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Old 03-16-2005, 12:04 PM   #29
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Part is ordered (Yikes, it's a pricey enchancement) and "The Tube" will be in for service on April 4th.

Thanks for all your help!
I'll keep an eye out for it..
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Old 03-16-2005, 12:19 PM   #30
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Sounds like it's already ordered.

I found a good selection of brackets at circuitcity.com.
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Old 03-16-2005, 02:12 PM   #31
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I did do some research on getting just the Airstream wall bracket and adding brand X Arm and VESA mount to attach our LCD to it as it would be about 1/2 the cost of going with the Airstream solution. But in the end I took the easier (though more $$$) way out and just ordered the complete kit from our local Airstream dealer. Maybe not the frugal way but my head was spinning from trying to figure out what would work if I tried to piece things together myself and I know the unit from Airstream will properly support my LCD when our Airstream is in transit (I know, I'm a wimp).
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Old 10-06-2005, 10:24 AM   #32
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Lcd Tv

Hey John,

Just bought an LCD yesterday. Magnavox 15". Great picture and sound. Still out on if we should mount on wall. I've been shocked over the 12 years we've been pulling and the seven we've been fulltime how much bounce we get while on the road. Even with a 34' we sometimes have things re-arranged when we stop. At this point, I feel we will leave the TV on the shelf in the living room or move it to the chest in the bedroom. The silver color does not bother our eyes and it matches our VCR/DVD player and makes a nice combination. Good luck and travel safe.
See Ya down the road. Of course we'll put it down when we're on the road.
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Old 10-06-2005, 11:21 PM   #33
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15 inch at kame apart for $299 bracket $30 install yourself......
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Old 10-10-2005, 09:46 AM   #34
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Laptop Instead of LCD

Recently been down this whole train of thought myself and we selected the Toshiba Qosmio G25 AV513 over a standard LCD, etc. The laptop has a great picture , built-in tuner and a nice remote. It's a bit pricey at $3,000 but we justified the expense from a portability and integration perspective since we won't have to carry all the cables and separate devices needed to accomplish the tasks... tuner, dvd, dvr, etc and it plays video games

http://reviews.cnet.com/Toshiba_Qosmio_G25_AV513/4505-3121_7-31413530.html?tag=topprods


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Old 10-10-2005, 07:17 PM   #35
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Hi, folks. Here's my setup.

$1300 15" ThinkPad by Lenovo (mine still says IBM) - the R52E workhouse model as seen on TV in the clutz commercial, not one of the sexy racehorse models like the carbon-fibre T or X series. (My old ThinkPad was a T-21. It lasted five years before the system board went.)

$79 WinTV USB 2.0. by Hauppauge. Comes with a remote and is cable-ready, functions as a PCR for recording shows and movies, can display full screen or as window. Okay performance on the laptop.

$300 17-inch NEC Multisync LCD borrowed from my home system when I travel.

Boondocking I run the Multisync and the laptop off a $99 Sima 250w inverter and close the laptop to turn off its display. The external monitor runs on 12V, so I might wire an outlet for it to get it off the inverter.

I already had the monitor and needed the laptop for an Aircard for work, so this was a relatively cheap way to get my DVD player, TV, and internet connection all in one device.

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Old 10-11-2005, 08:38 PM   #36
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I just purchased a 17" flat panel TV. It should be here Friday. I'm going to fabricate a swinging arm mount so that I can view it from two directions and swing it flush to the side wall when not in use. If anyone is interested, I can post picks when its finished. A freind of mine is a great welder and metal worker, Im sure he can make them for less than $200.

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Old 10-11-2005, 08:52 PM   #37
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Hey Scott,

This sounds like a great idea - something I could use in our rig. I would be very interested in seeing some pics.

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Old 10-11-2005, 10:05 PM   #38
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Scott,

I'd like to see the end result of your friends handiwork as well. We have a 15" Panasonic HDTV in our Excella and it's awesome. I've been debating on whether to keep the original TV shelf that's mounted on the side of the fridge or to add the swingarm.

I think the swingarm solution will be best for us, so now it's down to picking which one.

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Old 10-12-2005, 07:54 AM   #39
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We decided to have the factory install a wall mounted bracket for us, so we stopped at Jackson Center at the end of June on our way to Montana so they could do this.

We are very happy that we went this route, and used the TV with our Dish satellite system most of the summer (except when we were in Canada).

I'm sorry I don't have pictures of this, and our trailer is now in storage for the winter. For those who have not seen what the factory mount looks like, here's a description (at least that's how they did it in our 30' Classic):

First, they put affixed a wood box against the wall just above the credenza. This box is approx. 12" wide, by 18" high, and is tapered to fit the curvature of the wall so the TV is held vertical. It has a hole in the middle, to run the wires from the TV through rather than have them entirely exposed.

Next, they affixed an Omni cantilever wall mounting bracket, to which they have added a customixed, matching aluminum backplate that provides extra strength and also has slots on the sides for a large velcro belt that keeps the TV held against the wall when you travel.

We put the satellite receiver on the credenza just below the TV, hook everything up, and we're ready to go! We can turn the TV to watch from either the dinette or the front sofa.

The cost for the factory to do this was quite reasonable, considering what the entire wall mount consisted of. If anyone is considering doing the work themself, you might wish to consider buying Airstream's bracket.

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Old 10-12-2005, 08:32 AM   #40
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.... they affixed an Omni cantilever wall mounting bracket, to which they have added a customixed, matching aluminum backplate that provides extra strength and also has slots on the sides for a large velcro belt that keeps the TV held against the wall when you travel.....The cost for the factory to do this was quite reasonable, considering what the entire wall mount consisted of. If anyone is considering doing the work themself, you might wish to consider buying Airstream's bracket.
We picked up the backplate from Airstream when we were out there $38 and change, reasonable. We decided to purchase the arm separately since their kit was quite pricey as noted previously by other posters. We found the omni cantilever arm on the web for less than $60.
www.monstronix.com/product_info.php?products_id=4000
Total cost $100 for Airstream backplate and cantilever arm. Now we have to get the LCD. Still want to get more info on the best solutions for boondocking without having to run the generator, any suggestions out there????
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Old 10-12-2005, 04:30 PM   #41
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Still want to get more info on the best solutions for boondocking without having to run the generator, any suggestions out there????

So far, solar panels, glass mat batteries, a 400 watt voltage inverter, and a good supply of propane works for me. As long as we use the lights and appliances in moderation, we're good for a few days. I also keep an extra battery charged up in the tow vehicle, just in case.
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Old 10-12-2005, 05:01 PM   #42
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We picked up the backplate from Airstream when we were out there $38 and change, reasonable.
Do you have a part number for this? Last I remember reading, this piece bought thru a dealer cost around $100. If I can get it near your price, it make moving forward with the TV arm project affordable. Does anyone else have info on this?
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