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Post by Rubi's Dad Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:26 am

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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Post by daisy mae Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:31 am

Avtex, highly recommended

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Post by Tove.H Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:13 am

Yes we have Avtex, brillant, would recommend them as well.
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Post by burlingtonboaby Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:21 am

Avtex , had three,new models are excellent .
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Post by Greyhound Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:46 pm

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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Post by Rubi's Dad Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:57 pm

Thanks everyone. Looks like I need to raid the piggy bank for a Avtex!!
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Post by burlingtonboaby Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:16 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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Post by -mojo- Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:20 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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Post by brodco Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:48 am

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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Post by inspiredron Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:32 am

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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Post by Peter Brown Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:36 am

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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Post by daisy mae Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:00 am

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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Post by Greyhound Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:14 am

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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Post by moggyminor1966 Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:40 am

I agree had 2 Avtex tvs both brilliant and picture on satellite in HD is amazing.
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Post by JDS Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:05 am

I have an Avtex TV for sale see classifieds.

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Post by Rubi's Dad Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:47 am

New Avtex it is then

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Post by Leytonexile Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:37 pm

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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Post by raymondo Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:29 pm

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 Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:03 am

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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Post by Yorkie+1 Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:45 am

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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Post by Guest Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:52 pm

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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Post by daisy mae Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:58 pm

What were you hoping to receive, there have been no analogue programmes for 3-4 years.?
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Post by KeithM Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:14 pm

As above unless they were talking radio and not TV
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Post by Guest Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:08 pm

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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Post by brodco Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:38 pm

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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