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Old 04-13-2015, 04:45 PM   #1
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Travel Trailer Entertainment Systems

So, I'm looking and studying before I plunk down for a new one. It strikes me as odd that 99% of TTs come with outdated Jensen electronics. One model offers a 44" TV for $750- as an option. Just so happens that I bought a 44" Samsung smart tv for about $450- last year for my bedroom. My current TT has one that pulls down from the cabinets above the dinette, and a larger one wouldn't fit.

So, I know I can get a better deal on the tv but what about the cd/dvd/stereo unit? does anyone besides Jensen make units that will mount up in the same space? I've had a problem or two that I've been able to fix, but I'd really like a better unit to go in what I hope will be a better TT.
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Check crutchfield? My impression is that the Jensens are standard case sizes.
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Old 04-14-2015, 06:12 PM   #3
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I agree. The Samsung TV's in my house are far superior to the Jensen in my Wind River. I was going to swap it out but the one thing the Jensen has going for it is the ability to run on 12V. I know that I could add an inverter but may just stick with the Jensen as I'm not really sure that I want to deal with an inverter. We'll see if I change my mind after I stare at the Jensen for a while. ..
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Old 04-14-2015, 09:00 PM   #4
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My 12v Jensen is a definite plus... the picture is just fine so I'm sticking with that. If that doesn't matter to you then any TV of any brand is likely a better value. I do agree with the horrible head unit. I'm trying to find something better as well that does blueray, A/B speakers, radio, and has HDMI for the TV and possible other accessories. I haven't found much yet.
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Keep in mind the RV Jensen electronics are designed to handle much more vibration than a standard radio head. They also usually have front mounted buttons for 3 speaker zones which you won't find in a normal double din unit. RV TV's are usually designed for AC and DC operation.
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I noticed that my TV runs on AC only... it doesn't do 12VDC... unless I missed something... I'm OLD... it happens...
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RV electronics are several years behind as I see it. No BlueRay, no blue tooth, no sound from the TV to the speakers, and, it's all about the base and there is none. I like the 12 volt idea as it keeps it safe from surges.
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I just picked up (for the home, a while back) a 24" Samsung LED HD TV that has an external power brick. The TV has a 14V input from the brick. I haven't tried it yet with a 12.8V RV Battery. I'm guessing it might work?
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Every TV in our house is a Samsung. We replaced the two TV's in the Dutch Star with Samsungs. The Magna has three TVs, only the over the dash one is a Samsung at present but I'm sure I'll change the other two although they do seem to be OK picture wise.
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When we got our Grey Wolf 26RL we knew we wanted an upgraded tv, yes, we love the outdoors of camping, but bad weather, watching a good movie or catching the morning news is great too. Unit has a DVD player (not Bluray ???? 2015,? ) So i put the largest TV i could find that fit and looked decent, i found a 39" JVC 1080p at Costco for under $300. Mounted on an articulating arm so it can be moved around,so far it has taken the road ok.
Thinking about a small sound bar for better audio.
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Jensen is junk. Very limited for adding other video players that require HDMI. However our 2 yr old Jensen tv and 965 have preformed flawlessly. I have no trouble running the sound thru the tv or stereo when watching a movie. Biggest issue is I can't play Bray movies on it and have no way to hook up a Bray player using HDMI.


Our situation is a little different than most. We listen to XM radio 99% of the time. I have my XM hooked up to the Jensen unit. I can listen to XM thru the outside speakers by using the 3 button on the Jensen. 1-2 buttons will play XM inside. If I were to get another stereo for the inside capable of playing movies I would then not worry about being able to listen to XM outside as we have an XM boombox to listen to outside. It's really a matter of how you setup or what you prefer to listen to or watch.


My 5er came with a pretty decent sound system considering it's all Jensen. I have a sub woofer as well. We've been making the RV show tours lately and it's really disappointing to see how some of the mid to up range 5ers have cut back on the stereo end of things. I see Cedar Creek Silverbacks only have two speakers situated right in front of the tv. Really? I guess they figure its good enough for those just watching the news.


Best thing to do is order the TT without a tv and get your own. All you need is a $40.00 300W inverter to run the tv. The Jensen runs off 12V anyways.


I'm not bying into the Jensen is better suited for RV's. Lots of high end RV's come with Samsung, LG, Toshiba, etc. Jensen stuff is just overpriced junk.


I do see that Outdoor RV has Pioneer units in some of their trailers. something to check into.
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well, I have a Jensen 1 din head that allows me to plug a 9mm stereo plug into it and use aux to play the tv audio. I do see that I can fit a 2 din in there if I cut the rest of the space out but I don't really see the need as I have a blue ray player that connects the tv giving me wifi connection and other aux connections.

I am in a travel trailer so I don't really expect to outfit it with high end tech that if someone enterprising sees may want to target my stuff for theft.

I a, on vacation, not at home.....

just my humble opinion....
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In case folks don't know, the Jensen unit has HDMI in the back. I hooked my 12v TV up with HDMI once I found that out. I also use HDMI for my external compact bluray player. Not sure why they don't hook them up with HDMI from Outdoors RV... HDMI cables are cheap.
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In case folks don't know, the Jensen unit has HDMI in the back. I hooked my 12v TV up with HDMI once I found that out. I also use HDMI for my external compact bluray player. Not sure why they don't hook them up with HDMI from Outdoors RV... HDMI cables are cheap.
At first I was going to switch mine from the current "component" connection to the HDMI port but after giving it more thought I decided to use the HDMI port for a ROKU stick so that we can watch Netflix, etc., when we are at parks that have WiFi. I wish there was more than one HDMI port. I may end up buying an HDMI switch so that I can use both the ROKU and a BluRay player.
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