Removal of sliding TV base

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  1. paul18

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    Hi, we are newcomers to Motor homing and have bought an Ace Modena with a fixed bed. We have decided to use the TV cabinet for a microwave (as you cant see the TV from the cab side anyway), but try as I might, I cannot remove the sliding base assembly that a TV is supposed to sit on. It appears to be screwed by a line of screws each side (8 or 10) but having removed them, there is no give at all. I dont want to try to hard to remove it in case I am missing something and do some damage, or maybe its glued in place as well? Can anyone help please?
     
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    The screws should be in the runners and once removed it should lift out.

    Mine had 2 screws each side so yours sounds a bit over secured and may well be glued........Belt and braces.

    If it is you may cause some damage to the cabinet base.
     
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    If you can get the microwave in without removing the sliding base, why not secure the microwave to it then it will allow you to pull it out a bit if you want so that the cupboard doesn't get hot and/or allow access to the rear of the cupboard where the sockets are.
     
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    I'd be very wary of fitting a micro-wave in a cupboard designed for the weight of a TV ..

    if you go ahead, ensure it is well bolted in.. or remove when traveling..

    in the event of an accident or emergency stop.. several kilograms of cooker flying through the air will do serious damage..

    also, as mentioned, they require ventilation , fire risk.
     
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    As the cupboard would have been designed for an old style TV it will have been made to take quite a weight so other than making sure it is secured well, I wouldn't be concerned.
     
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    Hear what you are saying about weight, but the TV base looks like its designed for non flat screen tv anyway (so would weigh about thesame I`d guess)
     
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    that may well be the case, but I thought it worth pointing out.. .. a micro weighs in at around 12kg.. a lot more than a 12 - 14 in CRT TV .. and produces a fair amount of heat
     
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    Minx, you are right. I`ll secure a piece of wood to the slide to act as a base for the MW, and then secure it to that, the model I have found is 9kg, which should be ok.
     
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    Caravans have fixed MWs which seem to have no ventilation at all with no problems
     
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    The one fitted in my USRV had a vent in the cupboard to the outside of the van .. can't comment on UK caravans.. or how they ventilate theirs.

    no matter.. the microwave you have chosen should give guidelines as to minimum required spacing..

    the oven itself gives off little heat.. most of the heat is generated by the cooking food.. the steam has to get out somewhere.. . just ensure there is adequate venting space at the sides and back..
     
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    Thanks for all your advices guys. Nice to know the forum is so friendly and helpful
     
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    Hey-up Paul, didn't realise you were a newby ... welcome to the 'fun' house! :welc:

    Make sure the ventilation requirements are met and I'd be inclined to line the cupboard with something just to protect it from any moisture that gets out through the vents at the sides and top and also from when you open the MW door.
     
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