Upgrade Your RV Theater Entertainment Center

When we bought our RV we had no idea what the sound system sounded like until we actually went camping for the first time. Since dealers typically have no power hooked up on the RV units you are looking at, you have no idea how the electrical components perform until you get them home and plug them in.

Our Jayco 5th Wheel originally came with a Memorex Model STS71E 125 Watt Home Theater. We were pleasantly surprised by how good it sounded.

One day the fan in the back of the unit started getting loud so I had it replaced at a Jayco Dealer under our RV warranty. The replacement unit looked identical, yet my original remote would not work. Upon further inspection I discovered that the receiver had different components inside. I needed to return to the dealer to get the new remote for the receiver. On top of everything else the sound of the new one was nowhere near as good as the original one.

We decided to upgrade. I did some research and found the speakers installed in our RV were model LS3CMW, 90 watt ceiling mount speakers made by Magnadyne. The subwoofer was a passive type speaker. A passive speaker has no amplifier and gets its power only from the receiver.

I went to work looking for a new Home Theater-in-a-Box. The new system would need a DVD player, Radio and inputs for TV. It would be nice to have an iPod dock. Eventually I would also add my WDTV so we could watch our TiVo shows from home.

Some things that limited my selection while shopping were output power and types of speakers. I was keeping the original speakers so I didn’t want a receiver that would provide enough power to damage them. The subwoofer had to be a passive type because the location of the speaker had no AC outlet. I was also limited by the size of the receiver that would fit back into our RV cabinet.

We eventually ended up purchasing a LG model LHT754 theater system. This model has proven to be an excellent addition to our RV. The performance and sound rivals our larger more expensive system at home. We are quite happy with our selection. If we were to upgrade again I would go with a Blu-ray model like the LG model LHB336. There are plenty of other Home Theater-in-a-Box units to choose from as well.

The final entry to our RV Theater Entertainment System was a Harmony Remote Control. The Harmony is the perfect companion to our setup. It allows us to control every component in our system with ease.

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6 comments on “Upgrade Your RV Theater Entertainment Center
  1. Robert lambert says:

    You said:

    We eventually ended up purchasing a LG model LHT754 theater system. This model has proven to be an excellent addition to our RV. The performance and sound rivals our larger more expensive system at home. We are quite happy with our selection. If we were to upgrade again I would go with a Blu-ray model like the LG model LHB336.

    My Question:

    Did everything out of the box except for the speakers, because I to will be using the original speakers. Did all the wiring hook up without any alterations to the connections? Also did it integrate into hooking up a smart TV & Direct TV.

    I am very adept at all things mechanical but for some reason Home entertainment systems and electronics have a tendency to get me frustrated. Any pointers you can give me would be much appreciated.

    Thank you
    Bob

    • Bob, I just hooked up everything like you would normally except I used the built-in trailer speakers instead of the ones that came in the box like you did. Not sure about using Smart TVs because I did this particular install back before there were any Smart TVs. I don’t see why it would be any different depending on the connections on the source.

      Lately, I have been using Sound Bar Systems. The one I personally like is the Visio. It has plenty of connections, sound good and is not very expensive.

      Vizio Sound Bars- https://amzn.to/2lv4tvZ

  2. Tim Enright says:

    I ended up replacing the original subwoofer with the new one because it sounded a bit better. I did however keep the original surround speakers in the ceiling.

  3. Steve Dupre says:

    Did you hook this unit up top the speakers already inside the camper or did you replace them also. I have the same problem and just wondering about this unit.

    Thanks,
    Steve Dupre

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