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Old 03-05-2011, 04:09 PM   #1
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32BHDS Entertainment Center Mod

Hope this works, since this is my first attempt at inserting images.

Completed this Mod shortly after buying our 2011 Jay Flight G2 32BHDS, griping that the Jayco OEM television in the entertainment center was a wimpy 21in. Great thing about the rotating TV/mirror entertainment center, new for 2011, is that it has a separate carpentry box for the TV/mirror that you can slide out after removing 4 wood screws. Remaining space/hole accommodates a 32” LCD, and my DW loves big TVs more than I do.

Popped the TV off its mounting bracket. Removed the 4 wood screws and slid out the TV/mirror swivel cabinet. The problem with the entertainment centers has been their thin wood paneling and widely spaced skinny framing materials, limiting one’s ability to modify and attach bigger electronics. Used the pneumatic brad gun to attach some ½” x Ύ” wood framing strips in the bottom of the open hole, then nailed in a cut to fit piece of 3/8” birch select plywood (creating a floor to the opening). Attached some ½” x Ύ” wood framing strips horizontally along the side gaps, followed by the attachment of horizontal scraps of plywood for structural rigidity within the flimsy paneling walls (looks like three mini 9” shelves in the pictures). Then attached cut to fit pieces of 3/8” birch select plywood to create side walls for the opening (brad nailing into the horizontal “shelves”). Finished framing by attaching horizontal ½” x Ύ” framing strips in the top of the entertainment center opening, followed by brad nailing of 3/8” birch select plywood. Rock solid fully-walled, wood-framed box! I then attached quarter-round molding 360 degrees around the entire open (in the middle), slid in a cut to fit vertical piece of ½” select oak plywood, and then repeated the quarter-round molding attachment on the opposite side of the entertainment center to sandwich-in this piece of vertical Ύ” plywood.

Attached a flat-screen swivel-scissor TV mount into the living room side of the Ύ” plywood (32” LCD) and then recycled the OEM TV mount on the bedroom side of the entertainment center (26” LCD). I attached a pair of 1” canvass straps with spring-loaded buckles behind the 32” TV (pan-head screws with flat washers, thru the canvas strap and into the Ύ” plywood), so that I can loop them vertically around the TV and cinch down tightly for the road.

And whatever happened to the wimpy 21” LCD TV: the kids got it in the bunkroom. :hihi:

Second post/reply to follow with more Pics. Hope this works.
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:12 PM   #2
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RE: 32BHDS Entertainment Center Mod

More Pics.

First 2pics are Living Room side. Last pic is the Bedroom side.
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:16 PM   #3
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RE: 32BHDS Entertainment Center Mod

Sorry, additional 3 pics did not upload. Trying this again.
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:44 PM   #4
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Very nice job!
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:54 PM   #5
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You are one heck of a carpenter, higgy....good job there.
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:07 PM   #6
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Looks great--thanks so much for posting!!
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Great job Higgy! I just bought a 2011 25BHS, it doesn't come with a tv. I'm planning on putting one in. How long are the screws that mount the bracket to the swivel wall with the mirror for the TV bracket. I am going to have to buy a bracket for the TV and I don't want to break the mirror when putting in the screws if you know what I mean. Thanks for any insites you can give me.
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rabehrens:

You're in luck, since I had the Jayco in the driveway for our kids' Spring Break, allowing for some driveway camping because I had to work (sorry for the four-letter word ). Naturally, I used the time for some additional mods.

--Barker VIP 3500 electric tongue jack (like others have said: 15min project).
--took the curtain rods out of the his/her bedside closets and installed two sets of wire shelves for DW and me.

I took one of the screws out of the OEM Jayco mounting bracket tonight: 3/4"

The original Jayco bracket is a simple square bracket (TV half and wall half that click together,) that does not tilt or swivel (it is not the big swivel arm pictured in my Mod).

Hope this info helps. Good luck!
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Higgy, That info did help thanks.
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Nice mod....., always something to do to make things just a little more comfortable!

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