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Old 11-26-2011, 12:53 PM   #1
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What to do? Big hole cut-out in cupboard for old tube style TV

I just bought a 27' Fleetwood Class C that has a big area cut out of the cupboard where an old tube-style TV must have been previously installed (see pic). I'm not sure what is the best way to handle this. Should I install a flat panel TV to fit right over the 24" diagonal opening? I imagine I could somehow attach it somehow and have it on a full motion extension arm. Right now, I'm leaning toward this as my best option, but I am not sure exactly how I would make it secure AND looking good. If that's not my best option, what else could I do? If I just add a door, it would look weird because the opening is bigger than the original doors. If you think that I should fix the wood to make it back into a cupboard (somehow), then I also need some advice on where else to put a flat panel TV and what would be the best size. Does anyone know where I can view pics online of some good examples of where to place the TV in a Class C?

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Welcome to the forum

Since it seems you would like a TV regardless of what you do here, I suggest you mount the TV here since there may already be power and antenna leads run to this location. I would go with the lighter LED/LCD TVs to reduce stress on the moveable mount. When stowed the TV will hide the hole.

Sounds like a good project. Good luck.
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Any thoughts on how to mount it?
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Old 11-26-2011, 01:14 PM   #4
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I'd go with a 26" flat panel and swing out arm. I did this over a hole in the bedroom of my class A. Send me an email and I'll forward you a few pics.
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I would build a frame inside the cubby with plywood on the side facing inside the MH. You can secure just about any type of mount that you want to the plywood. If you are unable to get a single piece of plywood into the opening, a joint in the middle with a backer would also work.
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Old 11-26-2011, 01:45 PM   #6
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I would build a frame inside the cubby with plywood on the side facing inside the MH. You can secure just about any type of mount that you want to the plywood. If you are unable to get a single piece of plywood into the opening, a joint in the middle with a backer would also work.
So, would the plywood block the entrance to the cupboard completely?
I would like to be able to use the cupboard to store other things if possible.
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For the benefit of others. Here is what I did. It may look like overkill, but I didn't want anything hanging from cabinetry and loosen it. My install hangs from the RV frame and actually adds strength to the cabinets. I can still store things behind.
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For the benefit of others. Here is what I did. It may look like overkill, but I didn't want anything hanging from cabinetry and loosen it. My install hangs from the RV frame and actually adds strength to the cabinets. I can still store things behind.
Thanks for these pics!!! Can you give me anymore details like the make/model of the arm?
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Here is a link to the locking TV mount I spoke of in my pm to you.
30% Off Flat Screen TV Mounts - LCD TV Wall Mounts - TV Mounting Brackets

I bought mine off the shelf from Future Shop. I would have bought the locking one like in the link had I known they were available.
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Here is a link to the locking TV mount I spoke of in my pm to you.
30% Off Flat Screen TV Mounts - LCD TV Wall Mounts - TV Mounting Brackets

I bought mine off the shelf from Future Shop. I would have bought the locking one like in the link had I known they were available.
Awesome!!!
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To avoid losing cabinet space, you could install a large door over the opening, using a through bolted (not screwed) piano hinge to carry the weight, then bolt the TV to the outside of the door. It may be necessary to back the door and the cabinet side of the hinge with steel plates to reinforce it.
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I have a stereo receiver and DVD/VCR inside my cubby secured by a ratcheting tie down. Then a flat screen LCD mounted on an arm like the ones above. It covers everything but can swing out for access to the receiver and player.
When traveling, I secure the t.v. with a bungie tied to the back of it.
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