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Old 04-01-2010, 10:04 AM   #1
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Flat Screen HDTV

I have a concern about the use of a flat screen HDTV in our 2499. I am looking for how others with this model support them while in the towing mode. We just bought a Toshiba 19" with DVD and it fits nice . i am wondering if I need to take it out and lay it on the bed while travelling or if it can take the shock of driving down the highways and byways of the good Old USA. WE made some changes to the TV cabinet in our 2499 and this TV just fits. I could anchor it I am just wondering how others do it

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Hi Ted,

Quite a few of the new units these days have LCD TV's mounted directly to the wall in some way, shape, or form, and are not designed to be removed for travel. They seem to be OK with the direct vibrations of the road.

While I can't help you with securing the TV to the cabinet, I'd say if you do take it out, as long as it is secure where you store it (aka won't fall onto the floor), the vibrations shouldn't hurt it.

I also learned something recently about LCD TV's. I'm not sure how true this is, but it is OK to leave them in during the winter. It supposedly won't hurt them. The only thing is, before you ever turn them on for the first time, the inside of the coach must be warm (like above 50) to the point that even the TV gets to be that temperature, so don't turn the furnace on and as soon as it gets to 50, turn the TV on. That could do some damage.

BTW, have you checked out the Meet & Greet over here in MI in May (Next month now, wow!)

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Thank you JON for the heads up about the heat part in winter. When I read the information book when we bout it they talk about that. If we take it out it would be laid on the bed with some support around it. In the winter it would come in the house.
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In our Bounder we mount our LCD TV to the wall using a standard Flat Panel mount, not the arm varienty but one that just allows tilting of the TV. It's been about 5 years without any issue.

In our trailer we put the TV on the bed, screen down. We do this because we typically hang the TV from hooks in the trailer, virtually a single point mount. We have a number of hooks allowing us to move the TV from place to place during the day. Because we don't have a firm mount we place it on the bed.
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We don't have an entertainment center or any place to mount the tv in our 2363, so it just sits on the counter at the end of the sink when in use. When traveling, we put it back in the box with the styrofoam blocks and lay it under the bed. It just fits between the foot of the bed and the wall around the water tank. It only weighs 12 lbs. so it's not a hassle to move it. It the winter, we bring it home and put it in the basement.
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Ted and Judy,

We purchased a 20" LCD/HD with built in DVD from Circuit City when they went out of business. We do not have the overhead cabinets like you do but it's the right size for the entertainment area in a 2499. During travel, we wrap it in a throw blanket that we have on the couch and place it between the rear wall and the swivel chair. The chair straps hold it in place very well.

When we first got it, I used wide velcro straps criss crossed over the base plate. Worst idea ever.

I do recommend adding a Winegard Wingman to the antenna to help pick up the HD digital channels that are now airing. Fairly cheap, very easy to install.

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Here is a photo of my 22" flat panel TV installed in the entertainment cabinet of my "05 T-2499. Below the photo is a link to my Webshots album that shows how I did the install.



Link to beginning photos: http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...44476533PdfUtc

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We used this bracket. Screwed to an end cabinet.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Peerless-1...Black/11331676 - $24
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Our Samsung 19" came with a wall hanger that "semi" locks into the base. It looks pretty secure so I just screwed it to the TV shelf in the entertainment center and set the TV onto it. I did this in 2008 before traveling to OR. Since then we've also been to Yellowknife and along with other trips have probably traveled more than 20,000 mi. with the TV just sitting on the shelf. There's no question the TV rides a little harsher on the shelf than on the bed, but it appears to be very secure, even on the frost heaves in the NWT. YMMV

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Hi Ted

I see Kitty already posted. Good, as I know she had a good setup for her T2499.

Last year we converted from the beast CRT….to the flat screen. This summer I have a large woodworking project in the camper and a swinging door for the TV hole will be born to hold the TV in place. And then behind it shelves in the TV hole. My T310SR has the same TV entertainment center like your T2499.

For now, we take the flat screen TV out of the hole and put it dace down on the bed with pillows while we travel. That will be the way of life until I get to the cabinet project. I have been collecting Sunline camper parts for the last year to do this kitchen/entertainment system up grade. Check back in late summer… I should have something.

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How solve the flat screen problem!! We solved it the hard way. I fell off the ladder while trying to repair a small crack it the sealant around the fridge vent and Broke my left heel. Since we can not take the trailer any where this year we thought may as well return it to Costco and buy a new one next year when hopefully we will take our canceled trip to Henderson Beach State Park. All I can say is if you are on the ladder be sure to have someone support the base. I had been up and down several times before with no problems. It just takes one slip to screw up what would have been a great trip and a great final year as senior driver at a big company. No I am not crying it is just the facts. On the other side Judy is very pleased to know I am not out driving in the rain and fog.
Have a great day and we will still be able to enjoy the TT right in our own yard. Just tough dumping to holding tanks.
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Ted, Sorry to hear about your misfortune. I know what your going through. I only fell 4ft last year and broke my collarbone. Went through 2 surgeries, had a pin in for 3-1/2 months, and 4 months of physical therapy. Was out of work for 6 months. 15 months later I still don't have 100% use of my hand. As bad as things might seem for you right now, the out come could have been much worse.
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Ted, so sorry for your accident. Life is so filled with twists and turns. We wish you the best and hope your recovery is good and fast.

Ladders,…. Growing up on a farm I have had 3 uncles about lose it completely falling out of fruit trees trimming in the winter. My one uncle broke his back 3 different times. Holding a chain saw that high up can for sure be hazardous. So 2 of them went out and bought hydraulic lifts (cherry pickers) that you pull behind the tractor and then go up in the bucket. That worked well until my one uncle fell 6 feet landed on the concrete inside the building we where putting up on his elbow taking 5 pins to put it back together…. The cherry picker was outside….He was on a 8 foot step ladder and even had the center ladder support tied off so the leg would not kick out. He must of leaned sideway and over he went. That was the spring I learned how to use a chain saw as Uncle Art was in a body cast and the old peach orchard had to come down… Think I was like 15 then.

So coming from a long history of rapidly approaching the ground… when I bought the TT I went bought and bought 2 new heavy duty 300# rated articulating ladders to work on the camper and roof. A short one and a longer one. http://www.wernerladder.com/newprods/mt.php I have the rickety wooden step ladder that went out the day these came home…

Even with these, I climbed off the camper roof over the weekend and stepped on the step wrong on solid concrete footing and the ladder jerked…. I recovered quick and all is well, but yes in one moment everything can be turned upside down.

Best of luck to you in your recovery

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MIKE & ROZ - did you permanently install a TV over your fridge? If so, how did you do it?

Right now, we have a small portable on loan from our bil, but we have been looking at new flat screen ones. We will only be able to fit a 22" one in the space, but how to keep it there? With the portable, we take it down when travelling, and it fits between the bed & the wall, with a pillow squished between to keep it cushioned against bumps.

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No we just put on the bed when traveling. The flat panel lcd's don't move around at all. If something happened to make it fly off the bed, probably going to have a lot more problems then a broken tv.
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When we travel in the trailer we lie ours face down on the bed as well.

It's still connected to the Sat receiver and the power outlet so even if we stopped suddenly it would have to rip out some tywraps to go very far. As well Ginny always puts a bed pillow on top.
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Ron & Alice...

This is how I decided to handle the TV situation on my 2005 264.....

OK...I dont know how to link my old post so just do a search for "Added cabinet w/TV and organizer" if your interested in seeing my solution.
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Ron & Alice...

This is how I decided to handle the TV situation on my 2005 264.....

OK...I dont know how to link my old post so just do a search for "Added cabinet w/TV and organizer" if your interested in seeing my solution.
Here is Joe's cool post with pics. His method has inspired me to do mine similar.

http://www.sunlineclub.com/forums/ph...pic.php?t=2915
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