We just bought a 20Ē LCD TV from Wal-Mart. Itís an SDTV, not a HDTV.
We didnít spend the extra $ for an HDTV because:
1. We donít have HD reception at home.
2. I think the chances of getting an HD single at a campground are minimal.
An HDTV needs an HD signal to take full advantage of that feature.
3. And we donít watch TV that much while camping.
Therefore, we chose to spend the extra $ on a larger digital TV than an HDTV.
We have the TV positioned on top our corner cabinet and held in place with bungee cords. The bungee cords are attached to a screw hook but into the wall near the corner and cabinet. We have a loop bungee round the base & attached to the hook and then two small bungee cords attached to each top corner of the TV and to the hook. Canít see the bungee cords and hold the TV in place. Only problem, the TV short-of hides the antenna power button, so you have to reach behind the TV to turn it on and off.
Iíll try and get up to our trailer some time in the next few days and take some pictures of the setup to give you a better idea.
A few suggestions to consider when buying a TV for your trailer, if you havenít bought a TV yet:
1. Make sure it has a digital receiver. Some LCD still have an analog receiver, which will be outdated and useless without an adaptor by 2010.
2. Measure the space you have to see what will fit.
Some things I learned from Pat's (aka emam) experience and used when purchasing ours:
3. Get a LCD not a Plasma display. Plasma displays donít hold up to the vibration and stress created in the trailer when traveling.
4. Purchase it from a chain, not a locally owned store. If you have problems on the road with the TV, you can go to one of the chainís locations to have it fixed, replaced. Etc.
Hope this helps.
As promised, here are pictures and the method we used to secure our LCD TV while traveling. We wanted to come up with a method where we wouldn't have to move or store/setup the TV each time we traveled or got to the campground.
First, I put a small hook in the wall near the corner of the wall and close to the cabinet top were the TV will site on. I positioned so the hookís opening was down to aid in assuring the bungee cords stay attached to the hook.
The approach is to use bungee cords to secure the TV. One ball/loop bungee cord and two small bungee cords.
The ball bungee cord was looped around the base of the TV so it was positioned between the TVís base on the bottom of the TV.
The 2 small bungee cords would connect to the left & right top corners of the TV, using an air vent on each side to hook the bungee cord into the TV.
All bungee cords would be attached to the wall hook.
The 2 small bungee cords attach to the wall hook to keep the TV from bouncing forward.
The ball bungee cord keeps the TV pulled back to the wall.
I actually attached the bungee cords to the wall hook in the opposite order. First I stretched the ball/loop bungee onto the wall hook, then, one at a time, I attached a small bungee cord to the wall hook and stretched it and attached to a corner top air vent of the TV.
This approach has keep the TV secure during traveling, plus the TV is ready for viewing without any moving around.
Iím currently thinking of a way that we can mount our DVD player under the wall cabinet directly over the TV. This way everything will be set and secure.
Hope this helps and maybe sparked an idea for you to position and secure your own TV.