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There is absolutely no reason why you can’t have a 55″ UltraHD TV in your RV. The only problem would be where to put it because RVs, in general, tend to have limited space. Read on to learn more about an RV TV mount.
Thankfully, you can get a very affordable RV TV mount for your big flat-screen TV. The trick is in choosing the right one for your specific RV.
The best RV TV mounts have a few things in common. The most important of those things is that they keep your TV out of the way and prevent it from rattling, so you don’t go around watching a shaky screen when your partner is driving, and you are back there relaxing.
That being said, here are some of the best TV mount options for your RV in the market today:
Mounting Dream Lockable RV TV Mount
The Mounting Dream Lockable RV TV Mount is a heavy-duty TV mount that has pretty much everything you would want in a TV mount. For starters, it can support TVs from 17″ to 43″ (44 lbs.). It has a full 75×75, 100×100, 200×100, and 200×200 VESA compatibility making it a top choice for most RVers.
One of the most outstanding features is that it has a unique locking mechanism that has an integrated spring latch, thus keeping your TV from rattling while you are on the road.
This beast of a TV mount with swivel arm can swivel 90 degrees horizontally, tilt 15 degrees down and 5 degrees up as well as rotate 45 degrees clock and counterclockwise. Couple all that with easy installation, and you have a very reliable RV TV mount.
MOR/ryde 111.2016 MORryde TV40-002H Horizontal Sliding TV Mount
Capable of supporting TVs of up to 45 lbs., this MOR/ryde 111.2016 MORryde TV40-002H Horizontal Sliding TV Mount is an excellent option for people who want to install their RV TV in the basement compartment of their campers.
Capable of extending 36″ with a 120-degree pivot, this RV TV mount gives you quite a bit of latitude when it comes to watching your TV in the great outdoors.
Now you can simply pull it out and keep grilling as you enjoy your favorite shows. Like all good TV mounts, it’s designed to fit several VESA compatibility patterns (75 x 75, 100 x 100, 200 x 200) and it comes fully equipped with the TV mount, the mounting and installation hardware as well as clear installation instructions.
VIVO Black Manual Flip Down 20 to 37-inch TV Mount
Designed to fit screens of 13″ up to 37″, this VIVO Black Manual Flip Down 20 to 37-inch TV Mount is one of the most convenient TV mounts for an RV. The fact that it can flip to 90 degrees when you want to watch TV and then tilt back to 0 degrees when you are done means that you can easily keep your TV out of sight when not in use to save space in your motorhome.
Furthermore, it offers you a 45 degrees swivel, thus allowing you to have a wide variety of viewing angles. It is capable of taking on 44 lbs. and fits several VESA compatibility patterns (100 x 100, 200 x 100, 200 x 200).
It’s one of the best ways to make your RV seem cool and futuristic with a TV that disappears into the roof when you are not watching it.
How to Properly Install an RV TV Mount
The thing about installing a TV mount in your RV is that it is always a custom job because each RV manufacturer has their own specifications on where you can put the mount and how heavy of a TV you can install in that particular RV. Let’s assume that you already have this information and are ready to install your RV TV mount, what do you do next?
Choose Your Preferred TV Mount
Again, the type of TV mount you choose will depend on where you can/ or want to have that TV installed in your RV. If you are going for the roof, then you can pick the manual flip mount above, but if you want something fancier, then maybe you could go for the Mounting Dream option, which is a heavy-duty articulating mount that gives more range as far as viewing angles are concerned.
Follow the Mounting Instructions Laid Out for You
Each of the above mounts come with their own set of mounting instructions as well as most of what you will need in terms of installation equipment. Use the instructions laid out by the manufacturer in conjunction with any special instructions laid out by your RV manufacturer as far as TV mounting is concerned.
One point of note is that you should always look to reinforce the mounting area even if it looks as if it’s rigid enough to take the mounting. Fabricate the area using 3/4″ plywood (as necessary). This will help keep your TV a bit more secure once mounted in the motorhome.
Remember, your RV is going to be moving over different types of terrain, and that rattling combined with the weight of the TV could cause problems over time no matter how secure the mount might seem at first.
Choose the Right Fastener
You have to choose the right type of fastening material for your TV mount. Word to the wise, whatever fastener you choose, go a level higher as far as toughness is concerned. One of the best fastener options are Carriage Bolts, washer, and nut.
Test the Cables
Remember to test the length of your TV cables when using an articulating mount. If the TV doesn’t move around as much as you want it to, you can buy the necessary extension cables. You don’t want such a simple issue limiting your viewing angles.
With the right RV TV mount, you can easily enjoy your favorite shows while on the road. Don’t feel pressured to DIY these installations. Sometimes it’s best to hire a professional who knows exactly how to secure your RV TV to the specific mount you choose.