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Old 04-14-2009, 08:14 PM   #1
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Powertek TV controller

My front TV is pluged into an outlet which says Powertek TV controller.
Does anyone know what this actually does? Just seems to power the TV.
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:34 PM   #2
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It prevents the tv from receiving power when the ignition is on. This assures compliance with the federal law that prohibits having an active tv within view of the driver of a vehicle.

If you look at the back of the controller, you will see it has a wire that goes to an ignition-switched circuit. If +12v appears on that wire, it opens the 120vac supply circuit.
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:38 PM   #3
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diveman52, I'm not positive on your rig, but on my Journey the power to the TV is turned off when the ignition is turned on. Your not supposed to be able to watch your favorite soap while driving down the road.

By the way I installed the remote wix power steering filter you told me about and it works great.

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Old 04-14-2009, 08:46 PM   #4
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Great, thanks for the info. It all makes sense now. I can't see behind the unit or I would have figured it out.
Thanks a lot
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:48 PM   #5
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We get posts all the time from folks wanting to disable it..

Gald to see you don't even think about watching TV when driving

I've seen what happens when someone does.. NOT something I care to look at often
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:59 PM   #6
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I have no idea why someone would even attemp to watch TV while driving.
Enough to worry about like the other idiot on the road.
I just wanted to know it's purpose.
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:57 AM   #7
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We like to use the TV for satelite radio.In some areas the reception on the radio is not exactly what we like.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:13 PM   #8
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Is there a fuse or breaker between the Power Tek and the 12 volt circuit? I was changing from Direct TV and Dish receivers and something happened that left no power to the TV or DVR. I can plug either one into another outlet and they work.
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Is there a fuse or breaker between the Power Tek and the 12 volt circuit? I was changing from Direct TV and Dish receivers and something happened that left no power to the TV or DVR. I can plug either one into another outlet and they work.
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des55, I would like to know if there is a fuse also I am having the same problem Thanks to anyone that can give me some info. on this
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:07 PM   #10
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So this is kind of like the built in GPS systems on cars. You cannot do anything to them while the vehicle is moving. Am I the only one that has a passenger that might be able to program the GPS while moving or grandkids that might want to watch TV while we are driving down the road.
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Hi,
New member. I was looking for info on how on my Winnebago Itasca to disable that Power Trek TV power controller. I understand the reason for it, to keep the driver from looking at the screen (which would be impossible to do on my RV anyway) when it is moving. But I want to let the kids in back watch DVDs on it as we travel. Does anyone know how to bypass that controller?
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Hi,
New member. I was looking for info on how on my Winnebago Itasca to disable that Power Trek TV power controller. I understand the reason for it, to keep the driver from looking at the screen (which would be impossible to do on my RV anyway) when it is moving. But I want to let the kids in back watch DVDs on it as we travel. Does anyone know how to bypass that controller?
I had a similar problem with my 2006 Holiday Rambler Admiral (w/Ford F-53 chassis) (Same as Monaco Monarch); suddenly the power outlet (Power Trek TV power controller) to the TV stopped working. We were on the road, so I just ran a small extension cord to another power outlet and it has worked fine ever since. But the Power Trek TV power controller was still dead.

Since then, I changed out all of my old light bulbs with LEDs. Upon completion, I noticed that the two map lights (in the center of the console, below the TV) were lit ... just barely lit, and only noticeable when it was dark. Since LEDs are so efficient, they don't require many milliamps to create light.

The Power Trek TV power controller was properly functioning. It detected 12 volts, although a very low amperage, and shut off the power to the TV. But now I had a bigger problem. I replaced the Power Trek TV power controller with a standard double gang power outlet, and the TV outlet now works. ... Still dim light in LEDs.

I cycled the dimmer switch off and on in the dash on and off, and the dim lit map lights went dark. ... But only for a while, then gradually came back.

It could be that I need a new Ford dimmer switch, but something tells me that maybe there is a relay between the dimmer switch and the same circuit that the map lights are on (that the Power Trek TV power controller was on.) Any ideas?
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What it does: Turns off the TV when you turn ON the engine.
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Ya, I know that.
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