Top 5 12-V DC Televisions for Campers

Introduction

Even the most basic campers have wiring connectors for cable television, even if the TV itself is not included with the camper. This usually includes a cable TV connection on the outside of the camper, and the necessary connectors inside the camper for the TV itself. Now, the question is, what television set do you need to take advantage of the connections.


AC versus DC

Standard house current is 120 V AC (alternating current). Campers offer access to both AC and DC (direct current). The camper’s battery provides DC current to operate lights and DC powered appliances when not connected to a source of AC current. AC current requires either a connection to an AC from an outside source (campground, home, etc.), or from a portable generator.

For those who travel and camp in areas where AC current is not available, or during those overnight stops boondocking in a rest area, truck stop, or shopping center parking lot, AC power may not be available, but you still want television service.

Several of these TV are described as “DC only” indicating they are designed to operate using the camper’s DC power system. You may use these sets with 120V AC current provided you use an AC-DC adapter. Inexpensive adapters are available, allowing the “DC” TV to become your full-time TV.

There are several sets that are described as DC/AC, meaning they can use either source of power. Carefully review the manufacturer’s instructions when selecting the power source and type.

Screen Size

DC-powered televisions come in sizes from as small as 15-in screens to 40-in. screens (measured diagonally, corner-to-corner). Screen size selection is important for the most comfortable viewing.

If you are replacing an original equipment TV that was mounted in a space specifically designed for it in the camper, be sure to make careful measurements to select a set with overall dimensions that will fit in the available space.

Screen size is important in a camper. Too large and the viewer’s eyes cannot easily see the entire area. Compared to your home’s living room, most campers can be described as “cramped” for space, and the right size television screen is important for best viewing. As a rule of thumb, multiply the screens diagonal size by 1.5 to 2.5 to determine the best viewing range.

Mounting the TV

Some TVs can sit on a counter or table or be mounted on a wall.

Depending on the layout of you camper, you can mount it flat against a wall, or you may want an adjustable mount that allows you to position and turn the TV for best viewing depending on where you are seated.

Most campers have a specific re-enforced wall to support the TV bracket. It is important to use this area to avoid damage to camper walls or the TV.

Mounting brackets have specific bolt attachment patterns that match hole spacing on the back of your TV. Select the TV you want first, then select the mounting bracket with the proper hole pattern.

Note: When traveling, we recommend folding or telescoping brackets and TVs be folded so the TV is as close to the wall as possible, to avoid stress on the mounting.

Cable TV and TV Antennas

By far, the best, most reliable TV reception is provided by a cable connection. Most commercial campgrounds provide access to cable television service.

In addition to the standard crank-up antenna that are standard equipment on most campers, there are several after-market antennas available—some of which are more effective than others, and all of which depend on access to a suitable signal.

Combos and Options

Some TVs have built-in DVD players that provides a great option for youngsters, or for adults who want to watch their favorite movies. This also makes the TV functional for those times when you are unable to get a signal.

Connections

All the reviewed TVs have HDMI connectors enabling the high-definition capabilities of the set. USB ports will enable you to use memory sticks to view photos and use the TV as a computer monitor.

Indicated Price Range

Prices indicated were current as of the day of this posting. Prices are subject to change. When comparing prices, read each product description carefully. In any case, the low price is complete and ready to use.

Summary

There are several DC-powered TVs that are excellent for recreational vehicle use.

Buying Recommendations

Jensen JTV19DC HD Ready 19 Inch 12V DC RV LED TV with Integrated HDTV (ATSC) Tuner, HD Ready (1080p, 720p, 480p), 1366 x 768 Full HD, Dual Function Wireless Remote Control, Black
Free Signal TV Transit 32" 12 Volt DC Powered LED Flat Screen HDTV for RV Camper and Mobile Use
LG Electronics 24LJ4540 24-Inch 720p LED TV , Black
Size
19-inch TV
32-inch LED TV
24-inch HDTV
Mounting
Wall
Wall or Table-Top
Wall Tilt Mount or Table-Top
Type
LED TV
HD TV
HD TV
HD Ready
Resolution 1080p
720p Resolution (1366 x 768)
720p Resolution High Definition
Function
Dual Function Wireless Remote
n/a
DVD: Accepts Plug-In
Power
12 V only
12V DC or 120 VAC
12V DC
USB Input
Yes
Yes
Yes
Price Range
$179 – $194
$299 – $431
$110 – $137
Connections
VGA, USB, HDMI
VGA, USB, HDMI
USB, HDMI
Warranty
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
Dual Function
Jensen JTV19DC HD Ready 19 Inch 12V DC RV LED TV with Integrated HDTV (ATSC) Tuner, HD Ready (1080p, 720p, 480p), 1366 x 768 Full HD, Dual Function Wireless Remote Control, Black
Size
19-inch TV
Mounting
Wall
Type
LED TV
HD Ready
Resolution 1080p
Function
Dual Function Wireless Remote
Power
12 V only
USB Input
Yes
Price Range
$179 – $194
Connections
VGA, USB, HDMI
Warranty
1 Year
Free Signal
Free Signal TV Transit 32" 12 Volt DC Powered LED Flat Screen HDTV for RV Camper and Mobile Use
Size
32-inch LED TV
Mounting
Wall or Table-Top
Type
HD TV
HD Ready
720p Resolution (1366 x 768)
Function
n/a
Power
12V DC or 120 VAC
USB Input
Yes
Price Range
$299 – $431
Connections
VGA, USB, HDMI
Warranty
1 Year
Best Price
LG Electronics 24LJ4540 24-Inch 720p LED TV , Black
Size
24-inch HDTV
Mounting
Wall Tilt Mount or Table-Top
Type
HD TV
HD Ready
720p Resolution High Definition
Function
DVD: Accepts Plug-In
Power
12V DC
USB Input
Yes
Price Range
$110 – $137
Connections
USB, HDMI
Warranty
1 Year

Our Five Top-Rated DC-Powered Televisions for Campers

1. Jensen JTV19DC HD Ready 19 Inch 12V DC RV LED TV – Editor’s Pick

Jensen JTV19DC HD Ready 19 Inch 12V DC RV LED TV with Integrated HDTV (ATSC) Tuner, HD Ready (1080p, 720p, 480p), 1366 x 768 Full HD, Dual Function Wireless Remote Control, Black
Jensen JTV19DC HD Ready 19 Inch 12V DC RV LED TV with Integrated HDTV (ATSC) Tuner, HD Ready (1080p, 720p, 480p), 1366 x 768 Full HD, Dual Function Wireless Remote Control, Black
Specs
Size: 19-inch TV
Mounting: Wall
Type: LED TV
HD Ready: Resolution 1080p
Function: Dual Function Wireless Remote
Power: 12 V only
USB Input: Yes
Price Range: $179 – $194
Connections: VGA, USB, HDMI
Warranty: 1 Year
The Jensen JTV 19DC has a more robust chassis and what is described as a “more modern aesthetic design unique to the RV industry” than traditional RV TVs.
The set was built specially for boats, yachts, motorhomes, and recreational vehicles. It is a “heavy duty TV” with and “industrial grade metal cabinet” designed to withstand vibration.
Designed as a 12V DC set, the set has a slim profile with front mounted speakers and convenient controls. A power inverter (not included) is required to connect to 120V AC. The set is high definition compatible (1080p, 720p, and 480p). A dual TV/DVD wireless remote control is included (a separate DVD player is required).

Jensen JTV19DC HD Ready 19 Inch 12V DC RV LED TV with Integrated HDTV (ATSC) Tuner, HD Ready (1080p, 720p, 480p), 1366 x 768 Full HD, Dual Function Wireless Remote Control, Black
  • This is a 12V DC Product Only, A Power Inverter is required to connect to 120V AC (Not included), Integrated HDTV (ATSC) tuner, HDTV-ready (1080p, 720p, 480p)
  • High performance wide 16:9 LCD panel, 16.7 million colors, JCOM function with JENSEN HDMI-equipped DVD player (Not Included)
  • Convenient front controls, Conformal coated circuit boards, Rugged metal cabinet, Reinforced cabinet structure and mounting points

2. Skyworth 22-in. Smart AC/DC Television with DVD, Model SLC2278A3TG


Specs
Size: 22-inch Smart TV
Mounting: Wall or Table-Top
Type: HD TV
HD Ready: 1080p Resolution High Definition
Function: Built-In DVD
Power: 12V DC or 120 VAC
USB Input: Yes
Price Range: $187 – $354
Connections: USB, HDMI
Warranty: 1 Year
The Jensen JTV 19DC has a more robust chassis and what is described as a “more modern aesthetic design unique to the RV industry” than traditional RV TVs.
The set was built specially for boats, yachts, motorhomes, and recreational vehicles. It is a “heavy duty TV” with and “industrial grade metal cabinet” designed to withstand vibration.
Designed as a 12V DC set, the set has a slim profile with front mounted speakers and convenient controls. A power inverter (not included) is required to connect to 120V AC. The set is high definition compatible (1080p, 720p, and 480p). A dual TV/DVD wireless remote control is included (a separate DVD player is required).

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3. Supersonic SC-1912 12-volt Widescreen HDTV

Specs
Size: 32-inch TV
Mounting: Wall or Table-Top
Type: HD TV
HD Ready: 720p (1366 x 768)
Function: DVD Player
Power: 12V DC or 120 VAC (With Adapters)
USB Input: Yes
Price Range: $138 – $147
Connections: VGA, USB, HDMI
Warranty: 90 days
The Supersonic SC-1912 19-inch TV, is a “high-performance 32 inch, 12V DC-powered, LED TV.”
The 12-volt widescreen TV provides a sharp image with vivid colors and it has a built-in DVD player. The DVD player is compatible with CDs and CDR discs.
With a USB port, it can even double as a computer monitor for video conferencing or spreadsheets (on a camping trip?). and it accepts SD-type memory cards to view those photos taken earlier in the day.
It also has left and right audio connections for external speakers.
You can plug in the necessary adapters for your favorite streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, etc. And it becomes a gaming center to keep the kids—young and older—entertained on rainy days.

4. Free Signal TV Transit 32 In., 12 Volt DC LED Flat Screen HDTV

Free Signal TV Transit 32' 12 Volt DC Powered LED Flat Screen HDTV for RV Camper and Mobile Use
Free Signal TV Transit 32' 12 Volt DC Powered LED Flat Screen HDTV for RV Camper and Mobile Use
Specs
Size: 32-inch LED TV
Mounting: Wall or Table-Top
Type: HD TV
HD Ready: 720p Resolution (1366 x 768)
Function: n/a
Power: 12V DC or 120 VAC (Adapter sold separately)
USB Input: Yes
Price Range: $299 – $431
Connections: VGA, USB, HDMI
Warranty: 1 Year
This is a mobile high performance 32-inch, 12V DC-powered, LED TV. It delivers HD picture quality in 1366 x 768 (720p). This lightweight set can be wall mounted or set on a tabletop.
Free Signal TV includes dynamic audio and advanced noise reduction. This set offers an exceptional picture with vibrant colors and sharp detail.
Easy to set up, the TV has a simple 12V DC connection and includes 3 HDMI inputs. This set can also be use AC power with the optional AC CHD 1260 Power Brick Adapter.
This is an excellent 12V television for RVs and trailers.
Free Signal 12V DC televisions are available in four screen sizes: 22 in., 28 in., 32 in., and 40 in.

Free Signal TV Transit 32" 12 Volt DC Powered LED Flat Screen HDTV for RV Camper and Mobile Use
  • Mobile High Performance 32 inch LED TV - Get HD picture quality from this superb DC-powered 12 volt television with 1366 x 768 resolution. Groundbreaking engineering results in a lightweight TV with dynamic audio response and advanced noise reduction circuitry.
  • The Easy-to-Set-Up and Versatile RV Flat Screen TV - Simple 12V connection. 3 HDMI Inputs. Can also be used at home by converting to AC with the optional CHD 1260 Power Brick Adapter.
  • Perfect Television for Campers, Trailers, RVs, and More - The Transit 32 inch 12 volt powered flat screen TV is also ideal for cars and trucks. With high-resolution picture from a mobile TV line, it goes where other mobile TVs dare not go!

5. LG Electronics 24LJ4540 24-Inch LED HD TV

LG Electronics 24LJ4540 24-Inch 720p LED TV , Black
LG Electronics 24LJ4540 24-Inch 720p LED TV , Black
Specs
Size: 24-inch HDTV
Mounting: Wall Tilt Mount or Table-Top
Type: HD TV
HD Ready: 720p Resolution High Definition
Function: DVD: Accepts Plug-In
Power: 12V DC
USB Input: Yes
Price Range: $110 – $137
Connections: USB, HDMI
Warranty: 1 Year
If you are simply looking to replace an old-and-worn-out TV with a budget-friendly 12-Volt TV model, the LG Electronics 24LJ4540-WU 24-Inch HDTV is an excellent value. This model was developed in 2017, and although new and functional, it does not have all the features of later model 12V DC sets.
At only $110 to $140, this 12-Volt RV TV offers great performance for a basic TV.
This 24-in. TV provides an excellent viewing experience at a resolution of 720p. The direct-lit LED picture delivers quality imagery and vivid color. The 60 HZ refresh rate ensures high-energy actions scenes or auto racing events are sharp.
This economic set also uses its Triple XD Engine that delivers images with greater precision for more natural color.
This set has only one HDMI and one USB connection each. This is not a Smart TV, but it is a good TV.
So, while it might not offer the most versatility it will accept your DVD player (old or new) and Amazon Firestick or Roku devices.

Sale
LG Electronics 24LJ4540 24-Inch 720p LED TV , Black
  • Your purchase includes One LG 24LJ4540 24-Inch LED TV, 2017 model, one controller and User Manual
  • TV Dimensions: Without Stand - 21.9" W x 2.1" H x 13.6" D. With Stand - 21.9" W x 5.8" H x 15.2" D. Screen size: 23.6” measured diagonally
  • No smart functionality. Triple XD Engine processes images with even greater precision to enable more natural color expression, deeper contrast and for a more lifelike picture.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to have a 12V DC powered television for my camper.

The answer is “It depends.”  If your camping involves plugging your camper into a 120 V AC power source—like at a campground (or having an AC generator available)—then you can use an ordinary 120V AC-powered TV. If you want to have access to television when camping “off the grid,” you will want a 12V DC-powered set. Another advantage of a 12V DC set is that you can use an AC-to-DC converter that will allow you to use your 12V DC TV anytime, everywhere.

  1. Do I have to have a TV designed for camping use for my camper?

Not really, but there are advantages. It is true that TVs designed for campers may be “ruggedized” to withstand the rigors of travel—bumpy roads, changes in temperature and humidity, etc. The fact is, that modern household TVs use solid-state components and may hold up well for routine camping trips. Caution: warranties on “household” TVs may be void when used in campers, vehicles, boats, etc.

  1. Do all camper TVs include a stand for setting the unit on a flat surface?

Most—but not all—TVs designed for camper use come with the option to place the computer on a table or other flat surface. There are some TVs that are designed strictly for wall mounting.

  1. Is a wall mount recommended?

The wall mount has several advantages over simply setting the TV on a convenient counter. In most campers, counter-top space is limited. Also, you will need to protect the counter-top TV when traveling.

So, yes, a wall mount is recommended. First, the wall mount secures the TV so that it will not be damaged in transit, it keeps the unit out of the way when not in use, and most can be adjusted for optimum viewing.

  1. What is the best size TV for a camper.

Again, “it depends.” Large motorhomes or fifth-wheel campers often have relatively large TVs. In smaller campers, a modest 19-in to 24-in TV should be perfectly adequate.

Last update on 2021-05-07 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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