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Old 03-31-2015, 04:57 PM   #15
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As promised here is the summary of the project. I hope it helps anyone that is contemplating installing a TV in this compartment in the Newmar DP rigs.

To start you will need to take the left side lift off of the door and remove the bracket it attaches too on the compartment wall. After I pulled the peg board out this is what you will see. Freshwater tank on the bottom and Gray water tank upper left and Black water tank upper right. There will be 2 wood blocks screwed into the floor up against the freshwater tank. Remove those blocks and check all of the wiring and tape (metal) for the tank sensor sending units. You might need to purchase a roll of 3M metal tape and some contact cement. This is what you'll need to dress up any issues the sensors.

To start with I decided to install the largest TV that I could fit into the compartment so that is the reason I didn't install a radio and speakers. If your buying one specifically for this use my suggestion is to stick with Samsung. Their's are the thinnest of all the LED TVs. There really isn't that much room, depth wise, in this compartment. Only about 6" from the fresh water tank to the compartment lip at the door.
I purchased a quarter sheet (that's all you'll need) of 1/2" plywood at home depot, a 1"X2" piece of maple hardwood and a 1"X1"X1/8" piece of aluminum angle.

As you can see in the pics below I used the 1"X2" and stood it on end and screwed it to the floor(this is what replaces the original 2"X2" blocks). This will give you a net gain of 3/4" of an inch in depth. Don't throw away the 2"X2"s, you'll need to used it as backing on the lower righthand corner.

Before you take the aluminum angles off of the peg board, with a sharpie, mark where the edges of the board are on the right and left angle. This is a very important step, don't by pass it. Also mark all 4 side angles RT, LF, Top and Btm.

Now unscrew the metal angles from the peg board and carefully remove the felt backing that was on the back of it if you want to reuse it. The peg board will be your template for cuttinn and fitting the plywood. Once cut take the left and right angles and lay them up on your plywood, making sure you line the plywood up with the marks you made before taking them off the plywood. Now screw them on to the new back board. Next now with the top angle you are not going to use the original piece. This is where the 1"X1"X1/8" angle you purchased is going to go. Being thicker it will keep the 1/2" plywood from warping or bowing. Use the old angle as your template and drill new holes in your top piece. After you have that all together make sure it fits in the compartment and adjust as necessary.

Now your ready to fit the TV mount. I purchased mine on Amazon, after much researching, a Universal Cantilever Mount made by SolidMounts.com. I purchased the LAD-400. It has a 21" extension from the wall, is only 1.69" when folded up tight against the wall and has a max cap. of 86 lbs.
Take you time here and do the math. It will be worth it in the end. Don't center the mount, center the TV on the back board.

In one of the pics you will see button headed bolts with nylon nuts. I used them to attach the TV mount to the back board. That way there was nothing sticking out to damage the tanks or the sensor wiring.
Since this is part of the wet bay I waterproofed all of the wood with Thomson's water seal.

Next on the install is to cut the holes for your cable attachments and for installing an electrical plug. As you can see it's straight forward and can only go on the right lower side. I ran electrical wire and coax from the basement to the right. There is an electrical box and coax connection conveniently located on that right wall and a hole were all the coax connections go through.

I purchased low voltage cut in boxes for the electrical plug and the cable connectors. They are designed for old work. They have no back to them but look just like a regular electrical box in the wall. You will find them at Home Depot or Lowe's.

Now I glued the felt on with spray adhesive to the new back board. If you want a tight fit put it between the side angles and the plywood. Install it in the bay. Now use the bottom angle to attach the plywood to the bottom. Makeup your electrical and coax connections. Install any components that you had to remove, in my bay I had the Awning controller, an electrical juction box for my tank heaters and those 10 relays that you see up in the right hand corner(if anyone knows what they're for please let me know)and install your TV. Sit back and open up your favorite adult beverage and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.


If anyone has any questions you're more than welcome to PM me. I also plan on gluing a piece of foam to the door and making a felt cover for the TV to protect it in transit.
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Old 03-31-2015, 05:01 PM   #16
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Here's those relays up close "007" and Gary.
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Here is the other upgrades I've done for the TVs in my coach. The 40" LED in the Salon replaced the factory 26" LCD. Just took out the frame that was around it. Spent endless hours measuring TVs till I got one that would fit.
Took out the big CRT and cabinet in the bedroom. There was conveniently aluminum studs to attach an aluminum plate to and install wall mount. Installed a 28" LED TV. Went to a Granite shop and found a remnant to match the counter. Paid to have it cut to size and glued it down to a sub top of plywood. Total cost less TVs was a little less than $100.00.

Next year I'm going to work on getting the Satellite system upgraded so I can get HDTV. Trying to slowly bring the coach into the 21st century.
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Very nice fits in right with the kitchen cabinets, you have LCD's all over the place.
Lets make some popcorn.
I have no clue what those relays are is their any writing on the bottom top of them.
Here is a wiring diagram for 2006 have to look in there.
Page 20 there is a whole bank of relays in the diagram bet that's the nest strip you have.
They look important.
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Originally Posted by 007";2490312]Very nice fits in right with the kitchen cabinets, you have LCD's all over the place. :dance:
Lets make some popcorn. :popcorn:
I have no clue what those relays are is their any writing on the bottom top of them.
Here is a [B][URL="https://comnet2.newmarcorp.com/instance1Env99NEWMAR/html/images/elect12v.pdf
wiring diagram[/URL][/B] for 2006 have to look in there.
Page 20 there is a whole bank of relays in the diagram bet that's the nest strip you have.
They look important.
Thanks for the info "007". Yes they are the slideout relay switches. Made a copy and put it in with my owners manual.
You know you can't have too much knowledge when you own a Motorhome and a large boat. Things always break or quit at the most inopportune times and being able to isolate the issue accurately and quickly is a great advantage. But I'm an old engineer/gear head and a stickler for that stuff.
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Bedroom and salon TV before upgrade:
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Friends of ours bought a '07 Essex, he took his storage bay TV out and converted it to storage.
In my 55+ years of RV'ing I've never felt the need for an outside TV but to each their own. We have an area that I could put one in and the AV speakers are already in as are all the connections. Not even sure we'll ever use the speakers, I just like the quiet and a campfire!
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Well Mr. D. it's like this, the DW always love to go to the Drive Inn Movies when she was young. She wanted it I guess to watch old movies under the stars. I'm an old race car crew chief (asphalt & dirt) and on nice days I like to sit outside and watch the Nascar Good old boys do their thing on the track. Takes me back to those Saturday night and Sunday afternoons at the track I guess (without all the work). And once in a while there's a big game on and it's fun to have people over to watch and don't have to worry about making a mess inside of the motorhome. And besides, what's better than being outside somewhere on the Left Coast. So I guess that's my reasoning and I had an extra TV and time on my hands plus that cabinet is so small it's worthless for anything else.
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Hi DD788Snipe,
Absolutely excellent job with the TVs. Thanks for the pictures. The bedroom TV is a good idea. I may copy what you did. The salon TV maybe not so. Glad the design worked for you. My wife has every cabinet stuffed and I would need to talk her into giving up some storage space. Based on history this isn't going to happen.
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Well said Craig couldn't have said it better, to each his own.
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Hi DD788Snipe,
Absolutely excellent job with the TVs. Thanks for the pictures. The bedroom TV is a good idea. I may copy what you did. The salon TV maybe not so. Glad the design worked for you. My wife has every cabinet stuffed and I would need to talk her into giving up some storage space. Based on history this isn't going to happen.
It would be a major undertaking Gary to do that with the salon TV. I was fortunate. My rig has the theater seating and the factory installed a 26" TV in that hole so it was just a matter of removing the framing around the hole and finding the right size TV to fit.
The bedroom TV was a piece of cake. Had to buy a piece of 1/8" aluminum for the the square hole and a flat screen mount. Total cost of around $50.00. Beware, Newmar loves screws so they're a lot of them. Any questions just PM me.
Thanks for the kuddos.
Don't blame the wife one bit.
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Well said Craig couldn't have said it better, to each his own.
And exactly what I said too. Guess you guys missed it.
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