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Old 05-21-2013, 04:27 PM   #1
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Replacing front tv 06 Journey

I'm replacing the front tv on my '06 winnebago journey with a32" LCD. I also plan on installing the mcd shades so I want to get rid of box that the old tv sat in. My question is, is it structurally safe to cut out the metal frame that supported the old tv?
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:42 PM   #2
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Recently did this on my 2007 sightseer. Yours probably has the same metal structure. The box that holds the tv is suspended from the top metal framing and is tack welded in the back. I only cut out the lower portion. Stopping 1 1/2 up from the bottoms of the side cabinet. Used a dremel with cutoff wheels to make the cut. Took a while and cover your dash with a drop cloth. Reframed the opening with 2x2 and made new headliner panel to mount clear across. You can get matching material from lichstein with your coach serial.

Didn't have any structural effect. It is just a suspended cage

Will post pictures of finished job when I get to storage to take them
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:57 PM   #3
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Just a note of caution, the old analog weighs a bunch so make sure you have help or a system to handle it when you take it from the frame. Singing tenor will be the least of your worries. IMHO

Replaced mine with a flat screen (Sony) and it works super. Used some speaker cloth to fill in the blank spaces. Did not cut any of the frame away.

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Will post pictures of finished job when I get to storage to take them
I'm a long time off from doing this type of project, but certainly look forward to seeing your photos. -RT
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:28 AM   #5
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One pic is the original layout. The other 3 are the new configuration with the TV moved to bihind the passenger seat, mounted on a lockable swing arm. The reasons for the mod was to get rid of the headbanger and set up the cockpit for MCD shades. They have been installed, just have to make the valences for them
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What did you use for a template for the new headliner? I am also going with the MCD shades. To complicate matters, I have two fans and two roll down sun visors to contend with!
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For the headliner I removed the original 2 piece headliner measured the original width and lined up the straight edge on the edge of a 4x8 sheet of 1/4 plywood. Lined it out and cut it. The original head liner cabinet front edge is straight. Also used it to mark the holes for my fans. If your fans are original to the coach they should be forward of the mount line for the mcd's. mine just went back in to their original mounting location. I left out the visors as the mcd shade works as one only a lot better. At first chance I'll get a picture with the shade up
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Unless you are cutting the center cabinet up to flush with the others, there is no reason to cut the metal frame since it just gives additional rigidity to the whole upper entertainment center cabinets. I left mine in as well as the CRT bracket. I just tightened it up for another cross brace.
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JKjourney,

On my Sightseer, the support bracket which hangs down was not connected to either of the side cabinets at the lower extension. Mounted as such it did not add any structural bracing, I could move it side to side in the opening. I only cut out the lower section 1 1/2 inches above the bottom of the cabinets. I did leave the upper portion including the tv clamp in the frame. Tied in the 2x2 spanning framing to the stubs at the bottom and then tied it into the side cabinets.

In order for Bradd and Hall to install a single shade across the front it was necessary to remove the head banger completely. If they had to deal with the headbanger hanging down the installation of the shades would have cost more. They quoted 3 shades rather than the single one. There isn't space between the headbanger and the defrost fans to get a single clear shot across the headliner.

Your coach may be built different, I can only speak for my sightseer.

IMHO the look is cleaner, more work though. Took 3 tries to get the stain for the trim to match and had to buy a new door rail and style cutter set to make the door. Bradd and Hall only installed the shades, I did all the other work.

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Guess I left out the most important reason I made the modification. The DW HATED the headbanger

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Nice work! I really like the clean, unencumbered, more open look. -RT
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