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Old 11-22-2008, 04:22 PM   #1
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I didn't plan on having a TV in the trailer. But, my 13 inch that I watch outside on the patio died. Wouldn't power up and I figured it had gotten damp and shorted, so I ran out and got a 15 LCD ( cheap, made in China ) so I wouldn't miss The Daily Show and Colbert Report.
After a couple days inside the house, the old TV is working just fine so now I have a spare LCD that weighs only 8 lbs.

I had a look at the Lee Valley Tools catalogue and they offer a half dozen mounts for small TVs, but most require a stud to screw to. They have a couple on arms that will clamp onto a table. I'd like to get away with the cheapest, most compact solution.

So, my question, finally, is, if you have a TV in your trailer, where do you have it mounted and how? I figure I'll just run a cable out a window if the park offers cable. Any advice on antennas would be appreciated too.

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Old 11-22-2008, 04:34 PM   #2
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Re: TV mount

You might want to check with Reace as he has an extendible wall mount arm available for mounting a 15" LCD TV.
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:09 PM   #3
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Hi,
Part of the solution may be dependent on where you watch and whether you want to tuck it away when traveling, and of course where the co-ax outlet or other outlets are located. One of the things I'm doing is arranging table top viewing from the wardrobe top, but I'm stealing Jeff's idea and using a tuner with my laptop.
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:21 PM   #4
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Yup, I would have gone with laptop too, but now I'm stuck with this extra TV. That makes five TVs with three people in the house. Maybe I'll run a cable into the kitchen instead, and forget having a TV in the trailer.

The appeal of the trailer and camping is getting away and leaving TV behind.

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Old 11-22-2008, 07:51 PM   #5
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I would imagine the safest area to mount the swing arm to would be on the microwave cabinet wall area on the bedside. You could probably reinforce the wall with a small piece of plywood on the inside of the cabinet.. Mounting it there woud give you the option of watching in bed or swinging it out and watching from the front dinette area.. If you don't have the coax cable outlet inside the trailer, do you have an outside hatch.. I think running the cable inside the trailer would be the hardest part if you have to drill a hole.. you might be able to see if you can snake a piece of speaker wire through the same spot were the power from the battery comes in and use one of those converter plug (from the old rabbit ears to coax) since coax is really just two wire system it should work fine.. Heck these are just crazy ideas..
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Well, the Old Bag ( Leslie ) nixed having the TV in the kitchen, and she's not that keen on having it in the trailer, but I have to put it somewhere. For now, I think I'll just use the stand and run a cable out the window. I'm trying to imagine what it is that I would need to watch to go to all that trouble.

A mount on the wall where a microwave goes, above the fridge ( we have a cupboard instead ) sounds like the solution. Maybe the cable could run out the grill for the fridge? And backing it up inside the cupboard makes sense and sounds easy enough.

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Old 11-23-2008, 09:10 AM   #7
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Hi: bags...What to watch "The Weather Channel". We have the mount on the wall but alas no TV. "She, who must be obeyed" says "we don't go camping to watch TV". At times I find it difficult to think of anything else to do!!!
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The Escape 17' that I saw had the tv swingarm mounted on the microwave cabinet , on the edge facing the back, low enough for the tv to clear the overhanging cabinet, so that the tv could be viewed from either the bed (and with good eyes), the small dinette.
You might want to shoot a call to Reace.
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:47 AM   #9
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I posted on my mounting solution under factory mods. The antenna is the round omni-directional unit supplied by Escape. It really works well both on analog and digital signals, extremely sharp picture (who needs HD?).

As for location I had mine mounted on the fridge wall with a swing away like the factory does, but as I sleep with my head at the drivers side it was too close for comfort, and too far away for good viewing from the front dinette. By mounting it under the overhead cabinets at my feet it is just right for distance and the evlevated position is quite comfortable while viewing in bed.

As for what to watch I have about 50 DVD's and every time I stop in Walmart I see whats available in the $5.00 bins.

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Old 01-10-2009, 01:28 PM   #10
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Re: TV mount

Am I correct in thinking that the factory mount is on the sink side? I've only seen the mounting on the fridge/micro side underneath the large dinette cabinet and that was working well for the Eureka owners.
Glad to hear about the television reception. Jeff also has some great ideas for using his lap top as a tv.
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