Re: small TV vs LCD monitor
Thanks Jamie, I actually have two flip-down monitors, but I don't have any room for them anymore. The space where one was behind the front seats is now a hole, and it wouldn't really work to mount one 16" up on the new fiberglass roof. I think I just found the best of both worlds. I've got a 17" monitor on Craigslist found for $30, which has the VESA wall mount holes. I'm going to try this and will report back for others.
As for power consumption, my inverter is always running, and watching a movie will probably be just for when the van is moving, or a luxury we enjoy only when at a site with a hook-up. The monitor uses something like 30 watts vs 20 on a comparable TV. Also, it weighs 8 lbs. vs 7 on the TV I was looking at, no problem for a modern wall mount. I'm much more comfortable throwing less than $50 at this experiment than 2 or 3 times that amount.
Currently vanless. Weird.