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Old 04-06-2014, 07:08 AM   #1
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I'm sortof new at this, and thought perhaps someone could enlighten me on this.
I have a 30' class C by Winnebago, 2013.
The main TV in the living room and the TV in the bedroom work fine on the inverter.
This unit also has an entertainment center on the outside, with a TV. However, this TV does not operate with the inverter. Right under it is a small control unit with a DVD player and radio, which connects to this TV. The radio will work on 12V.
To watch this TV without shore power, the generator has to run and then you cannot hardly hear the TV.
With all of this said, is there a reason why this TV was not connected to the inverter? Or am I missing something as far as how to get it going?
Also, how hard would it be to run the inverter power to it, if it is OK to power it this way?
Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 04-06-2014, 08:02 AM   #2
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They probably wired it that way because most will run the inverter while on the road to watch TV inside. Most will also have shore power at the destination and do not need the inverter. You can definitely run that TV also off of the inverter, but will have to figure out how to run a line to it. Not sure what all your inverter runs. Find out it's capacity and figure out what all you can have running so that it's not overloaded.

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Old 04-06-2014, 11:05 AM   #3
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In some rigs, not all AC outlets are wired to the inverter.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:22 PM   #4
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In some rigs, not all AC outlets are wired to the inverter.
I think MOST applies here.

You have options.. Depending on the RV. One is to put in a 2nd inverter, one just big enough for the outside TV, and if the Outside TV is a modern flat wide screen LCD/LED type.. Check the back of it.. Fair chance it runs on 12 volt and you can get the needed cord to do it that way from Radio Shack.. YOu may wish to have a technician double check the fittings for you.

I'd tow the rig to Radio Shack to inure you get the right tip for the power cord.

Another option is to find a point where you can tap into the inverter powered outlets and drop a line.
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There is no reason why the outside TV can't be added to the inverter. It probably is an option and that's why it wasn't Connected to the inverter circuit.

You will have to find a way to wire it to the inverter circuit. Although TVs draw next to nothing, you should verify you aren't over loading the inverter.

If your TV actually runs off a 12V power supply, don't connect the TV directly to your house battery. In almost all cases, they need a regulated 12V not 13.5 - 15V produced from your house battery.
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Good advice from WA8 & Imagine... I'm guessing your batts are on the same side as your outdoor TV and you need to power from an inverter. Suggest you look at the power needs of the TV in watts and get a small inverter that can continuously supply about double those watts and run an extension cord up to wherever the TV plugs in now.
If the existing inverter is close by, just directly wire it up to a female plug or DISCONNECTED outlet near the TV instead and try not to use everything at the same time if the added new wattage will put you near its' limits.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:41 AM   #7
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I appreciate all of the feedback and suggestions. I guess I could run this TV off of the inverter only, and assure it can handle the load.I believe the inverter is physically on the other side of the RV, so I'll have to find a safe way to run a line across. But I'm sure it's doable.
Thanks again for all the help.

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