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Old 07-14-2016, 09:42 AM   #1
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Replace TVs; How'd you do it?

My 06 have crt based TVs and we want to upgrade them - "we" meaning she. However, the new stuff will not fit in the hole the old stuff is in. How did you tackle this and make it work well and look good? Old TV is square, new TV is rectangular.

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There are a bunch of threads if you do a search. They all boil down to get the old one out, pick a new one that is about the same width then mount a panel in the hole and mount the new TV on the panel. Where it gets interesting is whether or not the panel is made to open and how the extra space is filled in. Some folks have had the cabinetry redone to eliminate the drop part the old one needed. Other folks leave it alone.

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We removed the old tubes and replaced with smart TV's that run off our rig's hotspot. A roku or similar streaming stick is what we use at home and in the RV. They have mounting hardware that can swivel to accommodate different viewing angles. We turned our left over cabinet into a printer station with an added cabinet door. We prefer our TV to sit on the stand in the LR and stays sitting there when we drive down the road and never moves. No flames please about sudden stops as it's directly behind the pass seat.
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New TV's are pretty thin, so if it won't intrude on needed space then you can build a support structure inside the existing box to mount an articulating wall mount TV stand. If you don't have any leeway then keeping it inside the box or moving it to a different location might be your only option unless modifying the cabinetry is something you would consider. Since our TV is next to the entry I taped a box to the edge of the cabinet to simulate the new TV's location. After living with that for a few weeks I felt comfortable mounting the TV outside the box.
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It's a real simple job. Just pull your old ones out. Measure the max horizontal width you have between things that need accessed, like flip up cabinets. That is the max width of the TV you can put there unless you want to give up access to them. Ideally, that max width means the TV height will fill the vertical space so you can't see the hole.

If you can see the hole still you can do various tricks to fill it to make it look OEM.

Just mount a flat screen mount to a wood plank or any other type of support structure you install in the hole.

We did not try to make ours fit inside the square hole because it would have resulted in small TVs with a vertical gap to fill and we like a larger TV. I think on the larger front TV we ended up with a 33" wide TV, which would probably be around 35 to 37" diagonal. I think had we tried to fit it in the hole we would have needed to go with a 27" there about.
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Originally Posted by TonyMac View Post
My 06 have crt based TVs and we want to upgrade them - "we" meaning she. However, the new stuff will not fit in the hole the old stuff is in. How did you tackle this and make it work well and look good? Old TV is square, new TV is rectangular.

This is what we did!

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I bought a 32" LED Hitachi that fit in the box opening of the old 27" Sony CRT. I left the box in place to be able to use it for storage. Holds a large number of CD's & DVD's along with misc stuff.

There was a gap at the top but I had a piece of the white ceiling fabric and made a spacer that fit above the TV. Looks good. I mounted the TV using a wall mount that extends and swivels for better viewing. The swivel base is mounted to a piece of metal tubing that is attached to the metal frame of the motorhome at the top and to the wood box on the bottom.

One thing I did was put some supports at the bottom and top of the TV to hold it place since it easily swivels I didn't want it swinging out as we were driving down the road. I used screen window tabs that rotate to hold the TV in place, it's easy to secure and unsecure to move it out.
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We built a drawer assembly with a matching face so it appears factory.

With the new one wide we shifted it up a bit to allow a hole in faceplate for the dvd player.

Inside the drawer it is split to store dvd

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My front tv was in an entertainment center behind the passenger seat at eye level with the couch. Once I removed the old TV I made a cabinet door with some 3/4 in birch plywood stained as close as I could to the cabinets. I used 4 hinges that matched the other doors on the entertainment center. Then I mounted the tv to the door using a flat wall tv mount. I added some shelving inside for storage of items since I figured I removed a 150lb tv and replaced with 45 lbs I have 100 lbs available there.

In the bedroom I did the same thing but used a fully articulated mount so that we can move the tv into a better position to see from the bed.

I have not taken pictures since I did the work.


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