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Old 02-18-2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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03 Dynasty Center TV Console modifications

Previously I had replaced the center large CRT TV with a 32" LED/LCD but had left the original large cabinet. A few weeks ago I decided to cut down the size of the cabinet and make use of the space behind the LED/LCD.

Being a ham radio operator and also wanting a 12vdc computer to use for VMSpc, iTunes, GPS mapping, HDRadio, Tire Pressure monitoring and etc I also wanted to use the space behind the LCD to mount various pieces of equipment.

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Old 02-18-2012, 03:21 PM   #2
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Great looking work & functionality.

Please tell me about the ducting/tubing I see there. My DIP doesn't have any of that. Is the ducting strictly a defrost (type) function?....or is there hot-air removal as well?
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Ducting is defrosters...fresh air, no heat. I just did a 03 Panther last week, same cabinet cut but put a 32" Lg brand fit inside the box. No more head banging for the owner. 10 inches in and four inches higher.

Nice job Ron!!
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Ron, Great carpentry work! What make/model of the 12vDC computer are you using?
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Awesome! Great job! I looked at modding my TV, but quickly realized "WoodWorking Skills" wasn't in my Job-Description or Resume.

A quick question - with all those components inside the cabinet, do you have enough ventilation?
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A quick question - with all those components inside the cabinet, do you have enough ventilation?
Thanks!

The radios do not generate much heat as they are in receive mode 99% of the time and the computer is designed to run in areas that may be hot. The fan moves a lot of air on high speed so I believe the ventilation will be fine, but summer isn't here yet! If I find that more cooling is needed I will put a small vent at the end of the air conditioning duct as it is just it ends just above the cabinet.
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Ron, Great carpentry work! What make/model of the 12vDC computer are you using?
I built the computer from parts that I purchased from a online company... sorry I do not have their URL in this computer. However, http://www.mp3car.com also has all the items you need to build your own.

I started the computer project back in 2010 (RVputer, aka Carputer, Car PC, Car Computer) for a previous coach and moved it to our current coach back in June, then into the modified cabinet a few weeks ago. I still have lots of additions I want to make to the computer system but currently it is doing what I initially set out to do.
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I built the computer from parts that I purchased from a online company... sorry I do not have their URL in this computer. However, http://www.mp3car.com also has all the items you need to build your own.

I started the computer project back in 2010 (RVputer, aka Carputer, Car PC, Car Computer) for a previous coach and moved it to our current coach back in June, then into the modified cabinet a few weeks ago. I still have lots of additions I want to make to the computer system but currently it is doing what I initially set out to do.
Attached a picture of my front TV mod done a few yrs ago. Wow since then I haven't hit my head once! (there... but still do on the outside edge of the slide).

When we're out in CA I always look at all the computer stuff in Fry Electronics... think about building a computer for the dash, then l lazily decide I'll stick with using laptops. I really miss the matte non-glare screens 'though, I had to put a filter on my Toshiba; it helps a bit. I'll check out MP3car website to see what they have.
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Nice work. I was going to shorten up my overhead console but I am not a woodworker, metal yes, but not wood. I admire those that can work in wood. That looks awesome.

Here is a link to my recently converted television in our 2003 Dynasty.

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Nice work. I was going to shorten up my overhead console but I am not a woodworker, metal yes, but not wood. I admire those that can work in wood. That looks awesome.

Here is a link to my recently converted television in our 2003 Dynasty.

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Mike, you did great! If you want the cabinet less "in the way" of the entry you might be able to remove it, get someone with the right woodworking tools to dissassemble it, cut it down, rebore the sides for cabinet screws and reassemble it so it doesn't stick out so far into the path. Hardly any depth is needed behind the LCD.

By the way, were you the person who reinforced the holes in your hitch receiver? I finally found a bushing that could be fitted to the enlarged holes in mine and had a welder weld them in for me. Thanks for the idea.
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Mike, you did great! If you want the cabinet less "in the way" of the entry you might be able to remove it, get someone with the right woodworking tools to dissassemble it, cut it down, rebore the sides for cabinet screws and reassemble it so it doesn't stick out so far into the path. Hardly any depth is needed behind the LCD.

By the way, were you the person who reinforced the holes in your hitch receiver? I finally found a bushing that could be fitted to the enlarged holes in mine and had a welder weld them in for me. Thanks for the idea.
The new flatscreen television actually doesn't stick out any further than the old CRT TV that I removed so it is not really in the way but it would be nice to have a shorter cabinet. I did find a great guy here locally that just cut me a couple of pieces of walnut for the trim above and below the front and bedroom TVs. The guy even dug through his scraps and remnants to find some with very similar grains. They match great, I sanded and cleared them last night.

As far as the hitch goes, yes, that was me. I am glad it worked out for you. I have not been on here much over the past months but I feel like I will be on here more as there seems to be too much negativity and whining about everything under the sun over on that other site.

I am glad you were able to get the hitch repaired and I was able to give you some information. I did three of those repairs last summer alone for people.

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Mike, you LCD Installation looks great. I am not much of a wood worker either but having a dad that made cabinets for years gave me a little experience. It wasn't all that hard, just time consuming.

Ron... Your cabinet modification is almost the same as mine, except I took off a few more inches and made use of the inside of the cabinet! I found the website I purchased all my RVPuter parts from.. Mobile Computing Solutions - Innovations in Mini ITX They also have pre-built 12vdc computers but I like to select my own components!

I will be updating my orginal RVPuter thread soon.
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Nice work. I was going to shorten up my overhead console but I am not a woodworker, metal yes, but not wood. I admire those that can work in wood. That looks awesome.

Here is a link to my recently converted television in our 2003 Dynasty.

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Mike, you did a fantastic job! That's some beautiful welding!
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Great job you did there. You open to any side work?
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