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Old 12-20-2016, 08:55 AM   #1
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2005 Newmar Northern Star TV Cabinet - TV Surround Frame Removal

"007" asked that I post a tutorial about how my TV cabinet comes apart. A little background first. The P.O. removed the original TV sometime ago and installed a Sony Bravia. I wanted to use an HDMI port for a Chromecast installation but couldn't budge the TV as it wasn't mounted on a bracket of any kind that I could see and it would not pull out from the cabinet.

In order to understand what I was dealing with I had to climb onto the dash and peer inside the TV cabinet from the backside through the ventilation mesh. What I saw really astounded me. The P.O. had permanently mounted the TV to a plywood bracket he built.

So, I set out to remove the frame surrounding the TV to gain access to the TV itself and ultimately an HDMI port to install the Chromecast.

The procedure below will more than likely help others that are wondering how to get that surround frame from around your TV. It's really simple once you know how,

My TV was flush mounted to the P.O.'s plywood bracket. The back of the TV surround frame terminates in front of plywood or even with the back of the TV.



To gain access to the TV I asked here on the forum if these buttons were the clue to getting the frame out. It turns out they are decorative and just need to be popped off to gain access to the screws underneath them. My coach had three of the vinyl padded buttons, YRMV.



Additionally there was a screw located in the upper right side of the cabinet on the TV's left.



Once the four screws were removed I could then remove the TV Surround Frame.

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My TV had been replaced with an LED TV by the previous owner. I wanted to connect to the rear inputs but couldn't get at them. Ended up taking the cabinet front off and found a steel bar attached to the back of the TV that was anchored to the sides of the cabinet. I don't know where the installer thought this TV was going, as it is too big to come thru the front frame, but it was in there, solid. I took the bar off and left it off...
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Old 12-21-2016, 09:37 PM   #3
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Thanks Charlie I will add to the list and if you put in a new LCD or add what ever you did for others that may have same problems.
The Northstars sure had them installed differently.
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