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Where do folks put their combo units? I'm talking about portables, not built in. We ought one for our new Odyssey. I wanted to bungie it down to one of the second row seats flipped flat into 'table' position, but my wife is concerned that it may be a projectile in a crash and being at head level that would not be good. Potentially good point, but in a crash everything in the van including the luggage in the back is a potential projectile. She was thinking removing the second row and putting it on the floor.

What do you folks do?

BTW - I saw the table in the DIY section. WOW.
 

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Well, if you're not into custom-designing a solution for your problem, might I suggest that you read the thread 'Anybody got a pic of an installed Steel Horse 9" TV/VCR tote? ' further down in this section? The tote/bag that is referred to can solve your problem..

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I saw that post, thanks. I have already purchsed a standard home style 9" TV/VCR unit made by Symphonic ($179 at Best Buy!). I wanted something I could use at home as well.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by dgs:
I saw that post, thanks. I have already purchsed a standard home style 9" TV/VCR unit made by Symphonic ($179 at Best Buy!). I wanted something I could use at home as well.</font>
The steel horse tote is just the tote, it does not include the tv/vcr unit. You would put your unit in it and then mount it in the vehicle. When its not mounted in the van, you can simply unlatch the straps and leave the unit in the case for use in the the house.

I would definetly recommend getting something that is made to restrain the unit in the event of a crash instead of simply trying to bungie it down. It could easily inflict sever injuries in any crash of significant speed or force.

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Thanks folks,

I am sorry , I obviously didn't read the Steel Horse posts carefully. I saw 'Steel Horse' and I assumed it refered to the vcr & LCD screen combo unit that straps to the back of a single seat that they also sell.

The 9" tote bag looks pretty cool, I'm headed to Target to check it out.

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Good luck on finding it in Target - I couldn't find it in my two nearest Target stores - I had to buy it on the Internet (for the princely sum of $73 no-less, whereas I think Target sells it for around $50).


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I found it at Target here in Columbus (the one on the west side had 5 or 6), but was disapointed to see the price was $59.99. Brought it home last night.



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If anyone is still looking for this item, I picked up the Steel Horse "tv tote" for $35.00 at Target -- clearance price marked down from $59.99. My mom's TV/VCR combo is in her 2001 Ody propped on a milk crate. I'm hoping she'll make good use of this tv tote.


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Great price!

BTW - It worked great on our 1750 mile Christmas road trip. The instalation instructions are far less that clear, though. It took about an hour and a half to get it installed right. Very stable when finished, and easy to get the TV in and out (the harness stays in place) when you stop on the road.

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I tried the Steel Horse but found it too cumbersome. It cut off the ability for my "third row kids" to get out at stops.

In my 96 Ody I "strap" it down with bungee cords to the arms rests. While I have never wrecked, it does not move at all. My arm is actually in the way of it hitting the dash.

In my 2002 Ody I "strapped" it to the tray with the bungee cords and used two mouse pads (glued face to face so the rubber part is facing out on both sides). It never moved and (because of the larger size) I now have my arm rest back!

By the way, I moved the middle row together (and risked the "car seated" girls stealing each others pacifiers) so that the third row boys could get in and out with ease.

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While cumbersome to install the harness, once in place it is quite easy to get the TV in and out. I imagine that the harness will go in easier next time now that I know what I'm doing.
It doesn't inerfere with the front seat passengers an abjectionable amount. If I took my heavy coat off, I was fine.

We have three kids, and had little difficulty with them getting in the third row, even with the seats apart (We tried both ways). They just had to flip up or remove the front panel of the tote to get access to the pass thru between the second row seats. We had a forth kid with them for a while (nephew) and my wife even joined them (the three not four!) for part of the trip, in the second row.

One downside was that both front seats need to be in the same position, front to back. My wife is 4' 10" tall adn I'm 6', so if I need her to drive, I had to sit in the back with the kids. Also, the front passenger can't reclide their seat either. We managed to work around both of these.

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My wife stopped in Sam's Club today for an errand. We scoped out the Electronic area to see what options exist for mobile video units. We found a product by a company called Mobilevision
http://www.mobilevisions.com
It's an ABS console designed to fit on the floor between the driver and passenger seats. The units came with a 9" inch color monitor(Not LCD) and a DVD unit built in. It also has 4 cup holders built in. It's made of sturdy ABS plastic in either Gray or Tan color to match some interiors. The price was an affordable $449! We haven't bought one yet. The link above doesn't list it yet? Either way it looks really compact and could fit well into the floor space after being anchored to the seat brackets. It also is really nice looking, but does prevent access to the rear seating area by either driver or passenger. If you check the link out it will show info for the other consoles they make minus displaying the actual model 3001TN-K 9" TV/DVD console unit. Hope this is helpful to others.
 
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