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TV's so much choice these days

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Post by Neil & Jo Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:11 pm

Hi all, just purchased my first AS , gone for the Peugeot executive '97.
Wandering what tv to buy. I'm thinking 20" with freeview and dvd USB. Do I need 12v capacity or just 240 and a good inverter? Any brands to avoid , any good recommendations? Always nice to know what works 👍
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Post by rgermain Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:47 pm

I bought a Cello 20" 4 years ago and it has never failed. DVD HD freeview remote etc etc ..
£99 on eBay just had to buy a cheap slide in stand.
Get good reception in all but sites which say poor area.
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Post by Gromit Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:36 am

Welcome to the club.

I would avoid buying any telly until you are sure you really want one for the van.

I think we have used our Avtex twice in the last three years, and one of those times was to watch a video. We simply don't bother with TV in the van, and I know we're far from unique.

Same with lots of other "must have" gadgets, many of which end up filling the loft. Identify a real want or need before you rush out and buy. (I would say, "Avoid being tempted at the shows" but that decision has been taken for you at the moment!)
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Post by Neil & Jo Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:01 am

Thanks Richard,  yes I've seen these on Ebay 👍
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Post by Neil & Jo Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:09 am

Hi Gromit, how else are we  going to watch porn 🤣🤣🤣🤣?
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Post by Gromit Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:51 am

Neil & Jo wrote:Hi Gromit, how else are we  going to watch porn 🤣🤣🤣🤣?
Mirror on the ceiling?  shrugg
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Post by Neil & Jo Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:08 am

Oh yeah  allthumbz
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Post by inspiredron Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:30 am

I would not buy another Avtex. We use ours as a kitchen TV at home far more than we use it in the van. It is supposed to be all singing, all dancing but we cannot get HD from the main strong MUX at Crystal Palace (about 10 miles away) because the signal is too strong. If I insert an attenuator then I cannot get the MUX that has BBC4 (COM7?) because that is transmitted at aower power. Catch 22.
Avtex have no technical support for their products as far as I can see - they are merely a middleman.
I am sure that the Cello at a third of the price will be as good.
I suggest that you don't buy 240V plus inverter. Better is a 12V plus a 240V power brick.

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Post by steamdrivenandy Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:19 pm

In 12 years leisure vehicle use we've never used a TV and don't miss it at all. The pictures are better on the radio and there's books, maps, magazines, Kindles, internet, dog walking, chatting to neighbours and as a last resort chatting to your partner and/or rest of family. As someone elsewhere said 'With no football I was forced to talk to the Mrs and discovered she'd been made redundant, by Woolworths'.
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Post by Suppersready Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:48 pm

Me and the misses watch tv every night before bed time,  she watches her programmes in the bedroom and I watch my crap in the lounge ....
I just asked for TVs as part of the purchase deal and they installed Avtex’s which seem to work fine.
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Post by steamdrivenandy Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:09 pm

I agree with Dave that it's very tempting to just keep buying stuff, especially when new to the hobby. It's best to actually wait and see if you do actually need the things and will actually use them. 

We've been full circle around small camper, motorhome, several larger and larger caravans and back to a small camper. When we had the first small camper we kept buying things and then had to buy things to put all the stuff in and so it went on. This time we realise the limitations and pack and equip accordingly. Everything inside, nothing superfluous, everything must have at least two uses.

The Remoska is our oven and gets used at home too. The Duvalays on our beds get used at home at times. The used teabags in the van get dried and used at home. Actually I made that last one up.
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Post by kaspian Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:24 pm

Retained our  Avtex from our previous van to put in new one  . Handy as it has built in sat  dvd and 12v supply.  Easier with 12v supply rather than 240v plus inverter . Picture quality to be honest is  so so as particular problem with producing  realistic flesh tones on broadcasts such as breakfast news type settings. Our previous supermarket cheapy had a picture quality 10 times better at a quarter of the price and it still works years later.   Have seen this on other Avtex tvs so may be common or model specific. Has been reliable but doesn't get used much.   Is it worth 3 times the cost  of a Cello? I doubt it!
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Post by Paulmold Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:36 pm

We have an Avtex, only because we won it. Otherwise we would never spent that amount of money. We used to have a really cheap Alba from Argos, it was exceptionally light and gave good picture quality. The only thing I would say the Avtex is better at is the viewing angle, the Alba needed both of us to view it fairly straight on whereas the Avtex is viewable with us sitting on separate sofas without the picture turning 'negative'. Another brand with a good report (from my sister) is Finlux.

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Post by Neil & Jo Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:58 pm

Cheers all for your thoughts and comments. I'm not a newbie to the motorhome scene, just this forum. Had a euromobile 580 on a t4 chassis lhd for about 8 years , sold it about 18 months  ago. Only sold it due to the D.I.V.O.R.C.E ( big Billy Connolly fan ).
Jo and I get our new MH in two weeks time, hopefully in time for an Easter outing.
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Post by RML Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:49 pm

We watch all TV using an Amazon Firestick tethered to our phones and for this the TV needs to have an HDMI port. The van aerial is now redundant.
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