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Old 06-23-2016, 09:56 AM   #1
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Bouncing electronics tie down?

I am having an issue with my electronics (cable box, sat box, sterio, etc) bouncing around when under way. Anyone got an idea for cinching them down so they don't take such a beating? Thanks in advance for any ideas.
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I cut a piece of thick foam rubber to put under the satellite receiver and switcher box. They still move around side to side but don't bounce like they used to!
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I use strips of Velcro under the feet of all equipment. Works well for me.
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I am having an issue with my electronics (cable box, sat box, sterio, etc) bouncing around when under way. Anyone got an idea for cinching them down so they don't take such a beating? Thanks in advance for any ideas.
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Velcro is wonderful but don't get so much on that you can't pull them off.

Ball bunjies and cup hooks can work but often the places you need them is just thin wood.
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We used 'earthquake' hold-downs for our stand alone computer monitor and it never moved. Hardware stores have them.
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I'd have to take a closer look at my gear before putting them on a foam base. I haven't looked closely at any of those components in a bit - but I think that most of them are designed to provide airflow thru the bottom. Setting them on a foam pad that lets them sink in - even just a little - would likely obstruct that air flow. Bumps will certainly take their toll on electronics ... but so does excess heat. I'm already a little worried about the amount of heat that builds up in that little cabinet!!!
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I'd have to take a closer look at my gear before putting them on a foam base. I haven't looked closely at any of those components in a bit - but I think that most of them are designed to provide airflow thru the bottom. Setting them on a foam pad that lets them sink in - even just a little - would likely obstruct that air flow. Bumps will certainly take their toll on electronics ... but so does excess heat. I'm already a little worried about the amount of heat that builds up in that little cabinet!!!
Good airflow is critical. I cut a 3" hole in the side of the AV cabinet and mounted a very quiet equipment fan running 24/7 to help the airflow in this cabinet. It hold a Pioneer 5.1 receiver, Blu-ray and Direct TV receiver, all stacked and held tight with velcro on the legs of the top two units.
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I'd have to take a closer look at my gear before putting them on a foam base. I haven't looked closely at any of those components in a bit - but I think that most of them are designed to provide airflow thru the bottom. Setting them on a foam pad that lets them sink in - even just a little - would likely obstruct that air flow. Bumps will certainly take their toll on electronics ... but so does excess heat. I'm already a little worried about the amount of heat that builds up in that little cabinet!!!

Norman, I feel like a total idiot! I've been in electronics my entire life and was stupid enough to put that foam pad under there without even thinking about the ventilation! Just goes to show that you don't get too old to make dumb choices!

Well, back to the drawing board........
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We use Velcro for components and a strap around our big TV. Came from the manufacturer with the strap system. We use some small microfiber cloths on the edge where the strap hits the TV so we do not get rub marks from the strap.
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Velcro pads under the feet of several electronic items, strips in the cabinet allows adjustments
Small Velcro cord wraps (Harbor Freight) for cords and smaller items.
Cam-lock straps and secured eyelets for a couple medium items.


Heat is also a concern in the electronics bay. I've got small foam blocks to wedge in the latches that keep the doors propped open slightly, removed for travel.
That Sat. receiver gets particularly warm IMO.
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Good airflow is critical. I cut a 3" hole in the side of the AV cabinet and mounted a very quiet equipment fan running 24/7 to help the airflow in this cabinet. It hold a Pioneer 5.1 receiver, Blu-ray and Direct TV receiver, all stacked and held tight with velcro on the legs of the top two units.

Here's the 12v cooling fan and the stacked AV equipment using velcro.
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Well, back to the drawing board........
I bet some material like what these interlocking foam floor mats are made of would do the trick. According to the spec - they're only 1/2" thick. If you were to cut the material into strips 1"-2" wide and placed them so that just the feet of each electronic device were sitting on it - you might even improve on the airflow.

It might be worth the $30 to buy a single mat (6 individual tiles that are 2' x 2') - and then split them up. Tuck one on each side of your pass thru storage compartments - so that they'd be handy to pull out and sit on or kneel on when you're doing stuff around the sides of the coach. (a need for something like this made itself very apparent to me this past weekend as I was waxing my coach and polishing the aluminum wheels. I just ain't built for working down low like that any more. Getting up, getting down, kneeling and sitting on the blacktop my coach was parked on was killing my knees. Other times, kneeling / sitting on damp grass is messy....).
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GDawgs - Nice work! What/where did you tap into to get the 12V power to the fan?
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