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Old 04-06-2009, 07:51 AM   #1
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LCD TV replacement with plastic bezel?

My '02 Winnie 32V Adventurer has a white plastic bezel around the 25" RCA front TV. All of the LCD upgrages I see have a wood Bezel which seems easier to work with. Has anyone done a conversion (with pics of course) with this situation? I have a 27" LCD HD TV I would like to swap in. The exist RCA TV mount is a heavy steel frame under and on the sides of the TV with a clamp than pushes down on top of the TV so it looks like I will have a good sturdy frame that I can fab up a rear mount surface to. Wondering if it would be easier to use a swivel mount so it is easier to get to the wires, but then I would probably have to run a strap around it to hold it in place when I travel.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:23 AM   #2
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Here are pics of the existing mount with the bezel removed and the new TV sitting on the bezel:


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Old 04-07-2009, 05:36 AM   #3
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There have been several threads on replacing old TVs with LCD TVs. Here is a good one that includes photos. Try doing a search to see what else turns up.
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I just did one in mine, and initially had a articulating arm. No matter how tight I made it, it still had a little play. It may be fine for a home, but I was not satisfied using it with a new tv bouncing down the road. I would suggest getting a tilt mount.
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Got it done. I sandwiched 2 layers of 3/4" birch plywood, bolted aluminum angles to each end then bolted the angles to the steel surround. Added another layer of 3/4" ply to get the bracket out far enough. Used a simple wall mount bracket I already had, not really intended for an RV, so I added a safety strap for when I am in motion.







The black pulls at each side are used to strap the TV in place while travelling. Gives me a feeling of security while I am driving with the TV just over my head. With just the pop up roof antenna, I was able to pull in 8 crystal clear digital channels and about 20 useable analog channels at home which is about 40 miles northwest of Detroit. It will be interesting to see what I can pull in at the campgrounds that don't have cable. Oh yea, as you can see by everyone's favorite RV movie on the screen, I got the DVD player working with both component and composite inputs. I had to use the TV headphone output to send a signal to the surround system, the RCA outputs were a constant volume, very loud, and I need to control volume with the TV volume control. I have to add a filler strip at the top yet, but for now I am very happy with the result.
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CJ, great install. Would you mind telling me the brand and screen size of the new LCD. Also was is the height and width of the plastic bezel.
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It is a 27" Insignia, the cheapest we could find at Best Buy. We intended to use it in our spare bedroom, but decided it will get a lot more use in the MH. Our MH is in storage for the next 2 months so I can't get the dimensions of the bezel, but it was made to fit around an analog 27" RCA TV.

As a side note, anyone know how to edit the thread title so I can correct my bad spelling of plastic?
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As a side note, anyone know how to edit the thread title so I can correct my bad spelling of plastic?
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We're practically neighbors, I am in Commerce Twp. I like what you did. I also have the same vintage Winnie as you and have the same plastic surround. I was thinking of either painting the surround black to hide it more or changing it to wood (attaching it to metal frame with L brackets) so that my LCD conversion would sit more flush with the rest of the cabinetry. I had to replace the RCA unit some time ago and currently, a Philips tube unit is sitting there. This tv did not have a variable RCA output (same issue as your new tv), so I bought a N-22V from here http://www.davidnavone.com/cart.asp?24&cat=5 though it doesn't allow remote volume control though...
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As a follow-up, I really have no issue with the slight voids between the TV and bezel, so I am going to leave it as-is. My last campsite (Silver Lake dunes, west Michigan) was too far from town to pick up any stations. I see Winegard has an add-on to the batwing antenna intended to help with the digital reception. Anyone tried it out?
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As a follow-up, I really have no issue with the slight voids between the TV and bezel, so I am going to leave it as-is. My last campsite (Silver Lake dunes, west Michigan) was too far from town to pick up any stations. I see Winegard has an add-on to the batwing antenna intended to help with the digital reception. Anyone tried it out?
Several have reported that they have tried the Wingman and all have reported at least some improvement in the signal. It does appear to make the antenna even more directional than it already was but that just means you may need to tweak the antenna a bit more to get the best reception.
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As a follow-up, I really have no issue with the slight voids between the TV and bezel, so I am going to leave it as-is. My last campsite (Silver Lake dunes, west Michigan) was too far from town to pick up any stations. I see Winegard has an add-on to the batwing antenna intended to help with the digital reception. Anyone tried it out?
Before you buy one, make sure you have enough clearance between the antenna and other units on roof. I think it is 10" long and only goes on one side of the antenna.
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