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hugonian1

12 volt fish house TV

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I am interested in purchasing a flat screen for my retractable wheel fish house. Any recomendations on what has worked well for others would be appreciated. Do they hold up well to the rough ride, cold weather etc? Thanks for your help.

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I purchased a tube style tv for my fishouse 5 years ago. The advice I'd give is to make sure your power inverter can handle the draw on startup, and use a vented heater to keep condensation to a minimum.

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You might want to study it a little bit more but I don't think you can use any LCD or Plasma TV in freezing temperatures.

Tube TV might be the only option.

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I have a Sylvania Model SSC509D. Its a 9" Flat screen w/ DVD. Taken it 5 years ice fishing and haul it around camping in the summer too. Never take it out of the ice house when I fish, it stays strapped in the whole season. Never had a problem yet.

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Aren't most depth finders LCD?c63

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I run a LCD in my fish house but I let it get to room temperature to let the condensation dry before I fire it up. Works great and uses a lot less power than a CRT television which can be a concern to those staying out in the house for long durations and depend on a battery for lights, etc.

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Thanks for the information all.

A lot of the decked out houses at the ice show had flat screens in them. I currently have a small tube unit with a built in vcr. We play an occasional movie and also output the underwater camera to the screen. The tube unit takes up a lot of room and does seem to eat up the power. A flat screen mounted up on the wall looks like a slick idea if it works. Maybe I am thinking about the wrong unit? Are these different than what you would find in a vehicle? I appreciate the input.

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Quote:Are these different than what you would find in a vehicle? I appreciate the input.

hugonian1:

Strange you ask that question as I just ran across something in that thought process yesterday.

Looking for seats for my Tahoe I found a guy who was parting out a 2000 Escalade.

Would not sell me the front seats because he was going to swivel mount them in a fish house he was building.

They matched my color and were leather.

They had the screens in the headrests and another flip down larger ceiling mounted unit that was going under a cabinet towards the leisure area of the house. Not sure if they are like a TV screen as you asked but I'm sure any RV supply place would have the answers and all options available for a nice looking unit. Them rv's are loaded with cool 12v accessories. For that part any van conversion place would be a good bet as well.

LazyDayz on here I remember has a good sized lcd in his Lodge I believe. Might be run off a gen/110 I'm not sure.

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I have a 19" lcd in my house as well it is 110 and I run it off the generater. I bring it in the house when not neded as it is one easy pin to unscrew and use it in my office.

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I recently purchased a 19" LCD that is 12 volt or 110 volt. Check out the LCD's as most have a converter box attatched to the power cord. Also, there is no reason that LCD won't work in the cold. All newer cell phones have LCD screens,vehicle dvd players, and these work just fine in any temperatures. Good luck.

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Where did you get the 12 volt 19" LCD? Also, what brand is it?

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I am interested in this as well! Thanks.

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I don't want to hijack the thread, but on the same subject, those of you that have TV, what do you have for antennas? What kind of reception do you get (miles)? And if I may ask, Where did you get it? I'm getting down to "Crunch Time". Thanks, Phred52

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I picked up an antenna from Radio Shack. It's somewhat big, but fishing around 45-60 miles west of the Cities I needed something that would have good reception. I have to mount it everytime I move the house, but it's not too bad. It's mounted on a 6' metal pole that I atttach pretty quick to the side of the house. The fish house had one of those push-up style antennas but it really didn't do that great of a job. Maybe closer to the metro area it would be fine, but this far out it was pretty poor.

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Phred52

I have a inexpensive pop-up antenna from Fish house supply. Stations come in like cable anywhere around the metro, both VHF and UHF. Mille Lacs only gets one station and Red Lake gets 2 stations. But for $48 and it only takes seconds to set up... its worth it.

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Phred52 - Where do you normally fish? I see you're from New Ulm so you'd want to aim the antenna towards the tower in St. James. It's only about 15-20 miles from New Ulm and that should be close enough to try one of those pop-up style antennas. I'm about 60 from the Cities and that style of antenna doesn't cut it so I had to upsize.

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LMITOUT, I mainly fish the Mankato area, with a couple trips to the Backus area. That's where I have the reception problems. The nearest broadcasts up there (I believe) are out of Bemidji, Alex and I think Duluth. With the ears on the TV, if conditions are right, I can get maybe 2 channels, fuzzy at best. I've been looking for an antenna thats not too big. If you have a model number, that would be great. As far as any mounting goes, that's not an issue. Thanks, Phred52

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In Alex, I remember having a regular crank up antenna on our house and even getting the History channel. Not sure if that's still true for the area, but it ruled when we got it. Alot better than watching Maury or Jerry Springer!

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