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LED TVs; Flat Screen Choices

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LED TVs; Flat Screen Choices

If you have a new RV, you probably have many of the latest RV electronics, from TVs, stereos, speakers, and cameras. That being said, there are always upgrades or additions you can make to your new rig.

Now, if you have an older motorhome or travel trailer, when you are shopping for new or upgraded RV electronics, like a TV, you will feel like a kid in a candy store, given all the available choices. With this in mind, most DIY’ers can install many of today’s RV electronics with a little help from Youtube. This Youtube video demonstrates a TV mount and TV installation.

Not to be overlooked is that the same LED TV have in your home can be installed in an RV. Many purists would say that you need a TV specifically made for an RV. The thought behind this matter is that the jostling the TV is subject to while you are traveling could cause damage. These TVs will be of the 12-volt variety, which will be more expensive than today’s LED/LCD 110/120 volt TV offerings.

I can tell you, I replaced my old Jensen, made for RV 12 volt TV, with an off-the-shelf Samsung, and I have had absolutely no issues with the TV being damaged while traveling in our RV. As a rule, you should attach the TV with a TV mount that has a locking mechanism or to one that is a fixed wall mount. There is also a safety/security strap that is available to secure the TV further. One of the more popular straps is listed at the end of this article.

Read on for a few suggestions on affordable Smart TVs of varying sizes and applications ( Alexa, Roku, and Fire Edition). You should find one that will fit nicely in your motorhome, travel trailer, or camper.

Smart TV Choices (43″ and larger)

Alexa Built-in Smart TVs

SAMSUNG 43-inch Class Crystal UHD TU-8000 Series – 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with Alexa Built-in

Samsung Smart TV RV Electronics

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The Samsung 43-inch Class Crystal UHD TU-8000 Series – 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with Alexa Built-in is the perfect complement for your RV entertainment needs.

For one thing, the ultra-fast processor transforms your viewing into a brilliant 4K. Additionally, it is a multi-voice Smart TV, supporting both Alexa and Bixby (Samsung’s intelligent voice assistant).

By having Alexa built-in, you can ask more from your TV. For example, ask Alexa to open apps or change the channel and search for movies and shows. In addition, you can ask Alexa to play music, control your smart home devices, and much more. To talk to Alexa is as easy as pressing and holding the mic button on your remote.

Tizen powers Samsung’s Smart TVs. Tizen for Smart TVs delivers a complete, open standards-based Linux stack. The operating system is designed to support living room devices, such as Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and digital TVs. It is optimized for an internet-connected TV experience, allowing users to enjoy multiple applications, services, and personal media, all while watching TV.

With HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology, you will notice the improvement in the range of color and contrast in a digital image. And with its crystal display, you will experience vibrant clear colors that are fine-tuned to deliver a naturally crisp and vivid picture.

The back of the TV supports VESA wall mounting.

Roku Built-in Smart TVs

TCL 43S425 43 Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart Roku LED TV

TLC Smartv RV Electronics

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The TCL 43S425 43 Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart Roku LED TV is one of many from this manufacturer.

TCL, one of the world’s largest TV manufacturers. Not to mention, it is America’s fastest-growing TV brand and brings you the latest in 4K technology and design. TLC has simplified the 4K Ultra HD TV so you can instantly enjoy endless entertainment. With HRD compatibility, choose from more than 5,000 streaming channels that feature 450,000 movies and TV episodes. Not to mention live sports, news, music, and entertainment for kids and adults. You will also find food, science, and tech channels. Additional viewing choices such as self-improvement options in health and fitness, foreign language learning, and so much more are available.

The standby power consumption is less than 0.5 watts. The remote control requires two AAA batteries that are included.

Features:

  • Easy Voice Control: Works with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to help you find movie titles, launch, or change channels. In fact, you can even switch inputs using just your voice.
  • Striking 4K UHD picture performance with HDR technology
  • The simple, intuitive Roku interface allows seamless access to over 500,000 movies and TV episodes
  • 4K Creative Pro Upscaling allows you to view your favorite HD content in near 4K quality
  • Inputs: 3 HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 USB (media player), RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical Audio Out, Ethernet
  • Includes wireless connectivity technology

Fire Edition Smart TVs

Toshiba 43LF621U21 43-inch Smart 4K  – Fire TV Edition

Toshiba Fire TV LED TVCheck Amazon for other sizes and prices.

The Toshiba 43LF621U21 43-inch Smart 4K  – Fire TV Edition would be a welcome addition to your RV’s entertainment center. 

Toshiba’s Fire Edition TV brings together live-over-the-air TV and your streaming content, all from the home screen. Connect any HD antenna (sold separately) to watch live over-the-air TV or stream movies and shows from Disney+, Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and more.

This TV is smart and simple in every way. Just plug it in, connect to Wi-Fi, and enjoy it. Plus, your TV keeps getting smarter with new Alexa skills and features through automatic over-the-air software updates so that you always have the latest software for your TV.

Experience breathtaking 4K Ultra HD picture quality with over 8 million pixels for stunning clarity, deep contrast, and vivid colors. Watch movies and TV shows as they come to life in an ultra-high-definition presentation.

A multi-function remote is included. You can launch apps, search for TV shows, switch inputs, control smart home devices, and more just by using your voice. Prime Video and Netflix buttons come standard, so you can instantly access your favorite apps.

Accessory

Ready America MRV3515 Travel Safety Straps

TV Mounting Strap RV Electronics

Ready America MRV3515 Travel Safety Straps for Wall Mounted TV

Travel straps can be used with any TV wall mount and hold your TV securely against the wall, thus minimizing vibrations during travel in your boat or RV.

In conclusion

Adding to or upgrading the TV in your rig can be is a relatively inexpensive venture. The supply of quality, affordable LED TVs is boundless.

Chip and Evi

There is no denying that RV travel is more popular today than it has ever been. With more than 485 locations, KOA reported that in 2020, there were more than 94.5 million camper households throughout North America. In the US, 48.2 million households camped at least once in 2020, including 10.1 million households that camped for the first time. Campers are more diverse than ever, with 60% of first-time campers in 2020 are from non-white groups, the highest rate since the inception of this report.
According to a Market Watch article published June 11, 2021, in an RVIA newsletter, RVing was hot in 2020. For example, well-known RV rental company Outdoorsy saw a 4,500% increase in bookings in 2020. And in 2021, there is reason to believe that this trend will continue. A recent survey by the RV Industry Association found that about three in 10 Americans hope to take an RV trip this year — 10% of whom have never done it before.
My wife Evi and I are in the 3 in 10 that plans to take an RV trip in 2021. As a matter of fact, since May 2021, we have been living in our RV full-time. We plan to live in our unit until the end of the year and then move into our permanent home. But, rest assured we will continue to take frequent trips in our motorhome.
With Covid 19 still in an issue in 2021, there is reason to believe travelers will want to venture out with family and close friends again. After all, there are over 4300 campgrounds in the USA to consider for your next group adventure.

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