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Old 08-02-2013, 06:05 PM   #1
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Where to mount a TV in the 19?

For those who still enjoy TV (sports) when on the road, where do you mount your TV in the 19? From looking at the layout and photos on the Escape site, it appears the 19 does not have an idea location?
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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Our TV is mounted on the bed side of the bulkhead between the fridge and the bed. The TV swings out such that it can be viewed from the front dinette, but is best viewed while lying on the bed. On our recent trip, we had several "movie nights" when my wife, both kids and I would all pile onto the bed to watch a movie. Worked ok for for us.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:35 PM   #3
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Actually I was looking at that location as a possibility. I think that might be the best location, but will wait for others to comment.

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What about the 17b?
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:11 PM   #5
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I couldn't decide where to put a tv so opted to have the walls reinforced. Once We have the trailer and figure out which way we will sleep and how we use it we can put a tv in.
Reinforcing the walls will also make it easy to install hooks, a shelf etc.
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Ice-breaker, you wouldn't have a picture of your TV set up would you? I just had the power antenna installed, I've got a 12v TV, but like scuba 55 I'm looking for the optimum location.
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I had the cable/tv hook up installed in front dinette, street side, upper cabinet. With the bath wall reinforced, I was able to mount the tv (12V) anywhere on the wall that allowed it to lay flat while not in use.
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Ice-breaker, you wouldn't have a picture of your TV set up would you? I just had the power antenna installed, I've got a 12v TV, but like scuba 55 I'm looking for the optimum location.
No, I don't have a picture. I will try to get one in next couple of days. We had Reace put the cable/antennae outlet and a 12V outlet on the overhead cabinet near the rear bulkhead. Escape also provided the TV mount which we installed when we got home with our 19. The 30W 12vdc TV we bought from London Drugs and it has a built in DVD player. Works great.
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BTW my wife thinks I should read instead of watch TV. I'm trying to convince her that we can now get the book review channel.
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I picked up a TV articulated mount from Lee Valley Tools. I held it up in various locations ( including the fridge wall next to the large dinette / bed ) and came to the conclusion that I didn't want the TV mounted anywhere.
I set it up on its own stand once at Osoyoos, hooked to cable, ran it through the channels ( which took over half an hour ) and then got distracted by a book, or supper or cards. Never did watch it.
It now travels with us in a plastic box under the bed. It's there because I bought it and I sure don't need another TV in the house.
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We have our TV arm mounted on the bulkhead aft of the fridge and it works fine for most occasions. However, if we do a long winter trip south to California and Nevada and want to watch TV for the evening, we tend not to use the arm. We place the TV on it's own stand on top of the stove cover and then it can be viewed easily from both sides of the table.
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I didn't get warm fuzzies with the swing arm tv mount and dangling wires idea so I did something different.

We have 2 TV's. Maybe an Escape first. I ordered the Winegard antenna and Reace installed the jack in the rear driver's side corner. I also had them run a separate cable up to the front corner and install a second cable box. I used ProMount under cabinet mounts and have a 21.5 in the rear corner and a 19 in the front corner. One for me and one for Ann. Very happy with the location(s)! Of course, I reinforced the cabinets and ran a 110v electrical line to power it all and it looks and works great.

I also fabricated a shelf using Escape cabinet materials and installed it under the overhead cabinet in the rear to hold the directv box and my blue ray.

As far as I'm concerned, the rear corner is the optimal location for a tv. Readily visible from the front dinette.
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Very impressive, I am going to copy and paste this and ask Reace to duplicate this configuration on mine. This site is so great!

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I'm thinking of a dual set up in my new 21' Blackjack, where there is a night stand at the bed foot for a table top set up and having the second mount in the dinette area but on curb side. I'm going to have the little bump out wall reinforced and the mount right in the middle, that way it should swing around within the bump out for kitchen viewing and swing back flush for dinette viewing.
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Here's another view of the dvd/sat receiver shelf. Very easy to do and very sturdy.
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I couldn't decide where to put a tv so opted to have the walls reinforced. Once We have the trailer and figure out which way we will sleep and how we use it we can put a tv in.
Reinforcing the walls will also make it easy to install hooks, a shelf etc.
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Good plan! It is hard to know exactly where things need to go until you actually start using the trailer...unless you've owned the same rig before!
Have a great trip!
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Fran and Dave, you may not have had your 5.0 long enough to know, but was wondering if you're able to store items in the bed around the hitch while traveling? Seems to me you could do that as long as you secure the items and keep them at a level below the pivot point of the hitch?

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I like the new name of your 21' !!
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Fran and Dave, you may not have had your 5.0 long enough to know, but was wondering if you're able to store items in the bed around the hitch while traveling? Seems to me you could do that as long as you secure the items and keep them at a level below the pivot point of the hitch?

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On our trip home from Chilliwack and a recent short trip we have carried a few things in the truck bed. They are stowed between the hitch and the cab and, yes, lower than the hitch top. We don't put much there because there is no way to secure it so it is not valuable stuff. The only thing we put back there is a carryon suitcase sized bag that contains oil, hazard markers, other odds and ends and a metal milk crate that contains the chocks and leveling pads for under the trailer feet. everything else goes in the trailer or the truck cab. I suppose we could put a water jug or two if we wanted.
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I like the new name of your 21' !!
Thanks, I'm hoping I can get the factory to put it on the trailer someplace, like they did the Texas Rose model.
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