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Old 05-03-2013, 09:35 AM   #15
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To each their own.

We like having all the comforts of home for the end of the day or in inclement weather. We like watching movies.

We think that if it doesn't equal or improve on our home life, no sense in doing it.

That's just our thing.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:46 AM   #16
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Swapping out the tvs is not what's [potentially] expensive - it's the cabinet work that costs. If you choose a style and location that minimizes cabinet changes, the price should be a few hundred dollars (a couple hours of labor), but if you require substantial changes it can easily run to thousands.

Good point. If you get a larger TV all the old stuff will be covered and
you'll have a nice finished look.

Plus bigger screens look nicer and are easier on older eyes.

Make sure to buy one that is light weight (most newer ones are)
and uses low wattage to save your batteries while boon docking.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:52 AM   #17
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Actually I'm thinking of taking an entirely different approach to the whole tv watching problem. It's a low priority to myself, and DW isn't fussy. I may just use a tablet for watching DVDs and streaming movies online.
Mounting a small bracket to comfortable hold the tablet in the living room, and later in the bedroom should meet all our simple needs with a minimum of fuss and bother. Plus we will have it for navigation, web surfing, etc. As my DW has said, we didn't drive all the way here just to watch tv. If we ever get to be full timers, perhaps then a big screen tv will have a higher priority than it does now.

I installed a bracket which holds 2 iPads (pilot and co-pilot)

Super handy for navigation, etc

Have a look at Trapster, Waze and Gas Buddy (all free)


Lots of brackets on Amazon and Monoprice.com
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:22 AM   #18
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To each their own.

We like having all the comforts of home for the end of the day or in inclement weather. We like watching movies.

We think that if it doesn't equal or improve on our home life, no sense in doing it.

That's just our thing.
I must not have expresses myself clearly. I fully agree with everything you just said, and I'm very grateful for your sharing your successful experience with me.
My situation is that I have only three weeks left before we are on the road, with not a single hour to spare for the modifications. Talking to the tech was not an encouraging experience, so hiring it out isn't very promising. In short the upgrade is not going to happen this season, so I had to (not wanted to) find an alternative.
We wanted the tablet anyway for DW. I use the iPhone for all my needs, but she can't read the small screen and that really limits her abilities as a navigator. So instead of a grand for the tablet, and a grand for the upgrade we'll make do with the tablet and will upgrade next season when I can do it right.
I will certainly follow your example when I do it. In a 1999 coach I'm not looking to do expensive cabinet work, and your installation looks great from the pictures. Also being able to angle the screen toward the sofa or recliner is much more desirable than the rigid position of the factory original. Thanks for the advice and pics. They are already saved for next season.
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