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Old 05-21-2010, 11:18 AM   #1
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I wanted a mounting method that would allow me to quickly take the TV down and put it face down on the bed for towing. I decided an unobtrusive "slot" would be stable enough for using the TV and quick for dismount.

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The "slot" itself is designed to be removed, leaving only two small screw holes behind. It's mounted using nutplates and aircraft screws, so it's plenty strong. Fabrication was complicated only by my desire that it look nice--basically it's two pieces of sheet metal with spacers at the end, plus some flush riveting. The rear piece is taller so that it protects the fridge wall as the TV mount is inserted and removed. The photo on the left shows a small piece of "L" channel inserted in the slot.

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The reflections on the side of the frige make it hard to see exactly what's going on, but this is "slot" as it's mounted on the fridge wall. The wall is 0.032 alminum, so it's not very stiff in and of itself, but there is a 3/4" rib behind the wall (shown by the green line).

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AZFLYCASTER PM'd me with a question about this topic, and included this link to some nifty mounts. I'm going to get two (of the other ones at the site)! It will only take a foot or so of "L" channel to adapt them to the "slot."

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Old 06-06-2010, 10:51 PM   #2
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Just to follow up what Zep said. This is the end result of my TV mounting. The TV will be detached when traveling leaving just the bracket on the wall. The TV can be rotated around the partition and will then be viewable from the front area for the trailer. When not in use the power cord and signal cable will be in an overhead out of site.
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Hi Richard,

Shawn and I are looking to install a tv with the same mount in our AS same location as well. The only concern we are having is the very thin wall panel wood and how to reinforce. Also how do you hide it on the back side of the wall , where the bolts / reinforcements go, which is in the kitchen in ours? Did you guys put up some art or something to cover it? Also where did you purchase your mount?

Thanks for your help.
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Here is what we did so we could watch movies in bed and have it rotate and store over the fridge.
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Hi Richard,

Shawn and I are looking to install a tv with the same mount in our AS same location as well. The only concern we are having is the very thin wall panel wood and how to reinforce. Also how do you hide it on the back side of the wall , where the bolts / reinforcements go, which is in the kitchen in ours? Did you guys put up some art or something to cover it? Also where did you purchase your mount?

Thanks for your help.
I took a piece of oak (4"x16") and stained it to match my existing walls, then mounted it on the opposite side of the wall. It is held on (vertically) by 4 wood screws and the two screws on the mount. You can see the screws in the picture I posted earlier. There are a few things on the other side of the wall that help hide the wood as well, but I think it looks fine.

The arm and the TV were purchased at overstock.
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:20 PM   #6
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The edges of the walls seem to be solid rather then hollow like the center of the walls.
Here are photos of how I mounted a 22" flat screen using a mount that allows the TV to swing from the front of the trailer to the side twins. I got a piece of 2"x1/8" by, I think 6 or 8 feet long at Home Depot. From that piece I made the nice shiny plate to go on the galley/living room side. and a piece to go on the back side of the wall, sandwiching the wall between. That distributes the weight of the TV and hanging bracket down the length of the wall. In one of the photos you can see the longer piece on the bedroom side of the wall.

For travel I mounted four flat drawer handles to the wall and use straps with Velcro to hold the TV against the wall when going down the road. Everything from Home Depot. All was done two years and six thousand miles ago.
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For our 65 Caravel I used a mount that we purchased at Fred Meyer for $40. The tab at the top when pushed in releases the TV portion of the bracket so the TV can be lifted vertically to remove the TV from the wall. The bracket swivels and tilts.
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Jim - How thick is your wall panel? Ours is only 1/4" max... It appears from your two shots that you did an allen bolt on the living side with a nut on the backside. I just wonder if this system would work in that old vintage mahogany that I have...
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Jim - How thick is your wall panel? Ours is only 1/4" max... It appears from your two shots that you did an allen bolt on the living side with a nut on the backside. I just wonder if this system would work in that old vintage mahogany that I have...
The wall in this trailer is about 3/4" thick. 1/8"skin on each side and about 1/2" hollow with 1/2" thick wood supports inside every so often.

I wouldn't use this method on your 1/4" thick solid wall.

I would glue and screw a panel to the back side of your wall to strengthen and spread the weight. A panel perhaps a foot square and 3/8" thick, painted or stained to agree with the back side of the wall. I would glue this panel in place so as to spread the stress over the whole area. That can be done by holding it in place with the mounting bolts for the TV bracket. You will want to through-bolt the bracket.
If the back side of the wall is in a closet, as it is in our '65 Caravel, painting or staining may not be necessary.

In any event, you will want to use some method to "sister" the wall in the area of the TV, otherwise I don't think the wall will last very long.
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I'll add to the photo archives. 22' Vizio on swing arm bought at Costco. This one has a wing nut on the back that is easy to unscrew. Would store under bed in bin. (This was in the stolen Tradewind )
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If you're interested in just a simple, flat mount which tilts and does not swivel, and lifts off easily for travel, Rockfish makes an inexpensive one. Got mine at BestBuy for about $35, if memory serves. I installed a 22" on the bedroom wall and just lift it off for travel.
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Sorry, the brand is Rocketfish.
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Rocketfish TV Low profile TV mount for most 13" to 26" flat panels Model#
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I backed it up with an aluminum plate as this wall contains a pocket door and the material is only 1/4".
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We have the same TV mount as ASFLYCASTER. It is a great mount. It is aluminum and comes in silver and black with a powdercoat finish. The mount is made by VideoSecu and was $24.99 from Amazon.

It holds our 22" Visio. We don't remove it when we travel. We just secure it with 2 small bunge cords. We can watch it from the br area or swing it around and watch it from the Lr area. It operates off 12v, so we just power it from the batteries (33 watts). If we are boondocking it takes power from the batteries. When we are plugged into 120v it is still powered from the batteries that are recharged by the convertor. I will take some pictures and load them when I figure out how to do it.

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