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Old 04-10-2008, 11:34 AM   #29
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Hi Sarge and others,

Thanks for your descriptions and experiences. With the advent of digital TV, I guess I'll be in the market for a change and I really like the improvement in HDTV. My preferences may not be realistic nor matched by my hardware and cabinetry skills but they are, in order:

1. An LCD wide screen TV larger than the present one mounted in front of the current CRT TV position hinged upward to the ceiling with the old TV cabinet converted to a storage compartment. When not in use the TV would be folded up against/near the ceiling.

2. As above, but with a TV the same width/size as the cabinet.

3. An LCD HDTV mounted in the cabinet, more or less like Sarge's.

4. Install an adapter for digital and use the current equipment.

Everyone's thoughts, critique, suggestions, etc. solicited. Is option 1 insane and undoable?

Rig is 2006 Winnebago Journey 32T with center front overhead cabinet mounted CRT TV.

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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 SargeW:
Hi Bob,

Yes it is the stationary mount from Home Depot. They had another one that articulated, but I didn't need that feature. As for accessing the back it would just require dropping the bottom plastic shroud that is attached to the facia. About 6 -7 screws on the bottom of the shroud, and 2 screws inside each side cabinet. Oh, and take off the screws that hold on the visor under the shroud, if you have one. It would take about 3 minutes. Then because of the slim line design of the LCD TV, there is tons of room to reach in and switch or add cables. I used a hand mirror to verify the accuracy of my connections after I mounted the TV. Pretty simple stuff.

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Hi JT,

I think your ideas are all doable. I think to have it turn out like you want, you may need to enlist the help of a good cabinet maker. The hinges like you want for the TV I am sure are out there, just not at your local big box store. Other than that, let your imagination be your guide!

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One footnote to keep in mind is the original 4:3 TV is 27" diagonal measurement. In order to maintain the same sized picture in a widescreen format the LCD TV it must have a 32" diagnoal measurement.

So by going to a 26" LCD TV Sarge effectively traded down in overall picture size by about 20%.
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Hi SargeW,

Great job-- Beautiful work!!

As you might know I finished my complete change over in May (see here). The last part was adding the Winegard "Traveler" 5 LNB satellite antenna (and the most expensive).

I'm not completely satisified with the 26" size in the front-- would have much preffered a 32" (the older you get, the bigger the TV has to be- ). Too much cabinet work for me, but Mr Kaufmann in Indiana would tackle it-- (See my post on this same topic in this forum).


A brief comment about Vicsryd comment. When receiving High Definition signals, my (two)26" HD TV's give exact 26" diagonal, 12.75" vertical full screen, proper scale, magnificant pictures. When normal digital pictures (non HD) are observed, the sizes required to display non desorted pictures are smaller- however, if I choose to expand the format size, the screen is full again (DW can't tell the difference anyway, unless I tell her).

Great job again Sarge, and many, many happy miles of traveling with HD TV on board
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Thanks Max, I watched your install with interest as well. I too didn't want to deal with the extra cabinet work at this time either. We don't watch a lot of TV, so the 26" size was quite acceptable.

If I get bored down the road, maybe I'll consider the major remodel. For now I saved the cabinet work for some other needed mods to the cabinets like the built in clothes hamper, and a remodel of the kitchen drawers. And I am still going..........

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Old 06-21-2008, 11:07 AM   #34
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Sarge,
Great job on the installation. I am about to start mine. Just a question. When you drilled the steel tube at the top did you drill all the way through and bolt it or di you use some kind of metal screw?
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Hi Ron,

I just drilled through one side and used some heavy self tapping hex screws. The metal was quite heavy and took a decent bit and some time to get through. Not too bad though. with two bolts at the top of the mounting board and one at the bottom, the board is rock solid.

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