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Old 04-01-2012, 09:38 AM   #1
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HR New TV Changeout

Well just started to make some changes in the "New to Us" Holiday Rambler. Started with the front TV changeout. Here are a few pics. This time around I opted to put in a Polk Audio Soundbar rather than the 5.1 surround sound. This saved me a ton of work running wiring through all the cabinets. This soundbar setup has a wireless sub-woofer that can go anywhere in the coach, plugged in. The sound is pretty good. More like a 3.1 than a 5.1 but more than adequate for the coach. The stain for the cabinetry is a Watco Danish Oil - Fruitwood in case others want to try to match the oak. This seems to be a very common stain in a lot of RV cabinetry. BTW the stain is the same as original. It's the photo that makes it blonder due to the flash late in the day.
Rear TV changeout starts today.
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I am so jealous, I have a 2000 HR. I absolutely love the coach, but I absolutely HATE the tv being over the drivers seat. I can't even begin to imagine what the design engineer was thinking. That being said, I love your changeout, wish I could do the same thing, but short of ripping out the white cabinet unit and finding a used one from a new unit with a center cabinet, my hands are tied.

Sorry for the rant, I do like what you did, I love the sound bar thing also.
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I am so jealous, I have a 2000 HR. I absolutely love the coach, but I absolutely HATE the tv being over the drivers seat. I can't even begin to imagine what the design engineer was thinking. That being said, I love your changeout, wish I could do the same thing, but short of ripping out the white cabinet unit and finding a used one from a new unit with a center cabinet, my hands are tied.

Sorry for the rant, I do like what you did, I love the sound bar thing also.
Davedeb1,

Why don't you post a picture or send me one by private message and I might be able to come up with a few ideas for you and your situation. I'm a carpenter by trade.
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Thank you very much, next time I go to the garage I will take a pic and post it to you. You Canadians are wonderful people, I should know I married one !
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Rear TV Replacement

Here are some pics I did of the rear TV Tube to Flatscreen replacement. I added a blu-ray player. Built a box for it, built an oak ply back for the flatscreen, stained and laquered and and voila.

The 26" LED is a perfect size for the bedroom. Both by Samsung.
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That I think I could handle because it looks just like my setup in the Bedroom. We now have a 13 inch tv in there, standard in 2000 HR.
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I've been thinking of doing this mod to get rid of the two 'anvils' we've been lugging around for two years now. I've removed and reinstalled the front TV twice trying to get rid of the squeaks associated with all that weight. So far, I haven't been able to justify the expense because we just don't watch TV while we camp.

With our advancing age, I told the DW that maybe we should just get rid of the TV and install a 'Depends' dispenser in the space... I got the 'LOOK'. Nice conversions BTW. Bob
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Thanks all!

There's no doubt that there is a cost attached to doing both TV systems.

Total electronics were:
1) 32" Samsung LED TV
1) 26" Samsung LED TV
2) Samsung Blu-ray DVD Players with WIFI capability
1) Polk Audio Soundbar with remote wireless sub-woofer
2) 6' HDMI cables
2) tilt flat mounts for TVs

All in with taxes, cost was about $1500 CDN. I did all the installation.
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$1500 Canadian? Isn't that like about $100 US? ( that's what I tell my wife anyway) remember the movie Canadian Bacon? Dan Akroyd, stops John Candy in the garbage truck, and fines home for not having the graffitti on his truck bilingual.

Anyway, $1500 bucks is cheap, considering that that total entertainment system will last over 10 years. As soon as I go full time, that will be one of my projects. I now have a 19 inch over the drivers seat, and a 13 inch in the bedroom. I had to buy a converter just to get over the air broadcasts.
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Very nicely done! Looks great!!!
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Any tv upgrades, consider adding a wireless headset combo, we have 2 small tv's in a 19 ft trailer, wife and i can each watch a different show (I cannot stand Desperate..) or one can watch while the other sleeps
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what's the trick to removing the old TV. I don't want to damage the cabinetry. We've got a 2005 Beaver Patriot Thunder with an old 19" in bedroom. Cabinet looks a lot like your old one. Yours looks great!!
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Your job turned out great. Thanks for sharing as well.
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what's the trick to removing the old TV. I don't want to damage the cabinetry. We've got a 2005 Beaver Patriot Thunder with an old 19" in bedroom. Cabinet looks a lot like your old one. Yours looks great!!
There are usually some caps over the screws that detach the face frame that holds the TV. Inside the ceiling of the cabinet directly below the tv cabinet, there are also screws that hold a plywood plate that is also mounted to the tv. once you remove these screws, the face frame comes off and the tv can slide out.

In this RV, I opted to build a separate box for the blu-ray player rather than running cords through cabinets to the player and having to leave a cabinet door open for the remote to work. I then filled the upper portion with oak plywood stained to match as close as I could get.

I wish I would have taken a few more photos of the oak plywood finishing and mounting before the component installation, however, I was more into getting the job done once I was into it. Sharing was an afterthought.

If you want to send me some photos of your unit in a pm, I can come up with some ideas for you.
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