Replacing the TV in the Roadtrek

 Replacing the TV in the Roadtrek

Our 2006 Roadtrek RS-Adventurous came with an analog TV, a converter and an old analog DVD player.

It was cumbersome, at best to watch TV and the image size and format just looked wrong on the old TV. So it was time for an upgrade.

To replace it, I found a great deal on a 22-inch 1080i Samsung LED TV at Costco. I bought it, and, for $79, a Samsung BluRay DVD player. The mounting holes on the wall mount in the Roadtrek lined up great with the new TV.

I installed it. Even the old power cord matched.

But then Jennifer saw it and, as all good husbands do, I gave in, er, I mean, I listened to my wife. Since it was considerably larger than the old one, it hung over into the hallway that leads to the rear sleeping area. The 22-incher went back to Costco.

But leaving Costco, I stopped in a Best Buy. And there, for $179, was a 19-inch LED digital TV, the Samsung UN19D4003 19-Inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV . I got it. And it installed perfectly. The old power cord had to be removed from the little plastic tube that keeps all the wires nice and neat. I threaded in the new one, the HDMI cable from the DVD and the white cable coming from the switch box mounted inside the drawer to go from the Roadtrek antenna to Cable.

Voila! A perfect match, with very little “hangover.” The wife was pleased.

Even though the 19-incher has 720p resolution, it delivers a super crisp and clear picture. And I found the TV $10 cheaper on Amazon.

Mike Wendland

Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, kayaking, video editing, and all things dealing with technology and the outdoors. See and subscribe to his RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube, where he has hundreds of RV and travel related videos. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations.


  • Mike,

    Thanks for the video.


  • Hello from Michigan, Just went through your accounts of your trip. We know Grayton Beach well; we have a condo on Okaloosa Island near Ft. Walton Beach. We also are new to RoadTrekking. We recently returned from a trip. We flew to Phoenix and purchased a used 2001 190 Poplar and drove back to Michigan; 2400 miles.
    We have no tv and will be using your advice on purchasing and we will be looking for a mount also. Now, how does one get reception, besides cable connection at a campground? Antenna for local stations? How does one get cable stations w/o cable? Might get Bravo withdrawal.
    Keep up the good work. Enjoyed it. if you do decide to eat out when in the Ft. Walton to Seaside area and want some good choices email us.

  • Mike, I just installed a Samsun 22″ 1080p LED tv in the Roadtrek. I added a Sony upscaling DVD player. It is GREAT. Much better picture than the old square tv monitor it replaced. I also was able to get rid of the digital conversion box. Possibly best of all is that the TV and DVD combined only draw 51 watts. That computes to around .4 amps. With my 220 amp hour of house batter life we can watch tv for days….

  • Good for you, Gordon! I swear, I’m getting better reception in my Roadtrek with the crank up antenna than I do with my digital cable box back home.

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