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Old 08-22-2017, 03:43 PM   #1
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Front Overhead TV Discussion

Let's talk about that front TV above the driver and passenger seats. Any of the RV's I am looking at have a living room and bedroom TV. Do I really need that front one, too?

Now, I'm sure I could find a reason once in awhile to have both the living room TV and front overhead TV on at the same time but it seems to be very infrequent in my mind.

How many really use both TV's frequently. They look cool when I see them in an RV but then I wonder if I need that added. Anyone have it added and then a year later realize you really don't use it that much?

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The front TV allows viewing from various locations in the front. The rear TV is pretty much limited to watching it from the bed. We use both infrequently while visiting interesting places, more often when in boring places.
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Old 08-22-2017, 03:56 PM   #3
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The front TV allows viewing from various locations in the front. The rear TV is pretty much limited to watching it from the bed. We use both infrequently while visiting interesting places, more often when in boring places.
Unsure what you mean. The RV's I'm looking at have a TV in the bedroom and another one in the living room. I have an option to add the front overhead one also. This would make it 3 TV's in all. The living room and bedroom are standard
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We removed the front and an exterior TV from our build. I guess the front *could* have been used if we have a bunch of folks in the rig and needed the couch (that's in front of the LR TV). But anytime we've had that many people inside, we haven't used TVs at all.

Haven't missed either TV. Two is plenty for a couple full timing.
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We have one and watch it when we are eating. Now I can almost keep up with Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy. Is it necessary .... NO... but it was free with the RV!
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Unsure what you mean. The RV's I'm looking at have a TV in the bedroom and another one in the living room. I have an option to add the front overhead one also. This would make it 3 TV's in all. The living room and bedroom are standard
I have 4 TVs (not my idea ... purchased used). 1 front, 1 mid, 1 bedroom, 1 outside ... very seldom do we use any TV other than mid and bedroom. The only time we have used the front is when we overnight without using slides ... the mid is covered by the slide.
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I have one TV in my MH and seldom bother to turn it on. It's overhead between the driver's and passenger's front seats. I don't have slides. My couch is behind the driver's seat and the dinette is across from the couch.
I certainly don't need a TV behind the couch. Then I'd be limited to sit in the dinette or swivel recliner behind the passenger's seat. I don't have eyes in the back of my head. My TV has been upgraded to a 32" unit mounted from the inside of the cabinet on a wall bracket which allows me to pull it away from the original cabinet and turn it in any direction I choose.
I have only turned the set on once since I have done the upgrade just to see if it worked. The grandchildren have used it to watch movies via DVD. The DVD's store nicely behind the TV in the original cabinet for the previous TV. Push the TV back for travel and head on out.
I also have a 19" TV which I can place anywhere I want. I have several cable hookups in my MH. I can set it up in the bedroom if I wish but why bother. When I hit the sack I am ready to sleep and don't need a babysitter. I wouldn't stay awake long enough to see all the commercials before the news came on anyway.
I can take the smaller TV outside if I like and set it anywhere I want but wouldn't use it, so I don't. If it is nice enough to be outside I'd rather be doing something else rather than watching the boob tube.
I live in a 2 story house with 1 TV in the living room. I can't imagine needing more than 1 TV in my MH.
Maybe I should put a TV behind the couch in my house just to see how that works out.
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I think 2 TVs in the living room is 1 too many. How did we ever do without?
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We have 3 and use them all. No over dash but I'd like to have one to cash me GPS and cameras to
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I have one TV in my MH and seldom bother to turn it on. It's overhead between the driver's and passenger's front seats. I don't have slides. My couch is behind the driver's seat and the dinette is across from the couch.
I certainly don't need a TV behind the couch. Then I'd be limited to sit in the dinette or swivel recliner behind the passenger's seat. I don't have eyes in the back of my head. My TV has been upgraded to a 32" unit mounted from the inside of the cabinet on a wall bracket which allows me to pull it away from the original cabinet and turn it in any direction I choose.
I have only turned the set on once since I have done the upgrade just to see if it worked. The grandchildren have used it to watch movies via DVD. The DVD's store nicely behind the TV in the original cabinet for the previous TV. Push the TV back for travel and head on out.
I also have a 19" TV which I can place anywhere I want. I have several cable hookups in my MH. I can set it up in the bedroom if I wish but why bother. When I hit the sack I am ready to sleep and don't need a babysitter. I wouldn't stay awake long enough to see all the commercials before the news came on anyway.
I can take the smaller TV outside if I like and set it anywhere I want but wouldn't use it, so I don't. If it is nice enough to be outside I'd rather be doing something else rather than watching the boob tube.
I live in a 2 story house with 1 TV in the living room. I can't imagine needing more than 1 TV in my MH.
Maybe I should put a TV behind the couch in my house just to see how that works out.
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For the most part I agree. The only TV I really care about is the outdoor TV. Ironic, since I spend most of my time outside but I wouldn't use the outside TV for movies or news. I "need" it on when the fall comes and football hits.

The only time I think I would consider watching the inside TV is if I was stuck inside for a few days due to weather.
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We like having one over the windshield so we can look out. Never much to look at toward the bathroom.
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Likewise, 1 overhead 40" does us well. On our floorplan a 2nd mid coach won't fut.
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Have a 32" over the dash, a 48" midships and a 36" in the bedroom. Both the front and midships TV are the same brand and have a infrared repeater so turning one on turns both on. Almost no way to avoid it unless I manually turn one off. Sound from the satellite dish goes through the surround sound system, even turning both TV's off leaves the sound on, plus if I set that wrong the exterior speakers are on even though there's no TV there.
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Well,
It's all about OPTIONS. One has the OPTION of viewing the front one, or, the OPTION of climbing into bed and watching the rear one. You simply pick which one is of value TO YOU at the present time. Entertainment, is of value to a very large percentage of RV folks, even though they're in an RV and are out and about, camping, in an RV park, out boondocking and any other place, many still like different forms of entertainment.

With that being said, just how MUCH you, as an individual, use yours, is going to be considerably different, than the amount any other humanoid uses theirs, in their RV.

Then, there's the times when, it's possible that a husband and wife, may not want to view the same show, at the same time. We've done that quite a few times. It's not a practice but, it's happened from time to time. You don't have to do EVERYTHING together, every minute of your married life. There are times when SEPARATION is a good thing. And something like entertainment, as in TV, is one of those.

Some might not even turn their TVs on during a night, a week, or even the whole trip. That's why we all have choices. If the large, center, above mounted TV is of no use to you, well, you have another CHOICE, get rid of it in favor of whatever suits your fancy. More shelves, storage, anything is possible.

Reading books is not something that everyone does well. Some, are not very good readers so, the TV is of more value to them if, they are not entertained by any other form. For some of us, it's of fair to important value. In that, many of us have taken the time, the HUGE effort, the money and the work, it takes to replace an older, boat anchor, extra heavy factory installed, not so good, TV and, replace it with a much newer, more up to date, more capable, and SERIOUSLY LIGHTER LED version.

We've had to re-work electronics, cabinetry and more, to gain better entertainment not if, but when we use it. Again, all a matter of choice and, what's of value to you, not the rest of us.
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