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Old 02-26-2011, 05:33 PM   #1
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Replacing in dash CRT TV

If you have a in dash CRT TV and want to replace it here is how I did mine. I did most of this work last year but just today finished up some final trim work under the drawers. The CRT in my 97 Holiday Rambler Vacationer was a 19” TV.

I removed the CRT TV and replaced it with three storage drawers. I purchased a 12 volt 19” drop down LCD monitor on E-bay and installed it on the headliner in the front of the cab. I also got a digital tuner on E-bay that is normally used for converting the older analog TV to digital. The box is actually a digital tuner so it works as a tuner for the monitor.

You can go to this my photo album to see more photos on how I built and installed the storage drawers.
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Very clean looking install...nice Bob
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Old 02-26-2011, 07:48 PM   #3
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Looks very nice. A job to be proud of.
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:31 PM   #4
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Like the dovetailing. How did you connect the tuner to the monitor?
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Like the dovetailing. How did you connect the tuner to the monitor?
Hookup will vary depending on the equipment you use.

The tuner I purchased has cable in and out plus RCA jacks out for video and L/R speakers.

My LCD monitor has two Video and L/R speaker RCA jacks (video one and two). So I connected the tuner to video one and my Blue Ray to video 2. Most of the drop down LCDs designed for autos or vans have a UHF transmitter for wireless headsets. I also used a RCA jack splitter on the digital tuner so I could run the speakers to the LCD UHF transmitter and also to my surround sound amp. The tuner I purchased only has one set of RCA jacks. If you can get one with dual RCA jacks (video one and two out) you would no require the RCA splitters.

So I have the option of wireless headsets or surround sound.
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do you have to have a special 12volt tv, can you not just buy a tv from Sams, Walmart Best Buy, etc.
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I REALLY like it ! I have been wondering how to get rid of the CRTV and deal with the hole left in the dash . Thanks Traveler.
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I really like the quality and thought that you put into the project. I just am curious as to your selection of the 1/2" wood for the drawers. I did a similar project on my former coach. The drawers were made from 1/4" plywood and I planed some maple to (If I correctly remember it) to 3/8" or 1/4" and also dovetailed the joints. I too used the ball bearing slides and did replace those inferior plastic roller ones. The drawer was under the refridgerator and we kept some appliances there (toaster, blender, etc) and thats probably why the drawer fell apart.

To say again, I do like the craftsmanship and the quality of your work.
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your mod

being somewhat new to RV stuff i get quite amazed at what others have done. another one---nice job.
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WOW! very nice job.
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That looks like a first rate upgrade
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do you have to have a special 12volt tv, can you not just buy a tv from Sams, Walmart Best Buy, etc.
I wanted a LCD that would fold down from the ceiling and had at least a 19” screen like my old CRT. There are LCDs on the market that are made for automobiles that will drop down from the ceiling. Since they are geared to the auto and conversion van market they are a 12V DC unit which works great for the RV. I have never seen a unit like this at Wal-Mart or Sam’s. If I did and the price was right I would get one there.

I found the best buys on E-Bay for these units. I noticed the other day there is now a 20” LCD on E-Bay for a reasonable price ($200.00 and free shipping).
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I really like the quality and thought that you put into the project. I just am curious as to your selection of the 1/2" wood for the drawers. I did a similar project on my former coach. The drawers were made from 1/4" plywood and I planed some maple to (If I correctly remember it) to 3/8" or 1/4" and also dovetailed the joints. I too used the ball bearing slides and did replace those inferior plastic roller ones. The drawer was under the refridgerator and we kept some appliances there (toaster, blender, etc) and thats probably why the drawer fell apart.

To say again, I do like the craftsmanship and the quality of your work .
Thanks so much for the kind words! My decision to use hardwood was based on my experience. I had used plywood on some past drawer projects and was not happy with the results. I decided the dovetails would work best in real solid wood.

It just makes since to use some decent slides if you are going to take the time to do all this work. The longer slides were available at Lowes. I had to order the short ones on line.

I have had the latches lying around for years. They came for an out of style parts purge from my place of work. I work for a company that builds corporate jet aircraft. From time to time the company has employee sales. I have picked up some really neat high quality stuff at the sale. Anything that goes into a 45 million dollar aircraft is top quality and usually insanely expensive. For instance custom carpet that is 100% wool and $500.00 a square yard. Exotic hardwood veneers at $300.00 for a 4’ X 12’ sheet.
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I have had the latches lying around for years. They came for an out of style parts purge from my place of work. I work for a company that builds corporate jet aircraft. From time to time the company has employee sales. I have picked up some really neat high quality stuff at the sale.
So what can you pick up a corporate jet for ?
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