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Old 08-31-2014, 06:05 AM   #1
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Outside entertainment center ?

How much do you use the outside entertainment center on your motorhome? We are looking at various floor plans and interior options that delete the possibility of the outside TV so that has us wondering how much typical people actually use it. This is also an option that adds 1 or 2K to the price, somewhat a consideration too.

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Old 08-31-2014, 07:18 AM   #2
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I use mine that has a H25 DirecTV receiver on a 26" LCD maybe once or twice a week or less when outside temps are above 75.
Installed them myself for less then $500.

I can see anything recorded on the Genie inside.
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:28 AM   #3
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Our coach has the large full bay that goes completely across the MH. Forward of this bay, there are 2 smaller bays just forward of it.

On the curb side the coach we converted it into our entertainment center (32" TV, car stereo and speakers) for basically the cost of my time and some plywood and of course the components.

We don't use it often, but its sure handy when we're tailgating at a sporting event and can turn on the TV or use the radio/CD player as well.
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:38 AM   #4
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I don't have an outside entertainment center but I know I value the storage space more than a TV. If I want outside TV, I can take the inside 32" flatscreen off it's articulated mount and put it's base/stand on in about 10 minutes.
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I have had two class A's now and the first one did not have an outside TV. I have a Dutch Star presently and it has the outside entertainment center (passenger side in a cargo bay area). I use it mostly in the morning having my coffee outside and checking on the morning shows/weather. I enjoy being able to be outside and have my tech also. I'm very careful to keep the volume low - I don't want to infringe on anyone's morning quiet. Still as much as I like it, I would not pay more than 600.00 for it meaning that is what it is worth to me. So probably if I ever were to order a new coach, I would not get one - but I like having one since it came with this used coach. IF money were no object, I would definitely get one.
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Old 08-31-2014, 08:17 AM   #6
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I found a good idea on an outside TV set up online. Cost about $400 to make and buy 32" tv for if. Involves mounting a small receiver it the frame and making a l frame to hold the tv. Works great. Sorry I do not have pics but if interested I will try to get some.
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Old 08-31-2014, 08:32 AM   #7
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We use ours a lot 1k to 2k sounds crazy you could have one heck of a entertainment center for that.
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For the once or twice a year that I want to watch tv outside it takes me all of five minutes to remove the indoor tv from its mount, drop it onto its stand/base on a table outside and connect it to the equipment rack inside via a 25 ft HDMI extension cable that I pre-routed and keep stowed in one of my basement bays.
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We use ours alot, for music as well keeping up on Sports. Allows outdoor activities as keeps you in touch with Football, NASCAR etc.

Keeps the grandkids outside and entertained also.
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I think I would use mine more if not for the glare. Until you get into the high end buses (Prevost, Newell), the mounting on the front slide and the height tends to create more glare. Another approach would be to place a TV in the lower bay. Takes room, but is easier to watch. Not sure why more mid-tier coaches don't do this, but suspect the engineers don't live in coaches and therefore have no understanding of the issues with the TV up on the slide. JMHO
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Yes

I don't think I would ever own a MH without one. I love ours.
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I bought my motor home new off the dealer's lot. All of the one's they had in stock had the outside entertainment center. They said it was such a popular option that they ordered all the motor homes with it Since they were making deals on the ones they had in stock, it actually would have cost more for me to order one from the factory without it. In a little over a year I've used it four times. If it had not been included, I would not paid any extra for it, but I guess it will help the resale value.
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I've had one in the Buses since 2008 . and have probably used it 3 times. Not worth much to me, but it's mounted in a sidewall and I don't loose any inside or cargo area space, so it wouldn't have been worth the effort to order it without.
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