Wednesday, July 15, 2015

RV Chairman of the Road

Dear Dr. R.V. Shrink:
I don’t know who engineers motorhomes, but they need to work on TV placement. When we were shopping for our rig we finally gave up finding one with a TV located in a comfortable place for viewing.

The problem is my husband solved the problem by purchasing one of those outdoor, reclining La-Z-Boy-type chairs to put in the hallway facing the TV. Even though we have a slide-out, it still leaves no room for moving around. Once we get in our positions (me on the couch, he in his chair) to watch a movie, there is no getting up for popcorn without a major shift in furniture.

I think we should get him a chair that takes up less real estate, but he likes his new recliner. The motorhome is small enough already. I don’t think I am asking too much to have the walkway clear.
Your opinion would be much appreciated.
--Hall Monitor in Manchester

Dear Hall Monitor:
I do agree that many RVs are engineered with the TV taking up whatever space might be left after all other appliances have been placed. Some models have two to four televisions and they all seem to be in an awkward location.

Besides the space that your husband’s chair takes up, it sounds like a great idea. Perhaps he could find a similar model in a smaller frame. I don’t think that is asking too much.

Another idea would be to relocate the TV, or invest in a portable that could be placed in a position that would make viewing comfortable for your particular floor plan. Depending on the amount of time you spend watching TV programming, you might want to consider using a laptop computer to watch movies or news.

Another thought would be to shop TV mount options. Some allow swivel positioning side to side and up and down.

If you can wait a bit longer, LG is coming out with a TV that is only 0.97mm thick. It will stick to the wall like a fridge magnet. Maybe Google Glass will allow you to watch in the side frame of your glasses, sitting anywhere you please.

What will they think of next to entertain couch potatoes.
--Keep Smilin’, Dr. R.V. Shrink

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Solution is simple. Dump the motorhome and buy a 5th wheel. Mine has 2 Lazy Boy leather recliners in the slide out and a full length couch (92") across the back. No problems viewing the TV (which is also in a slide out with the fireplace beneath it) and loads of room to get around. Have not regretted getting rid of my 38' motorhome for the 32' 5th wheel. It actually has more entertaining room than the motorhome had. My 2 cents worth.