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Old 01-14-2009, 12:15 PM   #1
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My 1998 coach came with a 19" CRT (cathode ray tube) TV. You know, the "old" kind of TV. Recently, I decided to upgrade to a 32" HDTV. Now, what to do?

Do I have a cabinet maker totally rebuild my front cabinets. The TV cabinet is flanked by a cabinet on each side. Whoa!! Big money there. If I was a woodworker with a shop I might tackle the project myself. But I'm a fulltime RVer . . . no shop and very few tools.

So, my Service Manager (I'm webmaster at an RV dealer during winter months) and I put our heads together and we came up with a solution that works for me.

Bob, our carpentry prone RV Tech, would refabricate the TV cabinet bezel to hold a 20 lb fully articulating TV mount and my 31 lb Sony Bravia HDTV.
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My 1998 coach came with a 19" CRT (cathode ray tube) TV. You know, the "old" kind of TV. Recently, I decided to upgrade to a 32" HDTV. Now, what to do?

Do I have a cabinet maker totally rebuild my front cabinets. The TV cabinet is flanked by a cabinet on each side. Whoa!! Big money there. If I was a woodworker with a shop I might tackle the project myself. But I'm a fulltime RVer . . . no shop and very few tools.

So, my Service Manager (I'm webmaster at an RV dealer during winter months) and I put our heads together and we came up with a solution that works for me.

Bob, our carpentry prone RV Tech, would refabricate the TV cabinet bezel to hold a 20 lb fully articulating TV mount and my 31 lb Sony Bravia HDTV.
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:31 PM   #3
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Lew,
I assume the straps are due to the articulating mount. How are the straps mounted to hold the tv secure? Are the buckles plastic, or is there a risk of scratching the face of the tv?
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Old 01-15-2009, 03:16 AM   #4
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Hey Lew,

The setup looks great.

When I first looked at the pics I could swear that you were in my coach. Our cabinets are so similiar. I used the bayonnet bolts I made in my shop. I can make you a pair if your interested. Just pull, or insert, two hitch pins and your off and running (or parked)---



Let me know if your interested----A phone call and a few measurments and it'll be done--- and it was "Made In The USA!!"

You would need to remove and replace-- two Phillips head screws on the top, rear of the Sony. The female part of the bayonnet bolts would screw into the new bezel.
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Yes, the straps are for travel only to make sure the articulating mount won't swing open.

The straps are mounted to the plywood via 2 footman loops that are included in the package with the 54" battery strap. The strap slides freely and can even be removed for storage.

We sell them at the dealership store. The package brand is "Powerhouse." We sell the kit (1 strap + 2 footman loops) for $3.99.

When tightened down the straps sit about 1/4" off the screen.
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:58 AM   #6
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How and where are your clips used. Do you have pictures?
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Lew,

Here are the pictures of my install.

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I remember seeing your pictures before. I even posted a reply.

the sides of my TV cabinet are covered in a leather like vinyl over foam (soft). So, I can not use your pins. But, thanks for the offer.

Just curious but . . . which Sony did you buy. I bought the 32M4000 720p 32" model.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:37 AM   #9
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Hey Lew,

Here is the set I bought. I will use a Blu-Ray 1080p dvd with the Sony. I notice the price has gone up slightly since I bought it. I paid $777

When anyone walks in to the rig they just go -- Wow!!. I also have the Winegard 5 LNB dish (for DirecTv) mounted on the roof.

I advertised and sold the old KVH dome for $250 to the first guy that called me-- He never batted an eye at the price-- for his 5th wheel.I was going to trash it!
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