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LED TV To Replace Original TV In Motorhome


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#1 sunriff

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:50 AM

We are replacing our big TV with a light weight Flat Screened Emerson 32". Can anyone tell me if this will withstand the bouncing going down the road. Or could anyone tell me what is the best to get and which mount is good to use. Thank you


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#2 rossboyer

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:11 PM

I don't think that anyone can guarantee that a particular brand or type of TV will withstand the road shock in a motor home, but I have installed LCD TVs in 3 different motor homes. Those motor homes have traveled 12,000 to 20,000 miles per year for at last 3 years without difficulty. The brand I used was Toshiba. I liked the ability with the Toshiba TV to make the connections from the antenna, DirecTV, and outside cable at the TV which allowed me to switch between those sources with the Remote. The real key is how well you mount the TV to reduce residual vibration. I made my own mountings using flat bar and angle aluminum stock from a big box store. I do not have pictures to share. I was able to provide a pivot to allow access to the rear of the TV to work with the wiring. There was enough space behind the new TV to install the base speaker for the surround sound which gave me additional foot and leg space at the drivers seat.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 12:25 PM

My front TV is a Samsung LED 40 inch which 1.2 inches thick. I made a mount out of aluminum angle and hinged it from the top and used gas struts. I made a new cabinet which is about 10 inches thick with shelves for dvds. I've had it for 3 years and 20k miles. I've used flat screen TVs for 10 years with no problems.
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:52 PM

I replaced my 30" with a 36" LCD. It has been in a couple years now and I have had no problems with it.

I modified the enclosure (mid coach) and used a full artiulating arm. When we are moving i strap it in tight.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:17 PM

I am in the middle of changing out our front 25" CRT with a new 32" LED. The LED TVs are lighter, and the one I got, a JVC weighs in at 9.5 lbs. The reason I got this size is that it will fit within the old enclosure and a 40" would be too big. I am getting a stationairy mount from CW that I will need to mount to a piece of 3/4" plywood. The plywood also fits within the old enclosure and will be anchored to 2X4" on each side. There should be enough room at the bottom on the enclosure to have a shelf for the DVD player and a sound-bar, (if I decide I want that). I do have to build a new face-frame to replace the one I removed, I think I have the skills to that.
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:13 PM

Here's a picture of my LED TV that I installed this Winter.

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What the TV used to look like.
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What it looks like now.
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:51 PM

Tell me about it Jack. I just removed our CRT and replaced it with a 32" Vizio. I cut my cabnit back 7" and reinstalled every thing. Removeing the old CRT should improve my MPG with that reduction in weight.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:08 PM

Tell me about it Jack. I just removed our CRT and replaced it with a 32" Vizio. I cut my cabnit back 7" and reinstalled every thing. Removeing the old CRT should improve my MPG with that reduction in weight.

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Good thinking Herman!
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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:47 PM

I installed a LED LCD tv into the orginal wooden cabinet in place of the old CRT tv. The new tv was about 1/4 narrower than the cabinet

inside width so was mounted in from behind and held in place with wood trim strips behind the tv. So no tv mounting kit was used.

A gap at the top had to be fill with a piece of maple that matched the cabinet.  LED tv's are very thin & light so mount easily. I think the

Westinghouse 32" model I used weighted 14 lbs.


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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:27 PM

On the installs that I do, I angle the tv downward so that the center of the screen up and down is at 90 degrees aimed at you eyes.  This gives you the best picture.


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Posted 08 October 2013 - 11:49 AM

I replaced the 25" boat anchor in my Itasca Horizon with a 32" LED TV (widest that would fit in between the cabinets on each side) and have had no problems.  I utilized the metal shelf which the former set occupied to bear the weight of the new TV which was less than 20 pounds and fabricated a mount that would attach to the standard wall mounting provisions on the back of the set to hold it in the proper position.  I've got pictures and a description of how to do it...send PM if you are interested.

 

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 11:14 PM

Here is the link to the post on my TV replacements, front and rear.  There are pictures with my post.  I did this in March of 2009, 50,000 miles ago and both TV's are going strong, no problems whatsoever.  I didn't go into detail on the mounting bracket but it was a rectangle made to fit the inside width of the cabinet.  The height of the rectangle was three inches greater than the spacing of the mounting lugs on the rear of the TV.  Vertical members were installed spaced horizontally to match the mounting lugs on the TV.  Holes were drilled to match.  I've had no problems with that mount.  As a bonus, I was able to cut down the size of the cabinet both in vertical dimension and also in depth of the cabinet.  I hit my head much less often than I used to!  Casual visitors would have to work to hit the cabinet as they come up the stairs now.

 

Note that the second TV I purchased had plastic mounting lugs and would not have worked in this application.  Check any TV that you purchase to be sure that the mounting lugs are metal and firmly secured to the frame of the TV itself.  If I had read the mounting instructions I would have suspected this but I bought the second TV as a close-out when Circuit City went out of business.  I had to download the owners manual after I had purchased the TV.  The owners manual specified that the TV must be mounted vertically, not tilted.


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 04:51 PM

2003 Fleetwood Bounder, 32W, Gas, TV Upgrade.

 

I'm about to upgrade our front TV in the overhead from the old tube Panasonic to a LED Flatscreen.

I am hoping to be able to watch TV off of our batteries when we are not plugged in and without the generator running (We needed either of these for the old TV to work).

 

The new TV draws 65W.

 

My questions are:

1. Is it feasible that I can run direct from my Coach batteries (2 new 6 volt Golf Cart type). 

2. Any tips on where to draw the power from and/or how?

 

- Our recepticles only work on 110 when plugged in or from the genny when on. (we are trying to avoid this when boondocking).
- Up front there are 3 x 12V cig lighters but they appear to only come off the chassis battery?

 

Any help sure is appreciated!

 

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 10:55 AM

I posted a note in 2013 that is was interested in replacing the TVs in my 2002 Winnebago Journey, I received a note last week about the mounts used. I decided to have it done at Holland Motor Homes in Holland, Michigan. They did a great job but I am not sure what type of mounts they used. If you call Scott at Holland Motor Homes I am sure he could tell you.
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Posted 24 March 2014 - 11:29 AM

 

2003 Fleetwood Bounder, 32W, Gas, TV Upgrade.

 

I'm about to upgrade our front TV in the overhead from the old tube Panasonic to a LED Flatscreen.

I am hoping to be able to watch TV off of our batteries when we are not plugged in and without the generator running (We needed either of these for the old TV to work).

 

The new TV draws 65W.

 

My questions are:

1. Is it feasible that I can run direct from my Coach batteries (2 new 6 volt Golf Cart type). 

2. Any tips on where to draw the power from and/or how?

 

- Our recepticles only work on 110 when plugged in or from the genny when on. (we are trying to avoid this when boondocking).
- Up front there are 3 x 12V cig lighters but they appear to only come off the chassis battery?

 

Any help sure is appreciated!

 

Jim

 

You will need an inverter which should be a pure sine wave type.  They come in different watt ratings, 200-400 watt should work well.  The inverter will be wired direct to the batteries.


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Posted 05 May 2015 - 04:17 PM

Replaced two inside 2008 models for 2014 LED models this last fall.  LG is the units we choose due to that is what Tiffin chose to put in their new coaches after a lot of testing.  We were able to go bigger size in the living room / kitchen on the back wall by having built a frame to slant the unit away and at an angle from the outside wall and than attched the old metal original TV support.  It has done well traveling.  We used the original metal frame to support the larger new LED TV for the bedroom as well.


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 11:39 AM

So from reading here it seems the consensus is you don't need a "special RV rated TV".  Just find one you like with the proper connections.

 

ROSSBOYER, does the Toshiba you mentioned have 3 screw on coax inputs, (Antenna, DirectTV, Cable).  That is what it sounds like you are saying.  I would like something like that, I could get by with 2 screw on coax inputs, Antenna (I plan to add a Winegard Razr) and one for cable connection if a campground has that.  Don't use Dish or Direct nor do I plan to.  Of course at least 1 set of Composite for DVD Player and I'd like a set of Composite accessible from the front, if I can find that.  At least 1 HDMI on back and also front would be nice, in case I want to connect a laptop. A separate 3.5mm audio out would be nice, so I could tap into the speakers that are mounted on the front wall of the RV, (the dash stereo already uses them). Any model suggestions would be appreciated.  Looking for 32".

 

I plan to mount it on an articulated arm that I can pull the TV out and tilt as I'd like. When pushed back I plan to have some kind of strap to keep it in place while driving.


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 10:05 PM

I would look for one of the newer high definition TV's They have 4 times the clarity of the older digital units and for nearly the same price. 

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Posted 29 July 2015 - 05:57 AM

Bill, thanks for the advice but I am not one of those that goes nuts over pic quality.  Standard definition will be fine for me.  Just going from CRT to LED/LCD will probably provide more pic quality improvement than I am even concerned about.  I still use/own only regluar DVD's and my main TV is a 58" RPTV I bought in 2000.  I am much more concerned with ensuring it has all the inputs I need, as well as a solid wall mount capability for the articulated arm I would like to use.


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Posted 30 July 2015 - 10:23 AM

I installed a 32 inch Insignia TV that happened to have the same DC connection as my Jensen 19 inch. The 32 inch and smaller insignia TV's at best buy have the DC plug (the ones I looked at) so you could run it off the DC line in your coach. You could also get a small 80-100 watt inverter that can plug into your TV DC port (cigarette lighter type port) and run the TV off of that. Depends on the wattage of the TV but most LED TV in the 32 inch and lower range don't use a lot of power. I chose to get the Insignia since it can be run directly from DC with the correct DC cable. They are also reasonably priced and you can get a 4 year extended warranty fairly cheap from Best Buy.

 

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