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Old 08-23-2008, 12:26 AM   #1
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TV Replacement on a 2007 23 Footer

The Sony TV installed by the factory in my 2007 Safari SE was built about six months too early--it doesn't have a digital tuner. I don't want to add a converter box because that's another "thing" and more wires. I would like to swap the TV out with a new digital model.

I thought that would be an easy unbolt and fish the cables through the wall, but the power cable goes into the wall as 120 vac and comes out 18 vdc, so there's a transformer in there somewhere. The TV cable won't pull through either as there is something clamped to it just after it enters the wall at the wall-plate end. On the other side of the wall is the refrigerator and microwave. Do I have to pull those out to get to the TV wires?

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Old 08-23-2008, 07:07 AM   #2
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have you thought about getting another Sony? Perhaps it will have the same power requirements so you wouldn't have to remove the transformer.
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Old 08-23-2008, 07:29 AM   #3
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have you thought about getting another Sony? Perhaps it will have the same power requirements so you wouldn't have to remove the transformer.
I was just looking through a Best Buy sale paper and they had 19" Sonys advertised. I'll look into that. I was hoping to go a little bigger, but may have to stick with a 19" if the power is the same.

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can you pull the magazine rack below the TV mount?
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Old 08-23-2008, 01:20 PM   #5
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can you pull the magazine rack below the TV mount?
I'll take another look, but it looked like it was secured from the back side.

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The Sony TV installed by the factory in my 2007 Safari SE was built about six months too early--it doesn't have a digital tuner. I don't want to add a converter box because that's another "thing" and more wires. I would like to swap the TV out with a new digital model.

I thought that would be an easy unbolt and fish the cables through the wall, but the power cable goes into the wall as 120 vac and comes out 18 vdc, so there's a transformer in there somewhere. The TV cable won't pull through either as there is something clamped to it just after it enters the wall at the wall-plate end. On the other side of the wall is the refrigerator and microwave. Do I have to pull those out to get to the TV wires?

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I had the same issue. The power "brick" is somewhere behind the refrigerator so I decided just to leave it there. I purchased a replacement power supply on eBay for around $30. I mounted the Sony w/o a digital tuner in my Safari bedroom and replaced the living room TV with a Vizio 20" that has a digital tuner. It was worth $30 to me not to have to retrieve the original TV power supply.
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Old 08-23-2008, 03:55 PM   #7
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Hi Randy --

Wish I could help (we both have 23' Safari's made about the same time)... but frankly, in the 21 months that I've had mine, I've only raised my antenna once during an outing.

I do use the LCD to watch my DVD's and that won't be affected by the change to HDTV broadcasts only starting next year.

IF I did occasionally enjoy watching the local news while traveling (and as you know we haven't ventured out of our local San Diego County), I would then spend the $40 to $70 for a converter box.

Good Luck,

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Old 08-23-2008, 06:30 PM   #8
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But... before I spend money on a converter box...

I'd send for the free $40 coupon from here...

And use it within 90 days of receiving it!

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But then again, before I did anything, I'd check my user manual:

Welcome page says, "Thank you for purchasing this Sony HDTV Ready LCD TV. This manual is for models KLV-S19A10, KLV-S23A10, KLV-S26A10 and KLV-S32A10."

Well, so far, so good... Now out to the trailer to verify... (which I just did)

And take a close look at that LCD TV... Yes! It's KLV-S19A10!

(Our trailer was a factory order and actually built in December, 2006)

Randy, take a close look at your model # to make sure that it's not HDTV ready. In any case, again, good luck with your project and thank for your post which included photos.

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Old 09-02-2008, 08:41 AM   #10
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But then again, before I did anything, I'd check my user manual:

Welcome page says, "Thank you for purchasing this Sony HDTV Ready LCD TV. This manual is for models KLV-S19A10, KLV-S23A10, KLV-S26A10 and KLV-S32A10."

Well, so far, so good... Now out to the trailer to verify... (which I just did)

And take a close look at that LCD TV... Yes! It's KLV-S19A10!

(Our trailer was a factory order and actually built in December, 2006)

Randy, take a close look at your model # to make sure that it's not HDTV ready. In any case, again, good luck with your project and thank for your post which included photos.

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Bill,

I hate to burst your bubble on this, but that's the same TV I have--it does not have a digital tuner. It is HDTV ready in that it has component and HDMI inputs, but you need a digital tuner to provide that signal.

I did get a coupon from the Government for the converter box, but the only boxes you can buy with that just decode the digital signal and give you an analog output on Channel 3. Winegard makes a box that provides the component outputs, so you could get HDTV over the air. It's around $140 from Camping World. Instead of spending $140 and having another thing plugged in and more wires, we just decided to put that money toward a new TV.

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Old 09-02-2008, 08:45 AM   #11
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have you thought about getting another Sony? Perhaps it will have the same power requirements so you wouldn't have to remove the transformer.
I checked out the new Sony 19" DTVs and they don't use a power brick anymore. The cord runs straight from the AC plug to the back of the TV. I looked at several other brands and nobody uses the power brick anymore.

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Old 09-02-2008, 08:47 AM   #12
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can you pull the magazine rack below the TV mount?
The magazine rack is secured from the back side. That could have been a convenient access, but it's not available.

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I had the same issue. The power "brick" is somewhere behind the refrigerator so I decided just to leave it there. I purchased a replacement power supply on eBay for around $30. I mounted the Sony w/o a digital tuner in my Safari bedroom and replaced the living room TV with a Vizio 20" that has a digital tuner. It was worth $30 to me not to have to retrieve the original TV power supply.
This looks like my best hope for not tearing apart the wall. I've started looking for the part.

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Thanks for the additional information, Randy. I'm always impressed with your perseverance on any Airstream related issue, especially the filiform corrosion issue.

I've sent for my coupon, but I may not actually use it because as hinted in my first response to your thread here, if I wanted to watch T.V. I'd stay home.
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