Having a TV installed in your RV is a great way to make life on the road seem more like home. Whether you want to add a TV to enjoy a movie while you are parked at a campsite overnight or want to stay updated on the news and weather while you are travelling, a TV is a great luxury to have in your RV.
With flat-screen TVs being the norm these days, it is common for many RV owners to want to install a TV mount on their RV wall. That is because it places the TV up on the wall and out of everyone’s way. It’s an excellent way to save space and makes enjoying your favourite shows and movies much easier.
If you are interested in adding a TV mount to your RV wall, we have put together this simple guide to assist you. Here we will show you step-by-step how to attach your TV mount to the wall and keep it there safely and securely.
What You Will Need
Here are a few items you will need to affix your flat screen TV to your RV wall successfully.
A TV Mount Designed for RV Use
An RV TV mount is different from the regular flat screen mount you would purchase for home use. These mounts are designed for RV use and recommended if you plan to leave your television mounted while on the road.
They include features such as swivel arms that lock into place to help your TV secure while you are in transit. It helps to decrease any damage caused by vibration and bumps in the road.
You can still use a regular TV mount in your RV. However, do keep in mind if it is a wall mount with an adjustable that doesn’t lock into place, it is advised that you remove the TV from the mount during travel, especially if you plan to travel on bumpy roads.
A Power Drill
While you can use a regular screwdriver to install your RV TV mount, it can be very time-consuming to do so. Using a power drill will make the process much easier and require less time.
Multiple Drill Bits
Wall mounts have a variety of screws, and many times they will be different sizes. Therefore, it is a good idea to have various drill bits on hand so that you can get the job completed quickly.
A Spirit Level
Whether it is for home or RV use, a TV wall mount needs to hang on the wall perfectly. There is nothing more distracting than watching a TV that is not correctly positioned. To avoid these issues, use a spirit level when installing your TV mount. It will help prevent you from making unnecessary holes or ending up with a crooked TV.
A good quality stud finder makes it much easier to locate those hidden areas in your wall that will help you hang your wall mount securely.
While stud finders can be very useful when hanging a wall mount inside your home, they sometimes are not as effective for finding a stud on your RV wall. Here are a few tips for finding studs in your RV walls and how to make the process much more straightforward.
Having an extra pair of hands to help you out while installing your RV TV mount can be very useful. Getting a friend to hold things in place for you or help carry the RV will make the installation process go much smoother.
Adding industrial adhesive to your screws will increase their stability. A little extra support for items hanging on the wall can be extremely useful in an RV that is constantly moving.
When installing your wall mount, use painter’s tape to mark the wall studs after locating them. That will make them easier to see, and it will not leave a mark behind on your wall.
For a neat and professional look, route your TV’s cables through the RV wall or tie them tougher and tuck them behind a stand, table, or another type of décor.
The Installation Process
Now it is time to install your TV mount on your RV’s wall. Follow these steps to easily place your flat screen on the wall of your RV, where all can enjoy it.
Position Your TV Mount
Unless you purchased an adjustable mount for your TV, you would have a difficult time changing the height and viewing angle of your TV after installing it. And even if you invest in an adjustable mount, the amount you can lower or raise your TV is limited.
So, you should take your time to position your TV exactly how you want it. It helps to sit down on a chair or bed where you plan to watch TV and have another person hold the TV where you plan to mount it to ensure it is in the exact spot you want it.
Locate the Wall Studs
When you figure out where you want to mount your TV, it is time to find the location of the wall studs.
Some RV manufacturers will have stickers in place that identifies the TV backer area.
However, this sticker is not always a perfect guide. And it may not be the exact location where you want to hang your TV. Therefore, you should use your stud finder to scan the general area of the wall until you locate a stud. Then use a pencil or painter’s tape to mark the position.
If you have a stud finder that supports it, you should also check for any electrical wiring or plumbing behind the wall. That will help you avoid drilling a hole into something you shouldn’t be drilling into.
Drill the Main Holes
Once you find the studs, you should hold your TV mount up to the wall and use a level to make sure it is straight. Then mark the places where you want to drill the holds. Using the correct bit, drill the pilot holes in the areas where you made your mark. Pre-drilling holes can help prevent the screw from cracking the wall once it is inserted, so be sure that you do not skip this step.
Install Mounting Bracket
Your next step will be to hold the mounting bracket against the wall and drill the mounting screws into the pilot holes.
Connect TV and the Mounting Plate
Once you find the mount plate attachment holes in the back of your TV and remove any packaging or TV stands, you will then need to attach the mounting plate at the back of your television using the hardware that is included with your TV wall mount.
Mount the TV to the Wall of your RV
For the final step, pick up your television and line the mounting plate on the back with the bracket attached to the wall, and connect them. Keep in mind that TV mount designs can vary, so be sure to follow the instructions that came with your wall mount for this step.
Having access to a TV in your RV is a great way to stay updated on current news and weather. It can also help your passengers pass the time during long drives and provide you with a source of entertainment during those rainy nights at the campground.