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Old 10-08-2009, 12:36 AM   #15
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Can you bless us with a picture of the "open" area (gutted front end)? It might be interesting to figure out a reduced size installation, since most of my cabinets are airspace anyway. I'm interested in seeing what is remaining after you removed the cabinets.

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Old 10-11-2009, 07:24 PM   #16
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Sorry it took so long. I guess I didn't receive an email notification.

As I was saying earlier, the entire front of my coach is designed the way it is because of the depth of the old TV. Even the center console is there so you don't walk into the TV.

In the picture looking forward you can see the two (it's actually one) pieces of plywood which is the back of the cabinets. I've contemplated removing it, but it is structural to the front of the coach, although I could replace it with something smaller but stronger.

Actually, I will end up cutting it so it isn't so tall. I will shorten it so you can see out the windshield better.

I included the "side" picture so you can tell how much space is gained.

I'm toying with some LCD ideas but not sure where I'm going to go with it yet. Seeing how much space I've gained, I really don't want to put a TV back in that will obstruct the view like the old TV did. I'll keep everyone updated. Thanks!

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Old 10-11-2009, 09:18 PM   #17
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Wow, what a rat’s nest of wiring. I have contemplated taking the metal support on the bottom of the TV and put foam around it so the TV does not rattle so much, but after looking at all that wiring, maybe I will push the foam in around the TV instead. I don’t want something dropping down and then having to figure out where it went and how it went. Nice pictures however, hope you labeled everything so you know what goes where.

I did however one time open up the PS side cabinet, in my coach, that is where the Front Satellite receiver, an A/B switch, and something else (cannot remember what). So I had to take the doors off, then unscrew the front panel cover, and it was a rats nest in their too. I fixed the receiver so it would quit coming out of its hole, and put it all back together. Nothing labeled, and not guide to what all that was. And again, half of the wood screws were stripped out; I put several pieces of tooth pick (wooden matches work as well) in each hole to make them good again. If I had wanted to wait, I would have used some plastic wood, but we were going to leave the next day and I did not have any anyway.

I did find out I don't have a VCR acting as the tuner for the TV like some coaches have.
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I did label the wires. It is a rats nest of wires, but it really isn't too complicated. The wiring is the least of my worries...

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Old 10-12-2009, 09:27 AM   #19
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I have contemplated taking the metal support on the bottom of the TV and put foam around it so the TV does not rattle so much, but after looking at all that wiring, maybe I will push the foam in around the TV instead.
Your rattle is probably the wiring hitting the metal cover. You can probably push your foam in thru the rectangular hole in the bottom and stop it. During one of the many times I have had the cover off, I secured the wiring with electrical ties. The cover on our 2006 is secured with screws installed into the edge of plywood which does not hold very well. We added some long sheet metal screws in the middle that go up into metal structure since our cover fell off when we hit a bump about the 3rd day we had the coach.
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:47 PM   #20
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Basil, good to hear from you.
Hmmm, I never thought it would be the wiring. I have to fix the HH exhaust bracket still and some other little things, so I will add this to my list of things to do. I go through the coach about once a month and tighten screws, that metal shield being one I also check. I put foam between the center speaker (Doubly 5.1 System) and that stopped it from rattling. I can see the TV vibrate, so something in there is makeing a sound, wiring it could be.

Hope you are having fun with the circuis.
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