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Old 04-26-2013, 01:38 PM   #1
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Flat Screen TV Swap in Winnebago Chieftain

Today I bit the bullet and swapped out my old TV for a new 24" Insignia. The new TV is exactly 56 cm wide, the same distance between the upper cabinets and also the exact same height. I have attached a couple pictures showing the framework I built to mount the TV wall mount on. The two uprights are 2" X 3" attached at the top with a single 2" X 3/8" carriage bolt which goes through the same hole as the old TV support used. The bottoms of the uprights are retained using a single #10 X 2" sheet metal screw. A piece of 3/4" oak plywood is connected to the uprights and the wall mount is secured to it using a couple of 1 1/2 X 5/16 bolts. I added a couple of strips of foam cushion up the sides to for the TV to rest against. At the bottom of the TV I filled the gap with 3/4" plywood and then cut the bottom of the old TV trim piece and secured it with a couple of pop rivets. I will add a bit of molding around that piece to hide the rivets and screws at some point. There is room to reach your hand in back of the TV to connect cables, etc. Overall I was pretty pleased with the finished product. I believe there are other models and years of Winnebago with the same configuration.
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Nice job!

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Old 04-26-2013, 09:06 PM   #3
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Good job! It's interesting how you coped with the shroud!

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The Finished Product

I just finished doing some trim work.
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:33 PM   #5
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I just finished doing some trim work.
It looks great, but man... that shroud. If it were me (I have an Adventurer 35U--I converted the TV), I think I would have found a way to deal with the shroud. Maybe there is no way? That said, I think you did a great job on the wood work and the cover under the TV.

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It looks great, but man... that shroud. If it were me (I have an Adventurer 35U--I converted the TV), I think I would have found a way to deal with the shroud. Maybe there is no way? That said, I think you did a great job on the wood work and the cover under the TV.

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Scott there is so much steel in that shroud and it is part of the reinforcing necessary to keep things from flexing up in that area. I looked at it a long time and decided if I cut it out I would have to add reinforcement so I went the short route.
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Well, I think you did a great job. Thanks for explaining!

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I know the trials you were up against as I did my previous Winnie TV changeout. You would also have to move/relocate the map reading light assembly and have to finish the base where the shroud meets upholstery on either side and back.

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I am about to do the deed my self and am wondering how difficult getting the old tv out was.
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I am about to do the deed my self and am wondering how difficult getting the old tv out was.
Getting the old one out was not a big job. The plastic surround in front is held in place by four phillip screws accessible from inside the cabinets. The TV is secured by a steel strap across the top and retained by two 1/2" nuts also accessible from the cabinets. Now you just lift and pull the TV forward enough to disconnect the antenna cable, power cable and speaker connection. It is heavy so you may want another pair of hands for that task.
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Getting the old one out was not a big job. The plastic surround in front is held in place by four phillip screws accessible from inside the cabinets. The TV is secured by a steel strap across the top and retained by two 1/2" nuts also accessible from the cabinets. Now you just lift and pull the TV forward enough to disconnect the antenna cable, power cable and speaker connection. It is heavy so you may want another pair of hands for that task.
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