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Old 03-31-2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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Poor Man's TV Install

Put a new digital TV in our Itasca this weekend, replacing the original-equipment GE (which still worked fine, but required a converter).

Here's a few pics of the pieces. I didn't take a picture of the completed installation, but I assure you it looked just fine.

First, I built a 2 X 4 frame inside the opening, fastening the left & right sides by drilling five holes in each side of the metal frame, and putting screws through that into the 2X4s.

I used a sheet of 3/4" birch plywood as the mounting board for the TV mount. When fastened to the 2X4 frame, it fills the TV hole. I through-bolted the three lower holes for the tilt-swivel TV mount, then put lag screws through the top three holes, through the mounting board, and into the top crosspiece 2X4.

I reinstalled the original trim frame with the plastic trim.

I finished the mount board with Minwax cherry stain, then sprayed it with a couple coats of sander-sealer, then a couple coats of satin lacquer.

Mama's happy!
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:58 PM   #2
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TV install

Photos of finished work would be greatly appreciated
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:06 PM   #3
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That's an interesting approach. There is also a simple tv mod in the latest edition of Motorhome mag. I don't have the e-version so I can't post it- but basically the guy took out his old set, mounted the new flat sreen in the cavity and then put a blank wood cover over the whole thing with hinges on it so he could just flip it open when they watched tv. I assume that the install was rough which is why the cover was put on the front. Maybe someone here has the link or picture.
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:16 PM   #4
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Photos of finished work would be greatly appreciated
Next time I have the MH here at the house, I'll take pictures of the finished installation. I'm going to have to add a hook above the TV for a bungee cord to hold it in place while traveling. My plan is to drill a hole in the metal plate on the bottom of the area to hook a bungee in, and install an eye bolt/screw into the wood above the TV.

The TV I installed is just a 24", very light, so it won't take much to hold it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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Similar approach. About $30 invested. Tv is 28" Vizio.





Wood and paint were on hand. Purchased hinge and mount.





Created space for DVR.




Velcro holds TV steady quite well.


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Nothing Poor about that! I would like to see the finished setup as well.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:41 PM   #7
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how about a retro tv install

ok i like retro. and wanted a focal point . not a big black box so i built this
what do you think
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forgot to say its a 32'' lcd tv just made the cover to look like a 1950 tv
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Nice job with the retro look! Love it!
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You guys are all better woodworkers than I am. Great jobs!

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I am in the middle of the same project...

got the old 19 in out, and now I am just staring at the opening trying to determine how to build the substructure needed to attach the mount.
I think I need to have the mount in hand to best decide how to build the mounting point.
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got the old 19 in out, and now I am just staring at the opening trying to determine how to build the substructure needed to attach the mount.
I think I need to have the mount in hand to best decide how to build the mounting point.
That's the way I did it. I wanted the mount in hand before I started working on installing it. Here's the mount I used:
For only $24.22 each when QTY 50+ purchased - Super Low Profile Adjustable Tilting/Swiveling TV Wall Mount Bracket for LCD LED Plasma (Max 66Lbs, 17~37inch)
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When I changed out my front TV to a flat screen I tried one of the adjustable (angle up/down/turn) extension type mounts and it worked as it should but I could never secure the TV to where it was not bouncing a bit when going down the highway. Neither bungees nor Velcro nor wedges held it tight enough to stop it from vibrating & bouncing so I installed it direct without the adjustable mounting brackets. Just me but I could not deal with the TV vibrating and wondering if I was damaging the TV or it would (accidentally) come out and down.
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