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Best 12V TVs for Caravans

Article by Laura Smith - Caravans Plus
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Whats the difference between household and caravan 12V TVs?

While there are many TVs on the market that can operate on 12V using dc power adaptors, they are not all suited to life on the road. One of the major differences between televisions designed for caravans and RVs is their ability to withstand the bumps and vibration caused during travel. Unlike household TVs that are designed to sit in one place without moving, caravan TVs need to be built tough to last in Australian RV conditions.

12V TVs built for Australian RV Conditions
12V TVs built tough for Australian RV Conditions

As well as being tough, there are many other features included that are important when travelling with a TV. When you are constantly on the move, a quick-tune function is a huge timesaver. This allows you to re-tune and find available channels with the click of a button. For the times when you are out of reception a TV with dvd, usb and HDMI inputs means you will never be without entertainment. Some of the latest 12 volt LED TVs also include low voltage warnings and bluetooth compatibility.

12V TV mounted in caravan
12V TV mounted in Caravan

We offer 12v LED TVs from leading Australian caravan accessory wholesalers. This means not only are these TVs designed and tested specifically for Australian conditions, they are also backed up by nationwide service networks if any issues do arise.

With sizes ranging from 19 inch to 32 inch and features including everything from built in DVD players and Full HD LED screens to Smart TVs, there is a TV to suit every application.

RV Media 12 Volt TVs

A tried and trusted name in the Australian RV Industry, RV Media by Camec has been delivering quality tv dvd combos to caravanners for many years. They are continually working to improve and develop their range to keep up with evolving technologies. RV Media were also the first in the industry to release a 12v Smart TV, now available in both 32 and 24 inch.

RV Media 12V Smart TV
RV Media 12V Smart TV

The new Evolution range includes an inbuilt dvd player, long range HD digital tuner, USB media playback and PVR functions. They also have a new improved A-Grade LCD panel and a low voltage warning to protect against potential damage.

The 22 inch Evolution TVs also feature an inbuilt wireless audio transmitter, which allows you to stream the audio from your TV through portable bluetooth speakers, headphones or even your RVs head unit. The screens are full high definition (1920 x 1080p) for the best quality picture.

RV Media 19 Inch HD LED TV & DVD - 12v / 24v - Evolution

RV Media 19 Inch HD LED TV & DVD - 12v / 24v - Evolution

8 In Stock Now.
$479.95
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RV Media Evolution 24 Inch Full HD LED Smart TV with Bluetooth - 12v / 24v / 240v

RV Media Evolution 24 Inch Full HD LED Smart TV with Bluetooth - 12v / 24v / 240v

39 In Stock Now.
$569.95
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RV Media Evolution 32 Inch Full HD LED Smart TV with Bluetooth - 12v / 24v / 240v

RV Media Evolution 32 Inch Full HD LED Smart TV with Bluetooth - 12v / 24v / 240v

7 In Stock Now.
$779.95
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Sphere 12 Volt TVs

Sphere TVs (by Coast to Coast RV) have been a favourite of many caravaners and manufacturers through the years, and their latest range is no exception.

New in 2020, the Sphere S7 range has faced extensive R&D to ensure they not only hold up to the rigours of travel, but also provide a great simple user experience.

All sizes feature built-in DVD players, auto-tune, USB multimedia playback, PVR, Desktop stand and 240V plug pack.

SPHERE S7 18.5 HD LED TV with DVD - 12/240V

SPHERE S7 18.5 HD LED TV with DVD - 12/240V

11 In Stock Now.
$359.95
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The 21.5 and 23.6inch models also feature Full HD LED screens

SPHERE S7 21.5 Full HD LED TV with DVD - 12/240V

SPHERE S7 21.5 Full HD LED TV with DVD - 12/240V

26 In Stock Now.
$384.95
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SPHERE S7 23.6 Full HD LED TV with DVD - 12/240V

SPHERE S7 23.6 Full HD LED TV with DVD - 12/240V

3 In Stock Now.
$414.95
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Furrion 12 Volt TVs

A dominate force in the US RV market, Furrion have a proven history of quality & reliable products well suited to life on the road. The Furrion range is imported into Australia by Coast to Coast RV and backed up by their large service network.

Furrion 12V TV Features
Furrion 12V TV Features

With extra metal plating and vibration resistant circuit boards, Furrion TVs are built to last. The 19 and 24 inch models all include DVD players and support USB playback and recording. A static isolator helps to reduce image noise that can be caused by 12v power sources.

The A+ LED panel provides a crisp HD picture, with upgraded furrion amplifier and speakers included for high quality sound. A desktop stand and 240 volt power adaptor are also included with all TVs in this range.

Furrion 24 Inch HD LED TV & DVD - 12v / 24v / 240v (2021 Model)

Furrion 24 Inch HD LED TV & DVD - 12v / 24v / 240v (2021 Model)

6 In Stock Now.
$489.95
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Majestic 12 Volt TVs

Established in Australia in 2000, Majestic has become a global leader in 12V TVs and entertainment products specifically for the RV and Marine environment. Since engineering the worlds first 12 Volt LCD TV, Majestic have continued to lead the industry in creating state of the art technologies suited to use in harsh RV and marine applications.

Majestic 12 volt caravan TV
Majestic 12 volt caravan TV

Optimised for life on the road, their TVs feature low current draw, one touch tuning, USB playback, PVR as well as 3 HDMI inputs for all your multimedia needs.

All sizes (19, 22 and 32 inch) include an inbuilt DVD player, as well as 240v power adaptor and desktop stand.

Built to last, these televisions all come with a huge 3 year warranty.

Majestic 19 Inch HD LED TV & DVD - 12V / 240V

Majestic 19 Inch HD LED TV & DVD - 12V / 240V

5 In Stock Now.
$414.95
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Majestic 22 Inch HD LED TV & DVD - 12V / 240V

Majestic 22 Inch HD LED TV & DVD - 12V / 240V

4 In Stock Now.
$529.95
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Majestic 32 Inch Full HD LED TV & DVD - 12V / 240V

Majestic 32 Inch Full HD LED TV & DVD - 12V / 240V

6 In Stock Now.
$749.95
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Compare 12V TVs

To make it easy to compare the different features of all the 12v TVs we sell, we have put together this chart. It includes specifications, price and reviews for each TV.

Compare Caravan & RV 12V TVs

Compare Caravan & RV 12V TVs

View the different 12V TVs available. Compare their specifications, prices, reviews and more.
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21 Comments

  • comment-avatar

    Deryck

    As usual CaravansPlus have provided a great product description which compliments their great service delivery

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    Doug

    Looking to buy new ac/dc tv with built in vast box for caravan. Any recommendations appreciated

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    Phil

    This page highlights the price gouging that is in this 12volt TV space. Believe me, the circuit boards are no better made than the one you will find in your home TV. That a van is somehow a rough ride is ridiculous. Go buy a nice 240v 32" and a good inverter. You get what you pay for and you have an inverter available for other uses. Before hitting the road, lay the TV face down on a soft blanket - job done. Fair dinkum people, don't be fooled by this scam.

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    Don

    Thanks Phil. We are looking to purchase a TV for our van and was surprised by prices of " caravan TV's". Your comments gave me pause to think.

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    curtis

    thanks for the tip your spot on

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    Jenny

    Hi Phil, I was talking to my auto elec about upgrading my invertor to handle a bunch of items and he told me to get a 12V tv as the energy draw from going from 240 from the TV to the invertor back to 12V was not worth it. The 12V tv's will not draw as much power. When you go off grid for weeks/months at a time energy draw is something you think about. It's not just about the circuit boards. It's about how much solar power you have to last your trip without plugging into power.

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    Ross

    What a load of non sense Jenny!! Come on! -- really?? - do your own maths -- that's worse than the pseudo info that we are being told - we all need to buy 12V TV's because they have special anti vibration circuitry. Your auto Sparkie does not seem to know much!! Just ask him for his figures to back up his claims. Here is my figures to back up my mouth! My Samsung 240V AC 32" LED TV has quoted Power Consumption (kWh/yr) of 116 - that's Samsung' s own spec fig's.- look them up - on their web site! & that's a meager 317Wh/day or 13W/hr based on 116. Energy Efficiency is 5.5 Stars. Englaon state that all their 32 Inch TVs are "low-power" devices and come with a 12v DC adapter, enabling you to charge your TV whilst travelling (??) and further quoted Power Max Power Consumption is 42W. That calculates out to 368 kWh/year! That's probably a bit more than my 240VAC powered Samsung 32" TV run thru my small 12VDC to 240VAC Inverter. My small Jaycar inverter uses ~3 amp at 13V ( using my LFP batt's - solar powered) at 90% efficiency, to provide all that "massive" power ~ 35W needed to run the Samsung. It does not even get warm to the touch!- "useless as a heater or even a hand warmer" Your Vans' multi LED lights uses more power than that!!! My Jayco does - as seen on my Battery Management System that measures power consumed on each circuit - about 8amps (100w) max in total is drawn when all the van's bright lights are turned on. My free solar power generation (yes on all the time -free camping or not) might be considered with this example - My coffee machine runs for 1 minute drawing 100 Amps DC thru my 2kW inverter. 1200W for 1 minute (72kwH) - my 320W rated Solar panels in bright sun replaces "all that energy" - 15 Amps (typically seen on my BMS) well and truly under 1 hour - more like 10 minutes! back into my LFP's Compare that with my biggest energy user - my Dometic compressor fridge that uses quoted 23kWh when set at 3 degrees at ambient 32 deg C . When the compressor runs, it draws about 5Amp as seen on my BMPRO BMS. That's about 3 times what the TV uses, and fridge is ON 24 hours a day when the TV is about 2 hours max.. That's OK - it comes free (!) from my solar panels - more than enough to run the fridge and my LED lighting each and every day I am away in my van - and free camping. You don't even have to consider for a moment the minimal energy used by modern LED/LCD TV's - 12V DC or 240V AC!! ... So much for your auto spakie's incorrect comments about 12VDC TV's been more energy efficient than 240VAC - not worth even the energy of my finger used on my calculator! If you want to split hairs - from my example the Samsung Home TV is slightly ahead of the "built for mobile purpose" Englaon's

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    Ross

    I totally agree with you Phil . No only are these Van style TV's much more expensive but even come with an old style DVD player, which is loaded into their price. All my discs these days are Blue Ray to play back on Full HD screens at home or in my Van when I go Vanning. So why do they persist in adding these old DVD players? Yes, you are right - we only watch the TV when we have stopped. We always take the TV off its mount when mobile - stored on the Bed . So where are the supposed vibrations that are going to destroy the precious circuitry? Even our crystal wine glasses (not plastic) stored in Jayco's wall glass cabinet have never broken! If there were all these nasty vibrations occurring to damage electronic circuits I am sure my Jayco OB van would have fallen apart by now. (tongue in cheek) My 240V "home" type Smart TV various runs nicely off a 250W 12V to 240V inverter that cost a mere $60 from Jaycar. My Sony small light weight portable 240V Blu-ray Disc™ Player with Wi-Fi PRO (model BDP-S3500) has WiFi and BT for additional streaming and listening . Samsung 32-inch T3500 FHD LED LCD Smart TV at $545 & my Sony BR player at $145, costs much less than Engelon's 32 Inch (??generic - where made)TV | 32 Inch SMART LED 12V TV with Built-in DVD player and Bluetooth Function at $779.95

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    Mal

    Have 38 years in the television industry in all aspects of the technical side. Have not seen any differences in quality of components for so called specialised sets. Make sure you have a good viewing angle on the screen and generally all sound is pathetic on these small sets.

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    Matthew

    mal, thanks. what specs to look for if buying online to indicate good or better viewing angles?

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    mal

    Mathew, 180 vertically and horizontally is ideal but unpractical to get, so very near 180 degrees is good. Some sets are less than 90degrees and useless in a van

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    Sam

    looking for a 24 inch tv that runs off cigarette plug (that will go to our battery) dont want to pay extra for DVD player, tv only, with usb plug, all our movies are on personal harddrive

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    Mark

    These TV's are nothing special in my opinion. Outdated DVD Players and standard specs, there are no military or industrial quality components used just the same as any home domestic TV... The biggest issue I have with these discriptions is the lack of technical specifications... I want to know the amp draw from each one of these screens. Probably the most important piece of information required when making a 12 volt TV purchase considering you will be running off a battery. By knowing this figure you can then calculate your power consumption and how long before your battery will go flat. Seriously without these technical specs this website is a complete waste of time.

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    Steve

    Phill is off the mark, please compare the cost of a good quality inverter, the installation costs, the losses of the inverter which may require an extra battery and an upgraded solar system. A 12 volt caravan TV may be cheaper.

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    Ross

    Disagree with you Steve. See my previous message - both 12V and 240VAC powered LED TV's use much the same low energy, when comparing eg Englaon to Samsung. Sphere state theirs runs only 2 Amps, Englaon is more realistic at about 42W. My Samsung via a small inexpensive low power inverter runs about the same 39W (used by my inverter at 90% efficiency) . The energy used is probably less than your Van's LED lights. Certainly far less than 12V water pumps or compressor fridges. my other message show that a 32" 240V can actually work out cheaper than 12V TV as well. Quality eg Samsung provide a higher quality screen as well - pixel density, color quality and volume, and other screen features etc over cheaper Chinese made generic screens I suspect are used in these 12V TV's . If you can get a QLED screen eg Samsung 32" Q50 ( 4K & HDR) much better still regards view angle and better seen when not in a dark room If you go free camping then you need a good quality solar set up with LFP batteries that just runs rings around old fashioned extremely heavy inefficient Pb-acid AGM/gel batt's. If you cant afford a well equipped van set up for free camping then stick to a Van Park & 240V power, unless you don't use any 12 V power (leave all such appliances as TV's at home - read a book instead of watching TV) other than for LED lights and water pumps - back to basic set up with gas LPG stove and absorption gas fridge, gas hot water., hope your 4.5kg gas tank is big enough.

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    Trevor

    Can you please help in what to do when I have disconnected mt satellite dish and just want to tune in to dvt. It is showing no but channels on my new majestic 12volt tv in the van

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    Steve

    I am interested in finding a 12 volt tv that I can plug a a stand alone USB hard drive into. I have a 2tb drive with movies on it and would like to know if I can us the USB on these TVs..

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    Ross

    Englaon state their 12VDC powered TV's have a Standard USB Input ( PVR)TV's

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    Tony

    Hi, I am trying to track down a technician who specialises in caravan televisions. I want to upgrade all 3 of my Tv's to smart TV's and have them all interconnected. Currently if using the satellite dish, I can only watch it on one of the Tv's. I can't easily find a name off a person in specializing in this field

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    Ross

    Hi Tony my VAST Sat dish output via SatKing decoder, is via HDMI to my TV's - all you need is a 12V powered HDMI splitter - 1xI n and 3-4x Outs! I have such a set up in my Jayco Silverline, that provides signal to the small TV in bedroom area and the larger TV for the lounge area. I believe it also provides signal to the outdoor TV cabinet although I have never used it. All wiring/ cabling was done at construction stage. It would be impossible to retrofit the cabling I would guess.. Good Luck!.

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    Peter

    I just want a screen that will allow me to watch anything that I have on my note book computer

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