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Old 07-18-2010, 08:36 AM   #1
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TV Mods and Cold Weather

Over the weekend I removed both OEM televisions from the Monty. The dining room TV weighed in at 80 lbs and the bedroom was 36 lbs. I know this because I had to pay 28 cents per pound for recycling/disposal. I replaced them both with Visio 26" flat panels. I knew that the entertainment center would need some modifications so I went to the dealer and he had wood trim that matched ours exactly. It came out really nice. On our 2955 the bedroom TV swings out, so after I removed the OEM, I put 3/4" plywood in the existing space and hug the new flat panel on it. No more digital converter boxes and a lot less weight.

Now for my question. Is it true that LCD's can freeze in cold temperatures? Right now we park the Monty on the pad next to our home during the winter and here in Northern Wisconsin it can hit
-20F. I made the installation easy to remove if I have too. Please no comments about going South for the Winter!

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Old 07-18-2010, 09:44 AM   #2
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Check your owners manual,it will tell you what the temp range is on your tv's. In my case, it listed two temperatures. Lowest and highest temp that the tv could take while it was cut off and was not going to be turned on for a while, and lowest temp that the tv could be when it was cut on.
I leave mine in the camper all year long, but it is not wisconsin weather. lowest we will see on occassion, is 10 outside, but inside the camper it won't be quite that cold. with lows as you stated, I would probably bring them in for storage as a safe bet. Cheaper than running a small heater in the camper just to save the tv's!
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:08 AM   #3
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I think an “LCD” “Liquid Crystal Diode” ( if that is the correct terminology) is the key word here; anything as in “liquid” sounds like it could freeze to me. I bring ours in during the winter although it may be ok where we live. As mentioned the manual for the TV should indicate the tolerable temperatures it can withstand.
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:56 PM   #4
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While it is a liquid, it does have a very low freezing point (way lower than water if I recall correctly).

The temperatures "devildog" are referring are called the Operating Temperature range and the Storage Temperature range. Hopefully the user manual will state these so you can make your determination. While you are at it, these two ranges of temperatures are probably available for the furnace, entertainment system, MW, stove/range, fireplace and anything that has moving parts and the like.

A lot of people just bring the LCDs home so they don't have to worry about them - you never know if you have the unit at the wrong end of the tolerance scale and can get damaged. Those are pretty expensive to replace if the weather becomes too extreme. I think everyone else just takes a chance with the other devices and only winterize the plumbing, but you Northerners would know way more about that than I do but I would remove my LCDs.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:34 AM   #5
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No they won`t freeze. What you want to do is only turn them on in a range of temps that your manuals specify. Sudden change in temperature causes moisture build-up in the set and that is the problem.
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