Best 12-Volt TV For RVs in 2020
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Even when camping, many RVers enjoy watching their favorite show.
A 12-volt television allows you to catch a show while not having to rely on 120-volt power to bring the picture to life.
What RV TV should you choose?
What 12-volt television is going to give you the best bang for the buck?
Read on for the best 12-volt TV reviews available online.
If you have questions about what you should be looking for in a 12-volt television, read our Guide to RV Televisions to find the answers.
Guide To RV Televisions
What is so special about RV TVs?
Do you really need to spend a lot of money on a 12-volt TV made specifically for RVs?
Read our Guide to RV TVs to learn what you need to know before you buy a new television for your rig.
12-Volt RV Television Reviews
We chose Supersonic as our overall best 12-volt TV brand.
They offer the best availability for a wide variety of screen sizes and have comparable (if not better) consumer ratings than the competition.
Here are our reviews for which brands of 12-volt TVs are best overall.
12-Volt RV TVs Compared
Best 12-Volt TV
Supersonic 12v LCD TVs
When it comes to a 12-volt TV for RVs, the Supersonic 12-volt TV line is an affordable way to go.
They offer RV compatibility right out of the box with their 12-volt 'cigarette' lighter style power adapter (all but 22" TV) that plugs into an available 12-volt outlet.
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Supersonic 12-volt LED-backlit LCD TVs are affordable, with the largest (24-inch) being available for well under $200.
They all include the inputs that you would expect-HDMI, USB, RF, Coax, etc.
They all have VESA mounts so these 12-volt flat-screen TVs can be wall mounted.
They all include both a traditional 120-volt outlet power cord as well as a 12-volt outlet power cord (22-inch TV doesn't include 12-volt cord, but you can buy one separately).
The Supersonic 12-volt LCD TVs come in 5 screen sizes.
13", 15", 19", 22" and 24".
All sizes include HDTV at 1080p resolution.
If you want a larger screen in a 12-volt camper TV, you have to go with a Jensen TV.
Unfortunately, Jensen TVs are very expensive for what you get.
These are pretty affordable 12-volt LCD flat-screen TVs are not what one would consider the top of the line televisions.
But when it comes to what is available for RV televisions, the Supersonic line of 12-volt TVs is comparable to other brands available.
In other words, when it comes to 12-volt televisions, there is no such thing as blow you away picture and sound quality.
While Supersonic 12-volt televisions get overall very favorable consumer reviews, there are a few reoccurring themes that pop up.
These include poor sound quality, low volume levels (even at full volume) and narrow picture viewing angles.
The sound quality/level issue can be fixed by plugging in external speakers, which can be had for cheap if sound quality turns out to be an issue.
The narrow viewing angle may be confined to only the 13 and 15-inch 12 volt televisions, as they have a MUCH narrower viewing angle than the larger screen versions.
The 13 and 15-inch have a 90º horizontal and 50º vertical viewing angle.
The larger screen sizes have a 170º horizontal and 160º vertical viewing angle.
If this is a concern, go with a bigger screen.
Supersonic also offers 12 volt TV/DVD Combos in the same screen sizes (using the same basic TV, so all the specs are the same).
If you are looking for a DVD player and don't want to take up any more valuable space in your RV, you can try a combo version.
Supersonic 12-volt TV Features and Specs:
- LED-Backlit LCD Screen
- Available in 5 screen sizes - 13", 15", 19", 22" and 24"
- Dual TV tuners
- Built-In Speakers
- Digital Noise Reduction
- HDTV Resolutions: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 720i, 480p, 480i
- Color Capacity: 16.7 million colors (13 and 15": 262,000 colors)
- Viewing Angle: 170º Horizontal, 160º Vertical (13 and 15": 90º H and 50º V)
- Input Terminals: HDMI, RF, USB, PC Audio, CVBS & Audio L/R (USB is for photos and music only - won't play videos/movies)
- Output Terminals: Headphones & Coaxial Out
- 4 Picture and 4 Sound Modes
- Separate Bass, Treble and Balance Controls
- Sleep Timer
- Multi-Language Support on Screen
- VESA Wall Mount Compatible
- Full Function Remote Control
- 12-volt (DC) and 120-volt (AC) Power Adapters
Best 12-Volt TV/ DVD Combo
Supersonic 12v TVs with DVD
Supersonic has a full line of 12-volt TVs with a DVD player built- in.
The advantage of going with a 12-volt TV/DVD combo is that you get the benefit of having a DVD player without one taking any extra space in your RV.
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The Supersonic 12-volt TV/DVD combo models come in the following screen sizes: 13", 15", 19", 22" and 24".
These are the same screen sizes of the non-DVD Supersonic 12 volt TV models reviewed above (in fact the actual TV screen is identical).
Is Blu-ray Available?
The Supersonic 12-volt TV/DVD combo models DO NOT have a Blu-ray player.
These are purely standard definition DVD players.
The Supersonic 12v TV/DVD combos have the same specifications (same basic flat screen LED-backlit LCD HDTV) as the Supersonic 12-volt TVs reviewed above.
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However, they also have the following additional features and specifications.
Supersonic 12-Volt TV/DVD Combo Features and Specs:
- Available in 5 screen sizes: 13", 15", 19", 22" and 24"
- Built-In DVD Player
- Format Compatibility: DVD, CD, CDR, CDRW, DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, VCD, SVCD
- Built-In SD Card Slot
Best Made for RV TVs
Jensen 12-Volt RV TVs
Jensen 12-volt RV TVs are fairly common in the RV world since it is the go-to brand for motorhome, travel trailer, 5th wheel, and toy hauler RV manufacturers.
Jensen is the only manufacturer of 'true' RV televisions.
And you are going to pay a lot for the 'pleasure' of having a Jensen RV TV in your rig.
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Jensen 12v RV TVs are available in the following screen sizes:
The 19" TV is a TV/DVD combo with a built-in, DVD (not a Blu-ray) player.
If you want a true 12-volt RV TV, you have only one choice - Jensen.
When it comes to RV flat-screen TVs, Jensen is the only manufacturer who states they make their TVs for the 'harsh' environments of RV use.
Of course, they have some skin in the game, so they want to make it seem like you HAVE to purchase their brand of 12-volt RV TVs.
(Otherwise 'the world will end or your TV will fail the first time you hit the road'.)
But let's think about this for a minute.
Do you need to spend the big bucks on a Jensen RV TV?
We think not. Why?
Because they are substantially more money than our top rated 12-volt TVs.
You don't necessarily get a better product from a picture and sound quality standpoint.
Most likely you will be better off with one of our top-rated 12-volt TVs, which will perform just fine in your rig.
I (Marshall) have a 24-inch Jensen RV TV in my Lance Travel Trailer.
It came installed from the factory and does just fine.
Its sound and picture quality are both acceptable.
Not the best out there, but it gets the job done.
But it also costs a lot of money!
Had I known, I would have purchased a cheaper unit and installed it myself.
Jensen Manufacturer's Video
Consumers have complained that the sound quality is iffy with a Jensen 12-volt camper TV (mine runs through the RV's stereo system so I don't use the TV's speakers).
Also, the viewing angle is a point of contention and is definitely much less than Supersonic 12-volt TVs offer.
I (Marshall) don't have this complaint about my Jensen RV TV, but I have a swiveling and tilting TV mount so I can angle it just so and pretty much look straight on.
At angles, especially vertically, the picture noticeably degrades quickly.
Why would you buy a Jensen RV TV?
Only if you must have a larger 12-volt TV (the Supersonic TVs only go up to 24 inches).
Or if you absolutely need the ruggedized chassis and components offered in a Jensen.
Or you really just have money to burn.
Otherwise, go with a Supersonic 12-volt TV, which you can pretty much buy two of for the price of one Jensen.
Jensen RV TV Features and Specs:
- LED-Backlit LCD Screen
- Metal TV cabinet reinforced for vibration
- Components tested to withstand vibration and harsh environments
- TV Tuner
- Built-In Speakers
- HDTV Resolutions: 1080p, 720p, 480p
- Color Capacity: 16.7 million colors
- Viewing Angle: 89º Horizontal, 89º Vertical
- Input Terminals: HDMI, RF, USB, Component Video, S-Video, RCA
- Output Terminals: PC Audio, RCA
- Full Function Remote Control
RV TV Wall Mount Bracket (VESA)
If you install a 12-volt RV TV where there wasn't one before, consider getting a VESA mount with an articulating arm.
The articulating arm will also allow you to adjust the angle of the TV for best viewing, such as when you are in bed watching.
Below are pictures of Marshall's Jensen RV TV mounted on an articulating VESA arm.
This installation was done at the Lance factory.
The arm locks against the wall when I am moving, so the TV doesn't flop around.
The above Master Mount RV TV VESA has a locking arm suitable for TV storage when your RV is in motion.
The Master Mount VESA TV mount comes in a different arm lengths. We show the 14.5" and 25" extension here. Marshall has the 25" extension in his trailer.
The distance you need the mount to 'reach around' a corner (if you need it to at all) will determine the length you need.
Model 2311L - 14.5" Extension
Model 404L - 25" Extension
If you are in the market for a 12-volt RV TV, you don't have to get one specifically made for RVs.
Consumers (as well as RV manufacturers) have been putting regular brand televisions in RVs for decades without issue.
The key is to get what you are comfortable with and one that works for your RVing lifestyle.
Always make sure you have the room to mount it in your RV and that it is securely mounted.
It's that easy.
Read our Guide to RV Televisions to learn more about what to look for in a TV for your rig.
Now on your lazy days or your rainy days, enjoy that 12-volt TV in your RV.
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Kelly Beasley is co-founder of Camp Addict and loves sharing her enthusiasm for the RVing lifestyle. As a full-time RVer since May 2015, Kelly's playful writing style helps make learning about the sometimes dull subject of RV products a bit more interesting.
Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing since April 2014, Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle.