Television is a great way to pass the time and be updated with the latest news about the world. While travelling in an RV, a TV will help you get rid of boredom and keep you Company Company you stop for the night. However, because you will be travelling most of the time in an RV, you need to properly secure and mount your TV so that it doesn’t move around and stay fixed in position. In order to do this, you need to follow a proper procedure of installation, which we will be talking about in this article.
Everything That You Will Need For A TV Mount Installment
You will need a lot of tools and equipment when you want to mount a TV in your RV. We have compiled a list of those items that you will be needing. Some of them are not absolutely necessary, but you can still buy them for convenience. Here is the complete list:-
- RV TV Mount
RV TV mounts are specially designed for mounting and setting TVs in a mobile home. We would highly recommend using this as it would help keep the TV in place. They come with lockable swivel arms that will hold the TV in place and minimize vibration damage. It is possible to use a regular TV mount, but if the adjustable arm doesn’t lock, it would be safer to dismount it before you set out on the road.
- Power Drill
You will need a power drill to screw the TV into an RV wall. Using a regular screwdriver is not advisable as it’s tedious and laborious as well. A drill would do a better job.
- Various Drill Bits
Along with a drill, you will also require masonry bits. A Phillips head bit will be needed in order to create pilot holes and drive the mounting screws.
A level will be required for best fitting and will avoid making unnecessary holes in your RV wall or give you a crookedly set TV.
- Stud Finder
A good deep scanning stud finder can help you find places in your RV wall that will provide the best support for the TV. The RV’s wall surface alone won’t be enough to take the weight of your TV, which can be very dangerous.
If a stud finder is not compatible with your RVs, then you can consider the options given below.
- A Companion (Optional)
You can have a friend or acquaintance help you with the mounting and installing process. An extra pair of hands will help you do the job much faster while making it more manageable.
- Screw Adhesives (Optional)
If you want, you can use industrial adhesive to your screws for added stability.
- Painters Tape (Optional):
A painters tape will be useful for marking the wall studs after you have located them. This will make it very convenient.
The TV Mount Installation Process
In this section we have detailed the process of installing a TV mount to an RV wall. You need to follow these directions carefully to set the TV in place and not have it move around when you are on the road.
1. Position Your TV Mount
You can buy an adjustable mount that will be helpful later, but the best option would be to take time to consider the positioning of the TV so that you get the perfect fit.
2. Locate The Wall Studs
After you have decided on the positioning, you then find the wall studs to mount the TV. In some cases, RV manufacturers place stickers on the wall to mark the TV backer location. However, it may not always be a good guide. You should now use the stud finder across the wall of your selected location so that you can find a stud. Next make use of a pencil or painter’s tape to mark its position. Make sure you avoid drilling into any electrical wiring or plumbing behind the wall.
What If You Can’t Find A Stud?
If you are unable to find a stud in the RV wall, there is no need to worry. There are some other ways to locate those hard-to-find studs on the wall and given below are some methods you can try:
- You can knock along the wall to find a stud.
- Try to contact the manufacturer of the RV to know the location of the studs.
- Use an infrared thermometer as it will help you find the exact location of the stud. Given the fact that there is no insulation at the studs, you will see a change in temperature readings
Drill The Pilot Holes
After finding the studs, you have to then hold the mount up to the RV wall in your selected area and use a level to keep it straight. Next, mark the drill spots with the masonry bits and then drill the pilot holes on the spots. Pre-drilling holes are necessary as they will prevent the screws from cracking the wall.
Install The Mounting Bracket To Your Wall
You have to then hold the mount up against the wall while drilling the mounting screws into the pilot holes that you have made.
Connect The TV And The Mounting Plate
You will find the mounting plate attachment holes in your TV, which will help to connect it to the bracket. You can also remove any added packaging or the TV stand if applicable. You can now go on to attach the plate which is behind the TV with the use of the included hardware.
Mount Your TV To The Wall
In the last step, you have to lift your TV and line the TV plate with the wall bracket. It would help if you connected all of them together.
Sometimes, the mounting designs can vary, so following the manufacturer’s instructions is advisable.