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Old 09-08-2006, 04:50 AM   #1
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I have a 2000 Diplomat with the TV in the corner over the driver's seat(ye olde head knocker!). I'd like to remove the old CRT tube TV and install a flat panel TV. While I'm at it I'd like to reduce the depth of this cabinet by about 6 inches. It looks like its separate from the rest of the overhead cabinets in the front of the coach. Have any of you ever removed this cabinet and if so, how?

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I have a 2000 Diplomat with the TV in the corner over the driver's seat(ye olde head knocker!). I'd like to remove the old CRT tube TV and install a flat panel TV. While I'm at it I'd like to reduce the depth of this cabinet by about 6 inches. It looks like its separate from the rest of the overhead cabinets in the front of the coach. Have any of you ever removed this cabinet and if so, how?

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Old 09-08-2006, 09:20 AM   #3
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Hi Gaines -

I can't wait to read the replies on this one. I'm looking to do the same thing for my bedroom tv, but each time I look at it the project it seems to get bigger and bigger. Sooooooo, that means I'm gonna wait and learn from y'all.

I'm sure someone will come along soon with some good ideas.

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Old 09-09-2006, 10:52 AM   #4
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How come you don't have an LCD in your BR? Mayebe they had a mid year change. Oh well.
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Old 09-11-2006, 03:26 AM   #5
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Hi Flyer -

Nope, got a plain ole 20" CRT-type. Takes up a lot of space, and I keep thinking about all that wasted room back there.

I think mine was one of the first 2006's, so I suspect it was a mid-year change. What brand/size is in yours? Maybe getting the same one would save a lot of work/effort/frustration/etc (I've been told that as a woodworker, it's a darn good thing I was an electrical engineer).

How's the trip going?

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(bringing your question back on top for folks to see)

Hi Gaines -
Have you talked to the folks at Monaco? They may have some suggestions, or even the drawings for the cabinet. You're not too far from the Wildwood FL Service Center, have you considered dropping-by there and asking them?

The 'head-knocker' tv concept was one of the prime reasons I dragged my feet for so long about getting a front-door coach. Every single one we looked at in RV-Shows or at dealers went thru THE TEST to see if I could get in or out without denting the cabinet (or my head), and all failed miserably til the mfgrs started putting the thinner LCD screens up-front. I usually wear a ballcap and even now can still feel the cabinet gently 'dgraze it a bit if I'm not careful, but nowhere like with a tube-tv.

I noticed that my flat-screen is perpendicular to the floor, that is to say the screen faces straight out at almost ceiling-level height. I think it woulda been nice if they aligned it a bit downward to coincide with where we sit looking at the tv, instead assuming we are all 6'5" and watch tv standing up. Oh well, a minor issue.

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I have a friend doing the same on banging his head, a rig same as yours. Your cabinets are screwed together with wood strips holding cabs to walls and other cabs. If you are lucky you might only have to remove TV cabinet in chain of cabs, remove and cut "back side" of cab and than remount. When you measure for TV make sure you have space on left hand side to mount LCD most come with spks on each side for stereo sound. You may find one with spks on bottom and built in DVD player.
For mounting you could go to my post in NEWMAR forum to give you some ideas, the space in box could be built with shelfs for your DVD's.

Have fun and good luck with your project.
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Trip is going well. The rear LCD TV is a Viewsonic N2010. It's a real simple install. I know because I removed it to see if I could figure out why the picture is black and white and not color. I could't find anything loose, so ????. I'll let Monaco figure ot out.
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Old 09-21-2006, 02:45 AM   #9
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My fiance took down the old corner TV in our '96 Monaco Dynasty, cut, pasted and put a metal slide in the remaining frame with a wooden box at the back of the slide apparatus. The resulting flat screen TV looks like it was an original install and we have a hidey-hole for valuables when we go out. Surrounded by oak as originally intended. It's great and he's not even a woodworker type!

I believe you could do the same and recess the box by cutting a portion of the back of the cabinet off.

When he wakes up, I'll ask for more information. It's beautiful and worked like a charm. Oh, you have to put a lock on the TV as we found it slides out when going up-hill and vibrates out a bit on the road. A bungie cord around the entire thing also works for traveling. IIt doesn't fall because of the metal slide apparatus, but the first time it slid out, it was definitely disconcerting for the driver.
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M&M Bus, that sounds exactly like what I was thinking of trying(pulling the old cabinet and reducing the size of it by cutting part of the back off of the cabinet and reinstalling it). If you could give me some details on how your fiance did yours it would be greatly appreciated! Good tip on the lock if it's slide mounted. I was thinking about using one of those arms that mounts to a base plate and articulates so it could be pulled out of the cabinet and angled more toward the center of the coach.

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