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Old 08-28-2009, 02:52 PM   #11
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Re: the mount

If you can, get one that "locks" into place. You could tighten the bolts on every joint on the one in my RT. You didn't need a tool as the bolts had large knobs. I kept a piece of non-slip material nearby and it helped me get a bit more torque when tightening or loosening the bolts.

My B+ came with one that did not lock into place. I secured the TV with bungy cords when driving.
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:51 PM   #12
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Thanks for the thoughts.
It's almost certainly going to be a selling point for any mount, whether or not it's
solid and stable and "lockable" while the vehicle is in motion.
My wife says we'll probably need the bungy cords for it. She's rarely wrong.
Saw one at Walmart Canada tonight ($8 XL004PB (?) from Orbital that's good for 30lbs.
and is extendable from 4" to about 16" or so.
http://www.orbitalholdings.com/en/produ ... /XL004PB-A
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Hi Mike,

I replaced my TV with a 15" digital LCD mounted exactly like Markopolo's, I could not get the 19" to fit and still allow back or front viewing.

You mentioned Starchoice/Shaw satellite, this is much fussier to lock onto the satellite than is the Expressvu. In fact it can be a real pain in the butt! You have to have a secure pole and it has to be absolutely vertical before you need bother to start! Fortunately we only have to do it once and then we are good for 4 months. We have some friends who honestly believe that they are in an area which for some reason is blocked by Starchoice. They declined to let me see if I could get it set-up!

With your wandering ways you might find it to be a real challenge to get it set up every evening before you can have a drink and relax!

Another friend has a B and he has Expressvu and he has the dish mounted on the rear of his van, it does not seem to mind the vehicle movements caused by walking around.

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Another friend has a B and he has Expressvu and he has the dish mounted on the rear of his van, it does not seem to mind the vehicle movements caused by walking around.

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This part of your post is good to know. I thought walking or moving around in your B might throw it out of wack. I also have Expressvu but using a Vuqube as sat dish.
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Hi Mike,

I replaced my TV with a 15" digital LCD mounted exactly like Markopolo's, I could not get the 19" to fit and still allow back or front viewing.
I know what you mean about the 19". It's not going to be easy to tuck it away behind the entertainment unit when we're in motion. I was hoping it would fit better, but there's not much I can do about it. It's still a very nice TV, and it draws almost no wattage (29W). My wife is looking forward to the extra storage space inside the e-unit where the old crt TV sits now. I think most of our viewing will be from the back of the van, in the evenings, so I'm not too worried about being able to see it from the front of the van.

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You mentioned Starchoice/Shaw satellite, this is much fussier to lock onto the satellite than is the Expressvu. In fact it can be a real pain in the butt! You have to have a secure pole and it has to be absolutely vertical before you need bother to start! Fortunately we only have to do it once and then we are good for 4 months. We have some friends who honestly believe that they are in an area which for some reason is blocked by Starchoice. They declined to let me see if I could get it set-up!
I take it you have Star Choice ? It's an elliptical 60cm dish to begin, whereas Bell XVU is round and smaller maybe 45cm? The installer said it works better in the south western US, as that's closer to where the "birds" are. He said in AZ it's pretty much true south azimuth and you only need to get your elevation angle, or something like that. He also said that the "birds" are set up/aimed to throw their "shadow" across Canada, so the farther south of the 49th parallel you go the further below the signal area you are. That's why it's harder to get a good lock when you're closer to being beneath the satellite. They're not aimed down towards the lower 48 States, more towards the upper 10 provinces.
That VUqube that Chester mentions sounds like it might take some of the pain out of the process. I'd like to get the new TV in place before we leave end of September, and then see what the deal is with the VuQube system, if we get near Houston. In fact, I start gutting the inside of the e-unit tomorrow.

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With your wandering ways you might find it to be a real challenge to get it set up every evening before you can have a drink and relax!

Another friend has a B and he has Expressvu and he has the dish mounted on the rear of his van, it does not seem to mind the vehicle movements caused by walking around.

Deryck
I'd hoped it might be as easy as mounting some sort of gimballed gyroed powered permanent base above the a/c unit, which I could then just stick the dish into after we've parked, and then adjust it remotely from inside using the audible aiming system in the receiver. It appears that isn't likely to happen as a DIY project, but those Vuqube "tailgaters" look like they'd do the trick, if we spent the money. We'll see when we get down there. OTA digital will do us fine in the mean time.
Thanks for the input, much obliged.
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Old 09-04-2009, 03:27 AM   #16
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Well we pulled the trigger on the Sharp LC19SB27U from Best Buy Canada, retail $279+tax.
Now I need an articulating mounting arm and some ideas as to how to secure it to the rear
wall of the entertainment cabinet in the '02 Popular. I'm thinking I might need some sort of
plate on the inside wall to spread the torque on the mount base from the weight of the TV,
over a larger area. I don't want the mount arm to pull loose from the wall.

Has anyone tried this, as a method of increasing the supporting capability of their TV mounting arm?
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That will great for watching movies. I had a 15" LCD in my Roadtrek and a 19" in my B+. The 19" was nice.

The difference in wattage is from the audio; 4 watts for one and 20 watts for the other. In a small area like the back of a Class B you probably would never notice the difference.

Here's a photo of forum member Jardiner's LCD TV mount:



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We wanted to be able to watch TV either from the front or the back of our Roadtrek. So I opted for a wall mount that could be tilted and swiveled ( SANUS VM3B VISION MOUNT). All the wires were then placed in a plastic flexible split cut conduit.
I had the exact same in my Roadtrek.

Here's his website for more photos: http://www3.sympatico.ca/danielle_pare/ ... ctures.htm
I picked up a Sanus VM3B-03 articulating mount tonight at Best Buy (not going to say what I paid for it, but it was embarrassingly pricey. I felt like I'd been robbed as I left the place).
One question before I attempt installation.
Did you, or do you know if Jardinier, used any additional backing or oversized washers inside the entertainment
unit wall when bolting the mount/swing arm assembly there? I can't see the inside of the e-unit in the picture.
I'm thinking of using a lag bolt and oversized washers setup to spread the weight and load out over the e-unit wall.
Thoughts? Suggestions?

UPDATE: Actually, I found another angle inside the e-unit at Jardinier's website and it doesn't look like he's used
any extra backing to support the weight of the TV on the Sanus mount. All I see is the nut/bolt heads.
I still think I'll add some oversized washers at least on the inside/back of the e-unit wall to spread the load a bit.
When I have a finished product I'll post up some pics.

Thanks,
Mike.
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:51 PM   #18
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Well, the thing is in, and it seems ok although the top horizontal pivot tightening screw
did not turn in easily. I checked the threads but they look ok, so I'll just keep an eye on it for
slippage. The vertical tilt adjust is a bit loose too. Same issue, tightening nut doesn't really tighten.
Still, it's in, and it looks so much like the pictures of Jardinier's, I'm not going to post up
any. Duplication of effort. I did wind up using a set of nuts/bolts and over-sized washers to
add some strength behind the mount on the inside wall of the e-unit.
Great picture on the Sharp, sound is decent, mostly because it's in a smaller enclosed space,
which probably helps. We are in Canada, so there aren't many, if any, digital signals around
that we could find, with the auto-channel search function. Still it's a sight better than the
OEM TV, and I'm sure it'll pay dividends when we head south in a few weeks.

This is probably my last post to this thread.
As usual, hope it has helped others considering replacing their OEM TV, in some way.
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:35 PM   #19
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One LAST posting to this thread. I got in touch with Kingcontrols who make the VuQube
satellite signal acquisition systems and they said it's not compatible with Star Choice.
Yet.
The search for full channel range television viewing solutions on the road continues......
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Old 10-26-2009, 01:11 AM   #20
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So much for last posts.
I believe the only dish/actuator/locator systems compatible with Star Choice satellite are made by
Motosat and Explorer, and both are in the $3K range.
So, I'll be looking for a crank up system I can mount on my roof, can tilt and swivel from inside the van,
and that will accept at least a 60cm Star Choice dish and LNB.
Anyone seen anything like this before?
I thought so, you're all ExpressVu subscribers.
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