Originally Posted by georgetown50
Thanks. We do have the 378. We really like it a lot, has a great floorplan. I was wondering why the put the DVD above the passanger chair up in front. It seemed like an odd location considering the cubbyhole below the TV, perhaps it was because of the warmth of the fireplace. http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...nim_snoopy.gif
We found out this week in our 378 why they didn't put any electronics above the fireplace. Since there is no insulation above the fireplace and under that shelf that cubby hole gets REALLY HOT if you are using the heat on the fireplace. As the temps were in the 40s on the Oregon coast the fireplace will heat the rig quite nicely but it runs all the time. We had our Nintendo Wii in that cubby and came back to the rig and tried to turn on the game and it wouldn't come on! DANG! I pulled the unit out and it was just burning up in my hand so I set it on the table for a bit to cool down, re-connected it and it was fine.
In fact with so much heat in there I am considering two things. 1st pulling the fireplace out and putting some kind of that foil lined insulation for hot areas and installing it under that shelf. 2nd to the right of the fireplace and above the outlet there is a square area that I am considering putting a computer cooling fan. Something like the 4-5" types they use for cooling a computer case. If I install it on the inside of the cabinet, find a wall power supply at Goodwill that puts out the requrired DC voltage for the fan (either 5 or 12v) and then fashioning a grill cover out of speaker mesh for the hole on the outside of the cabinet so that it isn't ugly to look at then I could just plug in the fan to vent that cubby.
For now it would seem that the only thing that cabinet is good for is holding things that don't care if they get hot, like books, maps, etc.
As for the DVR put it in the center cabinet above the drivers/passengers head, cut a hole through the cabinet wall so that you can run a component cable to the selector box and run the incoming sat cable to the box as well as the power cable. Worked great for us but again, be aware that if you are in hot temperatures (like 90 or above) you will need to leave that door open so that your Sat. Rec. doesnt overheat as it will up there in extreme temperatures. If you need help with how to get the sat cable into that compartment let me know, it's quite easy.