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Old 06-05-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Flat Screen TV retrofit

Hello,

I am new to the forum and am curious to hear from anyone who has converted their tube TV's to the newer flat screens. Wondering if it worth the trouble or if you have any thoughts are on this subject.

I do not full time (yet) however, starting to feel as though the tube TV is out of date. With the price of new RV's, looks like a few upgrades may be on the horizon for me.

If you have converted to a flat sreen please share your experience and or lessons learned.

Example: Was it a do it yourself project, found a local business, and/or used the nearest Camping World.

Is LED or LCD technology better for RV applications, etc.

I haven't completed my signature but drive a W22 2003 Itasca Suncruiser (35U floor plan)

Look forward to your response.
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:48 PM   #2
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I've done several. There are two hard parts:
1) Getting the heavy tube TV out.
2) Getting bracing in there for a flat screen.

We buy the mounts from HDMI Cable, Home Theater Accessories, HDMI Products, Cables, Adapters, Video/Audio Switch, Networking, USB, Firewire, Printer Toner, and more!

Advantages:
1) Lower power draw. LED will draw less power than LCD
2) HD and HD-over-the-air
3) gets rid of that digital converter if you have one
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:52 PM   #3
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Like cb1000rider said the hardest part is getting the old one out. LED vs LCD depends on what you want to spend on a TV and how much you will watch in the RV. I just bought inexpensive TV's from a pawn shop and put them in. Don't really watch enough TV to warrant putting in more expensive tv's
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Do a search in search tab at top. TV replacement. Good luck.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:10 PM   #6
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Vizio LED with front speakers.

Articulating mount from monoprice.com

Total cost with on hand parts about $25

Lots of threads on this topic involving many different types of rigs. A web search will yield lots of results with pictures.
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:02 PM   #7
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We just picked up 2 Samsung LED TV's from Best Buy on sale along with the mounts to hang them on. At the same time we picked up a Roku 3 box, HDMI cable and a sound bar. The picture is much bigger and clearer. One is 32 inches and the other is 22 inches.
Hardest part again was just getting the old tube ones out. They are very heavy.
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We replaced both with Samsung LED units 32" and 40". Look at the specs for weight and look into sound bars if getting the real thin ones since the manufacturers skimp on speakers due to little space for them. Less power draw and so much better to watch tv on. I highly recommend.
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As stated the issues are getting the old TV out, then installing a brace of some sort to hold your new TV mount, then what ever cabinet modifications required if necessary to make the conversion pleasing to your taste.

Lots of threads on this issue so it is worth doing a search if you have not done so. If you experience any difficulties we can talk you through most anything. Pictures of your situation is always a big help.
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Welcome to irv2.
Here are some ideas on how to change out your older TV to a LCD or LED in this link.
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Replaced Front 26" CRT Panasonic with 32" Samung LED (27watts-12.5#) last summer. As mentioned hardest part getting 85# original tv out of rig. Used articaling arms from Amazon for both front and back (19"LCD). Research showed Samsung model had best LED sound which proved to be true. No sound bar needed. Good luck!
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I swapped to old set for a 39" flatscreen for all the reasons above. Why replace the set for a similar size one? Go big! Easy fix and didn't change the woodwork. Looks factory. Before and after pics.
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We just picked up 2 Samsung LED TV's from Best Buy on sale along with the mounts to hang them on. At the same time we picked up a Roku 3 box, HDMI cable and a sound bar. The picture is much bigger and clearer. One is 32 inches and the other is 22 inches.
Hardest part again was just getting the old tube ones out. They are very heavy.
I am in the middle of this project as well. Question: Did you need the sound bar because of the old speaker wires or did you need the extra HDMI input? I am trying to keep my existing Surround Sound 5.1 speakers and woofer but will need an amplifier if I am to go that route. Thanks for any help.
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We just picked up 2 Samsung LED TV's from Best Buy on sale along with the mounts to hang them on. At the same time we picked up a Roku 3 box, HDMI cable and a sound bar. The picture is much bigger and clearer. One is 32 inches and the other is 22 inches.
Hardest part again was just getting the old tube ones out. They are very heavy.
I'm curious as to why you would put a Roku in an RV.

They require an inordinate amount of network bandwidth. Few if any RV park wifi networks are reliable enough to support media streaming and if you're using anything other than an unlimited 4G plan ( are there any?) it will cost you out the proverbial nose to watch a single movie.

We put in an LG LED and a matching Blue ray home theater system and couldn't be happier. They operate as if it was one device, I.e. put a blue ray disc in and the TV turns on automatically in the right mode, dock an iPod and it shows ups the TV but plays through the surround sound etc.

I can't say we're as happy with the Visio we installed in the bedroom. It's down angle viewing is horrible.
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