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Old 09-18-2012, 04:12 PM   #1
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TV Mounts

Assume when mounting a TV in a TT, that you can use a mount purchased from anywhere?? I'm sure the RV dealership says otherwise, huh???
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:01 PM   #2
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I have two TV's mounted with 'regular' TV mounts. I just made sure they were rated for twice or better the weight of the TV since I was mounting it in an RV. Thousands of miles later, they haven't fallen off yet.! I also considered the plastic case of the TV is probably weaker than the mounts.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:45 AM   #3
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Just be sure what you are mounting TO is supported well

Maybe even put a plywood panel behind the panel you are mounting to so that the mounting screws load is spread out to more area....

Amazing the amount of bouncing that goes on in a towed vehicle....
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Just be sure what you are mounting TO is supported well

Maybe even put a plywood panel behind the panel you are mounting to so that the mounting screws load is spread out to more area....

Amazing the amount of bouncing that goes on in a towed vehicle....
X2 I was replacing CRT TVs and put in 5/8 plywood and through bolts with fender washers on the back. As I said, I think the mounts and anchor is stronger than the 4 points on the back of the TV.
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Depends on the TT. If it is an "ultra-lite" or liteweight TT, the walls are covered with 1/8th inch thick covering, with nothing behind that covering but air. So be certain you find a stud to screw the TV mount into. And even if you screw the TV mount into a stud, you should probably dismount the TV and store it in the bathtub or some such when on the road.

My new ultra-lite TT came with the optional wall mount for the TV already installed by the factory. But the Owner's Guide emphasized that the TV must be removed from the wall mount before the TT is towed. The trailer bouncing that JohnBoyToo mentioned is enough to tear the wall mount, with even a small flat-screen TV mounted, out of the wall, even if it's properly screwed into a stud in the wall. (The studs in an ultra-lite TT are very small).
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A 24" LED TV weighs less than 10 lbs. 26" = 14 lbs. 32" = 23 lbs. It's not like you are mounting an anvil on the wall. A cabinet with stuff in it weighs a lot more and you don't have to store them in the bathroom. Just be aware to pick a suitable anchor point.
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I have two TV's mounted with 'regular' TV mounts. I just made sure they were rated for twice or better the weight of the TV since I was mounting it in an RV. Thousands of miles later, they haven't fallen off yet.! I also considered the plastic case of the TV is probably weaker than the mounts.
Most mobile TV's for RV's have a steel cage frame inside that the mount bolts to. So it isn't the plastic that's holding the weight, it's the steel frame.

Make sure wherever you mount the TV that you either brace the wall with a wood plate, or that you mount the TV mount to studs to take the weight. The thin skinned interior of the RV won't support much.
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One of the rv's we looked at when shopping had a removable tv between the BR and outside... they also recomended dismounting and laying on the bed...

and agree how light tv's are now days - but a 10 lb weight DOES become an anvil when you hit a pothole
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