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Old 03-13-2013, 05:38 PM   #1
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Lost the TV Tub over the Dash

2 Years ago I pulled out the 80 lb brick of a Sony TV over the Dash in my Journey. Mounted a Samsung 32" flat screen LCD TV in its place, essentially mounting the new TV on top of the existing molding and plastic tub which held the old Brick Sony TV.

This winter I decided to lose the tub over the dash which covered up the underpinnings of the old tube TV. Winnie uses a steel cage to hold all the weight of the tube TV's. We cut the steel out flush with the overhead ceiling under the TV cabinets. Re-mounted the LCD TV between the 2 existing cabinets, which fit perfectly (luck), and lost the old wooden TV surround, not to mention the plastic molded TV tub.

The ceiling under the overhead cabinets is flat and flush, allowing for a future installation of a 1-piece MCD day/night roller shade. We cut a new header panel for under the cabinets out of luan, and covered it with new matching vinyl, just like the OEM.

The end result looks outstanding. I had a lot of help, as I have really good techs in my shop.

First picture is the old Sony TV.
Second pic is the new 32" LCD flat screen installed 2 years ago over the existing wooden surround.
Third pic is showing the tub with the LCD TV.
Fourth pic is the steel cut out.
Fifth picture is face-on with the LCD TV installed, now higher on the ceiling, and providing a better view out the windshield.
Sixth pic is from the under-side, showing the tub gone and the new flush header panel.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:27 PM   #2
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Don, that's the cleanest headliner I've ever seen! We've both bumped our heads on the old TV surround a few times already coming up those steps...

Very nice looking job!
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:38 PM   #3
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Great job Don. Looks really clean and nice. The one piece MCD shade will be an easy install.

Now you got me pondering......
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:47 PM   #4
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That's how I did mine. Took out a 77 pound TV and 40 pounds of steel. Put in a 32" LCD, some thin plywood and vinyl from a fabric store, done. Adding some power visors while I was at it too.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:02 PM   #5
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Looks really nice Don. Nice clean install Jim
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:14 PM   #6
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Don;

I am impressed. What a great job. It looks like it came from the factory that way. Now I have it in my mind I want to get out to your shop and get mine done. My goal will be 2014.

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Great work, nice and clean
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:44 PM   #8
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Don,
OUTSTANDING!! Without a doubt, severely better than the original setup. And, while the original setup looked good, it was, heavy and it protruded into a "Safety Zone" while entering and exiting the coach. Now, incredibly safer and aesthetically superior. D@mn it, now I've got ANOTHER project I have to put into the drawing board. But, that one will be phenomenally worth the effort. I love it.
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:32 PM   #9
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Another advantage of this project is added visibility out the front windshield, both from within the coach, and from the driver's seat.
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Now if there was actually something worth watching .... But the mod looks awesome !!
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:59 PM   #11
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Awesome job Don! Several years ago I installed a 32 inch LCD in my overhead wood frame but left the dumb old plastic tub. What the heck was I thinking? Oh well maybe some day I'll feel the need to start another project. Just wondering, how well do your TV speakers work? I didn't care for the sound that the TV speakers put out so I ran some remote speakers closer to the seating area. Now I don't have to crank it up high enough for the neighbors to hear.

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Old 03-15-2013, 03:37 PM   #12
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Sammie, with the new install, the TV speakers are actually less obstructed, and I expect the sound to be better than it was.

My next project (next year) is to replace my current OEM surround sound DVD player with a new model with a digital optical connection between the TV and the new surround sound. I installed the digital optical cable to the TV and ran it to the right side upper compartment where the current DVD system resides. This way, when I install the new DVD Blue Ray surround sound home theater system, I just plug in the digital optical cable, and it should work.

But that's next winter's project.
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Don Great looking job. Very clean and neat
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:40 PM   #14
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Replaced the TV and new sound system a couple of years ago. I made everything fit the old box. I am glad you did this, now I will tackle this next winter. TV are changing so fast that I will be able to get the latest, what ever is out then. Within a couple of days it will be out dated.
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