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Old 01-03-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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Front TV

I am going to replace my front TV with a flat screen this winter. What brand of TV did you use and how has it held up. Do you have to buy a high dollar one or one that is on sale. I'm concerned about the vibration and road travel wear and tear. Any input on brand names to use would be helpful. Jim

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Old 01-03-2013, 07:27 PM   #2
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I have had good luck with my 32" Samsung $300 2 years ago. I even operate it on a MSW inverter for days at a time.

My TV is mounted to a piece of plywood then attached to the plywood are 2 pieces of 24" by 12" aluminum that has been bent 90 degrees. One on each side. Then through the bottom , the 2 pieces of aluminum angles are screwed to the sides of the cabinet while my DW pushed it flush and held it there. The bottom leather cover was changed to aluminum expanded metal in the old wood frame.

I love self drilling and self tapping screws.

Every installation is different. Search this site, there a lot TV installs with pictures.

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Old 01-03-2013, 07:46 PM   #3
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I like Samsung products too. Vizio works well and has excellent sound better than any other TV's. I have Samsung in my home and Vizio in my motor home with no problems to date.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:13 PM   #4
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I've replaced all three sets in my coach with flat screens.

There's a 37" Hewlett Packard LCD set in the living room... a 32" Sony in the bedroom, and a 26" Visio LED/LCD in the outside entertainment center.

I haven't had a bit of trouble with any of them after probably 30,000 miles.

I would sure vote for going with the LED/LCD sets now though. They weigh almost nothing and I think that helps them when it comes to bumps in the road.

Best of luck.

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Old 01-03-2013, 09:20 PM   #5
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I apologize for the poor quality of the photos; I just clicked them with the cell phone to give you an idea of how I installed my 23" LED, front TV.

You can see that it is very thin and it is also very light. The swivel mount is attached to a horizontal piece of 3/4" plywood (stained brown to blend in with the cherry wood work). The plywood is attached to two vertical side strips that are screwed to the inside of the original TV cabinet.

I had planned to eventually move the TV back into the cabinet so the TV would be framed by the original cabinet trim, but at this point I haven't done that yet. Currently the TV just fits flush against the cabinet trim and is kept from rattling against the trim by a couple of spots of velcro.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:12 AM   #6
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I have a 32" Magnavox that I bought at Target. It is 30 1/2" wide and fit in the original trim cover perfectly. Its been in for three years and no problems.
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X3 on the VIZIO, I installed an LED-LCD 37" up front.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:11 AM   #8
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Make sure the TV has front facing speakers.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:29 AM   #9
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32" vizio LED up front. works great.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:21 PM   #10
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I have a PDF of an install in a Winnebago and an Itasca. If you would like it send me an email to Lwasouth@tampabay.rr.com and I will send the file
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:06 PM   #11
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we installed a Sanyo flat screen 32" Traveled crossed the US no problems!
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This is the way we did it.

The head-banger is finally GONE!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:52 AM   #13
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We currently have 3 Emerson TVs in our coach, 2 inside and one outside. We originally replaced the old analog TVs with Visio TVs. We had nothing but trouble with a 26 in and a 37 inch. That's why we have replaced them with Emerson's. We have had the Emersons for up to 3 years depending on which one you choose to discuss and have had no problems whatsoever. Another feature we like about all the Emersons is they have a parameter that when set, maintains the same volume on ads as the main program. Here's a PIC of how we reomved the fron TV and placed it on the curb slideout.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:47 PM   #14
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I don't mean to hijack this thread but I am looking for a DP and found none we really like with the front TV. Seeing how MSHappycampers moved their Tv to the side without loosing their couch just opened up a lot of campers to our maybe list. My question is how did you move the antenna/cable connections.

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