If you want to explore the wilderness or travel across the country in a recreational vehicle, you’ll get a mobile station featuring all the necessities of home.
Fitting a flat-screen TV inside an RV is easy, but some explorers might want to mount a TV. Someone put something onto the walls of the RV.
An RV wall mount can save space, present a cleaner look, and make the TV more secure when the road gets a little bumpy.
Understanding how to attach a TV mount to an RV wall can be hard to understand.
It is a fairly simple process, even though it does require some planning and forethought. You can learn more about using and installing an RV TV wall mount below.
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What Do You Get In An RV TV Mount?
Everything you need to secure your TV to a wall, cabinet, or ceiling in your RV can be found in a TV mount for your RV.
Depending on the brand and type of mount you choose, the exact pieces can vary, but a TV mounting kit usually includes:
- A wall bracket
- A TV mounting plate
- Wall anchors
Mounts for TVs and monitors come in a variety of configurations, with their benefits.
Budget and installation time are not the only factors that can affect the type of RV TV mount that you choose.
A fixed mount, also known as a low profile mount, is the simplest of the mounts. Your flat-screen TV is not going to stick out of the wall because of its low profile.
For a simple look, this is a good choice. There are fixed mounts that do not have articulation. They don’t have an arm that can allow for changes in position.
If you need to personalize the viewing angle based on how many people are watching, it could be a problem.
The low-profile design means that the TV is about an inch or two away from the wall.
If your TV only has a few ports behind it, you may need to remove the TV from the brackets to plug it in.
The easiest mounts to install are low-profile ones. They do not have many extra parts or hardware. They are the most affordable of the mounts because of that.
Full-motion mounts give you complete control over your TV positioning and placement. There are different degrees of tilt and side-to-side positioning allowed with these mounts.
Some allow you to adjust your monitor’s position. You will be able to watch your tv from anywhere in your RV.
Some sort of restraint is needed for full-motion mounts because they don’t sit flush with your wall. It’s the priciest option to have full-motion mounts.
One of the most popular types of mounts for RVs is an arm that pulls the TV away from the wall, allowing you to move the TV from side to side.
The arm folds back when not in use to keep the TV close to the wall. This allows for a bigger range of motion and viewing options.
Your TV will not sit flush with the wall when not in use because of the arm. Articulating mounts tend to have an upward tilt, but they can be limited compared to simple tilt mounts.
A restraint or locking mechanism may be needed to keep the TV and arm from popping out in transit.
Compared to fixed mounts, tilt mounts have the added ability to tilt your monitor up or down. This can help eliminate glare and create a more optimal viewing angle.
It can be worth it if you get an improved viewing situation because your TV will stick out from your wall a little more.
Everything you need to install the mount is contained in the mounting kit. Most of the time, you will still need:
- A drill
- A tape measure
- Painters tape
- A stud finder
- A pencil
Depending on the brand and type of mount you purchase, you may have some small, nuanced differences in your installation process.
The general steps to install a TV mount are listed here. Use the stud finder to find a stud in the wall where you want to mount your TV.
Most RVs should have a two-inch-wide stud that spans from the ceiling to the top of the window.
The stud provides a load-bearing point that can take the mount and TV weight. Use painter’s tape to mark the edges and center of the stud.
Measure out the height of the wall brackets and mark where you plan to drill the pilot holes for the screws.
To make sure everything is even, hold your wall mount against the wall and use a level. It’s always good to measure correctly and adjust as needed.
You don’t want a TV that is skewed. drill the pilot holes into the stud with the holes marked and leveled. It’s easier to push in the screws with pilot holes.
The screws should be smaller than the pilot holes.
Use a spacer on your drill bit or mark the screw length on your drill bit with painter’s tape so you don’t drill through the RV wall.
The provided screws should be used to secure the brackets to the wall. The screws must be secured without over-tightening them.
It could lead to more serious problems if you strip the screws or the hole too hard. The mounting plate for your TV is now accessible after the brackets have been put in.
The mounting plate should be secured to the TV’s back by following the instructions from the manufacturer.
It only takes a matter of connecting the wall brackets to the mounting plate.
Again, follow the instructions of the manufacturer and double-check the connection between the plate and the brackets.
It can be helpful to have someone else with you, especially when marking the pilot holes and connecting the plate and brackets.
The RV is in motion, so you shouldn’t do this while it’s moving.
Don’t install your TV wall mount if you don’t have a solid wall stud to drill into, mount to a cabinet door, or choose an improper mounting surface because it can lead to a broken TV or an injury.
Mount-It can be used to attach a flat-screen television to the wall of your RV, regardless of the mount you choose.
As long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions, the process of mounting a TV in your RV is fairly simple.
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