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Old 02-17-2020, 10:19 PM   #1
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Class A Outside TV

Does anyone know of manufacturer of Exterior TV insert to put into wall of RV for outside viewing? Girard makes one but difficult to hook up with them and they put very little on their website! Supposedly they have a 40" TV unit and 60" TV unit. Has anyone had one of these installed and how did it work out? I also understand that the entry door of unit is electric open and close!

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Old 02-18-2020, 10:24 AM   #2
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I am guessing Girard is more interested in talking to RV OEMs that would buy in Qty than dealing with DIY'rs questions.

The install would be a "B" level DIY project which exceeds the great majority of DIY'rs.

Determining where to mount (not in the way of something already in the wall that can't be rerouted), cutting the hole, not damaging the exterior panel (for reuse without custom painting the replacement), resupporting the studs, Routing the cables, installing the housing, weather tight, install a control system, ensuring nothing gets pinched or rubbed, installing the electronics, all add up to a relatively complicated install.

And if you had those skills...nothing stopping you from fabricating it all yourself That's what I would do...

You will also hear from lots that they wouldn't put a TV outside because they have one and never use it. And from others that say the glare is too much. And others will say its obnoxious to have that being used in the great outdoors.

Also don't forget that for outdoor use, the TV itself is important. A true outdoor rated TV is $3K minimum that has high Lumens, antiglare screen coatings, conformal coated circuit boards, sealed screen bezel against moisture penetration etc. Most all companies / DIY'rs ignore this aspect...and I would too for mine...but longevity will be sacrificed.

There are also forum posts that talk about mounting a TV on an existing baggage door with swing mounts. That is more DIY friendly as a "C" level project. On the Newmar threads...

If you are asking, then it just might be that you don't have the experience to DIY this type of project. But we are here to help
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Old 02-18-2020, 11:43 AM   #3
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It would be easier and cheaper to design a mount that swings out or swings down inside an open bay. I see you have a Monaco which means the bay doors swing up. Mount the top of the TV to the top of the bay door and then latch the bottom of the TV to the bottom of the bay door. This way, the TV will drop down when you open the bay door. You can also mount it on a slide rail and slide it into the bay sideways.

Mounting the TV down low is a much better option then in the side of the coach. First off, the position is immediately too high for straight on viewing and even worse if the coach is high on that side. On both our Dutch Stars, the side mounted TV only swiveled side to side which only made it useable at night. On my current Dutch Star, I added a tilt mount so we can better see the TV.
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Old 02-19-2020, 09:04 AM   #4
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I talked to Girard today and was sent some pictures of installation! Great idea and prefer the option of installing on side wall. There is an electric screw motor that opens and closes the cover, water tight etc. The opt ions are a 43" size tv insert and a 60'. Chuck the salesman worked for Monaco back in the day and pattened this product. The product is really sweet looking! Sizes of the outside of hole needed to fit tv box is 45 3/4 is the left to right hole - 29 1/2 is top to bottom size - 2 inches deep clearance beyond the wall. I have a number of pictures attached - the idea of hitting a button, the cover opens with a screw driven motor and BINGO is right up my alley. Especially considering we tailgate quite a few football games yearly and bucket list item is to make it thru the SEC conference football.






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Old 02-19-2020, 09:29 AM   #5
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That is sweet! Did you get a cost?
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Old 02-19-2020, 08:25 PM   #6
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I'll take a guess at price (without having thought it thru much)

TV: $1200
Box: $2000
Installation: $1000
Paint: $1500 (depends on number of colors)
Electrical: $750
$7500 total.

Any other guesses?
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Old 02-19-2020, 11:29 PM   #7
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Girard Box. $1250
TV $. $400
Install & Paint $2350

Total Cost. $4000

Going to pull the trigger & get a sweet addition to our travels!!
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Old 02-20-2020, 10:35 PM   #8
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Not too bad.
Did they say what they do for insulation? Foam to make up for the hole?

What TV? Size? Looks like a 42" Certainly not an outdoor TV.

Do you already have wiring for HDMI / power in the same area?

The box is reasonable.
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Makes my 36" in the basement look ghetto. Of course I'm only into it $149 and one ea hdmi/coax cable lol...
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Old 02-20-2020, 11:45 PM   #10
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It will hold a 43Ē tv, just flat screen & probably a Samsung. The box is weather proof & led lighting around backside of tv. No insulation I know of but thatís understandable! As fast as HDMI & power when we previously renovated interior we removed the small couch & installed a cabinet w a fireplace & lift tv so both are there for power & HDMI. It should be a very cool edition to Coach & compliment our tailgating!! Not enough room for speaker bar but a wise choice of a Samsung & more than enough volume! Will try to attach pic of cabinet on other side.
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Old 02-21-2020, 02:29 PM   #11
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Just an FYI, have a few more pics to add for any Monaco Diplomat owners & one pic showing how it extends inside beyond wall2Ē, contact for these units are Charles Singleton - Girard - charlessingleton@girardrv.com / (760) 902-1095
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Looks great! Thatís one of those jobs you measure 10 times and cut once.
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I see they mounted it under the window...that makes sense because there shouldn't be any vertical pipes and certainly no studs that are structure bearing there since the windows already eliminated them. You could be a Left / Right in wall speakers on the sides of the TV.

Are the diagonals in the middle picture what they used for supporting the window from the RV factory? And they were cutout for the TV box. Then, the TV box provides the structure.
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Old 11-28-2021, 09:13 PM   #14
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This was amazing. Did you go through with this?
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