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Old 06-18-2017, 07:54 PM   #1
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Swing down front TV

Since I converted our lounge to twin beds, the second row seats in the front are the most convenient TV viewing spot. The trouble is that the TV is mounted way too high and there is a limit to how far the seat backs recline. The results are stiff necks.

I have been considering a new TV mount that would store the TV in the current position, but allow it to swing down 180 degrees for watching. When at rest, there is little need to access the cab. My first thought is a sturdy swing-out mount turned 90 degrees so that the TV is stored in its present place when the mount is closed and drops about 18" when the mount is open.

This would also greatly improve access to the overhead storage. It is badly blocked now, especially on the left for access to the Blu-Ray player and HDMI switch.

I can several things I need to address:
  1. A sturdy restraint for when the TV is stored in the up position.
  2. A latch of some sort to keep the TV vertical when it is in the down position.
  3. Probably some cable extensions.

I don't see any of these things as very difficult. Perhaps a spring-loaded pin similar to the rear TV latch for the up position and some sort of notched arm to hook on the top of the TV to keep it upright in the down position. There is a mess of cable behind the TV now; maybe I can improve that.

Has anyone done something of this type? I would be grateful for any ideas/photos.
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:28 PM   #2
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Here's my solution. The tv stores in essentially the stock position but drops down about 16 inches to a comfortable viewing height. It also has a spring pin which will allow it to swivel side to side. It is a very standard swing mount turned 90 degrees. The large spring pin latches the bulk of the mount and tv in the up position and I added a 2nd one near the top of the mount to keep the top of the tv in place. Unfortunately I used too light of a pin which broke so I have a heavier one on order. It came with one locking knob which was fine for using the mount as it was intended but in no way could you get enough torque on it to keep the tv in position when used as shown. My solution was to replace the single locking knob with two handle type friction locks which work fine.
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:34 PM   #3
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Thanks. I knew I am not the only one wanting a lower TV.

Your "fix" is exactly what I envisioned doing. I'm glad it is proving successful for someone else. I want to make the switch before our next trip.
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:47 PM   #4
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Thanks. I knew I am not the only one wanting a lower TV.

Your "fix" is exactly what I envisioned doing. I'm glad it is proving successful for someone else. I want to make the switch before our next trip.
I believe my mount may be a Mor/ryde brand mount. On 2nd thought it didn't come with a locking knob, just bolts with nyloc nuts at the hinge points. That's where I added the friction handles. You will also need some short cable extensions.
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Old 06-19-2017, 02:39 PM   #5
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Thanks. I knew I am not the only one wanting a lower TV.

Your "fix" is exactly what I envisioned doing. I'm glad it is proving successful for someone else. I want to make the switch before our next trip.
I'm 90% certain this is the mount I used. Mor-Ryde TV1-025H TV Wall Mount Swivel Small Extending. $80.43 on Amazon right now.
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:32 PM   #6
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I have a Mor-Ryde mount ordered. It should be here later this week. It looks like a really secure mount.

I'll take down the TV in the morning and see what extensions I will need.

This is something that Airstream should have done for the price they get for these units. It is pretty obvious there is no way to comfortably watch that front TV.
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:47 PM   #7
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I have a Mor-Ryde mount ordered. It should be here later this week. It looks like a really secure mount.

I'll take down the TV in the morning and see what extensions I will need.

This is something that Airstream should have done for the price they get for these units. It is pretty obvious there is no way to comfortably watch that front TV.
Yes, my wife hated it until I changed out the mount. Here is what I have on order to secure the top of the tv in the storage position: GN417-6-C INDEXING PLUNGER WITH REST. I ordered it from J. Winco for under 10 bucks.
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The Mor-Ryde TV1-025H looks like a good solution. I used this model, but had to modify it to make it work.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:17 PM   #9
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The Mor-Ryde TV1-025H looks like a good solution. I used this model, but had to modify it to make it work.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
That one is definitely better priced. What I liked about the Mor is the fact that it has one latch built in so only had to add one latch to keep the top of the tv in place in the storage position. The Mor also allows you to swivel the tv from side to side about 10 degrees.
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After a bit more research, this is the mount I used. Doesn't look a whole lot different from the one I previously mentioned. Mor-Ryde TV1-021H TV Wall Mount Swivel Extending Light Duty
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After a bit more research, this is the mount I used. Doesn't look a whole lot different from the one I previously mentioned. Mor-Ryde TV1-021H TV Wall Mount Swivel Extending Light Duty
Exactly the one I ordered. I shied away from the even lighter model because of impact loads while on the road.
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Exactly the one I ordered. I shied away from the even lighter model because of impact loads while on the road.
When I initially installed the friction handles, I tried it with one thru bolt. I couldn't get enough squeeze to keep the tv verticle so I redid it with two bolts each of which feeds from inside of the large rectangle tube. Works great now.
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Thank you for posting this question/topic. I am a newbie (9 mos) to the RV world and have enjoyed our 2015 Interstate Coach. I found the front TV in a locked positioned to be a pain in the neck as well. I am not inclined to make any improvements like you are doing myself but would appreciate any suggestions on a business that anyone might recommend for such upgrades. Would you to an Auto Electronics store, Camping World or Walmart Auto center?
Does Airstream review any of the feeds for future improvements to their products?
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Thank you for posting this question/topic. I am a newbie (9 mos) to the RV world and have enjoyed our 2015 Interstate Coach. I found the front TV in a locked positioned to be a pain in the neck as well. I am not inclined to make any improvements like you are doing myself but would appreciate any suggestions on a business that anyone might recommend for such upgrades. Would you to an Auto Electronics store, Camping World or Walmart Auto center?
Does Airstream review any of the feeds for future improvements to their products?
Welcome to the Air Forums.

Check to see if there are any upfitters in your area. They do this type of mods a lot.
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