Introduction: Put a 19in Tv and Game Console in Your Car

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My family is planing a trip to yellow stone and it will be about 36 hours of driving round trip. So I made a mount for a 19in tv and a away to power the tv and my Xbox.

Step 1: Mounting the Tv

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To mount the tv we got a metal bar laying in the yard.the bar must be about 7in extra from the out side of each handle that you use for getting in and out of the car.

Step 2: Flattening the Bars Ends

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When flattening the ends we used a sledge hammer, make sure you take your time and do it even. Get it as flat as you can it will be hard to bend if you don't.

Step 3: Bend the Bar

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Bend the bar around something about the same diameter as the handles in your car, we used a 2in aluminum pipe.

Step 4: Test Fit

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We put some foam so the handle didn't get cut and messed up. Than you should be able to bend it over the handles with your hands.

Step 5: Look at the Screw Pattern

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My TVs screws were 3in by 3in apart.

Step 6: Something to Screw the Tv on To

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For the part the tv hooks to we used some square tubing from a chair that was missing parts.

Step 7: Getting the Part Off the Chair

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Grind the heads off the pens and the part should just slide off.

Step 8: Hooking the Square Tube to the Main Bar

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Put the extra from the main bar on the square tube mark it and than cut it with your grinder.

Step 9: Drilling a Hole in the Square Tube

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Drill a hole in the square tube but not you metal bar yet, and snap it on so you can make sure it fits .

Step 10: Drill the Holes Your Tv Will Screw in to

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Have someone hold the tv up to. The middle of the bar and how high you want the tv, than you mark the holes that your going to screw the tv to.

Step 11: Screwing the Square Tubes to the Tv

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Put a piece of rubber to put in between the tv and square tube. Get 4 bolts and lock washers we went to miners they have a good amount of also need to drill holes on the main metal bar and bolt the square tubes to it.

Step 12: Power

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Add up the wattage of your tv and what ever you will hook to it, in my case the Xbox is 145 and the tv is 45 so That's 190. You will need a inverter that's higher than that number. If your wattage is more then 80 witch it probably is, you will need to run a plug with big wires like you would for a car stereo amp, this is because a average lighter plug has small wires that can only handle 80watts and your inverter will shut off if you are running more than 80watts.

Step 13: Make a Plug

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We used about 12 gauge wire and it runs the inverter just fine, I put a small hole in a rubber plug that go's behind the center console so you open the center console and plug the inverter in.

Step 14: Stop the Tv From Shaking.

When testing the set up the TV shook a little bite,so I cut a piece of PCV and put it under the metal pipe.After that the TV was rock solid.

Step 15: Done

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It takes about 15mins to set up and runs movies video games and even Netflix if you have a hot spot on your phone or took me and my dad a weekend to complete we could of finish in a day but we were doing other stuff to.

Step 16: Back From the Trip

Well we got back from the trip,we drove a total of 3000mile which is about 50hours of driving. We probably played games and watched movies about 20hour. There was never a problem while driving, even when driving from the desert at 75mile per hour with the ac on.The only thing you have to think about is if you turn off the car to get gas or some thing,you will need to pause the game and turn off the tv . Otherwise when you start the car some times your xbox will shut off.


ChetSmith (author)2017-09-19

I'm adding a similar set up for my road trip. 19" tv and PS3. For the day or two use, is the battery connection necessary? If so, what do I do with the end that is not connected to the battery?


PaulB583 made it! (author)2017-03-24

I used a Samsung View 18.4 Tablet with 4G LTE in a 2016 Escalade ESV Premium- black bungee cord between seats at top and bottom held between has wifi and DIRECTV Now 140 channels.

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WastedBabies (author)2013-07-25

It's a great idea in theory but it just doesn't seem practical. Previous users have mentioned the Xbox disc movement issue. Another problem that could arise is the TV will be experiencing a lot of vibration the way its attached to the mount. If I were you I would add more rubber in between the TV mount and the bar that holds it up. Great idea though just needs a few modifications!

Bartuss (author)WastedBabies2013-07-26

That's because the power supply only give 300wats. Quite low for Xbox ...

Sydcul (author)Bartuss2016-04-23

A Xbox doesn't nearly use 300 Watts. Not _nearly_ that much.

Luke_Doughnut (author)Sydcul2016-08-07

Actually it uses just shy of 225 watts... It requires 100 volts to power the Xbox 360 and Xbox one and 300 watts would give off around and 150V AC so yes it uses that much.

BradL29 (author)Luke_Doughnut2016-08-10

Correction. It only requires 12 volts DC. The AC adapter takes 120 volts AC and rectifies it to 12 volts DC. It draws 10.83 amps at full draw. So given that VxA=Watts, this means that it would draw approximately 130 watts at max draw.

BradL29 (author)Luke_Doughnut2016-08-10

Correction. It only requires 12 volts DC. The AC adapter takes 120 volts AC and rectifies it to 12 volts DC. It draws 10.83 amps at full draw. So given that VxA=Watts, this means that it would draw approximately 130 watts at max draw.

jayeshshinai (author)2013-07-28

Finally someone makes this. Okay how did you calculate the power reqts? Ant idea how it would affect the car battery.

Sydcul (author)jayeshshinai2016-04-23

Calculating the power usage is easy. Just multiply the voltage with the amperage (is that a word?). Car batteries are not made for constant power delivery, instead, they are made to deliver a lot of power in short bursts. So it would affect the battery's lifespan, just not so much.

rlg54 (author)2013-07-28

Nicely done, all the negative comments are to be expected, as they did not think of it. All you have to do is look at all the cars that have tv sets in the headrests, custom cars, vans, buses, they all have them. But you have really made it easy for the common person to have. Again Great job, keep up the good work. And just over look the bad comments. Nicely done.

Sydcul (author)rlg542016-04-23

These are not hate comments, there are genuine safety concerns.

dadoftriplets (author)2013-07-30

Rather than an Xbox which has documented issues with scratching discs when the console is moved, is there not a different console you could use? If I were to do this, I would seriously consider using something like an OUYA or an Android Stick to plug in to the TV HDMI - no scratched discs!

Sydcul (author)dadoftriplets2016-04-23

You can download games onto a Playstation's hard disk from the PS Store. Combine that with an SSD and you have a system with absolutely no moving parts except for the fan!

Bosun Rick (author)2013-12-30

If I'm not mistaken, most all Televisions actually operate on DC current; that's why you find a transformer inside them. A friend lived in a camper that was "off the grid" before it was fashionable, or even thought of by most people. He converted his stereo, reel to reel tape sound system & TV to operate on 12VDC simply by wiring around the transformers to 12VDC instead of 110VAC. (Yes, he did have to charge the batteries, but when AC power went off, it didn't affect his listening or viewing pleasure). check the schematics of your equipment, I bet it can be done even with teh newer products of today.

Sydcul (author)Bosun Rick2016-04-23

This is true, and in fact way better for the electronics. Using these crappy converters is not great with such delicate equipment as computers and TVs.

sietse.vanderzee (author)2014-09-15

all right so if you just put a internet router with it and put the internet cable in your console. BAM intstant internet

Sydcul (author)sietse.vanderzee2016-04-23

You do realise that a modem needs to be connected to the internet through a cable?

Not how it works

Mmm no lol

TN_FIXIT (author)2015-09-11


I did something similar with my game console and some older, small, portable DVD players. Being able to do a little gaming while on the road was a treat. I bet the large monitor was super cool.

caitlinsdad (author)2013-07-24

What does the driver think of the rig while on the road? That creates a huge blindspot for a normal passenger car and nighttime reflections from the screen inside the cabin would be distracting in your peripheral vision.

tdeschep (author)caitlinsdad2013-07-29

The blindspot is taken care of the fact that there is 2 mirrors aready. One on the drivers door and one on the passengers door. Truck drivers do it all day and night long with out a center mirror.

TN_FIXIT (author)tdeschep2015-09-11

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

All these whiners need to go hand out with truckers and start telling them that they need to use their windshield mounted rear view mirrors.

caitlinsdad (author)tdeschep2013-07-29

I do not know if the driver has a commercial license, trained to use only the side mirrors, or even cares what is behind him. The fact that someone who may replicate this instructable should be forewarned of the possible, if remote, danger to himself or others. I strongly support the Darwin Awards but only comment in the interest of Making, so be it. So, are you licensed to drive or have many hours on the road?

rvneedswork (author)2015-08-20

is there any reason you couldn't plug a rear view camera into the tv and have it work

buggsy3 (author)2013-08-03

It is extremely difficult to be positive and constructive with my comments when I see something that has the potential to decapitate a person in a crash.

PuebloP (author)buggsy32014-08-15

I am having a similar thought. This thing seems quite dangerous. Especially at high speed. It must swing quite a bit on acceleration and sudden deceleration. Decapitation holy sheite.

Captain MacTavish (author)2013-12-28

then wouldn't the rear view mirror be useless?

Mr.staton (author)2013-09-27

I installed a projector and home made screen co.structured out of pvc pipe frame and a white bed sheet in my Envoy xl, but I'm worried about how visable and distracting it is to other drivers because it's a 4 ft screen . Do you think it's illegal. Ican't find anything online other than the driver can't be able to see it. It's clearly visable from every window

poofrabbit (author)2013-08-31

Hey congratulations on being a finalist in the weekend projects contest!

espdp2 (author)2013-08-12

Here's a couple of concerns that I haven't seen mentioned.

1. Is that a (expensive) true sine wave power inverter? Some electronics can be very sensitive to the low quality power provided by the modified sine wave retail inverters, especially TV's and computers/game consoles. If you notice ANY image quality issues that you don't see when it's plugged in at home, take them as a warning that you may be about to fry something.

2. Headphones? ;-)

Otherwise, congratulations on a cool entertainment build with your Dad! I'm sure you had a good time putting this together with him, and I hope it has helped you cover the miles.

codydean (author)2013-08-11

i did it with a 40 inch and a ps3 before i saw this.

atvideaguy (author)2013-08-06

it would be safer to put a ps3 in it because the xbox has problems when the console moves.

twopint (author)2013-07-31

That's true, and you could download your game onto your xbox also if you have to. But hay great idea!!! I might just make it myself :)

mfrontuto (author)2013-07-29

cool Idea! I think if you use a newer laptop and mount to game to the hard drive you should have no problems, if the HD is a solid state hd you will be even better. Most games that come out these days are multiplatform. but I am a XBox 360 fan like yourself. Cool instructable!

azharbass (author)2013-07-29

@knex.gun.builder and @twopint. I understand your concerns with the disc scratching issues that Xbox has, but if you load your games on your HDD, the console only spins the disk at the load sequence to verify that the saved game is the same copy as the disk in the console. So as long as they start the game on a relatively smooth section of the road, they should be fine. HDD's can take quite a few shocks before they fail.
@rochassassin My only suggestion is that you mount the console upright as you are more likely to experience vertical bumps than horizontal ones, and so cause less strain on your spinning parts inside your console.

Ps. I f you don't have a HDD, then good luck on maintaining the condition of your disks!

Cephus (author)2013-07-28

You don't expect that you'll need your rear-view mirror during this trip?

tdeschep (author)Cephus2013-07-29

You need two ways to see behind you when driving. One drivers mirror and one center or passengers side mirror. Since this van already has a passenger side mirror the center is not needed. Take a look at any truck on the the road.

twopint (author)2013-07-27

Wouldn't the xbox disk you are playing get destroyed if you hit a bump or even turn. I destroyed one of my disks just by moving my console upright. Maybe you figured that part out, or maybe not?

drpndrag (author)twopint2013-07-29

Mounting the xbox vertically will reduce the chances of damaging the disks when they're playing. The laser may skip, but it shouldn't bounce against the disk.

drpndrag (author)2013-07-29

Always make sure you have a fuse block or in-line fuse on the wire your running to the battery. Without a fuse, any short and you could have an electrical fire. Keep the fuse ~18" from the battery.

hsteinbe (author)2013-07-29

just replace the original rear view mirror with another screen hooked up to a camera looking out the back of the car.

Michael 51 (author)2013-07-29

Hate to be a kill joy here, but as a volunteer fireman that works wrecks in the part of the world you are going to visit. What you have created is a pre-staged piece of flying debris.
Maybe think about positioning it closer to floor or going with smaller size ones on back of seats. While cool concept, All I see is major head trauma here for Both front seat and rear seat passengers.

gratsoy (author)2013-07-28

Double check the amperage that your inverter is using. That wire gauge is more than enough for 300 watts (which you probably won't be drawing anyways), but according to AWG tables, 12 gauge is only capable of standing 41 amps for chassis wiring and a maximum of 9.3 amps for power transmission.

The 41 amps rating is assuming that the wires are exposed to air with a lot of room to cool and lose heat, the 9.3 is in regards to the wires being ran in a loon or in situations where they might be under carpet or areas with not optimal heat distribution.

annieannie (author)2013-07-28

I LOVE this idea!!! I am always trying to find ways to enjoy movies on bigger screens then what came in my Suburban. I have two little tiny screens in the back two rows which are hard to see. So, THUMBS UP to you :)

Lforador (author)2013-07-28

Really cool idea but would be hard to see out mirror and Xbox game could be ruined

ahill12 (author)2013-07-28

I have used an Xbox in car trips with no issues. The lack of rear view would drive me nuts. Only other thing is you should have a fuse on your wire at the battery. I know the inverter has one, but if you get a short between the inverter and battery your going to have major issues.

tvengineer (author)2013-07-28

I expected to see the comments about the rear view mirror... In most places the law says that you need TWO rear view mirrors... the two outside side mirrors are enough... think about it.. trucks and work vans don't have a center rear view mirror.

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