Replacing the TV

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  1. Jim

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    I want to change my large TVs for some lighter flat screen models. What is the best way of doing this? How have you done it?
     
  2. Terry

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    Hi Jim this may help
    SIMPLE GUIDE TO 12 VOLT LCD TV FOR MOTORHOMES
    LOTS OF TVS WORK OFF 12V---ASDA, TESCO, COMET, CURRYS ETC.
    MAKE SURE IT SAYS 12V ON THE BACK
    MAKE SURE IT HAS A PLUG TYPE AS IN PICTURE not four pin etc,


    THESE PLUGS ARE READYLY AVILABABLE OFF GAMES CONSOLES ETC,
    YOU CAN USE YOUR 240 LEAD ON HOOKUP OR MAKE UP A LEAD FOR 12V VIA CIG LIGHTER OR CROC CLIPS (PORTECT WITH IN LINE FUSE)
    OR WIRE TO YOUR ARIEL PLUG

    IDENTIFY POSS AND NEG THEN MAKE UP YOUR LEAD
    IF YOU WANT TO YOU CAN PROTECT WITH A VOLTAGE STABILIZER
    OR AS IN MY CASE JUST WIRED DIRECT TO ARIEL PLUG.
    IF USING VOLTAGE STABILISER YOU MAY FIND THAT IF VOLTAGE DROPS TO 11.5V IT WILL NOT WORK, BUT IF NONE USED YOUR TV MAY WORK AS LOW AS 10.5 V (LONGER)
    AS VOLTAGE DROPS THE PICTURE WILL GO OFF BUT STILL HAVE SOUND, SO PLENTY OF WARNING TO CHARGE YOUR BATTERY BEFORE ANY DAMAGE OCURS.
     

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    Hi Jim how do I get email to replys?
    terry
     
  4. Keith and Debs

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    Hi Jim

    All depends on how your present Tv's are fitted i guess. Our old CRT TV was moumted in a cabinet in the top front right hand corner of the rv, we just removed the cabinet and fitted an LCD TV on an adjustable wall bracket with mountings (the type that splay out at the back when you tighten them) designed for plasterboard walls. We have covered many thousands of miles since doing it and it has not been a problem does not move unless you move it and the vibration when mobile has not thrown up any problems.

    Keith
     
  5. Jim

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    Mine is centre mounted in a large frame, undo the four screws holding a wooden facie in place and the TV just fall out!

    I was thinking I could put a blanking plate over the hole and then put a flat screen mount on it, just like you would if you mounted it on a wall at home.
     
  6. Lindy-C

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    Probably the best way Jim......finding a flat screen to fit neatly into the hole is a nightmare :Laughing:
     
  7. Terry

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    Hi Jim that sounds a good way -if you cannot find a close mtch to your boards then go for a contrast / so it looks like it was ment to be /not botched
    terry
     
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    We ripped out the TV, added a shelf and a hinged door, and use the space as a huge cupboard for maps, books, etc.

    We didn't want to get sore necks looking up at the TV, and you can't use the best seats in the house (driver's & passenger's) to watch TV from. You can then put a flat screen wherever you like. It will go against the bathroom wall when our slideout is out, or on the dining table with the slide in.

    But since we also didn't want the barrel chair using up space, we skipped it. I've made a wooden TV stand to go where the barrel chair was. This stand doubles as a wine rack & shoe storage - can't afford single purpose items in a motorhome!

    So now we can watch comfortably from the settee or the driver's seat (as well as the dining area).

    Works for us, but we are only two, of course (the dog only likes watching animal programmes).
     
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    Your right Bruce, the two best seats in the house are the two worst when it comes to the TV. Too close and too high. Maybe we need a re think:Cool:
     
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    Mine doubles up as a sat nav:Wink::Laughing::Rofl1:its at present telling me bumpy road ahead:Laughing::Laughing:







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  11. ruffingitsmoothly

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    Hi Jim

    When I picked up my Monaco from Liverpool docks the first thing I did was hit my head on the cabinet housing the TV over the driver!:cry:

    So as I had to repace the TV anyway I removed the afore mentioned cabinet and cut it down to match the rest of the front cabinets albeit slightly deeper. I then bought a 26" Bush flatscreen TV and mounted it slightly leaning forward in the centre using a home made mount fabricated from flat steel sheet just folded and drilled. So no more banging my head and quite a neat job for an amature!:Smile:

    Also I had to leave a 10cm gap above the TV as recomended as they do produce a fair amount of heat!

    Here are some pics.

    Regards Pat
     

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    Hi Jim I looked into this a while ago, all the LCD's seem to be wide screen so fitting one where the existing telly is would stop the cabinet doors either side opening, next idea was to hinge it from the ceiling, but the doors would still hit it as most are about 4" deep at least.

    I think the best Idea is a ceiling mounted projector with a roll up screen mounted at the front, I think thats what duncan's got, and we may look into that this year.

    Olley
     
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    Hi Jim
    I ripped out the 300lb CRT TV from the front top cabinet and replaced it with a 21 inch LCD. I just removed the bezel (4 screws) and fitted a wooden bridging piece across the hole and screwed an LCD wall mount to the timber. This leaves a gap that we use to fit the freeview box out of the way. I then fixed the other half of the mount to the back of the TV and fitted them together, screwing them together with the lock screws of course. We had this arrangement in Rocky and travelled miles with it and no problems. If you get all the bits and pieces and some hard wood I will fit your LCD for you at Newark mate, will only cost you a cuppa :Rofl1:

    Keith
     
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    but, can you still watch vids while driving ??? :Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    I have a similar set-up to Road Runner's. I spent ages looking for a 21" TV that would fit into the consul space and in July 2007 found a flat screen crt with inbuilt DVD that fitted the dimensions for £99. So I bought it at ASDA.

    The problem is that it hasn't got the audio facility to accept sound here in Spain. It has to be dual something or other. So if anyone wants to buy it for half price when I get back to the UK in April..........................hardly used!

    Ian

    Not all bargains do the job:cry::Blush:
     
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    I could well have a use for such a TV Ian and will be happy to releive you of it mate :Laughing::Laughing:
    Do you deliver? :Rofl1:

    Keith
     
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    Only if Sharon is cooking one of her delicious meals:BigGrin:

    After all, Wellingborough isn't that far from Northampton and I must visit my sister!

    Ian
     
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    I was so smart when I bought our Monaco. I did a deal and got £250 knocked off and I'd source the UK spec TV's myself. I wondered why they nearly took my arm off but that was before I found out that american TVs seem to be a unique size! It took 9 months before I found a 23" flatscreen that fitted over the hole. I've mounted the TV on a pivot arm and I'm planning on using the free space for the new RV-PC.
    Incidentally we decided to use an analogue tv and use the coax distribution system already in the van. We moved our Oyster twin from our last RV so we can have Sky to both TVs.

    Pat,
    I'm really impressed with the quality of the modifications you've made. Did you do it yourself?

    Regards
    Doug 'n Bar
     
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    :Cool: They have a different sound choke in the UK from the rest of Europe. :Wink:
     
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    Hi Doug'n Bar

    Yes I did the work my self a mate has a woodwork shop he cut the cabinet down for me on a high speed saw so as not to splinter the edges. I measured the cabinet and was able to use the door from where the tv is now so didn't have to source fresh cherry wood:thumb:

    I had to move the other door across towards the passenger door to accomodate the 26" lcd tv, I wanted to mount the tv up against the ceiling however on reading the tv instructions as they generate a fair bit of heat a10cm gap was recomended.I made a bracket to mout the tv on from a sheet of steel angled down screwed to the wood and was able to bolt the tv onto it reaching in through the cupboard

    The hardest part of the job was removing the tv cabinet in the first place there are so many screws it is unbelievable then of course replacing it. I also replaced the rear tv with a flat screen by making up and hinging a door to the cupboard in which the tv sat and mounting the tv onto that with a store bought bracket and gained another cupboard!:BigGrin:

    Here are some pics the first one is not my RV it's just to show how the original tv looked.

    Regards Pat
     

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