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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 23-05-2012, 16:50 Thread Starter
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Changing a Knaus roof folding TV for a freeview TV

My Knaus has an analogue TV that double folds into the roof space. I would like to change this for one with freeview tuner rather than add a separate box. Has any other Knaus owner successfully done this?

I think I can get a 46cm width flat screen to fit but the issues may be with the entry points for the cables due to the complex folding mechanism. Currently these are all at the bottom of the TV.

I am in Croatia at the moment and only occasionally on wifi so apologies if there is a delay on my responses.

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I can't understand why anyone would want a digital tv in their van. You can pick up analogue tv's for next to nothing at car boot sales.

Adapt to change quickly. The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy NEW CHEESE.
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I have just made this change, I bought a 19" cello tv which has DVD, free view, satellite and cable tv built into it. Not sure what your set is but I had a scart lead from the first cupboard behind the passenger to the analog tv which also would have plugged into a satellite box housed there (I didn't get this as the previous owner took it out) I joined the satellite cable and took it over to the new tv through the same route and took out the scart lead. Easily enough done and well worth it.

I have a few photos of the job if you want them [/img]
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I have just made this change, I bought a 19" cello tv which has DVD, free view, satellite and cable tv built into it. Not sure what your set is but I had a scart lead from the first cupboard behind the passenger to the analog tv which also would have plugged into a satellite box housed there (I didn't get this as the previous owner took it out) I joined the satellite cable and took it over to the new tv through the same route and took out the scart lead. Easily enough done and well worth it.

I have a few photos of the job if you want them [/img]
Thank you so much. I will check out the Cello. My current setup has the DVD player from the cab radio and also satellite input from the Zhender/Camos dome. I will PM you with my email address as I would appreciate pics of your work and these are easier for me to pick up when on the road.

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sorry but I dont seem to be able to PM you but pics would be appreciated.

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I found your post on another forum and have already sent you an email with the photos, if you have any questions please don't hesitate in emailing me.

I have only had my Knaus for about 4 weeks now and am gradually sorting things out my way, and getting used to a mh over a caravan.
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I found your post on another forum and have already sent you an email with the photos, if you have any questions please don't hesitate in emailing me.

I have only had my Knaus for about 4 weeks now and am gradually sorting things out my way, and getting used to a mh over a caravan.
Thanks I have got them and responded by email..

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Andrew,

I'd be interested to know whether you find a suitable TV. I'd prefer an all-in one rather than having several different remote controls for dash DVD, freeview etc., and the picture quality on the knaus-supplied Diopus TV isn't the best either - particularly on DVD, where it suffers from interference from the long analogue RGB video leads.

The current advantage of the Dash DVD is that the sound runs to the CAB and hab speakers, so is better than the sound from the TV, so you'd probably need to feed the TV sound back down to the dashboard head unit, though I've got an MP3 lead permanently wired into the spare AUX input of our JVC KD-DV5100 (ours missed out on the front-mounted input, which came later!).

@Jedi: As OP said; to avoid the need for a separate Freeview / DVB box - analogue TV is fast disappearing throughout Europe, whilst most countries provide an amount of free-to-air TV via DVB (local language, natch, but that's fine for news and weather).

My solution was to buy one of these, which is tiny, and velcro it to the back of the Knaus-supplied TV. I feed it with the aerial signal from the Status 530 and split the 12v feed to the TV. It plugs into the spare SCART connector. Not the neatest job in the world, but you wouldn't know it was there and we have never not been able to pick up some sort of free-to-air DVB TV during our travels in Europe and, of course, it works like any other Freeview box here in the UK.

@jcm_ni: me too, me too!

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This is the TV I got which is an all in one unit (HD tv, freeview, DVD, satellite, cable)

I got it off amazon (uk), its called Enox tv, but is made by Cello and when I got mine it was a Cello!!
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The Cello TV certainly solves the connection issue as all of them are parallel with the TV face rather than stick out the back at 90 degrees. Thanks for the post and pics JCM NI

Richard, you have raised issues that I am also currently contemplating prior to making any change. The question of sound from the radio DVD is one and that would mean another cable back from the TV if I have one with a DVD inbuilt. The cab DVD is fine.

The cab radio is good and I have a USB front input which I use 4GB memory sticks for my music. This works well and I wouldn,t want to drop the TV down just to listen to music.

If I got one with Freesat input as well, does that replace my Zhender satellite decoder or duplicate it unnecessarily?

The only control I use for TV at the moment is the Zhender as it does volume as well. Adding freeview will create another.

Have some thinking to do now.
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