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82WestyMan Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:34 am

OK, so I got too much time on my hands...

Long story short, I found an excellent buy on a 23" HDTV / Monitor over at Kind of an off-brand name, but I took a chance and turned out to be a great deal for $200. Good picture, tons of connections from coaxial all the way to HDMI and a nice size.
Most of the time itís going to reside in my bedroom on a shorty wall mount arm. Even found a nice little 'compact DVD player' with HDMI output that I'm make a custom mount to hang off the bottom of set.
Got to thinking about it and thought... "Might be nice to be able to watch a movie after dinner at the campground without huddling around my laptop"

Looked around and found a nice 15" articulating arm wall mount from Peerless that's fairly inexpensive if you do a little searching with google
Decided to mount on the B-pillar behind the passenger seat. Had nice access thru the 'fuzzy vent' and even thought it looked like it had some stout metal behind it for the seatbelt mount, I decided to back it up with a piece of plate steel

So here's the mounting plate and the backer plate with the nylon locking nuts JB welded in place (didn't want to have to maneuver a wrench inside the B-pillar)

Here are the markings for the holes I had to drill in the B-pillar and a look inside from the fuzzy vent

Decided to put some JB weld on the backer plate to it would stay put if I ever had to remove the outer mounting plate

Hereís the plate mount and the arm mounted on it

And this is with the TV mounted in place

I also found a nice little mast mounted HD antenna that Iím going to fab a pole mount for.
Something simple that will sit on the ground and use one of the jack points and something to grab the rain gutter

carterzest Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:35 am

Modified so as not to be redundant per request of OP. :wink:

Me first...


P.S. Bump means I like it. Need I explain in more depth. Think about it!

Wellington Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:39 am

I came across a flat screen with built in dvd and it had a transformer on the power cord, the unit actually ran off 12volts!!!
I decided against it as I didn't want my kid glued to the T.V. when we are out.

westylife Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:22 am

I usually don't like TV's installed in cars but I really like this setup I really like how it swings outside like that.

Great Work!!

RCB Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:59 am

Great work as well as a great write up.
I really like the way you set up the passengers side table!!!
From what it looks, its just the same sort of bracket thats behind the drivers side seat well.
Is this correct.
I gots to keep an eye out for an extra bracket.
You didnt run into any issues when drilling the screw holes did you ??

Once again ....real nice.

P.S. Thankx again for the information on where to get the rubber boots and connections for the auxillary air valve. The wires are looking kinda tired and the boots were shot.
A few dollars well spent. more that a Hallon fire extinguisher in the bracket??

mightyart Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:24 am

I've got one of these:

krimpoo Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:30 am

Love that ad....buncha' people sitting in lawn chairs watching a t.v...and ignoring the mountains and beautiful day right in front of them...which i assume was the reason they left the city and their apartments in the first place?

"Hey Bob...why dont we pack up the westys and the kids and go watch t.v. in the woods this weekend?"

People are so not just saying.

tds3pete Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:11 pm

Seems like you kinda cheaped out with the 23"

Why not go for a 52" with added rollers top and bottom and you could have replaced the sliding door with it................

mightyart Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:16 pm

Outside in the fresh air is the best place to watch TV.
I guess the only way to watch a movie is in a theather, with your way thinking drive-ins are stupid.
You need to stop being so closed minded.

People are so not just saying.

There I'm done krimpoo, your trolling isn't going to screw 82Westymans post up by starting an argument about watching TV while camping.
A good imflamitory subject, that is a personal choice, and will have no winner.
I'll edit this if I have to.

82WestyMan Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:38 pm

Thanx for chiming in, Mightyart

To me, it's just a matter of having options and choices
... and being tolerate of, and appreciating, the differences in everyones tastes and choices in life and how they decide to live it

kevtherev Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:48 pm

krimpoo wrote: .and ignoring the mountains and beautiful day right in front of them....

So when it's as dark as the inside of your backside and you can't see any thing without military technology... let's watch a movie.

Fantastic idea..fantastic post.. I'm on it as I type.

this is going in my camper as sure as :wink: ...

woggs1 Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:08 pm

That looks like a sweet setup! I like to watch movies in bed, so when I go out in my Westy, I always bring a portable dvd player. Also, I sometimes camp where campfires are prohibited, so when the sun goes down, what else is there to do?

82WestyMan Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:12 pm

tds3pete wrote: Seems like you kinda cheaped out with the 23"

Why not go for a 52" with added rollers top and bottom and you could have replaced the sliding door with it................

Don't think it didn't cross my mind...
just didn't like the idea of all those wires hangin' on the outside
... and damn hard to spin around so you could use it inside or out

But seriously, this is "Use-B" for the set, not its primary home
(..."most of the time itís going to reside in my bedroom"...)

Camping in the great outdoors isn't the only thing I do with my Westy... tailgate parties, car shows, etc ...
just seemed like an easy and nice mod
Not sure how well the deep cycle battery and inverter will like it
but that's why I'm always keep an eye out for the nearest outlet
and carry a 12 gauge / 100' extension cord

Hal87 Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:57 pm

Tell the truth, you did this just to cheese off your next door neighbor with a 9" flip down in their Suburban.... :twisted:

koolmoe Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:42 pm

First, I have to figure out the auxiliary battery setup and inverter (I've read many posts but still not clear - gotta actually sketch it out or something).

Once that's done, I've got an arm/pole for up to a 17" flat panel. I have a heavy 15" touchscreen monitor. I plan, someday, to merge the pole with the front table bracket somehow (since I don't have that table anyway) and connect up a laptop and/or Mac Mini I've got lying around.

So not only for movies, maybe TV (with proper tuner add-on), but also for a computer as well.

I'm a little worried it'll be a bit too visible and attractive to thieves but figure I can make some sorta cover/dropcloth for it.

Won't be as big as yours but same idea, plus a touchscreen to make up that missing cool factor? (plus, I'm a geek, so HAS to be a computer)

bheck Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:16 am

That set up looks great!!! I was looking for a reason to buy another HDTV. Watching tv is great when it is rainy. The kids would love it. I've got to show my wife.

Williamtaylor33 Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:34 am

Very Cool idea. I'm always a fan of your posts 82westyman. Since my westy is my camper i'm thinking that might get in my way everynow and then. I can see some troll slaming the door shut not thinking that i have the tv outside.
Dang...a troll just bit my leg!

Volksbulli Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:08 am

82 WESTY MAN: Hey that brand of TV you got, SCEPTER, is a decently good TV. A friend of mine has had a 32 inch version now for over 2 yrs now with absolutely no problems.

I had considered putting a 12volt TV in my Westy, but decided that my main excuse for camping is to get away from technology, so I opted out of having the bus full of techy doo dads.

But I must say, that is an Awesomely clean install. Nice how the TV Swings outside the door.

Can your Pass Seat be facing forward with the TV mounted there, or do you have to remove it?

dobryan Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:20 am

Good job on that install. :D

I've got a 27 inch HDTV (my Xmas present that resides in the garage) that I'm going to install so it can hang off of the Westy A/C cabinet and be viewed out the back while we tailgate at football games. I'll be interested to see how much time I can get out of an auxiliary battery.

Please post your results when you have your battery/inverter system hooked up.


presslab Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:50 am

That's a great spot for it, really cool you can flip it to point outside. Now all you need is a vanputer. :D

BTW I'm typing this from my van in a campground, wifi antenna on the roof, about 500 yds from the ocean. Just waiting for my buddy to get up.

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