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Old 07-21-2019, 01:50 PM   #1
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Television storage ?

I understand the tv needs to be taken off the arm and stored while trailering. Any suggestions for how and where to do that with a 17B ? I have the original box with styrofoam packaging and I'm using that between two bins in the back of my truck. Looking for a more permanent solution inside the trailer.
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All depends on weight of the tv, I left mine mounted for several cross country trips. Also if your mount is secure in a stud behind the wall versus just an added piece of wood.
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I always take mine off as it is very rarely used anyway. I store it against the outside wall in the hanging closet held in place by a couple elasticized cords. It rests on a piece of 1/2 ensolite foam as well.
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I always take mine off as it is very rarely used anyway. I store it against the outside wall in the hanging closet held in place by a couple elasticized cords. It rests on a piece of 1/2 ensolite foam as well.
Thanks that would also work for us. We have 4 plastic storage bins in that closet that are 6" shy of the width. We have some clothes hanging in that space. I'll lay down some foam and fit the tv in there. It will be protected and safe.

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Old 07-21-2019, 04:19 PM   #5
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docking station for TV

This is how we stored ours in our 17B. Quick and easy build.
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This is how we stored ours in our 17B. Quick and easy build.
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We always removed and stored ours for the first couple of years. After that it stayed on. No problems for 3 years.

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We take ours off the mount and lay it face down on the bed. It travels well there with minimal vibration I think. Then it just takes a few seconds to hang it back up when we arrive at our destination.
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We always removed and stored ours for the first couple of years. After that it stayed on. No problems for 3 years.

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Our 19" Samsung was fine riding in the bracket. When we upgraded to a 24" smart TV it was too much for the bracket. Now I tuck it into the Travesak on the bed between stops. Snap it into quick release and three plugs and its ready to go.
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I am a bit curious, how often do folks use there TV, if at all? Many seem to keep it set up all the time, or set it up when stopped. I know lots of folks that don't even bring one.

No wrong answer.

We do take one just in case. Went 25 years using an RV and never had one. Bought ours 3 years ago in a trip to Oregon where we saw wicked weather the whole time, worst storm in decades. We had 2 evening fires is all, and with the second one we were pushed inside at 9pm with rain. We went and got A TV and used it a bunch that trip watching movies that I loaded on my laptop. .

Since then we have used it once, but will keep it just in case.

I like the look inside better when it is stowed.
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We take ours off the mount and lay it face down on the bed. It travels well there with minimal vibration I think. Then it just takes a few seconds to hang it back up when we arrive at our destination.
We find we don't use out TV often. When I hang it up I don't even plug it in (unless we decide to use it). Just gets it off the bed and out of the way when we stop, but easy to plug in and use when desired.
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We always take our TV down when traveling after having our TV mount break from fatigue , luckily the TV was not damaged . My wife made a heavy padded storage bag for the TV and it rides on a shelf in the pantry .
We built an ATHiker antenna system for OTA TV , it works remarkably well .
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This is how we stored ours in our 17B. Quick and easy build.
Nice job ! I'll duplicate that ! We probably will not use ours to watch broadcast television. We do sometimes want to see local news, particularly if there has been a weather warning or other significant problem. We do not have cable or OTA tv at our home. Only have one 28" tv that's 12yrs old ! When we do watch it's streaming video, YouTube, Prime, Netflix etc.

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I am a bit curious, how often do folks use there TV, if at all? Many seem to keep it set up all the time, or set it up when stopped. I know lots of folks that don't even bring one.
I'm a hard core news junkie. If it's possible to catch a newscast I'll be watching it.

I don't get my fix of news nearly as much with the trailer. A lot of time there's no coverage. In other areas, how's that for being non-specific , the only news channels that I receive aren't ones that I want to watch. So, overall, our trailer TV watching time is much less than at home.

We sometimes take stuff from Netflix with us and occasionally can stream movies in places that we didn't expect we'd be able to.

At any rate, my view is that if it's ready to use it'll likely get used more than it it has to be set-up.

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Old 07-22-2019, 09:54 AM   #15
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We always take our TV along and a portable sat dish & receiver as well. We used to carry our TV laying screen down on the bed, under the bedding, when traveling. On our recent trip, our TV gave it up and we had to replace it. My theory was that bouncing down the road damaged the LED screen so we now carry the replacement TV in our truck in it's original cardboard box and packaging. We got 3 years out of the first one and at $125 for a replacement, consider it just normal wear and tear.

We did tour a Bigfoot 21 in Spokane recently and it had a very nice, positive latching wall mount. I plan to shop around and see if I can find it for sale anywhere. There was also an auxiliary strap that goes over the TV to make sure it doesn't move when going down the road. I consider the Escape TV mount inadequate at best.
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I am a bit curious, how often do folks use there TV, if at all?

Sounds like a candidate for a poll question.


If I had to give it a number, I'd guess I use mine once in a months worth of camping.
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Sounds like a candidate for a poll question.

Have to ask, what would a poll accomplish? If most people don't bring a TV, will that persuade others to leave their TV at home?
Posts discussing bringing a TV are much more thought provoking and pose the question - Tow Vehicle or Television: what to watch?
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We don't use the TV that much here, Jim. However, I did just add a bluetooth speaker setup for the TV which allows the speakers to set right by us now at the dinette, with the TV down at the bed end. Really improves the TV use for movies, etc.
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I'm a hard core news junkie. If it's possible to catch a newscast I'll be watching it.

I don't get my fix of news nearly as much with the trailer. A lot of time there's no coverage. In other areas, how's that for being non-specific , the only news channels that I receive aren't ones that I want to watch. So, overall, our trailer TV watching time is much less than at home.

We sometimes take stuff from Netflix with us and occasionally can stream movies in places that we didn't expect we'd be able to.

At any rate, my view is that if it's ready to use it'll likely get used more than it it has to be set-up.

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Probably because before computer news, I was always a newspaper reader and listened some on the radio, but rarely watched on TV as it was never on and in fact never even had one for quite a while.

At home the TV is not on until well into the evening except for watching a movie which we will start shortly after dinner. There, we too use Netflix mostly.

No right or wrong approve to TV viewing, everyone is different. For me, it is just that I don't know any friends or family that watch much at all camping, and most don't even have a TV and kid me for buying one.
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After the last trip out and back I carry a weather radio in my truck and I installed a Jensen am/fm/wb in the trailer. If I had a bit more warning I may have taken diversionary tactics on the road. These radios can be set with an alert. Ironically my phone must have one also as we were sitting in the truck stop waiting out the storm it kept on beeping, I did not know what it was. Between cellular and weather band we should have coverage.
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