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Post by Rubi's Dad on Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:26 pm

Hi All

Looking to fit a 12v TV around 18" to 20" preferably with DVD and USB.

Any recommendations welcome.

Thanks
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Re: 12v TV

Post by daisy mae on Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:31 pm

Avtex, highly recommended
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Re: 12v TV

Post by Tove.H on Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:13 pm

Yes we have Avtex, brillant, would recommend them as well.
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Re: 12v TV

Post by burlingtonboaby on Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:21 pm

Avtex , had three,new models are excellent .
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Re: 12v TV

Post by Greyhound on Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:46 am

Another one for Avtex. They are a tad pricey, but the quality and functions are excellent - also the Avtex powered aerial (powered through the TV) hasn't let me down yet picking up a signal.
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Re: 12v TV

Post by Rubi's Dad on Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:57 am

Thanks everyone. Looks like I need to raid the piggy bank for a Avtex!!
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Re: 12v TV

Post by burlingtonboaby on Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:16 pm

Several outlets selling Avtex products www.capitaloutdoors.co.uk  has good reviews and very reliable, they had a stall at the Lincoln show last year and could be there this coming show.
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Re: 12v TV

Post by -mojo- on Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:20 pm

There are cheaper alternatives out there which are also quite highly regarded. For example Cello, which is UK-based, and has a Traveller 12V range with the features that you're after.
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Re: 12v TV

Post by brodco on Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:48 pm

Hi wave

I'm not expressing an opinion, not being an Avtex owner, but I do wonder if the modern products are as good as they used to be.
 
I was surprised to find that the two Avtex models reviewed by Which were both firmly in the "don't buy" category!
 
http://www.which.co.uk/reviews/tv-dvd-combis/avtex-l186drs
 
To quote from the reviews (same conclusion for both):
 
"Picture quality on this Avtex is dreadful. Both high-definition and standard-definition TV looks awful, and watching DVDs is no better."
 
In my view some Which reviews are questionable to say the least but they are rarely totally wrong so I'd want to see the actual Avtex I was buying before parting with any money. think_smiley_46


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Re: 12v TV

Post by inspiredron on Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:32 pm

Got the new avtex L188DRS just before coming away. Not tried on satellite but picture excellent on terrestrial and sensitivity amazing. I don't need to worfy abojt which way the asrial is pointing! It als plays mp3 CDs (not documented in manual)

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Re: 12v TV

Post by Peter Brown on Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:36 pm

inspiredron wrote:Got the new avtex L188DRS just before coming away. Not tried on satellite but picture excellent on terrestrial and sensitivity amazing. I don't need to worfy abojt which way the asrial is pointing! It als plays mp3 CDs (not documented in manual)

As did I. The HD on satellite and French terrestrial is brilliant and sound better than on earlier models. I like the addition of the signal strength meter and battery voltage indicator.

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Re: 12v TV

Post by daisy mae on Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:00 pm

We have two AVTEX, the 22" is used in the kitchen when it isn`t in the caravan, the smaller one I have in the MH, cannot fault either of them, good picture but more importantly  is the sound quality, cheaper ones are tinny, so no pleasure in watching anything, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

I bought from John Lewis as they give a five year guarantee. depends whether sound quality is important to you, as for the which report it is just an opinion, a better opinion surely is from folk that have one and use it regularly, mine must be three years old now.



Can be viewed from all angles, some if viewed other than straight on lose the picture.


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Re: 12v TV

Post by Greyhound on Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:14 pm

Yep , I have the L187drs, and the picture is brilliant.

My mate got it first and I was so impressed I had to get one myself. Another friend has since seen it and also gone and ordered one.

I'm not registered for Which so I can't read their review, but somethings not right when all of us here seem to be impressed, and the Amazon link in the Which advert doesn't have one bad review either. I might be biased, but I'd be inclined to believe actual users on this one.
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Re: 12v TV

Post by moggyminor1966 on Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:40 pm

I agree had 2 Avtex tvs both brilliant and picture on satellite in HD is amazing.
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Re: 12v TV

Post by JDS on Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:05 pm

I have an Avtex TV for sale see classifieds.

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Re: 12v TV

Post by Rubi's Dad on Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:47 pm

New Avtex it is then

Thanks all.  smile!
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Re: 12v TV

Post by Leytonexile on Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:37 am

I follow a different route! I have a 1000 watt invertor and run a mains tv off of it. TVs are much cheaper and added bonus is my wife can use her hairdrier when we're wild camping.
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Re: 12v TV

Post by raymondo on Thu Oct 06, 2016 2:29 am

have a look on a certain south american river webpage and search "motorhome TVs" several available with the features you require.

Sure Avtex are probably the best  but you pay for it there are several alternatives listed above for less than half the price.
I think I paid less than £100 for mine (TV with DVD and usb recording) is about 6 years old now and has never missed a beat..... except for the time I boiled the electric kettle directly beneath it which resulted in no picture for three days but once it dried out it was all systems go
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Post by Driftwood6 on Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:03 pm

Rubi's Dad wrote:Hi All

Looking to fit a 12v TV around 18" to 20" preferably with DVD and USB.

Any recommendations welcome.

Thanks
Definitely Avtex... We have had two only replacing the first one so that we could have a built in Sat Decoder.
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Re: 12v TV

Post by Yorkie+1 on Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:45 pm

Avtex definitely. We bought another cheap make the field of vision was no good unless your sat directly in front of it. Our friends also went for a cheaper make and have found it uses a lot of power. So when they are using solar panel they have to limit their tv viewing. We will only buy Acted in future.

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Re: 12v TV

Post by Lemon2 on Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:52 am

Hi. We had an Avtex fitted into our new Nuevo and really enjoy the quality of both vision and sound. What we didn't know is that Avtex TVs produced in the last three years cannot be re-tuned to pick up analogue stations. This isn't a problem for us as we watch very little TV when away but maybe an issue for others. We found this out when we camped at Bolton Abbey Caravan Club site which has analogue reception only and a very helpful warden who advised that the TV booster cable (costing £15) would not work with our new Avtex. I guess that analogue is largely phased out and so as I say, perhaps not a major consideration but worth knowing.
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Re: 12v TV

Post by daisy mae on Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:58 am

What were you hoping to receive, there have been no analogue programmes for 3-4 years.?
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Re: 12v TV

Post by KeithM on Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:14 am

As above unless they were talking radio and not TV
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Re: 12v TV

Post by Lemon2 on Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:08 am

We were hoping to receive BBC1 for the evening news. There are signs posted at the campsite that as there is no digital TV in the area, all TV's, have to be re-tuned to analogue. Booster cables can be purchased to assist with this. Once re-tuned campers can expect to receive just a couple of BBC stations, ITV and (from hazy memory) one or two more. This may be different if you have satellite TV but we don't. Our TV was unable to be re-tuned which as I say, isn't personally a problem but I felt may be worth knowing. I understand from the warden that analogue will be switched off next year and the site will go over to a digital TV signal.
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Re: 12v TV

Post by brodco on Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:38 am

Hi  wave

daisy mae wrote:What were you hoping to receive, there have been no analogue programmes for 3-4 years.?

KeithM wrote:As above unless they were talking radio and not TV

Agreed there are no UK analogue channels to tune to (although the powers that be would like to get rid of it analogue radio isn't due to be switched quite yet).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15293469

I suppose the campsite could be converting a few digital channels and piping them through their own system but it seems a bit  unlikely.

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