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Old 07-05-2015, 04:46 PM   #1
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I'm new to the RV - can I run my TV without being hooked up to shoreline?

Can I use my TV without being hooked up to electricity? That is, will it run on the battery?

I was told that the TV should run on the battery and it does not.

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Old 07-05-2015, 04:56 PM   #2
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You may have an inverter that needs to be turned on. If you aren't sure about this check where you bought the motorhome.

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Old 07-05-2015, 05:05 PM   #3
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Yes,No,Maybe? Who told you that! Do you have a inverter? Or a AC/DC TV.

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Old 07-05-2015, 05:08 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. Like others have said , you would have to have an inverter to do that.

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Old 07-05-2015, 05:37 PM   #5
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Can I use my TV without being hooked up to electricity? That is, will it run on the battery?

I was told that the TV should run on the battery and it does not.

Do you have a generator? Is so, start it. It will provide electricity that TV needs. If you don't have one, then is your TV a 12 volt DC model? If so, then it will run if plugged into a 12volt DC outlet (sometimes labeled Aux. plug). If it's a 120volt AC, then your coach battery (not your chassis starting battery) will run your TV if you have an inverter, which inverts 12volt DC to 120volts AC. If your TV is AC only and you don't have an inverter, then your salesperson misspoke.

You should have manuals that came with your coach that explains systems operations. If you don't have manuals, get them from dealer, manufacturer, and internet sources. As a newbie, manuals can be very helpful to understand how things work in your coach.

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Old 07-05-2015, 06:59 PM   #6
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Previous responses are pretty much correct. What none of them mentioned was that there is a limit on running your TV on the batteries. They discharge with use. This is true for either a DC TV or an AC TV using a inverter. If your intend to do a lot of "Dry" camping (no power, water or sewer hookup) then this is a concern. Kids watching TV while cruising down the road is not a problem because both house and chassis batteries are charged via the alternator. There are solutions to charging the batteries while camping (generators and the biggie SOLAR)
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Old 07-05-2015, 07:19 PM   #7
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Off hand do the lights light inside? If the do the storage switch (salesman's switch) is turned on so you should have 12 VDC to the house. If not get that working. Then if the TV is a newer flat panel it may work off 12 VDC. If it is an older unit with a picture tube or a big flat panel it probably runs of an inverter that will also need to be turned on. It should also have a circuit breaker that could be tripped.
If you are trying to run the TV while driving there may be a relay that keeps that from happening. It is a legal issue to prevent the driver from watching TV while driving.

Tell us what you have and are trying to do and maybe we can tell you more.
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Old 07-05-2015, 07:30 PM   #8
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Pay no attention to the "complex" answers to your question. The simple answer is "yes" you can use your TV without shore power in the following ways.

1. With a generator running. Your generator "generates" electricity (AC power).
2. With an inverter turned to "on". An inverter "inverts" battery power (DC) into electrical power (AC) which your TV most likely requires. This will be a drain on your battery but you can recharge the battery with either shore power or your generator, or just driving, through the alternator.

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Also, one other easy way. Buy a small 300 watt inverter that plugs into the cigarette lighter. Find the power cord for TV and plug into the inverter.
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Old 07-05-2015, 08:40 PM   #10
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The problem here is everyone is guessing, because you did not give enough information.

Most of the answers I read to your question are good answers, but may not apply to your situation.

I have owned televisions that ran on 110 volts (like a house current) and also ran on 12 volts (like a car has) but not all televisions are like that. Most are not.

I have owned televisions that ran on 12 volts all the time, and to run them in the house, you used a special cord that plugged into 110 and it converted it to the 12 volts needed. When in the camper or car, you used a different cord, and it ran on the 12 volts supplied.

I have had campers that had power converters, that used the 110 power from the cord, and made the 12 volts needed for the inside of the camper, including the television. Most campers have these.

I have had campers that had power inverters that made 110 volts from the 12 volts in the camper battery. These would then run things like house appliances, including televisions. Not all campers have these.

So, we need more details to give you specific answers to your original question.

You can get details from the back of the television itself, if you can see it. It will have a data plate saying if it is 110 volts, 12 volts, or both.

You can also get details from its cord. If you follow the cord to the television, and it plugs into an outlet that looks like a house outlet, with two flat posts and one round one, it is using 110 volts. IF the plug looks more like a car cigarette lighter sized (about the size of a roll of nickels ) or even a smaller one, like the end of a pen, then it is most likely 12 volts.

Once you know if the television is 110 or 12 volts, you can go about finding out if it has the power available.

Good luck. Keep us posted.
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Most RV's have a cutout that will prevent you from watching Television while the coach is in motion. This is to comply with a law that says that a driver can't watch television while driving. There's a little purple wire that goes to the television outlet that sole purpose in life is to tell the socket that you're driving and don't give him power...

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