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Old 11-25-2009, 04:35 AM   #1
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Vibration and electronics?

I've never been big on Black Friday madness, but Target has a deal on a 32" LCD HDTV for$246, that, if purchased, would be mounted in my short bus. I'm a little concerned about vibration though. I mainly drive in the city, where roads are less than perfect and vibration is a big issue. I'm concerned that over jostling of something like an LCD TV would eventually damage it. Are my concerns warranted? Should I just mount the **** out of it so that it can't move around whatsoever? Anybody have experience with this?
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:05 AM   #2
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Re: Vibration and electronics?

I don't have experience with this yet, so want to see answers from those that do.

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Should I just mount the **** out of it so that it can't move around whatsoever?
I'd think you'd want to cushion the electronic component rather than solid mount it. A solid mount would immediately transfer all of the road damage to the component. I think of it like a "hard tail" bike (i.e. one without shock absorber on the rear tire). The bike may be solid and stable, but it will kick the crap outta yer backside going down a rough road!

It would be better to add some kind of "shock absorber" around the television, or put it on a mount that has some give to it (like a swivel mount?) so it won't get the full impact of that road that hasn't been resurfaced in the last decade!
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:34 PM   #3
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hmm my flat screen computer monitor has travelled north, south, west, east with me for the last two years, sometimes in a box filled with extra clothes, sometimes duct taped to a desk. Works perfectly. Not that such is a gaurantee, just sharing my experience.
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Old 11-25-2009, 02:21 PM   #4
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Re: Vibration and electronics?

My CRT TV only had an issue once. It turned into a black and white TV for a while thanks to a good bounce, but is fine now. I wouldn't worry too much about it. I honestly don't know what the best mount would be. My tv comes in and out of the bus and so I just strap it down firmly on a shelf. There is a huge discussion in the offroad community as we speak as to what is safer for drivers...hard plastic seats and 5 point harnesses that allow no movment or 5 point harnesses and suspension seats which slow down the shock. FWIW the faster a car goes, the more restricted your movement becomes for safety. Formula 1 cars basically allow wrist movement and that's it. The rest of the body is locked in solid.
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:30 PM   #5
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I had a fairly large CRT in my bus in the past with no problems, but I got it for free and didn't really care if the road ruined it. An LCD would make me a bit more worried. The way I had the CRT mounted was screws through the base into the desk it was sitting on, then plumbers tape screwed directly into the case and then into the walls around it. I was very happy with this method, but unlike a CRT, the LCD wouldn't have a big hollow case that I could safely screw into.
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Old 11-25-2009, 10:13 PM   #6
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I have a 20 inch lcd tv that was wall mounted in my 19 foot rv (close to your shorty in size) for 8 months of continuous usage. It is now gonna be moved over to the bus. Not a single issue. Used a regular tiltable wallmount for it. An lcd is fairly strong. If it was a plasma or a CRT I would be more worried. But they use lcd's in gps units built for cars and trucks. In fact all those big beautiful screens they put in new car dashes are lcd. I was worried about it at first, but trust me, should be fine as long as your mount stays up. That ended up being the only thing that concerned me. Not that the bumps would hurt the tv, but that the bumps would make the mount fall and THAT would hurt the tv. Just mount it nice and strong and watch away.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:07 PM   #7
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No problems with our 26" Vizio. Been down lots of bumpy roads.
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I was thinking of using a swivel mount. Anybody use one? Do they hold up going down the road?
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LCD TV on swivel wall mount (bad choice of mount... I'll not use a swivel mount again), LCD Computer monitor, Desktop computer, DVD player, full-timing since 2006. Traveled from SW NC to S GA (260 miles one way) several times, S GA back to NC several times, S GA to PCB, FL and return trip (400 miles)... did that once in the RV. SW NC to NE TN (130 miles) and returned... once. S GA to Chattanooga and back (520 miles)... once. Sw NC to Central NM (1600 miles), Central NM to Corpus Christi and back (1700 miles)... So that's over 5000 miles of bouncing down primary roads, rough interstates, in/out of campgrounds. All my electronics are good.
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will let you know, I also bought 2 19" tvs on black friday. Have swivel mounts and getting ready to install....one for each side of the bus
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