There is nothing quite like the feeling of hitting the road. Escaping daily stresses like traffic, bills, shopping centres, work and the household chores is truly liberating. Yet, something can be said for taking a touch of luxury with you on the road; and we believe in the simple pleasure of kicking back in style to enjoy catching up on your favourite TV shows and movies while on your road trip.
It’s not as simple as grabbing your TV from home and lugging it along for the ride. In fact, there are a number of features to look for when selecting and installing a TV for your caravan, camper, motor home or boat.
Ensure that your TV uses 12 Volt DC input. A 12 Volt input will allow you to power your TV by plugging it directly into any cigarette lighter, using a 12 Volt Cigarette Lighter Adaptor. This feature is particularly important in mobile vehicles/tourers as it allows you to power the television by battery.
It is important to ensure that the television you choose is a lightweight model. Not only does this mean less backache when it comes to moving it around but it will ensure that your vehicle runs efficiently and with minimum energy consumption.
Anyone who has been caravanning or boating will know that a secure vehicle is a good vehicle. There is nothing worse than worrying about your equipment and belongings flying about. An insecure load is an accident waiting to happen; potentially causing damage to your equipment, vehicle and fellow travellers.
Televisions should be secured as a permanent fixture to prevent damage to it and others. Therefore, it is important when selecting your television to ensure that it can be bolted down and/or wall mounted easily. Many good televisions come with wall mounting options using the VESA standard pattern (VESA).
The Added Extras
To get the most luxury out of your television, some other key features to keep an eye out for include:
- A Tiltable TV stand- whether your television is mounted high in a corner of a room or tucked low and out of the way, a stand that can me tilted will ensure an optimal viewing experience.
- USB Recording function- a connected USB drive can be used for recording, playback and time-shifting of your favourite tv programs
- Built in DVD Player- space saving and convenient, a built in DVD player can bring to life all your favourite films and shows without the extra bulk or chords.
- Shake Proof features- Helps to prevent your DVD player from being bounced about while on the road, keeping your DVD in alignment.
TECO has a range of TV models that are specifically designed for the Caravan/Motor Home market. TECO will also be adding to their range with the new LED models (with shake proof DVD player, USB Recording Functions DTV & Media Playback, and 12 Volt Cigarette Lighter Adaptor). These new models will hit Australian shelves in early 2011. To learn more about the TECO products or to view the range, click here.