Question: Are the TVs used in motor homes different from home TVs, or are they just hooked up differently. Any other information you want to share would be appreciated.
Answer: The simple answer is yes and no. Yes because most home TVs will work in an RV and no, because some are not as well suited for the job as others. There is also the question as to what type of power is available to run the TV: 120 Volt or 12 Volt.
Most modern motorhomes will have 120 Volt outlets that use the power available when plugged into shore power or when using your generator or inverter. If your RV does not have 120 Volt outlets then you will need a 12-Volt TV that will run off your batteries or your converter when plugged into shore power . Both types of TV (12-Volt or 120Volt) must also connected to an antenna of some type (regular antenna, satellite, cable, etc) .
Among the 120 Volt TVs, my preference is as follows: LED TVs, LCD TVs, old-fashioned CRT TVs, and lastly Plasma TVs. When used in an RV, the 120 Volt TV is plugged into a 120Volt outlet and connected to an antenna just as you would do in your house.
My preference is for an LED TV because I do some boondocking and like the idea of a very energy efficient TV with a great picture. My second preference is the LCD TV since it is also energy efficient compared to a CRT TV, just not as efficient as an LED TV. My third choice is the old-fashioned CRT TV, I have had one in operation in my RV for over 9 years and it is still going strong. The last choice would be a Plasma TV.
Unless something has changed recently they are not energy efficient and do not like to be jostled. However, Plasma TVs are generally more cost effective, have great picture quality and fantastic refresh rates when compared to LED or LCD TVs.
Note: Jensen, a manufacturer of TV has, a specially reinforced TV “built strong for RV use.” I have no experience with Jensen products but I like the fact that they reinforce the TV chassis and have done something to help prevent condensation damage. However, when I looked at the specs I am not impressed.
My feeling is that you should pick a TV that offers all the features you want/need. By the way, Jensen also manufactures an LCD 12Volt/120 Volt TV that works with either voltage. There are other TV manufacturers like QuantumFX, Supersonic, Nexa, and iSymphony that manufacture dual voltage LED or LCD TVs.
Happy viewing. Other comments and opinions welcome.