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sansouci2

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Posted: 10/27/06 06:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We're going to retire in April, and be fulltimers(almost--we're going to keep the house for at least a year). We want to get some preparation done now--less work in the spring, so we're thinking of installing LCD TVs in the MH now, rather than later. It will involve some cabinetry work. Someone told us that exposing them to extreme cold can be detrimental. If we install them now, they will be exposed to 20 below zero, farenheit, for prolonged periods. Can any of you verify or debunk this? TV's (and everything else) get hauled and delivered in this climate, but I suppose a week or so might not be as bad as all winter.

Thanks, in advance, for your advice

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dont realy know for sure one way or the other but they have used lcd screens of differant sizes in cars and trucks now for differant things for quite a while but warming them up first would be a good idea befor useing them .


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Most if not all electronic equipment has specifications for their operating environment. Find the TV you want and read the specifications. That is the only way to be sure.


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Yes. Check your manual, it will list the safe temp operating ranges high and low. I have a great deal of experience with LCD displays while in the Army and we go to expensive lengths to protect our displays for SEVERE temps.

I recommend that if you are not going to plug you rig in during the winter and expect the temps you describe, remove the unit and store it inside.

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Mine only listed an "operating" range of temps, not a storage range. It might not operate in extreme cold, but that doesn't necessarily mean it'll be damaged.

Flourescent bulbs are the same way. You can't get them to start in very cold temps, but once the temp increases, they'll operate fine.

Not saying that LCDs can't be damaged by cold, just the specification I had with mine is an OPERATING temperature range.

When in doubt, either contact the manufacturer, or pull it.


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Posted: 10/27/06 07:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Plasma TVs are the ones to worry about. Never, let them get that cold. I would guess that LCDs wouldn't be hurt stored at that temp. To be safest pull them for the winter. They're not that heavy. But I don't think I'd store my RV in that kind of temp without heat of some sort, but that's just me....


PS: But then, I would never live where it got that cold. I'm a sunlover, even in the winter.
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Posted: 10/27/06 07:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I once had a wrist watch that had a Liquid Crystal display. When traveling into VERY COLD area I misplaced the watch in the van. When the watch was found several days later after being exposed to temperatures of minus 30 degrees F, The display was completely blank. It had apparently frozen, because after laying on the counter in the kitchen over-night, the next morning the display was normal and the time was even correct. This may or may-not be similar in the case of a Liquid Crystal Display Television. But an interesting possible correlation.

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I had read somewhere about a guy that put in 2 plasma TV's in his motorhome. Then had a freeze and lost them both.


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Ron-W3FJW wrote:

Plasma TVs are the ones to worry about. Never, let them get that cold. I would guess that LCDs wouldn't be hurt stored at that temp. To be safest pull them for the winter. They're not that heavy. But I don't think I'd store my RV in that kind of temp without heat of some sort, but that's just me....


PS: But then, I would never live where it got that cold. I'm a sunlover, even in the winter.
Come to think of it, the best advice I could give would be move South


Thanks Ron. After we retire in April, we don't plan to EVER spend another winter in Minnesota.

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You do not have to worry about LED TV's in the fridget weather except that they must warm up to get their full brightness back. We leave ours in the 5th wheel all year and I can tell you that it gets pretty cold here in the winter. All the GPS units in cars and trucks are LED displays and they all sit out in the cold all winter. Liquid Crystal display's (LCD"s)are a different matter, they can freeze and be damaged.

* This post was edited 10/27/06 09:20pm by garbenn *





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