Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Alpine Coach Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-27-2021, 03:54 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Jim A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,817
Plasma Monitor Replacement

My old 37" Panasonic plasma started having issues connecting with some of my HDMI components. The issue seemed to be with the HDMI "handshake" between components. I connected the same components to a portable Vizio LED TV through essentially the same connections, and everything worked fine. Coupled with the 50 pound weight and the power hungry nature of the plasma, I decided it was time to give up my beloved plasma. (Plasma screens have long since been off the market.)

A search of the internet found a relatively limited number of options that would fit the existing opening with no cabinet modifications. The largest screen I could use was a 40" LED TV. I found that most TV's in that size class are now 43", with a limited choice of 40" LED models left. (Nobody makes an OLED TV in that size.) I chose the 13 pound Hisense 40H550F, partly due to reviews and the fact that it uses the Android TV software, which I am familiar with due to my Nvidia Shield streaming device.

Next was deciding how to mount it. My friend and I once removed and reinstalled the plasma, so I know how fun it is to hold up a TV and try to install the necessary screws into the TV. Especially a 50# plasma! I found the Hangman Simple TV Hanger. The new TV is WAY under the weight rating for the Hangman.

https://hangmanproducts.com/products...ount-tv-hanger

My local Walmart carried it in stock. It isn't designed for RV use, but should work fine anyway. The Hangman is an aluminum French cleat that mounts to the VESA spaced mounting holes found on most flat screen TV's. The mating cleat mounts to the wall, or in my case, to 2" aluminum angle iron brackets I mounted between the plasma mount brackets. I put a wood block on the lower TV mounting holes, and screwed the wood to the lower bracket I installed. The TV simply goes over the mating cleat and drops down to hold it in place. The TV can slide side to side as needed to center the TV in the opening. Two wood screws into the wood block lock it in place. The Hangman is designed to hold the TV 1" from the wall. My old plasma had 3/4" spacers, so I added 1/4" spacers to my bracket mounting to keep the screen approximately the same distance from the cabinet.

Anyone looking to mount flat screen TV's might want to look into the Hangman Simple TV Hanger. The only slight drawback I see with use of the Hangman mount is the fact that the cleat goes over the mating cleat, and drops down 1/2" to lock in place. So the TV will by necessity not be touching the ceiling. Not a big deal in my application. And it is very easy to remove the TV and reinstall it. Just remove the two wood screws and lift it off.

The 40" LED TV is actually about an inch narrower than the 37" plasma, so I added 3/8" trim to the cabinets on each side. These can be seen if you look closely at the finished TV.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Mounting Brackets Coach.JPG
Views:	16
Size:	351.7 KB
ID:	337483   Click image for larger version

Name:	French Cleat TV Mount.JPG
Views:	14
Size:	481.9 KB
ID:	337484  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Hisense LED TV.JPG
Views:	13
Size:	479.4 KB
ID:	337485  
__________________
Jim A
'04 Alpine Coach 36' MDDS
Jim A is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-27-2021, 07:39 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2021
Posts: 834
Nice work. We still have a plasma at the house. I much prefer the image quality over any LED or OLED screen that I have seen. It will be a sad day when the plasma TV fails.
Kid Gloves is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2021, 08:49 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Arizona
Posts: 1,039
That is some seriously nice work.
__________________
2016 Fleetwood Bounder 33C. Towing 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
F454941
Elwood58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2021, 08:56 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Jim A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,817
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kid Gloves View Post
Nice work. We still have a plasma at the house. I much prefer the image quality over any LED or OLED screen that I have seen. It will be a sad day when the plasma TV fails.
I would have to say I agree with you 50%. I too much prefer the image quality over any LED TV I have seen. And I am sure the LED I got will not be the exception. But I will take the OLED over the plasma when properly adjusted. The plasma has served me well, and I certainly got my money's worth out of it. It might take me a while to discard it! I debated living with the component video connection in place of the HDMI.
__________________
Jim A
'04 Alpine Coach 36' MDDS
Jim A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2021, 08:58 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Jim A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,817
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elwood58 View Post
That is some seriously nice work.
Thank you!
__________________
Jim A
'04 Alpine Coach 36' MDDS
Jim A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2021, 08:10 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: SoOC
Posts: 488
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kid Gloves View Post
Nice work. We still have a plasma at the house. I much prefer the image quality over any LED or OLED screen that I have seen. It will be a sad day when the plasma TV fails.
totally agree. I was sorely disappointed when my Philips home 63" plasma seemingly died, but the 82" new, Sammy was returned after 2 weeks of repeat attempts to duplicate the PQ. I was thrilled to find the Philips issue was temporary and returned to full function and quality

BTW, using a Kill-o-Watt meter, the huge plasma showed 55W when on; power hungry? Maybe not so. Heavy? Indeed.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elwood58 View Post
That is some seriously nice work.
DITTO

Also, Jim, have you tried different HDMI cables? My ROKU fed plasma occasionally indicates connection issues, but 99% of the time works. All cables, as you likely know, are not equal.
__________________
2007 Alpine SE 34FDDS + Cherokee Trailhawk
whalepirot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2021, 10:38 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2021
Posts: 834
55W is an interesting number. I recently ran a battery test on our home solar battery back up power system. According to the Victron 712, the 55” Hitachi Ultravision Director’s Series, uses 350-400W, and it does put out some heat.
Kid Gloves is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2021, 10:50 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Podivin's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Jacksonville, Fl
Posts: 3,220
Quote:
Originally Posted by whalepirot View Post
<snip>

Also, Jim, have you tried different HDMI cables? My ROKU fed plasma occasionally indicates connection issues, but 99% of the time works. All cables, as you likely know, are not equal.
In addition to this, cables can fail. I recently had to change the HDMI cable from the blue ray player to the front TV in the RV. The TV would turn on as it recognized that the player had been turned on, but it wouldn't display anything or play sound. After messing with all the settings that I could find I finally tried a new cable - problem solved.
__________________
2013 Winnebago Sightseer 36V
Podivin is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2021, 11:27 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Jim A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,817
Quote:
Originally Posted by whalepirot View Post
Also, Jim, have you tried different HDMI cables? My ROKU fed plasma occasionally indicates connection issues, but 99% of the time works. All cables, as you likely know, are not equal.
I have 3 components connected to one TV input using an HDMI switch. Two of the components would not work, although both worked occasionally for a short period. The third (the least watched, of course) worked fine using all the same cables. All three worked fine with the switch output routed to a different TV.

Everything worked with all the same HDMI cables if I disconnected the HDMI cable at the plasma, and connected it through an HDMI to component video converter, connected to the component video input.

All a moot point as the new TV is already in place and working fine.
__________________
Jim A
'04 Alpine Coach 36' MDDS
Jim A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2021, 11:30 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Forest River Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Johnson City, TX
Posts: 1,056
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kid Gloves View Post
Nice work. We still have a plasma at the house. I much prefer the image quality over any LED or OLED screen that I have seen. It will be a sad day when the plasma TV fails.
Same here, I have a Panasonic 60VT50 and a 65VT60. I'm going to be very sad when they die, but my A/C bill and electric bill won't be. The 65 pulls 900 watts!
__________________
2018 Rockwood 2304DS Ultra Light pulled by 2018 Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel 4x4
RobbieH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2021, 06:57 PM   #11
Member
 
Alpine Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 94
Great job Jim… I’m duly impressed with the fit and finish of the cabinet. You might even improve your mileage by substantially reducing the overall weight. Cheers!
__________________
Max Wasinger
2004 Alpine 36’ MDDS
Mjw2347 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ace, monitor, replace, replacement



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Panasonic 37" plasma monitor availability Jim&MaryJo Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 3 06-26-2010 02:49 PM
Converting front CRT TV to Plasma or LCD KC1BUD Damon 16 08-12-2009 04:04 PM
Plasma TV and Storage? Northern-Canadian Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 6 09-20-2008 02:55 AM
Big Screen Plasma or LCD TV Better For Traveling? Beachcomer iRV2.com General Discussion 6 08-11-2007 05:19 AM
Plasma Display (TV) Donna H. Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 8 04-13-2005 05:33 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.