How to attach a TV mount to an RV wall?

How to attach a TV mount to an RV wall?

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Last Updated on June 7, 2022 by Johann Holsinger

What to consider before mounting your TV on an RV wall

Mounting type

There are four main bracket types, and I want you to understand how they all work a little bit differently:

  • The first type of TV mount would be a fixed type mount. 
  • The next type would be a tilting wall mount. 
  • An articulating TV wall mount is the next type of mount. It will be able to move the TV back and forth.
  • Finally, a full-motion TV mount can move all over. 

A mounted TV inside a camper RV vehicle

Mounting space & location

Some RV owners may choose to mount their TV in a different area from yours.

Your TV mounting is going to come down to which location has the best space for installing a wall mount inside your RV.

It would be ideal to place it somewhere you’d prefer to wind down. Some even enjoy watching TV outside the campervan.

You can also wall mount your flat-screen TV in your RV bedroom area.

A quick look on the inside of a camper van

Wall structure

You have to be a bit careful where you mount the TV and drill because the walls might have electrical wires or other ducting, and equipment inside the cavities. 

Wall fixing points

Some RVs will have specific reinforced areas already built-in for hardware such as TV mounts.

If yours doesn’t you will have to use a tool like a stud-finder (multi scanner) to help you find the best mounting locations.

TV size

A larger TV is going to weigh more and will require something like a locking large TV wall mount.

You must match the mount to the size and weight of your TV.

Cable management

One of the ugliest things can be having a mishmash of cables running all over the place in your RV. Y

ou’ll want to use some cable management techniques to make sure your cables are safely tucked away.

What is included with an RV TV mounting kit?

When you purchase a kit to attach your TV to an RV wall, the mount is going to come with a few different things. What you can expect to find;

  • Mounting hardware will be the first thing you see. 
  • The next thing you’ll find will be the installation manual. 
  • There may be some special tools, like wrenches, screwdrivers, and/or a level to help you with the installation. 
  • Finally, a kit may include an HDMI cable for your TV not you need to get a long one separately.
  • And a TV mount designed for an RV-built so that the TV will not lift off the mount and fall from a bumpy road or a pothole.

Mounting dream MI 6524 quick release mounting plate with bracket

Tools and material needed to attach a TV to an RV wall

Outside of any tools included with an RV TV mounting kit, you are going to need several other tools to pull the job off successfully in a professional manner:

  • The first tool would be a drill. 
  • Next, you will need a good set of drill bits.
  • You will need to use a stud finder for locating wall studs. 
  • Finally, you will need a laser level. Don’t trust your eyes for leveling.

Level and drill for mounting tv on RV wall

Step by step on how to attach TV to an RV wall

Installing your TV with the correct process will ensure you don’t have any problems down the road! If you want to go about fastening a TV mount to an RV wall, the best way to do the DIY duty is to follow these 6 simple steps.

  1. You must take your time positioning the TV mount in the correct place. An easy way to do this is to have one or more friends hold the TV up to where you’re considering mounting it to make sure that it looks good for you.
  2. Now that you have a good mounting spot you will want to find the studs to mount into. Using a stud finder is a must, and get one that can detect wiring or plumbing behind the walls and such as a multi-scanner. 
  3. After you find the metal studs, put your RV wall mount TV bracket up to them and mark where you need to drill the pilot holes. 
  4. The next step is fastening a TV mount to your RV wall. Hold your mounting bracket up to the pilot holes and drill in your mounting screws.
  5. Next, you will find the mounting plate attachment holes on the back of your TV. After that, use the included hardware to attach the plate to the back of your TV.
  6. Finally, you will lift your TV and connect the mounting plate bracket to the mounting plate that’s connected to the back of your TV. After this mount the TV to your RV wall.

Take your time, and don’t rush it. Make sure you have all the proper tools available beforehand, and everything should go smoothly.

Screwing MI 429 RV TV full motion wall mount

Installation mechanism Perlesmith EPSLRVF

How to locate a good fixing point on an RV wall?

Locating the right fixing points is essential for any RV TV mount project. You need to mount your RV TV wall mount on studs. Otherwise, you risk the mount falling off the wall and causing damage.

We have a list of what you need to know here.

  • The tool for this job is a stud finder. An electric or magnetic wall scanner will make finding fixing points like studs easier and you can be 100% confident with the results.
  • Another simple way to locate good fixing points is to knock along the wall with a hammer. You’ll know you’ve found a stud location when you hear the pitch of the note change when you knock. 
  • Another quick way of finding a stud is to use an infrared thermometer. 
  • Finally, you can always contact the RV manufacturer or look on the internet with Google for your stud locations.
  • Do not drill any holes in the main structural elements of an RVs frame to avoid problems with your next warrant of fitness.

Finding the best tv spots for mounting on an RV wall

Tips for screws and metal fixings

  • Your RV’s walls aren’t constructed like the walls in your home [1]. This means you’ll need to be careful with the types of fasteners and screws you use. 
  • For TV mounting purposes you’re going to want something heavy-duty that will fix to metal.
  • We’d recommend you use carriage bolts that come with both a washer and nut to wall mount a new TV in an RV.

Vehicle carriage bolts and nuts

Tips for cable management for RV wall set-up

The easiest way to deal with cables is by following a few cable management techniques:

  • The simplest form of cable management is routing the cables around the TV so that whatever cables you have look neat.
  • Another way is to hide or tuck the wires either on the TV mount itself or in the wall behind the mount.
  • Finally, you can get a set of cable covers and tracks. These do an excellent job of running and hiding the cables.

Mount It MI 429 RV TV wall mount from the back

Safe RV TV mounting tips

Mounting a TV in an RV doesn’t have to be scary. Here are a few safety tips to help with the installation:

  • When using an extending articulating mount ensure your cables are long enough to allow for the range of motion provided by the articulation.
  • If you’re not using a fixed or tilt mount, ensure you have a way to stow the TV while the vehicle is moving. 
  • You must have everything you need beforehand to ensure a hassle-free process.

Using Perlesmith ‎PSLRVF RV tv wall mount

Here’s a short wrap up

Hopefully, you’ve found this guide to be helpful. With the information, we’ve presented here everything will be a lot more straightforward.

All you need to do is make sure that you have the proper tools, the right sized television, the correct TV mount, and a plan. 

Thanks for reading our guide to the end, and we’d like to wish you a happy mounting!

More information:

  1. How to find wall studs in a camper or RV? a guide from  https://www.doityourselfrv.com/find-wall-studs-camper-trailer/

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Hi, my name is Johann Holsinger, here at mountyourbox.com I share all of the tips and tricks I have professionally learned to help you set up your ultimate home entertainment system.