Thought you might like to see an update TV install in a '00 38', HR Endeavor (DP). I thought it would be appropiate
to show it in this Monoco forum vs the Class A Motor Home forum.
We just finished it up today and it turned out slick-
. Here are the photos I took as we progressed through the process. If you have any questions, just ask away-
Here's what we started with- a very small Vizio in the TV cabinet which had replaced the original CRT out dated TV. Our friends finally realized that the older you get, the bigger the TV has to be-
We Used a yellow pine 2x4 for the new frame.
We used four, 3" lag bolts & washers to secure the vertical member to the two horizontal members. The bottom bolts had to be countersunk into the vertical member so the new frame could fit flat on the TV cabinet floor. One inch, by 1/8" angle aluminum was used to attach the frame work to the walls of the cabinet. The vertical member was cut on about a 5 degree angle to parallel the existing cabinet downward slope. A shorter piece of 2x4 was used to beef up the vertical support. It was glued and thru bolted.
Because of the larger size of the new TV, the center line of the vertical member had to be moved far to the right of center inside the cabinet. Just measure the distance to the center line of your new TV, for us it was 16", and give it about an extra 1" clearance from the curtain cornice (outside the frame).
We determined the mounting height by measuring to the center of the TV mount (after it was mounted on the TV) and then measured up from the bottom of the existing TV cabinet.
We then fabricated a bracket with some "slip in" cut outs to secure the unit for travel- 10mm bolts (the head size) were used (actually the bolt is a 6mm x1.0 bolt). I know some folks just use a strap or bungy to hold the TV in place, but I perfer this more secure method- just a little more work.
A filler piece of scrap wood was used to raise the cabinet floor level to be even with front lip of the cabinet.
I drilled and tapped two 6mmx1.0 mm holes into the bottom support (part of the Sonys TV's table mounting hardware. Two small, flat, fender washers were drilled out to be used for ease of locating the rather large, new TV
Here the TV is now secured in place. I also added about two inches of black industrial Velcro to the top of the vertical cabinet rails to further secure the system for travel.
One great advantage of mounting the TV outside the cabinet is that no cooling fans are required since these LCD TV's generate a lot of heat-
The finished product. Note the TV is parallel to the bottom of the cabinet case.
The project took about 6-7 hours, start to finish. Now Mr Bo & Mrs J. have to put a great signal into this fabulous new TV, (like from a Winegard Trav'ler antenna)
Here's the TV link at Walmart- where they bought the TV and mount. They got free shipping-
Sony 32" 1080p LCD HDTV - Walmart.com
Here's the mount link, again at Walmart-
Walmart.com: Ready-Set-Mount Wall Mount for 13'' to 37'' LCD TVs: TV & Video
Don't forget the HDMI cable for the hookup.
Good luck to you all,
Again, just ask if you have any questions-