FIREPLACE/TV CABINET INSTALLED
The last base cabinet went in yesterday. This is a custom cabinet to house our electric fireplace and 40" LED TV/Monitor. The cabinet frame is made from aluminum to give it super strength and then covered with the European Birch we have been using in the rest of the bus. The top is currently some of that same wood. However, we plan on replacing it with 1/2 inch granite.
As you can see in the pictures below, the fireplace works. It has a thermostat that is digital and comes with a remote control. It has 10 different fan speeds and about 15 different color and flame pattern settings. The whole electric fireplace faux flames and glow are powered by LED's, so energy consumption when not in heater mode is negligible. When the heater is going full blast it uses 11.5 amps.
The LED TV is on an electric riser so it can stay hidden in the cabinet until needed. That way we can still see out of the bus windows. The electric riser was described in an earlier post. We also put a mechanism on the riser that allows the TV to move forward and tilt a full 90 degrees so it can be seen from almost any seat in the bus. Again, the riser has a remote control.
We intend to use a Logitech Remote Control device to handle all these remote controlled devices. This includes the MaxxAir ventilation fan, the fireplace, the TV riser, the TV, the satellite receiver, the DVD player, and the bus' built in satellite radio/AM/FM/CD player in the dash.
The TV has an HDMI cable that has been run to the dinette table area so we can hook up a laptop that connects to the 40" monitor and provide training and demos on our transportation software.
Close Up of the Fireplace Showing Off Its Flames
TV In its Up Position
TV Tilted Forward To the Front of the Cabinet
TV Pulled Forward and Positioned at 45 Degrees. This is the perfect setup to view the TV from the Dinette area.
TV Positioned at 90 Degrees So the Passenger Side Sofa and Dinette Can See the TV.