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Old 08-04-2016, 03:17 AM   #15
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Just a thought here.
Have you ever considered going without a TV for the few weekends a year that you spend in your AS?
There is so much more to life than sitting in front of that thing.
And you and your family will be smarter, happier, more creative and more blessed without it.
To me, there's just something So incongruous about being out on an adventure and bringing that silly box with you.
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( who doesn't own a tv and hasn't for most of my adult life)


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Old 08-04-2016, 06:53 AM   #16
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I hear you, SoverignGal, and here's how I solved the problem. I did a complete gut and rebuild on my Ambassador, so I don't really know if you could do an easy retrofit using this design. I scooted out the curbside settee about 8" from the wall, and installed a long, thin area to store the monitor. Mine is a 40", but you could go bigger. Especially with 4K sets becoming more popular, I could see going a lot bigger?

The hanging rig on the back was fabbed up out of Home Depot parts and a cheapo TV wall mount from Harbor Freight. As to some sort of lift... I can see the advantages of pushing a button like a James-Bond-Villain, and the monitor rises up. Actually, my wine cabinet does that... anyway, most modern monitors are so light, it's not too difficult to just grab it and hang it up. The added benefit is that the monitor can be hung outside, off the galley window frame, for camp fire watching of the "big game", or in my case, samurai movies.

The audio is run through the trailer stereo system, for mock "surround" sound. Others have complained about not being able to hear properly over the roaring of the A/C, so you should factor some sort of amplification into your scenario. And headphones, and inverted power, and wiring for the transportable cable box and/or Blu-Ray, and being able to hook up to regular cable at fancy campgrounds. Going big requires a non-trivial solution!

Though as a nod to Ultradog, we find that we don't watch that much when camping. We tend to camp in a group, and are out and about most of the time. Though tucked in with my honey, watching a Coen Bros. or Kurosawa film on a rainy night ain't so bad!
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:44 PM   #17
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Well I was going to show you a picture, but photobucket is blocked in this RV Park.

And of course this format is soooooo antiquated that it has no other way to post photos. Someone should mention to staff here, that other websites use this format and it's been updated to upload photos from the photo files on your computer. They should really buy the update for god's sake!

We have a 1988 Airstream 325 Classic Motorhome. I bought my boyfriend a 43 inch LED TV for his Birthday in May, he was totally STOKED man! Chris created a cabinet in the front over the driver/passenger seat, this is where the TV is stored during the drive. And no, it doesn't interfere with driving, or getting into/out of those seats. Frankly that was a LOT of wasted space above our heads. We are also able to store our DVDs there, and once we have bought a pad to place between the two, our large screen computer will go up there when we are driving too.

When we use the TV, it hangs from the ceiling created by the cabinet Chris made. He placed two spring loaded pull rings for the TV to hang from, and cut some metal pieces to create a bracket which he mounted on the TV back. Two carabiners on the brace top hook into the pull rings. We rotate the driver and passenger seats to accomodate the size of the TV. Our RV did not come with curtains for the front window, so Chris bought a large cream colored canvas tarp made for painters to cover things up He put hooks into the cabinet ceilings all around the perimeter, and large brass eyelets for the hooks. Privacy. It looks pretty good. Then he put a blue tarp to put on the outside of our Airstream front windows to darken it. The two tarps used together also keep it pretty cool inside.

We sit approximately 8 feet from the TV, it's a perfect size!
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Old 08-07-2016, 01:23 PM   #18
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Wow! Great ideas!

Thanks SuzyHomemakr! I love that idea--and the pics!--it looks great! And PammieSue, that'sounds just what I was wondering! It's good to know that you can attach a TV the size to the ceiling to flip down, without damaging the trailer. I was afraid it would be too heavy.

And, I get what you're saying Ultradog, but, I would be full-timing, and if I am going to go down to a trailer, my one splurge is going to be a bigger TV. And a real, porcelain toilet, but that's another thread...

Thanks everyone! I am enjoying this thread and seeing everyone's ideas and pictures! It really helps. :-)
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Old 08-08-2016, 10:41 AM   #19
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I too wouldn't mind a larger TV in my trailer for those rainy days/evenings.
However, I am sure that most of us remember when the standard TV tube size was 19" and a 27" TV was giant. My how times have changed.
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Old 08-17-2016, 04:56 PM   #20
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I put together all the photos of Chris building his TV/Large Screen computer Cabinet over the driver/passenger seat area, and a place to hang the TV from, and a hanging brace on the TV.

One Drive. PLEASE PLEASE tell me if this link works and shows the entire folder of photos!
https://1drv.ms/a/s!Aj4oo4_XKepZg1qr0O3fU6wlny-g

Chris has built a number of storage places in our 1988 325 Classic Airstream MoHo. Shelf over the bed for blankets, sheets, and pillows. A headboard with a flip top for storage. I bought two solid wood shelves that were deep, but not very wide, and he bolted them to the wall, and to the floor. I put fabric covered bins in for drawers. Then he built shelves behind our new Dressers for even more storage. When you live in your AS, it needs to have plenty of storage.
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Sweet setup!
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Old 08-23-2016, 12:05 AM   #22
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Sweet setup!
Oh good, at least I am assuming this means you were able to access the photos. They didn't stay in order which is annoying, but al least it posted. Thank you Doc.
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Old 08-23-2016, 05:14 PM   #23
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Thanks for the pics PammieSue! He did a great job! I love how you used the space overhead that way. The plastic thing over head in ours, where the 8 track is, is cracked in multiple places and will probably have to come out. That's a good way to turn that into a more useable space. And the idea of the headboard with storage is genius! Thanks again! :-)
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Old 09-07-2016, 03:03 PM   #24
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I am currently working on a TV-lift for a 42" in my 72 Ambassador. I should be finished in a couple of weeks and I will post pictures and a video to show how it operates.

Tharon
How'd it turn out? Would love to see pics! :-)
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Old 09-07-2016, 04:03 PM   #25
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First you should decide where you will sit the most to watch TV. I have a nice reclining office chair that mostly sits in front of the table which is left at half size. I found a 19" LED mounted on a swivel arm bolted to the table support near the couch armrest worked good for me. Most of the time the TV is about 4' from my eyes but can pull it out to the edge of the table and see it from the bedroom also. Works fine for now but a 32" 4K will work better when I upgrade in the future as I will use it for computer monitor also. I run the audio through my stereo so I can hear well in bedroom. The projector/screen set up might work if you actually need a big picture, I thought about that approach, but the 19' seems pretty good after living with a 12" for many years on the shelf attached to refrigerator end wall. A 24" on a swivel arm replacing that factory TV shelf would work pretty good maybe, but I think that is about as big as would fit there in my trailer. Satellite for TV and internet is the way to go unless you are where you can hook up to cable. I use a home type dish mounted on a short post bolted to the spare tire with a few big rocks for additional ballast. I can find the satellites pretty fast when I need to but might upgrade to the "tailgater" type system someday; although new 5G systems are supposed be rolling out soon and might do anything you need. I feel like I'm overpaying for internet over satellite but it's what I've got because of location.
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