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Old 09-02-2006, 09:52 AM   #15
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by wa0mqe:
Although it's only a 15-inch, we've been carrying our LCD tv while traveling under our bed wrapped in a blanket for the last 3 years without any trouble. Also, laptop computers all have LCD screens and when the display is closed they lie flat all the time. I'm not sure who heard that lying them flat will cause damage, but one of the main reasons LCD screens became so popular was their ruggedness and longevity. Quite possibly the person that heard this was mistaken and heard about Plazma screens and didn't realize it. Plazma screens are indeed very particular and easily damaged. Although their are ruggedized Plazma models that are being installed in higher end motorhomes that also lie flat when folded up against the ceiling. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

As I was told by a local independent dealer the larger the LCD/Plasma screen the more glass flex occurs when in a horizontal position. He also said that if we place the TV on the motorhome bed while in motion, protect the face with thick padding and somehow prevent or minimize bouncing.

As for a ruggedized LCD or Plasma screen, I did not find any when I was searching and deciding on a HDTV for the motorhome. I asked several dealers, but they said they did no know of any. Maybe there are some and likely will be more available as the motorhome manufacturers install more HDTV's...after all 2008 will mean the standard anolog TV broadcasts will begin to end and only digital and HDTV broadcasts will exist.

So far I can report that my roof antenna on the motorhome seems very adequate and the Dish Network HD receiver works very well with the Dish 1000 super dish on a tripod outside.

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Old 09-03-2006, 02:57 AM   #16
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Also might want to check out some of the higher-end motorhomes. They have very large screen tv's installed and they are the flat-screen (don't know if they are plazma or LCD) tv's. They fold up flat (horizontal) against the ceiling when not in use.

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Old 09-03-2006, 05:58 PM   #17
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We put a 27" Toshiba LCD in the front in the existing opening. Side fit was exactly the same as the old TV and the top to bottom fit allowed me to mount a home theater system under the TV and have air movement around the units at the top. I was told the Toshiba isn't as hot as some other units. It still develops a fair amount of heat!
We use DirecTv and there really isn't enough HD signals (on channels we watch) to justify the costs of upgrading the receivers. Most local stations are using HD and it is GREAT!
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Old 09-09-2006, 11:18 AM   #18
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I was told that plasmas use more electric and weigh more. also, the screen can have image burned in easy,not so with the lcd and the lcd can take the vibration,that the plasma won't take,and besides that,Best Buy told me that last part.I guess that is why we need Geek Squad huh?My unit is the Toshiba and its a 26" HD,love the picture and I do forget that its a tv not my window I'm looking out of!!
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Old 09-13-2006, 07:02 AM   #19
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Baby Bear:
We use DirecTv and there really isn't enough HD signals (on channels we watch) to justify the costs of upgrading the receivers. Most local stations are using HD and it is GREAT! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I bought a brand new in the box Directv HR10-250 (from e-bay) because it has tivo - running under Linux and thus is very "hackable" (note I mean size increase etc. and moving content around not theft of service), has dual "off air" tuners and directv HD programming for movies etc. I am installing a computer flat screen display for HD display. I use a hand aligned dish on the road (Align-a-site for set up works great!). Using Sat finder software (freeware) to take GPS co-ords and spot satellites. Usually, 10-20 min set-up. So far we even get all the home channels as well when on the road. Never have had it running while travelling down the road (don't see the need) and the portable dish means I can park the rig where it's best and then hunt for a spot for the dish. This has come in handy several times in wooded campgrounds.

I upgraded the HDVR to 1000 gigabytes for $500.00(larger drives self hacked) that gives me 120 hours (give or take) of HD programming storage (plenty of HBO movies etc.)

Between trips, I set the box up at home (using the portable dish in back yard) and set it to record a ton of movies. When we hit the road, we have plenty of movies and favorite shows (PBS HD anyone? ) to watch if the off air or sat sig are not available.

I am rigging up a flat panel computer monitor to display HD in rig. Til that is complete, I feed composite video to the exisiting 27" Sony screen and it is still great. I feed the audio to the IN dash Multi-speaker amplifier via the Aux inputs and get psuedo-5.1 stereo too. It'll do til I work out the details for the new amp. etc.

Just one person's "solution" Oh Yes, the Flat panel works great for tailgating Now! HD football telecasts are fabulous!
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I've seen references to ceiling mount LCD TVs in a few of the posts in this thread. Does anyone know who makes these mounts and a source for them?


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