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Old 01-21-2011, 03:01 PM   #1
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LCD TV How Cold?

We are getting ready to head for Florida soon and I am concerned about putting our LCD TV back in our TT. The weather here will be well below 0 F for the first day of the trip. Does anyone know if cold temps will harm these displays? I don't plan on pluging it in until we reach a warmer climate. However, I also don't plan on using the furnace while towing. No room in the tow vehicle for it. Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:57 PM   #2
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We left ours in our trailer this year (first year with an LCD), and we can see temps down to -40C/F.

I was going to remove it, then the wife asked if I honestly thought that the dealers remove all the LCDs from units on their lot. Probably not.
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Old 01-21-2011, 04:23 PM   #3
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I think if you should take a look at the specifications page in LCD TV's owners' manual, users' guide or whatever it's being called. Many of them will list the operating and storage temperature ranges for your TV.
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Nothing in the owners manual or in the specifications on line. Sent an e mail to tech support (RCA) but nothing back yet.
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Put it in and forget about it.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:07 AM   #6
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Most electronics have operating ranges (usually well outside normal conditions) but that has little or nothing to do with storage. As long as it's a dry cold don't worry about it.
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:35 PM   #7
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Below (taken from the user guide) are the operating (working) and storage environment temperature ranges for my 19" Dynex LCD TV that was purchased in 2008.

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  • Do not use your TV in areas that are too hot or too cold, because the cabinet may warp or the screen may malfunction.
  • Storage temperatures are 32 F to 122 F (0 C to 50 C).
  • Working temperatures are 41 F to 104 F (5 C to 40 C).
  • Do not place your TV in direct sunlight or near a heat source.

Based on the above, my TV would not be a good candidate for spending the winter in an RV where it could be subject to temperatures below freezing. However, I'm sure other manufacturers' TVs could be more tollerant than mine and, thus, a non-issue.

I've always removed my TV for the winter- even if it is an old CRT type.
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:25 PM   #8
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I left mine in my trailer. This is the first year of having a LCD. Friends of mine leave theirs in their trailer all of the time, and they have had one for years. No problems with the unit.
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I think its the plasma tvs had the problems in the cold , Its going down to 4 tonight , I'll find out in the spring
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:41 AM   #10
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Remember those TV get shipped across the state in a semi-truck for days at sub-zero weather. The fact is most of all electronics can take extreme cold for storage but don't deal with it to well when hooked to electricity...

So if you have your TV mounted to the wall just warm up the RV above the minimum requirement and it should be good... My thought is heat it up to normal room temp of 70*F before you think about using it...
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