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Old 11-03-2008
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Default Replacing the TVs

With February rapidly approaching, thoughts run to the work involved in replacing the TVs for digital models.

I would think we can negotiate a better price to have the work performed "someplace" or "someplaces".

I have seen a really nice "conversion" done by Coachcraft by McDonald (sp) outside Atlanta. The coach I saw had the TV relocated to the center of the front overhead and the electronics moved to the driver's side overhead. The storage/electronics areas had black smoked glass/Lexan which allows IR (remote control) to operate and matches the face of the LCD TV. Looked VERY good.

I know some have already done their own or paid others or are like me and watching time running out.

If you have seen good conversions, please share the info here or much better would be photos of completed jobs so we can all get ideas etc.

I'm actually willing to negotiate group work if others are interested. I plan on having my coach done sometime in January to allow me time to decide on what and where.
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Paul,
We recently had our TV in the salon replaced. We went to a couple of different places here in Florida and got quotes. Classic Coach Works in Lakeland, FL represents that they have done a number of these and we saw one that they were doing on site on a wide body. Their work seemed very well done and their estimate seemed reasonable. We ended up having it done at Bluebird, however, as the coach was there for other work that took longer than anticipated. Their estimate was considerably higher, but we decided to go with BB as they agreed to do the job exactly as we wanted it done. We wanted to preserve the original look while accommodating a far larger flat screen TV. and we think they accomplished that. Kenny and his crew can be justifiably proud of the final product.
While at the nest we noticed a couple of other former BB employees that were advertising changeovers, but they did not offer the cabinetry work that we had done at BB. Once such conversion was being done there on an older BB, and while it was a serviceable job, it did not retain the original look. I guess it all depends on what will satisfy you. If you just want to have a large hole cut and plan to slam a flat screen in then I'm sure you can get the work done fairly reasonably in a number of places. On the other hand, if you want to retain the original look and quality of workmanship, I highly recommend letting the factory give you an estimate. Besides, we need some help in trying to keep them in business!
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Old 11-03-2008
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Just info from the horses mouth.
Classic Coach Works in Lakeland installed my mirrored lighted ceiling and other interior wood mods. Dennis and his wife are very fair. Coachcraft by MacDonald in Columbus. GA installed my Primus to Wabasto retrofit. Great work there also.
I have no financial interest in either company. I would use both again.
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Paul, I would ditto what Cathy said. Martha and I wanted flat screens, but didn't want to spend $$$$ for a dish system. We bought to TV at Circuit City and had the BB folks put them in for us. In addition, we had a new Wingard HD off air antenna with a digital tuning device. A bonus was getting the cabinet folks at BB to box in a storage cabinet where the old tube type bedroom TV was. The new flat screen was mounted on a door and now we have a super bedroom storage cabinet. Everything matches the original coach decor. pictures attached.

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Now with new digital tvs and antenna, most places we go, enable us to pick up. anywhere from 15-25 off air good HD signals. Even the analog channels are improved.
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Old 11-08-2008
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Here is a picture of a 19" Polaroid, that replaces the old original 15" TV.
It still allows access to both overhead panels, Not a lot of modification.

http://autos.ph.groups.yahoo.com/gro.../view/be65?b=2

This should fit many older FC's & PT's.
We do not watch a lot of TV and the 19" is a major improvement.
We do use it as a Computer monitor to review digital pictures.
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Paul could you post some pictures of the 2000 LXI flat screen conversion

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Old 11-12-2008
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Donny,

That wasn't me about the LXi, as I have a WB43 (precursor to the LXi).
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