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Old 06-01-2011, 12:45 AM   #1
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Undercabinet AM FM TV DVD LCD?

I searched the forums as best I was able and didn't find any discussion about adapting an undercabinet AM FM LCD/TV DVD for use in an Airstream. Usually, these are used in a home kitchen or laundry, but with my 20' 1966 Globe Trotter space is a premium and I thought having all those features in one package would be a great space saving advantage. Plus, I like the idea of not having to run wires to a bunch of speakers.

But there is a definite downside. These kind of electronic devices are 120 AC only. There is no external antenna connection. The AM antenna is integrated into the power cord and the FM antenna is a thin wire. However, there is a standard 75 ohm connector for the TV antenna.

Internal antennas do not function well inside an Airstream. The all aluminum shell greatly reduces their reception ability.

So, here are the questions - have any of you modified these to accept external attenna? Obviously, a 12 v DC to 120 v AC adaptor can be used to provide power, but how much power do these things need to simply run the AM/FM radio?

Below is a photo of an Audiovox I'm thinking of buying.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:09 AM   #2
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I've thought of putting in one of those that are made for an automobile. Installing it under the cabinet over the bed would be a perfect spot for in-bed watching.
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Wayne is right. Find a auto/RV unit which will be 12V with external antenna and MP3 input. Then you can watch with or without shore power.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:41 AM   #4
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I've not been able to locate a combination unit that is 12 DC. Do you know where I can get one?
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:13 AM   #5
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Well the ones I've seen are just DVD players. I don't watch tv, and the AS alredy has a radio.
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What I mean is that I'm finding all kinds of DIN DVD/CD/radio/monitors and roof mounted flip down monitors with FM modulation and DVD player, but they are players only. A digital TV converter/tuner box could be paired up with these, but that device is AC only.

Here is a photo of a 12volt, made for RV, CD/AM/FM undercabinet unit I saw at an RV show back in 2004. But I've not seen anything like it since, and this one didn't have a name. The salesman couldn't tell me much about it, only that I might be able to order one through the trailer manufacturer.
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Check JC Whitney or search some of the trucker supply websites.
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