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Old 09-02-2010, 01:28 PM   #1
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Bedroom TV mount

When we first got our 378 we noticed that the way in which the bedroom TV was mounted was not only useless for viewing in bed it also did away with a lot of usable storage in the upper cabinet it was mounted to. It has taken me a while to get around to fixing this but I have finally finished it.

To start with the divider wall inside the cabinet that the TV was originally mounted to was ripped out and rebuilt in the left corner of the cabinet:



With that done I went to work on the TV mount itself. As we like to remove the TV from the motorhome when we aren't using it we had a wall mount for the house that is attached to the back of it. It uses a tapered spindle that the mount sits down on and then a knob is threaded into the spindle to hold the TV in place:



In order to mount the TV in the motorhome and still be able to remove it I machined a spindle on the lathe:



A "picture frame" of sorts was welded together using 1" angle iron and flat bar. A center bridge was made with a tab to hold the spindle for the TV mount. A piano hinge was welded to one side then attached to the cabinet opening. Magnetic catches on the opposite side keep the "door" closed.



More in the next post as I can only get 4 pics in one.
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:31 PM   #2
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Since the video and audio inputs on this TV are straight out the side, the cables would get in the way of mounting it. I purchased right angle RCA connectors at Radio Shack and put them on the TV so that the cables can now exit straight back. We now have a TV which is tilted down for viewing in bed and a door that can be opened to access usable storage behind it.





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Old 09-02-2010, 01:31 PM   #3
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Nice work!
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:11 PM   #4
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I can do the same thing after buying a metal lathe and welder. Figure about $1200 plus 2 days labor. Ain't RVing fun?
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:16 PM   #5
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Jeeper,
Very nice work. I could use the same thing in my coach. What do you charge for shipping? (lol!!!)
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:30 PM   #6
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Very nice work. I could use the same thing in my coach. What do you charge for shipping? (lol!!!)
Shipping is free but the materials and labor will cost you about $800
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Shipping is free but the materials and labor will cost you about $800
Ouch- that's more than Campingworld!!! (lol) Oh wait, do you come to me and do the installation for that price??
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:47 PM   #8
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Ouch- that's more than Campingworld!!! (lol) Oh wait, do you come to me and do the installation for that price??
If your paying the airline ticket...
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Awesome work Ed!

I tell you what, we don't have a bedroom TV at the moment, (being a cheapskate) but if we are gonna start doing more winter camping, I am gonna have to rectify that. I also want to remove the TV ant and put a Satellite ant in it's place.
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Awesome work Ed!

I tell you what, we don't have a bedroom TV at the moment, (being a cheapskate) but if we are gonna start doing more winter camping, I am gonna have to rectify that. I also want to remove the TV ant and put a Satellite ant in it's place.
Go for the automatic Winegard Trav'ler series dish if you can afford it. I highly recommend it. So nice to just push a button, walk away and let the dish do all the work. We get all 3 birds with the Winegard so we have our HD channels on the road.

On our last motorhome I replaced the crank up TV with a crank up satellite that I got used on Ebay for around $100. Can't really beat that price.
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