOR #26005
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Denman View Post
Time for me to play "Devil's Advocate" again...
Do you really think you can do your best driving with that added distraction?
The manufacturers wire them this way for a very good reason.
... Just sayin...
Not sure if you have kids or not. But having the tv on in the back while you drive which you cant see anyways is far less than a distraction than having a child say are we there yet a 100 times in an hour. just saying
__________________
Ntrinh15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2022, 04:56 AM   #10
Site Team
 
16ACE27's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 27.1
State: Florida
Posts: 12,751
THOR #7035
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ubugarrity View Post
Thanks for the replies! I've been searching online and it looks like there are 32" 12v TVs. That might be an easy fix but I'm still researching. I don't think I'd hesitate to run the generator for the AC if needed just seems like a lot for just the tv but it is an easy option. We'll try it on the next trip.
For the cost of that 32" 12 VDC you could like buy an inverter and pay to have it installed.
__________________
Ted & Melinda
2016 ACE 27.1
2016 Chevy Sonic Toad
2020 Chevy Colorado Z71 Trail Runner Alternate Toad
16ACE27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2022, 09:28 PM   #11
Member
 
k.maslowski@comcast.net's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: AXIS 25.2
State: Tennessee
Posts: 82
THOR #6051
You should not watch TV while you are driving.
__________________
k.maslowski@comcast.net is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2022, 11:11 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 33.1
State: Massachusetts
Posts: 115
THOR #26005
Quote:
Originally Posted by k.maslowski@comcast.net View Post
You should not watch TV while you are driving.
No one said were watching while driving. Its for the kids in the back
__________________
Ntrinh15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2022, 11:39 PM   #13
Site Team
 
16ACE27's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 27.1
State: Florida
Posts: 12,751
THOR #7035
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ntrinh15 View Post
No one said were watching while driving. Its for the kids in the back
Yeah, that's obvious for most of us. BUT:

If the TV is capable of being in view of the driver there may be an interlock relay that opens the 120 VAC line to the TV outlet when the ignition is on. If you put an inverter in you may need to defeat that interlock as well.
__________________
Ted & Melinda
2016 ACE 27.1
2016 Chevy Sonic Toad
2020 Chevy Colorado Z71 Trail Runner Alternate Toad
16ACE27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2022, 11:57 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 33.1
State: Massachusetts
Posts: 115
THOR #26005
My tv turns on when the generator is on in the back. So I don’t think i have an interlock with the ignition.

There is a video on youtube a guy with the class C has that interlock. Its just a 12v loop wire plugged into a junction box that turns off the outlet to the tv.
__________________
Ntrinh15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2022, 12:13 AM   #15
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Oklahoma
Posts: 24
THOR #17806
Harbor freight Jupiter 2000 watt power inverter works great. Also allows the wife to have the crock pot going while driving down the road so dinner is ready, hot and waiting when we get to the campground. Mounted it on the side of the MH near the battery box so was an easy install.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Power supply install.jpg
Views:	40
Size:	151.1 KB
ID:	36473  
__________________
JimDebOklahoma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2022, 12:31 AM   #16
Member
 
GordSanClemente's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 30.3
State: California
Posts: 71
THOR #17673
Cheap inverter is best...

Making this harder than it needs to be...

I have a SUPER CHEAP inverter that powers my TV, Directv DVR and SWM power block. I put a separate switch on it, so I can power it on and off when I want. Easily powers it all.
It is right under the TV and Directv, and wired directly to the house battery.

Today less that $16.00 on Amazon. Probably back up to 18.00 tomorrow

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I like the option of not turning on the main inverter, which happens to be under our bed, and is too noisy when the wife goes to bed.
__________________
GordSanClemente is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2022, 11:09 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: South Carolina
Posts: 676
THOR #22342
Had a similar situation, we pull off the highway every 2 hrs or so, to take a break and walk the dog. I have a separate inverter and plug that is dedicated to running the Main TV, while off of the Generator. We can watch a little local TV after a quick station search.

I also use it for running the refrig. as a second source of AC pwr. i find the 1000W inverter works fine and mount it right over the batteries. i kept this system separate, even though there are commercial transfer switches available out there.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	2022-03-18_19-16-12.jpg
Views:	28
Size:	84.9 KB
ID:	36501  
__________________
txc2936@yahoo.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2022, 06:01 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Vegas 25.5 / Keystone Mon
State: Arkansas
Posts: 149
THOR #20441
Quote:
Originally Posted by k.maslowski@comcast.net View Post
You should not watch TV while you are driving.
We run the generator 90% of the time when the kids are with us in the Vegas. 90% of the time they have a TV going or something that needs AC power. It is comical to think that it would even be possible for a driver to watch TV. Our two interior TVs are not visible by the driver and there is about zero chance one could hear what is being said. My wife and I sitting next to each other at highway speed struggle to hear each others words. The kids in the rear have to run a sound bar to hear the TV due to the road noise and low quality TVs Thor uses.
__________________
vegas25.5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2022, 06:48 PM   #19
Member
 
k.maslowski@comcast.net's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: AXIS 25.2
State: Tennessee
Posts: 82
THOR #6051
I understand. However, I have seen people driving RV's and driving cars watching movies (not GPS maps). No common sense.
__________________
k.maslowski@comcast.net is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2022, 06:55 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Vegas 25.5 / Keystone Mon
State: Arkansas
Posts: 149
THOR #20441
Quote:
Originally Posted by k.maslowski@comcast.net View Post
I understand. However, I have seen people driving RV's and driving cars watching movies (not GPS maps). No common sense.
Agreed.
__________________
vegas25.5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Thor Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




All times are GMT. The time now is 10:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2