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Old 10-30-2017, 08:46 AM   #1
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Exterior TV during winter

I have an exterior TV mounted behind a storage door. Wondering if it needs to be brought in or left in place.
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Old 10-30-2017, 08:50 AM   #2
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Gmax, ours is too and we have not had any problems with moisture, etc.
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:11 AM   #3
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Thanks. 1 check for leaving as is.
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:20 AM   #4
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Well, being tho our 3010 will be in storage, I take all my TV's out and put them in a closet in the house.... Takes maybe 5 minutes total to take them off. Almost the same amount of time to put them back in the spring.
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Cold weather will not damage electronic equipment, moving it in and out of the rv .... that's a different story.
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:14 AM   #6
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I leave mine in place in my 3010DS
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Old 10-30-2017, 11:17 AM   #7
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Over the years I've noticed that opinions are split almost 50/50 on leaving TVs in or taking them out over the winter. Personally, I know of at least one couple that had theirs freeze over the winter and they had to replace it. So I always bring mine home.

Possible theft is another consideration depending on where your RV is stored.
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Old 10-30-2017, 12:38 PM   #8
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Samsung says:

"The operating temperature range for Samsung LCD monitors is 50 F to 104 F (10 C to 40 C). The safe storage temperature range for Samsung LCD monitors is -4 F to 113 F (-20 C to 45 C). Temperatures outside these ranges can cause LCD monitors to malfunction."

I assume other TV mfrs would say about the same. So...it depends where you live I guess...and I would also take the precaution on NOT trying to turn the TV on until temps get above 50 degrees in the coach or outside as appropriate.
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I Agree with Cam. I've been in electronics for most of my life, and agree with Samsung's statement regarding temperature extremes. It's not good to expose electronics of any kind to temp extremes, let alone LCD TV's; it's asking for trouble. I always take ours off the mount and bring it indoors during the cold months.
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Mine have stayed in various units for decades ~~ never a problem.
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Old 10-30-2017, 01:26 PM   #11
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TV in Winter

I have a 2014 3050SF and have always left it installed. It has made it thru the Buffalo, NY winters every year
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Old 10-30-2017, 01:43 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone. It was just one bolt between leaving it on or taking it off for the winter. I was in the winterizing mode, so I removed it.
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If you have a LED (Light Emitting Diode) tv you won't have a problem. A LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) is another beast, the crystals will freeze and swell.
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IN 14 years of RVing, I've never removed any electronics from the units I've owned. No issues to date.

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If cold weather is not an issue for electronics in Canada why would it be south of the border.
Lithium Ion batteries, like the ones you'd find in cordless tools, cellphones..., on the other hand don't hold a charge in cold weather at all. My cellphone goes from 100% to almost 0 in a matter of minutes in - 30 weather if I don't keep it close to my body.
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If you have a LED (Light Emitting Diode) tv you won't have a problem. A LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) is another beast, the crystals will freeze and swell.
LED TVs are actually LCD TVs with LEDs for back lighting, so if cold temps are a problem for LCDs then LED TVS still have that problem. LCD TVs were back lit with fluorescent lamps before LEDs came along.
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LED TVs are actually LCD TVs with LEDs for back lighting, so if cold temps are a problem for LCDs then LED TVS still have that problem. LCD TVs were back lit with fluorescent lamps before LEDs came along.
X2...ditto for OLEDS too!
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Over the years I've noticed that opinions are split almost 50/50 on leaving TVs in or taking them out over the winter. Personally, I know of at least one couple that had theirs freeze over the winter and they had to replace it. So I always bring mine home.

Possible theft is another consideration depending on where your RV is stored.
Both - weather AND theft - are the reasons I take mine out. It can get kind of cold here in Western Maryland, plus being stored away from my house make it an easy decision.
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X2...ditto for OLEDS too!
That's not quite correct. LG is the largest maker of OLED screens, until recently the only maker. The reason OLED TV's are so expensive is that each pixel creates it's own light, no back light is used.

OLED screens are the thinnest made, they are thin enough they can be bent, folded or even printed onto clothing.

How OLEDs (organic LEDs) work - Explain that Stuff
What is OLED TV? - Definition from WhatIs.com

I think I want to replace the cover on my front window with a OLED.
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That's not quite correct. LG is the largest maker of OLED screens, until recently the only maker. The reason OLED TV's are so expensive is that each pixel creates it's own light, no back light is used.

OLED screens are the thinnest made, they are thin enough they can be bent, folded or even printed onto clothing.

How OLEDs (organic LEDs) work - Explain that Stuff
What is OLED TV? - Definition from WhatIs.com

I think I want to replace the cover on my front window with a OLED.
Ditto on all that but all I was trying to ditto was the storage and op temps issue.
For the record LG oleds work 32-104 degrees.,.store from -4 to 140 F .
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