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Old 06-22-2015, 12:47 PM   #1
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We have a 2013 X23b and the television only works when I plug in to electricity or the generator. I would like to install a TV that will run on the batteries. Has anyone done this transformation? I assume I cannot just plug in a battery powered TV or hook up an inverter as is, is that correct? If I do go this route, can you still run the TV on regular electricity or does it work like the lights off the converter?

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Old 06-22-2015, 01:32 PM   #2
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I clicked this link cause I thought it was about a boon-docking TV show ... My bad. I'll go back to sleep now.
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Old 06-22-2015, 01:54 PM   #3
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You can get a 12v television that will work off of your trailer batteries.

12 Volt TV | 12 Volt Television

Or you can get a small inverter (300W) that will power your existing television. 150W would probably work as well. Do you have a 12v plug (cigarette lighter plug) near your television?
The inverter would plug in there to power your tv.
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:31 PM   #4
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I don't have a cigarette lighter in the camper. Your suggestions were my initial thoughts, but I did not know if there is even power to the plugin that the TV is plugged in to unless there it is plugged into a 120 volt. Am I able to a battery power TV into the same outlet or does it need to be rewired from the converter? Same thought with hooking up a portable inverter. Typically, is there battery power to all of the outlets in the camper?
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:38 PM   #5
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Check again. The plate on the wall with the single antenna lead that goes to the TV; There should be a 5/8" hole that is lined with metal. If you look straight in, the bottom is a separate piece of metal. That is your 12VDC socket!


You can plug in anything that normally plugs into a car cigarette lighter or (more recently) an automotive power socket.


You may have to stand on something to see it clearly.
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All the normal 110v outlets in your trailer will not work unless plugged in to shore power or using your generator. They do not work off the battery.

You can make them work by installing an inverter and wiring the inverter into your power distribution center. This gets tricky though unless you know what you are doing. And you may want a bigger battery bank depending on the loads you may experience.
You could make it work with a small inverter if you made sure all the breakers to certain loads were turned off and your converter battery charger was temporarily turned off so you aren't trying to charge your battery with your battery!

An easier method would be to run 12v wires to the television area and wire in a 12v socket if you don't already have one.

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Your trailer has two electrical systems essentially. 12v direct current and 110v AC.

Your air conditioner and microwave and all electrical outlets work off 110v AC and they won't work unless plugged in to shore or generator power.

Lights, fridge, water heater, furnace, bathroom fan, propane and CO detector, water pump, and 12v outlets all work off the battery (for simplicity). The fridge and water heater also use propane but the 12v battery operates the circuitry.

Your fridge probably can operate off either 110v AC or 12v DC & propane. With the switch to Auto it will default to 110v but switch over to 12v & propane if 110v is disconnected.

Hope that helps.
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You can purchase an Automatic Transfer switch (about $75) when/if you get a inverter that will automatically switch to the inverter supplied power if there is no shore power. All your outlets would then be powered by 110VAC (provided your battery is charged).
I took another approach, I rewired the main feed going to the AC control center and I manually select either Shore power or Inverter, as my source of power.

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I purchased Visio TV from Sam's club a few years back (22" lcd flatscreen), the transformer was 12volt. I found a plug that fit and wired it up to run off my battery. Don't watch much TV while camping, but I can if I want to.
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You are also assuming you have over the air TV signals you will be able to receive. If you are not near a town, that may not be possible. If your using a satellite receiver, they will also require power, typically 120 volts.


May be just easier to enjoy the peace and quiet of the great outdoors ! LOL
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