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Old 01-12-2008
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Perhaps the first thing to do is to measure the existing opening with the old TV in place. Then narrow down the multitude of TVs available to the few which will fit your space available. I recommend using the Internet sites of a few of the major retailers (Bestbuy.com, CircuitCity.com and Outpost.com (Fry's) will work). Once you have determined the availability of a replacement unit you can proceed to see what your up against. Start by removing the storage compartments on both sides of the TV. They were held in place by 3 screws installed along the leading edge of the bottom of the shelves on my coach. You will then have access to see how the old TV is held in place. The previous owner had already replaced the original unit on my coach so I can't tell you what to expect exactly. My old TV was held in place by springs attached to threaded eye bolts mounted to brackets in the ceiling. (Remember that the old tube types are heavy beasts!!)
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As promised earlier here's a couple of shots of my modification to our Bird. I installed a new MotoSat 5 LNB unit, a Sharp 1080P 32" LCD and a new DirectTV HD21 receiver.

Because of the area we live in and the heat generated by the recceivers and all the other equipment I installed a small cooling fan wired through a "snap disk". The "snap disk" turns the fan on at 110 and off at 90. So far I have not had an issue with heat.

The new Sharp HDTV fits exactly between my upper cabinet doors. For a guy that's been looking at normal TV on a 21 inch TV the difference is truly stunning.

My next project is to install a Dolby 5.1 unit, a Blueray unit and then a smaller LCD unit in the bedroom.

I was able to get the MotoSat unit for $2000, the 32" Sharp was just under $1200 via the internet, the HD21 reciever was $170 at Costco and the mount was about $80, also at Costco.

We're using our old DirectTV reciever for the bedroom TV so we have a DVR for both units (thinking about a 19 to 21 inch LCD unit back there). The RF remotes work great and will control both TV's in any part of the coach.

The MotoSat insallation was a bit tricky just because I hadn't done one before, other than that it went very well.

If anyone would like more info, drop me a note.
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Lance,
Thanks for the pics - the setup looks way cool. The front of our LXI is not like yours, however. I have the black acrylic all the way across and there are three separate compartments. The one that holds the TV is on the far right and it appears that to accommodate a larger TV that I would have to combine two compartments and possibly have to completely redesign the look. I would prefer to keep the acrylic look but the TV is relatively small, perhaps 22". Since we are likely to have to upgrade by next year anyway I would like to replace with a larger set. BB gave me a SWAG that said it would take $5-6K to modify and retain the look.
If there are any owners of LXI's out there who have modified your entertainment center and installed a larger TV, I would be interested in your comments.

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Terry:

I considered building a ceiling mount and putting in a larger TV. One of my friends here did that and it looks and works very well. My front AC is to close to the front of the coach to do that and I'm very happy with the 32" set.

My friend built a box, covered it with the same material as the ceiling, put in a Dolby 5.1 system with the 3 front speakers mounted on the front of the box. He uses gas struts and raises and lowers the set manually.

If you're going to trade coaches then it makes no sense to spend the time and money, our problem is that we have yet to find a coach we like more than the one we have. Slides would be nice, but most of the new coaches have very little storage space and being full-timers that makes a huge difference.
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Lance,
That looks great. I have a '93 and my front looks exactly like yours. I'm not quite ready to get into the heavy duty entertainment system yet but will be. I hope I can pick your brain when it comes time for me to do mine.
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Jim:

Pick away when you're ready.
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If you go to the link below the photo, it will open a Feature Of the Month that we had a few months ago. A very detailed description of what Greg O'Connor did with his TV can be found by clicking on "NEXT" at the right of each page for more information.


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John,
I checked out that area but can't find anything about Greg's installation.

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As promised earlier here's a couple of shots of my modification to our Bird. I installed a new MotoSat 5 LNB unit, a Sharp 1080P 32" LCD and a new DirectTV HD21 receiver.

Because of the area we live in and the heat generated by the recceivers and all the other equipment I installed a small cooling fan wired through a "snap disk". The "snap disk" turns the fan on at 110 and off at 90. So far I have not had an issue with heat.

The new Sharp HDTV fits exactly between my upper cabinet doors. For a guy that's been looking at normal TV on a 21 inch TV the difference is truly stunning.
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If anyone would like more info, drop me a note.
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Howdy, Lance.
How do you keep the TV from bouncing around when the coach is moving?

How did you construct the supports for that arm mount?

TIA,
Jack
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Jack:

After taking out the old TV I used a couple of short pieces of 2" X 3" to built a support frame for the swivel mount (purchased at Costco). The frame is screwed to the existing mount and is very strong. The swivel mount is built to hold TV's up to 48", so there's plenty of "beef" there.

The mount can be locked in to any position and in addition I have mount Velcro around the edge as a final holding device. With everything locked down it just doesn't move. And yet I can have it up, runing and positiioned in a less than a minute.

If you'd like more detailed pix's I could certainly do that for you.

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Jack:

Getting the old TV out was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. Like all the other cabinets in a Bird there are screws driven in from nearly all sides. Once you've got all the screws out the whole interior cabinet for the TV slides right out. It took me less than 1/2 hour to get it out. Of course you've got to disconnect all the wires first.
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