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Old 08-19-2012, 07:19 PM   #1
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Television upgrade ideas welcome

I want to change out the 19" Tube television located in the dash of our '94 Fleetwood Southwind, looking for:
1) location ideas, same, different location, etc. pros and cons
2) Television -preferred types for a motor coach, thanks !!!

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Old 08-20-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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the easiest would be to mount an led unit where the old tv was. you can either get one that fits inside the existing cabinet, which will give you a smaller picture, or let the new one hang on the outside of the cabinet and get a larger picture.

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Old 08-20-2012, 10:40 AM   #3
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When I purchased my used 92 pace arrow last year, the TV was already replaced with a new LCD unit. They installed it at Camping World and it was placed over the existing box opening. Looks good with the only problem you can't access the inputs if you wanted to install a DVD/VHS player or anything else. On the unit that was installed, it came with a DVD player built in so as of today, I havn't really had any need to get to the back of the unit so far.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:23 PM   #4
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I went with two flat screens one inside the front compartment, now I am looking to go larger and mount it on the surface for a larger picture and better sound. JR
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:33 PM   #5
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Previous owner did the swap. The old TV was in the dash just above the engine "Dog House". He had made a plywood "plug" for the area where the TV was, covered it with vinyl to match the rest of the dash. He then mounted the flat screen to flat front of this plug. Looks fine, works OK.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:17 PM   #6
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Just did this exact thing in my 2003 mirada. After recently purchasing it and bashing my head on the low hanging TV box...removed tube TV and mounted 40"LCD above door... Fits perfect and the passengers (4 boys) can watch on the road while sitting on the couch and dinette. Removed the overhead tv box and shrunk it... Will be installing a door and using it for storage or possibly AV components....
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:20 PM   #7
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Sorry I just realized yours was in the dash mine was above the dash, but above the door is still a pretty decent place to put the TV if you don't have anything there
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:36 PM   #8
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I had a flat screen that the previous owner had installed in front of the old dog house. I had a guy build a nice flat cover that fits tight around the back of the flat screen. He also backed the tv mount up so that it won't hang over the junk tray. Made of oak stained to match my cabinets. Much less obtrusive than the old dog house and it is a snap to get back there to work on anything.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:09 PM   #9
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There are several types of flatpanel TVs on the market today.

Plasma: Great picture but get rather warm, use the most power and higher priced. Fine for your sticks-n-bricks but not so much for an RV.
Regular LCD: Uses florescent tube(s) to light the screen. Lower cost, not the lightest, not the thinnest. OK for RV if you have a good place to mount securely.
LED Edgelit LCD: Uses LEDs around the perimeter of the screen to provide illumination. These are the thinnest and lightest panels currently on the market. Excellent for RV, especially if you are hanging it since it is thin and light weight.
LED Backlit LCD: Uses a "wall" of LEDs to illuminate the picture. Probably the nicest picture of the LCD panels but more expensive, thicker and heaver than the edgelit LEDs.

I just picked up a 32"edgelit LED TV from Costo online for only $199. Weighs 15 lbs and has a nice picture.

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