Last Updated on June 8, 2022 by Johann Holsinger
Best articulating lockable RV TV mount
Best fixed RV TV mounts
The features I looked over in RV TV mounts under analysis?
1. Stability and ruggedness
When traveling, it’s important that your TV mount is rugged and stable. This is just a small tip from us for you and your journey ahead.
The last thing you want is for the extension arm to swing out or break your TV when you hit a bump, sending your TV crashing to the floor, or ripping the bracket out from the wall.
Ruggedness is a requirement to pass our test of stability during driving on bumpy roads.
2. Mounting arm extension capacity and ability
The extension length of an RV tv mount arm can be good for multiple reasons: Beter option for viewing positions, less neck strain as viewing position can be perfected, allowing a single TV in a small space to be viewable from multiple positions.
For example, an extension arm can be moved to be visible from the kitchen when cooking and can be rotated to be more visible from the sofa or bed at the back of an RV.
The key is to get an extendable arm that is longer than half the width of the TV frame from the two outside edges to allow for a full 180-degree turn.
So the LCD screen can be moved to face either the front towards the kitchen area or moved to face towards the back of your RV, camper van, or bus, towards the bed or seating area.
3. TV size compatibility
Different mounting brackets can take larger TVs or smaller TVs make sure the bracket you choose can take not only the weight of your TV but also the size.
Different brackets work with either non-standard VESA measurements or a standard VESA pattern. However different brackets have different TV weight capacities dictating the maximum TV size, or the minimum LCD size.
Additionally, you may find some mounting brackets that can handle multiple monitors or screen types.
4. Weight Capacity
TVs can be heavy and combined with the movement of a vehicle moving and the stress transferred onto the mounting bracket makes for the reason for extra scrutiny in this type of review as buyers must know that a specialty bracket is needed for working safely inside moving vehicles.
When adding a mount to your RV wall, be sure the weight limit on the mounting arm is much more than just your TV’s weight.
5. VESA mounting capability
TVs have a variety of mounting configurations on the back, allowing them to be secured to a number of different styles of mounts.
Before purchasing a mount, make sure your TV’s VESA configuration is compatible with what we have tested, and recommend, to make sure that your electronics are also compatible.
6. Range of motion
Many RV TV mounts have a range of motion abilities also known as full-motion for complete movement.
Some can move up and down, others left to right, while the best ones have a full range of mobility.
If you’ll be enjoying your TV from a variety of different seating areas in your RV, make sure to have a full range of motion, with an extending arm that is longer than half the width of your LCD screen.
7. Locking mechanism
Each RV TV mount will have a locking mechanism to not only secure your TV to the stand but also to secure the stand into the wall in a retracted position during travel time.
This helps minimize stress to the mount and the screws holding the plate to the wall keeping your TV safe from damage or from falling, in your rush away from the zombies in the busy city.
Installation is normally pretty easy and straightforward with most RV TV mounts, but be sure you are prepared for the requirements of your specific mount.
Some will require additional security features and certain wall anchors to ensure the mount is secure and stable.
You may also need to find the right DIY tools for installation such as a Crescent set and cordless drill, both of these tools you should have in your RV anyway for any maintenance required while on your road to freedom.
Why get an RV TV mount?
- Keeps Your TV Secure. When traveling, most RV TV mounts will lock your TV in place to ensure your electronics dont vibrate or swing outwards risking damage to your screen while driving.
- Offers Good Viewing Options. Most RV TV mounts can be moved and adjusted with a tilt, swivel, rotate, and pull-out options to suit any seating location.
- Can be Mounted Indoors or Out. Many RV TV mounts can be installed indoors, or outdoors under an awning for viewing in your favorite spot.
What are the challenges of using an RV TV mount in your camper van or trailer?
1. The moving vehicle
When traveling, we seriously recommend considering the importance of ensuring that you are able to secure your TV for safe travels ahead.
Most RV TV mounts include some form of the locking mechanism to keep your TV in place when not being used.
2. Finding the right spot
Sometimes, you have an ideal spot to place your TV but your intended spot is not sturdy enough alone to take the weight of a TV.
There are different places where you can install your mount like on the side of a cabinet or shelves or open wall space.
Just make sure to have a stud finder with you, so you know which spot there is metal studs in the RV walls.
3. Mounting from the center of studs
Your TV bracket should mount in the center. However, some mounts are offset.
You have to take extra effort to get the right alignment on the stud and level the mount before drilling holes to get the mount’s plate holding in the center of your viewing position.
Plywood boards can make effective mounting plates should you need a stronger backing and fixing points across a span where there isn’t a stud.
4. Cabling issues
Hanging cables are unsightly.
While some RV TV mounts have cable management systems, you still have to take extra effort in managing those cables to get that mess out of sight.
Apart from cabling systems at home, you have to pay attention to your RV’s wiring system before coming up with the right spot to install a TV mount.
Regular full motion TV wall mount vs articulating RV TV mount
Regular full-motion extendable mount
- Designed for walls at home.
- Can have extra-long arms.
- Can hold extra larger TVs.
- Standard home TV mounts don’t have a locking mechanism that’s needed inside a moving vehicle.
Articulating RV TV mount
- Reputable brands are tested for seismic activity and vehicle movement.
- Mount-locking feature with pull-down straps to release the TV only when you want the extension to come loose.
- Stable and rugged built.
- Shorter arms.
Should You Get an Extending RV TV Mount or a Fixed RV TV Mount?
If you are installing your TV in a corner or an area where space might be limited, an extending RV TV mount can be your best solution.
You will be installed on a solid wall and have ample room on both the left and right sides.
If you only have a single desired viewing position, a fixed vanilla RV TV mount is perfectly suitable for you.
The best RV TV wall mount
#1 Lockable TV mount
The Mount-It! MI-431 is a creation that is utilized by many RV enthusiasts we know, as an extremely heavy-duty RV TV mount that can hold TVs up to 77 pounds in total weight.
The arms lock to a folded position and use an anti-vibration spring to release the extension out from the mainframe.
The VESA mounting connections are detachable for safe removal and reinstallation.
I like that the mount can be viewed from different angles so anyone watching can find the most comfortable position in their RV during their quiet time.
#1 Fixed TV RV mount
The Mount-It! MI-6524 is a low-profile mount that is great for interior or exterior installations as the bracket offers an easy-to-remove TV bracket with a quick-release feature.
You can tilt a screen up to 15° down for better viewing.
And this one can be mounted outdoors with no problems so you can watch your favorite shows outside.
Found to have four primary holes made from heavy-duty metal construction, makes this little mount is secure and extremely reliable.
I like the versatility of also being able to connect my TV to an outside wall and easily being able to remove the TV backplate with the purchase of two brackets and then lifting and moving my TV inside after watching from under the stars to mow my secondary mounting position inside.
Best value articulating RV TV mount
The Perlesmith PSLRVF is a reliable articulating and extending TV mount and is highly durable, with a pull-down strap lock, while being a great bang for the buck.
The mount comes with all the hardware you need for installation.
Each screw will go about 2 1/2 inches deep. So you might need to purchase something longer or shorter depending on the cavity depth of your walls.
The full range of articulation can swivel 90° on both sides, rotate, and tilt up and down. Installation is simple and a detailed installation manual is included.
Most Stable extending RV TV Mount for Large TVs
This Mount-It! MI-430 X-mount style system is perfect for larger TVs measuring up to 55 inches while also being detachable for easy mounting.
The VESA configuration plate will fit up to 400×400 configurations and TVs from most brands which makes this streamlined piece of technology perfect for larger and somewhat heavier flatscreens and widescreens.
The secure locking mechanism uses a quick-release anti-vibration spring lock.
Best Value Fixed RV TV Mount
The Mount-It! MI-2829 is extremely affordable making it a great choice for those on a tighter hunt, this small but heavy-duty fixed RV mount is perfect for small TVs and even computer monitors.
The slim design surprisingly swivels and tilts even in a fixed position. However, you will need to tighten or loosen the screws when you want to move the mounting tilt to your desired position.
The bracket needs only a single stud installation with two-hole mounting plates and comes with all the hardware needed to install.
Most affordable RV TV mount
The Mount-It! MI-4151 is a more budget-friendly mount. Not only is the hardware durable, but it also includes a 5-year warranty for peace of mind and offers the longest reach of an 18-inch max extension.
With easy single stud installation and pivoting arms for a flexible angle adjustment, you still cannot go wrong.
The removable backplate for the TV makes everything easy to install and safe for the TV.
Talking about safety, this mount offers an anti-theft design which is crucial for motorhome living.
How to find the perfect spot for an RV or caravan TV mount?
The most important step is to ensure the wall is strong enough and thick enough to support the weight of the mount and the TV you expect it to be holding.
Some mounting kit hardware may be too long for RV walls and can punch through to the outside causing a serious leak if left unfixed.
Can you use an RV TV mount outdoors?
Many RV locking tv wall mounts can be installed on the exterior of your RV under the awning on a quick-release system.
Be sure you look for TV mounts for outside an RV that has an easy removal process so you can store your TV indoors during long-distance travels for safety.
How to Mount an RV TV Bracket Outdoors?
Mounting an RV TV bracket on the exterior of the RV is possible when you reach a new level of genius. While only requiring the same method as installing one indoors.
However, in some cases, you may need to add additional security to the bracket such as caulking or heavy-duty sealant to not only ensure the bracket is properly mounted but to prevent weather issues like rust after drilling into the siding of the RV.
You need to make sure your vehicle is roadworthy, as well as ready for a cold night.
- Use a clip and remove RV mount
- Install the RV mount to an outwards and inwards facing door, that will conceal your electronics when you close your door again.
Cabling Tips for RV TV Mount
- Ensure the cable does not get pinched by the bracket.
- Try to mount electronics near an electrical outlet for convenience.
- Avoid having to run additional wires through the walls.
- Include 12v wiring to the location if you have a 12V TV
- Keep wires away from moving or sliding parts.
- Do not allow a cable to be pinched by a door or window.
- Ensure cables are properly secured from snags.
Installation and maintenance tips
- Most RV TVs are better running on 12V  as they can be powered straight from the battery or a solar system without needing to be plugged into the mains. Make sure that you have a 12v compatible TV some can run on the mains and 12 Volts depending on what’s available.
- Always make sure the weight limit is not exceeded.
- Be sure you secure your TV towards the wall during travel time.
- Make sure you unplug from mains power or the battery before doing any installations.
Here’s our detailed RV TV mount installation guide.
Any alternative mounts for RV TVs?
Motorized Ceiling (for the pitched roof)
Ceiling mounting with wireless control option is a suitable alternative to wall mounting.
You will need to ensure there are proper support options in the ceiling before installing, as well as a power source for the mount’s motor.
Basic installation and waterproofing skills may be needed.
Building your own manual hinged or pop up RV TV mount solution
This method may require you to have and use some advanced woodworking and metalworking skills.
DIYing your own hinging TV method is best for keeping cabling hidden behind the TV while having a TV that is hidden until needed.
You can use a fixed wall or tilted wall mount for this application with your own hinging bracket or TV shelf made from plywood.
Additionally, you could also install a pop-up TV mount from inside a cabinet or from a bench.
How I compared the features
Lockable articulating RV TV mounts
Mounting Dream MD2210
Master mounts 2322L-2
Master Mounts 2311L
Mounting Dream MD2212
Mounting Dream MD2209
|Verdict:||Top performing RV TV mount||Best value||Stable for large TVs||Low-cost HQ|
|TV size:||23 to 43 inches||23 to 43 inches||23 to 55 inches||22 to 42 inches||17 to 43 inches||up to 50 inches||up to 42 inches||23 to 43 inches||13 to 42 inches||13 to 43 inches||10 to 26 inches||10 to 26 inches||13 to 43 inches|
|Weight Capacity:||77 lbs||77 lbs||77 lbs||33 lbs||44 lbs||33 lbs||33 lbs||77 lbs||44 lbs||22 lbs||33 lbs||22 lbs||33 lbs|
|VESA Pattern:||75 x 75 mm to 200 x 200 mm||75 x 75 mm to 200 x 200 mm||75 x 75 mm to 400 x 400 mm||75 x 75 mm to 200 x 200 mm||100 x 100 mm to 200 x 200 mm||75 x 75 mm to 200 x 200 mm||75 x 75 mm to 100 x 100 mm||75 x 75 mm to 200 x 200 mm||75 x 75 mm to 200 x 200 mm||50 x 50 mm to 200 x 200 mm||50 x 50 mm to 100 x 100 mm||50 x 50 mm to 100 x 100 mm||75 x 75 mm to 200 x 200 mm|
|Max extension:||15.7 in||15.7 in||15.7 in||15.3 in||18.4 in||14.5 in||14.5 in||15.7 in||18 in||14 in||12.83 in||13.6 in||15.1 in|
|Distance from wall:||2.3 in||2.4 in||2.3 in||3 in||2.8 in||2.75 in||2.75 in||2.4 in||3.5 in||3.1 in||2.4 in||2.6 in||3 in
Fixed RV TV mounts
|Verdict:||Top-performing fixed||Best value fixed|
|TV size:||13 to 32 inches||19 to 32 inches||Up to 32 inches||Up to 32 inches|
|Weight capacity:||30 lbs||44 lbs||30 lbs||40 lbs|
|VESA pattern:||75 x 75 mm or 100 x 100 mm||75 x 75 mm or 100 x 100 mm||75 x 75 mm to 400 x 200 mm||75 x 75 mm to 400 x 200 mm|
Our verdict: The toughest RV TV mount
Overall, when your RV needs a full-motion mount, we found the Mount-It MI-431 offers the best range of motion, ease of installation, locking mechanism reliability, and ruggedness that is needed for an RV installation.
For fixed mounts, we would definitely recommend the Mount-It MI-6524.
Both have a simple design that makes either option extremely easy to install and easy to mount your TV to the wall of an RV while being strong and secure for the road ahead.
We dont know if a million dollars per ton to the surface of mars is the cost to run your RV however long road trips need entertainment for the young ones in the back when on the road.
Enjoy your travels, camping, and holidays, even the bumps on the road ahead, and stay safe!
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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.