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Old 11-07-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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"Custom overhead console"

Scarab0088 asked if I could do this, so here it is. These are pic's of the overhead console I built for my '89 Gulf Stream coach. they are fairly clear, but if there are any questions about the construction of it, just ask.
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Old 11-07-2013, 02:29 PM   #2
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WOW! Super Kudos on the fabulous job. Its probably nicer than some factory formed pieces.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:57 AM   #3
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Thank you Nick-B! I forgot to mention that the first picture is the original console with the old CRT tv, and the water-stained woodwork. It is a poor picture, but seems to be the only one I have of that part of the motor home The two switches on the left side next to the tv are 1. the "up or down" switch, which has automatic stop at both ends of the tv's travel, and 2. a speaker switch which puts the sound out of the two speakers in front by the tv, or sends it to a pair of speakers back by the dining table area, or to a headphone jack by the dining area for private quiet watching so as not to disturb anyone sleeping.
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THANKS - that is AWESOME!! Great job and great pictures.

Is the motorized drop-down TV mount, store bought or homemade?

I love the Vista Windows!

Best luck with your "pig."
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Thanks Scarab! The mount is homemade out of some 1/4" steel rod and a small square of sheet metal with the mounting points drilled in it. I used an electric wing window motor from a van, and turned a small winch drum made of steel on my lathe. I wrapped a piece of 1/16" aircraft cable around the drum, and the other end to the mount, and put limit switches on both up and down ends of travel of the mount. I wired it so when the ignition is on, the tv won't come down. It only works with the ignition key in the "off" position, for safety while driving.
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You've got "MAD SKILLS"!

I bet you could start a profitable RV remodel business. There's thousands of RV's that still have a lot of life left in them, but with ugly interiors and antique equipment they die a slow death because many owners don't know how or can't do this level of work.

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Old 11-10-2013, 06:28 PM   #7
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Thanks Scarab! I would love to do that kind of work for a business, but I think the reason that people have old motor homes is probably the same reason I have mine...lack of money It would be hard to convince someone who paid $8,000 for their older motor home to fork over another 15 or 20 for a remodel or paint job. The only reason I will have all this stuff done is that I can do it myself on a very low budget. If I had to pay myself for my labor there is no way I would be able to do it.
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That's a 'bitchin bob' job there!

I have the same windows on my rig - Allegro - but I have the overhead pull down bed so this would not work in my rig, but what a great job you did.

I'd like to build something in the original TV area so I can mount a flat screen there, without it looking 'hacked' but I don't quite have your fabrication skills.

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Thanks again guys! That Allegro...Does it have enough space under the bed to mount a flat panel tv up against it (laying flat up under the bed)? If so, you could probably build something fairly simple for a mount, and just swing it up and down manually. A piece of plywood with a hinge at the top would work just fine to mount the tv to, and you could put a cupboard latch at the bottom of the plywood to hold it up against the bed when hinged up. Just a thought. If you send good pictures of it I could tell better what would work, if you'd like.
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WOW!!! Great job!
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i am doing a custom dash for my RV now off my 3D printer
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Wow Terry...That's a machine I'd love to have!! Yours must be a very large model to handle a job like that, or are you just pulling our legs?
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You might want to hold on to your leg.

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