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Old 10-04-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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Question about TV

*** All legalities aside, I know and understand the law and understand it changes from state to state. ***


How do I get my overhead TV to turn on while driving so the my kid can watch a movie or play video games while going down the road.

Right now the TV turns off when the ignition comes on.

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*** All legalities aside, I know and understand the law and understand it changes from state to state. ***


How do I get my overhead TV to turn on while driving so the my kid can watch a movie or play video games while going down the road.

Right now the TV turns off when the ignition comes on.

Thank you.
There's a relay somewhere and probably in the vicinity of the TV. It most likely has normally closed contacts with the coil supplied by the ignition, so that they open with this supplied voltage. Removing one of the wires from the coil will render it inoperative. Move it aside and tape it up so nothing can get shorted out. As an alternative, you can remove both contact wires and jump the two together, whereas the relay will continue to operate but have not effect.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:00 AM   #3
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There's a relay somewhere and probably in the vicinity of the TV. It most likely has normally closed contacts with the coil supplied by the ignition, so that they open with this supplied voltage. Removing one of the wires from the coil will render it inoperative. Move it aside and tape it up so nothing can get shorted out. As an alternative, you can remove both contact wires and jump the two together, whereas the relay will continue to operate but have not effect.
This is kind of what I was thinking.

the hard part is finding the relay.

I will check near the TV, I though it would be some were near all the other electrical boxes, in front and under the RV.

Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:18 AM   #4
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On my '05 Sea Breeze, there are 8 outlets in the upper right storage compartment over the passenger's head. One set of 4 outlets are turned off (left set in my rig) when the ignition is powered and the right 4 are hot all the time. I just moved the tv's cord from the left to the right set.
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Same with my `04.



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Same with my `04.
Lucky!

I am pretty sure mine only has 2, I will check when I get home tonight.
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If you have only a single outlet with two plug-ins, then one is switch and the other is not. Or, just run an extension cord from some other outlet to the TV. Rook
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*** All legalities aside, I know and understand the law and understand it changes from state to state. ***
Actually.. This is one of those laws that does not change all that much from state to state, it is Illegal to drive with that TV on in all 50 states and far as I know all Canadian provinces as well.

What varies is the penalty.

The interlock is a FEDERAL requirement.

That said, You can simply move the plug to a different outlet.

But a better method is to install a portable TV somewhere where the driver can not see it but the kids can, and let them watch that.
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Lucky!

I am pretty sure mine only has 2, I will check when I get home tonight.
Two what? Two duplex plugs (4 sockets) or just 1 duplex plug with two places to plug something in?



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Two what? Two duplex plugs (4 sockets) or just 1 duplex plug with two places to plug something in?
I am going to double check later when I get home but I am pretty sure its has 1 duplex 2 places to plug something in.
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If you have only a single outlet with two plug-ins, then one is switch and the other is not. Or, just run an extension cord from some other outlet to the TV. Rook
Extension cord is the last option. I would like to have a more permanent fix that looks good as well.


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Actually.. This is one of those laws that does not change all that much from state to state, it is Illegal to drive with that TV on in all 50 states and far as I know all Canadian provinces as well.

What varies is the penalty.

The interlock is a FEDERAL requirement.

That said, You can simply move the plug to a different outlet.

But a better method is to install a portable TV somewhere where the driver can not see it but the kids can, and let them watch that.
And since you had to bring up the legal part... Lets just say the TV has been remounted behind the drivers head already
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Here is a drawing used for repair.

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Here is a drawing used for repair.

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Thank you for that.
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