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Old 04-25-2010, 01:00 PM   #1
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Bedroom TV Mod

So, here's the issue. A shelf with a mirror. TV hookups way above. No real way to do anything to make any sense.
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So, what to do. Well, some creative thinking. I tried to mount the TV directly above the mirror, but it was too big. And the right side of the wall had no "meat" to mount to. It was just hollow nothing between the decorative paneling. So, we decided to make use of the cabinet space we will not be using in the near future (still "weekenders").

First I had to remove the door. Easy enough. I also wanted to add some "meat" to hold up the 27" Flatscreen LCD TV. So I put some 1X6's in and screwed them to the frame boards to each side of the empty cabinet space
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In order to get the 1X6's in, I had to cut them a bit short. So I added a 4X4 block to make up the shortened board.
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And when it was all done...this is what I have! I still have to put some kind of strap to hold it tight during transit, but that's something the wifey can do during the week. I think I'm gonna like it. The arm is an extending articulating arm so we can bring it out a little, and tilt, twist, turn, etc. And it can be pushed almost flush with the cabinet so it's out of the way when not being viewed.
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:12 PM   #2
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Finished install looks great. Nice job!!
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:57 PM   #3
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Looks great! We're picking up our first RV in two weeks and I'm sure we'll see many places where mods will make it work better for our family.

Already I can see I won't have enough kitchen storage. Any suggestions for increasing storage space?
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Old 04-25-2010, 03:10 PM   #4
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Nice solution, well done.
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Old 04-25-2010, 03:55 PM   #5
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This is to the Hills Family,
We also did not have enough storage space in the kitchen of our 8313ss...We had a couple of nice cabinets but no shelving to maximize the space. So,I had my husband add an inexpensive white wire shelf from home depot to the inside of the cabinet above the sink. Originally it was a wide cabinet with about 12-15 inches of height space. In order to get everything in the cabinet we had to stack our dishes and coffee cups but everytime we traveled, everything was no longer in neat stacks but istead a messy cabinet with stuff falling out when you arrived at your destination. I would like post pics but the camper is back in Indiana getting our delamination problem fixed. Good Luck with your new unit and if you needs pics I can send them when we get it back.
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Ed,

The job looks very good, but why not attach a swivel TV wall mount to the side of the cabinet ?
This way, the cabinet could still make good use of storage. Mountied on a swivel, the TV could be moved out of the way to acess the cabinet.

Just a thought.
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:20 AM   #7
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There are two Finegle's Laws that cover this.

1) Anyone approached for advice about a problem will not be able to find the solution.

2) After the problem is solved, anyone who looks at the solution will find a hundred ways to solve the problem faster and with much less effort.

I hate that law...
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:48 AM   #8
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Ahh, Finegle's Law! Yup...I hate it too. Mike, after reading your suggestion, I had a "duh" moment, but then realized that where it is now is actually better...at least for now. We won't be using that space for a while, and actually still have room up there for a lot of stuff if needed. If we end up needing the full space later, I can always move it...it's not that hard to remove. I like it there because with the straps I have to hold it during transit, it is a much more secure solution.
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:23 AM   #9
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I just like the fact that you were investigating the resolution the way most of us RV'ers do it with a cold beverage (on the counter in pics 1 and 2), came to the resonable conclusion, put it down and got out the power tools. I find my best solutions in the same manner.
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:57 AM   #10
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Yeah kemps, I like to measure how long it takes for me to complete a project not in time, but in how many beers! After I got the supplies, this was only about a 5 beer job. It really didn't take too long. What is not shown up there is the "tie-down" I added later. I got a couple of heavy duty curtain tie hooks, and a heavy duty flat bungee cord (that happens to be adjustable as well). On the left side, I put the hook on the face of the cabinet. On the right side, I put the hook on the side of the cabinet rather than the front. This made it much more secure with the bungee cord. I tightened the bungee up nice, and the TV travels very secure it its place. Overall I am very pleased with the mod. It looks great, and works great.
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