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Gary RV_Wizard

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Remodeling photos
« on: April 10, 2008, 01:53:31 PM »
The "before and after" pictures I posted in my previous Coach Remodel thread didn't show the overall effect of the individual changes. Here are some photos that show what the overall result looks like.
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2008, 01:57:30 PM »
And for those who haven't seen the exterior (not remodeled!)
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2008, 06:31:01 PM »
Well I thought the Tradition was a beautiful coach before you did any of the work, but it's even more beautiful now. You do nice work Gary.
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2008, 06:44:49 PM »
It looks wonderful, thanks for sharing!  ENJOY

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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2008, 06:53:30 PM »
Excellent work, your should be proud!

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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2008, 07:02:33 PM »
It really looks nice Gary. Wow what a shine on the exterior!
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2008, 07:26:56 PM »
Looks great Gary.  You do good work.
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2008, 09:05:41 PM »
Super looking job Gary.  You should enjoy that for a long time.

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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2008, 10:30:42 AM »
Thanks, everybody. Wish I could claim it was all my work, but I did only about 30% of the cabinet work myself. I built the computer desk, replaced the oven with a cooktop and drawers, and did some small mods to the bedroom cabinetry, but the three major pieces (both tvs and replacing the vanity sink with a big cabinet) were done by Classic Coach in Lakeland, FL. They aren't cheap, but they do pretty nice work.

The finishing touches come in two weeks when we get to Decatur. Another cabinet upgrade (increasing depth of one of the overheads from 8 inches to 12 inches) and a new satellite dome that will hopefully lock onto the Direct TV satellites more reliably than the current one. Our TrakVision SF keeps finding bird #72 instead of #101 and the receiver isn't smart enough to tell the difference! Leads to a lot of colorful language each time we set up.  :o
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2008, 01:04:44 PM »
Gary,

I hope you are getting a good deal on the dome as Direct will be changing channels to satellite soon.  all HD will be going to a KA satellite.  There has been quite a discussion on this on the "newmarowners" site on Yahoo.  Unless the dome has a Ka band LNB you will need another new one in about 6 to 8 months.

The other bad news is that Dish will be having the same problem in the future also.

Not a good time for us mobile users!!
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2008, 02:11:56 PM »
Jim, that's only a consideration if you are paying for HD channels.  All the SD channels will remain on 101.
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2008, 02:16:57 PM »
I understand but the HD is soooo much better!   VBG  He just updated the TVs so ...
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2008, 02:19:48 PM »
But did he update the receiver?  I don't see the need for HD on a small (<60") screen :)
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2008, 02:31:37 PM »
It sure makes a difference in the 20" one in my computer room at home!   VBG
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2008, 03:05:48 PM »
Your eyes are probably better than mine.  I don't see enough difference to make it worth the additional expense.  New receiver, new antenna, higher monthly cost.
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2008, 04:54:26 PM »
No receiver, existing antenna and cable with HD so cost was a little extra for the new TV but I will not need a converter box next year so it was a no brainer!! 
Now for the other TVs, the coupons are on order!   VBG
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2008, 05:21:30 PM »
For cable systems, it's different economics than in a motorhome.
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2008, 05:55:47 PM »
No, argument.  The bat wing works great for HD.  I enjoyed several programs in other MHs while in CA.  I have old TVs in the MH and I'm not sure if I will upgrade either one unless I do a cabinet job in the front above the windshield.  I can put my computer room TV in the bedroom as it fits the opening.  I still will not have HD on my satellite though.
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2008, 06:14:01 AM »
Gary,

Nice job.

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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2008, 10:25:26 AM »
We were going to do the HD thing but decided to put that on hold. I would need to re-wire the coach to get HDMI or component cables to both tvs (has composite video now) and that is a major job cause my receiver is mid-ships rather than the typical front mount.   The only good solution is a wireless HD adapter and those won't be available for several months yet.  We decided to get the standard dish for now cause this one is driving us nuts!
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2008, 10:42:26 AM »
gary,

I have the same problem with the location of the receiver, it is above the passenger's head.  I did find out a day or so a go that there is a conduit between it and the TV so it may not be as bad as I thought IF the HDMI connectors will fit.  My guess is no way!!

You may be lucky and have a conduit there.
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2008, 11:37:42 AM »
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You may be lucky and have a conduit there.

I have decent sized cable chases, but the cabinet is back over the dining table and in a slide out to boot. The routing is  a nightmare - through a cabinet, down to the floor, sideways to the edge of the slide, then slack to allow for the slide motion and into another  chase that routs vertically down through the bay and under the coach, one run forward to the cab area and the other to the rear for the bedroom.  I already have coax from the dome to the rear tv, though, so can add a second receiver for the rear if we want.

The Motosat 5 LNB dish for DTV HD is about $2400 plus installation and the Belkin wireless HDMI box will sell for $500-$600 when it is available. The HD receiver is another $100 or so and then there's the monthly cost of the HD service as well.  My tvs are 26 and 23, so they look pretty good in SD and we will live with that for awhile.
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2008, 01:20:16 PM »
OUCH!!   The alternative may be to live with it for a few years and buy a newer MH with the HD installed.   VVBG
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2008, 10:37:09 PM »
Gary,

I also had thought about HD but decided the cost was much more than it would be worth for my 26" TV. :) With my eyes standard broadcast seems good enough. No question the LCD screens are much better than the old tube models. I'll just "suffer" with a slightly inferior picture. ;D ;D

Now if we owned a house I just might go for the HD with the 60" TV!!!
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2008, 02:45:16 PM »
All I have to say is WOW sharp rig, and a cute kitty.  We have a himmy as well.  HE is hairy but the best cat  ;D
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Re: Remodeling photos
« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2008, 09:07:50 PM »
We have a 43" HD at home and so are kind of spoiled, but I agree there isn't much difference on a small screen anyway. In fact, both the coach tvs have a max resolution of 720p anyway - anymore would be meaningless on a 26" screen. 480 yields a pretty decent picture on that size screen and the LCDs are bright and sharp.
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