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Redwolf Journeys - New TV

Posted 05-05-2021 at 07:55 PM by Red Wolf

The front TV that Tiffin put in is fixed. The only good seat is the rear dining table bench. What I need is to have a set mounted on an extendable arm that can be angled towards the couch.

I decided to swap out the small 33" front TV with a new 40" Vizio. The area for the TV is 36 wide by 22 tall, and this Vizio is just a bit smaller than that wide. Here's the link to the TV on Amazon.. Picture looks crisp, and I like that it's got built in AppleTV and ApplePlay. It also supports Chromecast.

For the arm, I bought the Mounting Dream Lockable RV mount for 22-43" sets. (Link to part on Amazon). Looks to be a good unit, has good reviews, and can hold a 44lb TV. The Vizio is only 15lbs. I like that it latches in the closed position so it shouldn't (fingers crossed) swing around while traveling.

Unmounting the old set was easy - just a couple of bolts on behind the set that locked it to the frame. Tiffin used a French cleat system - a flat mounting plate with bent out at the top, and another flat plate with a bent down part at the top that hooks into the angled out part.

The cabling Tiffin put in there is a hot mess. I won't ever use the satellite dish or Dish TV. Behind the electrical panel for monitoring tank levels is another pile of gear that isn't needed - looks like a HDMI switch box, and cables that take an HDMI circuit down to old CMY plugs for the set. I'm leaving all that alone for now. When I get the Starlink mobile system later this year or next when Starlink releases it, I'll pull all that stuff out.

The old mounting plate covered a wide opening in the cabinetry behind the set, and I needed a new wood plate to attach it to. I cut an I out of 3/4" plywood, and glued and pocket screwed it in place. I probably over did the number of pocket screws needed, but wanted it secure.

I drilled the pocket holes on the front of my new support panel - it's not pretty, but it was a lot easier to access it. I'll fill the holes with wood putty afterwards.

Picture of the new support panel glued and screwed into place.
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I used a big pool noodle to hold it steady. I was afraid I'd have to strap it down, but this seems steady.
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