Last week I finished closing up the upper cabinet hole that was created by removing the old CRT television. A big thanks to Jim and Kimberly for helping me cut and properly route the new red oak slab door to match the rest of the cabinet doors. The stain turned out a tiny bit on the light side but I think it looks great.
The view below is from the passenger’s seat showing the new door, oak trim piece, and vinyl covering.
With our trip to Tennessee just around the corner we are not going to have time to finish the install of the new cabinet and LCD TV for this trip, but hopefully we will get it done by the end of the year.
Today I spent some time closing up the big hole that was left when I removed the old over dash TV. I was able to use the vinyl from the old TV surround to cover a new panel.
This weekend I started working on replacing the old CRT TV in our coach. The TV is mounted above the dashboard and bounces, rattles, vibrates, and is generally just annoying when driving down the road. Plus it is not in the best position for TV watching.
Stephanie and I decided it would be best to remove the “ugly blue chair” that sat between the door and the kitchen and place a cabinet in that space with the boy’s litter box inside and a TV on top. So that’s what I worked on this weekend…demolition time!
Step One: Remove the ugly blue chair!! It was attached to the floor with 4 large bolts through the bottom plate. Two of the bolts came out into the first basement bay and those were pretty easy to get out (found out I can actually fit into the basement storage bay, and for those that don’t know me, I’m a big guy at 6’ 5” and 265 lbs!!!). The other two bolts were under the chassis…so under the coach we go!
Step Two: Remove the old CRT TV. This one was easy. About 6 screws to remove the plastic fascia, 6 screws that hold the TV in and Tada!
Step Three: Next was to remove the big box that the TV sat in. Since we are not putting a TV back in here and our Challenger has vast amounts of storage we really did not need this extra space. The outer vinyl covered trim piece was held on by two screws (one on each side) that looked like buttons. With the trim piece gone all that was left was to beat out the plywood base and sides.
Step Four: There was no power or coax for cable/antenna connection in the space were the new TV was going to go. So I did some snooping around and found a 120v junction box on the floor of the sink cabinet in the kitchen. Perfect! I ran a new romex line to a new outlet here on the end of the kitchen cabinet in the place were there was a phone jack (who needs a phone jack in an RV anyway??? There are still 3 left in case we ever do need them).
Step Five: The last prep step to be ready to install the new cabinet and TV was to run the coax over. I was able to fish it out of the passenger side overhead (which is were the transfer switch and antenna connections are) over to the corner post, under the daylight blinds, down around the seat belt post, under the header for the door’s privacy shade and then between that and the lambrequin for the window that will sit behind the TV. Whew!
When we get back from my birthday trip to Hawaii next week (woop woop) we will install the new cabinet and TV and be ready for our Tennessee trip on October!