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Old 08-20-2019, 05:03 AM   #1
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Outdoor TV Mod for Bay Star (Part 1)

The wife wanted an outdoor TV but our 2014 Bay Star did not have one factory installed. After moving the TV outside and sitting it in the compartment a couple of times I quickly realized this was not fun. I began researching mounts but could not find one to protect the TV while it was not in use and I did not want to lose the ability to store things in the compartment. So, I came up with my own design that would allow the TV to be stored flat in a box and then raise up on lift arms when being used. Access to the rear connections had to be addressed so I added slots on the rear panel for ventilation and to also reduce weight. After lots of thought and measurements I began the build. Like any good project there were numerous adjustments along the way. Stay tuned for more progress!!
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:22 AM   #2
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Im looking at the same, so Im following your project
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Old 08-21-2019, 05:03 AM   #3
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Outside TV Mod for Bay Star (Part 2)

I elected to paint the cabinet to match the other accessories in the compartment. I edge banded the case to give it a finished look. Two 10" lift supports were installed and I bolted the base to the bottom of the compartment using SS hurricane bolts with wingnuts and rubber washers on the bottom to seal it. I also installed rubber bump stops and felt pads at all points of contact to prevent vibrations and rattles.
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Old 08-21-2019, 05:10 AM   #4
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Outdoor TV Mod for Bay Star (Part 3)

Finished and installed. Built a lid to cover the box when it is in a stored position. This also allows me to put things in the compartment and not lose to much space. The lid is carpeted on both sides and has a piece of foam on the inside to protect the screen. I also installed felt on the lid so it does not damage the face of the cabinet while traveling. On the sides of the lid I installed screen door hooks to keep it in place. All that is left is to secure the power cord and cable and it will be ready to go!!
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That is a great job; it looks really good. Now to rain on your parade, sorry.


Most all TVs I've seen have airflow requirements around the back and sides. You want to look into adding USB powered fans to the back of your case.
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Great work, I can appreciate the craftsmanship that went into this project. Looks great
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Old 08-21-2019, 06:39 AM   #7
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That is a great job; it looks really good. Now to rain on your parade, sorry.


Most all TVs I've seen have airflow requirements around the back and sides. You want to look into adding USB powered fans to the back of your case.
No rain on this parade! I have an umbrella... look at the top pics... openings in the rear, space around the tv, and spacers behind it. No less airflow than the one mounted in the bedroom of the coach!
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:58 AM   #8
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Like Stuart said, unless you've tried to build something like this, you don't realize the craftsmanship it takes to not only design, but bring to life such a nice finished product. The carpeting gives it a seamless fit into the bay (factory look).
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No rain on this parade! I have an umbrella... look at the top pics... openings in the rear, space around the tv, and spacers behind it. No less airflow than the one mounted in the bedroom of the coach!
I still think a fan would be a good idea. This is from the Samsung 43" 4k RU7100 manual


When you install your TV, maintain a distance of at least 10 cm between the TV and other objects (walls, cabinet sides, etc.) to ensure proper ventilation. Failing to maintain proper ventilation may result in a fire or a problem with the product caused by an increase in its internal temperature
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I still think a fan would be a good idea. This is from the Samsung 43" 4k RU7100 manual


When you install your TV, maintain a distance of at least 10 cm between the TV and other objects (walls, cabinet sides, etc.) to ensure proper ventilation. Failing to maintain proper ventilation may result in a fire or a problem with the product caused by an increase in its internal temperature
Thanks for your input. However, I checked the manual from my cabinet mod and this is what it recommended:

Please note sufficient space around the TV has been provided through openings in the back of the cabinet, side clearance allowance, and spacers. As such, our cabinet does not require a fan for ventilation as may be suggested by the manufacturers opinion in certain Samsung manuals.

As a side note, I did not install a Samsung television.
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Thanks for your input. However, I checked the manual from my cabinet mod and this is what it recommended:

Please note sufficient space around the TV has been provided through openings in the back of the cabinet, side clearance allowance, and spacers. As such, our cabinet does not require a fan for ventilation as may be suggested by the manufacturers opinion in certain Samsung manuals.

As a side note, I did not install a Samsung television.

Enjoy!


For others who may be reading this. I have 22 years of experience working for a major electronics manufacture. Heat shortens the useful life of electronics.



I use temp controlled fans in my electronic cabinets that very fan speed. Kicking in on low speed at 85 degrees and alarming at 110 degrees if high cannot keep it cool.




FYI: Sony says 4" or more of clearance around their 49" 4k LCD with temps not to exceed 104 degrees.
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No project is complete without somewhere to store the remote... and for those concerned I did provide adequate ventilation!! all in good fun!
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