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How to Attach a TV Mount to an RV Wall

If you plan to be on the road for a long time, the small mundane comforts of a hotel – such as hot showers or a TV – can make a world of difference. However, space on an RV is limited and needs to be employed in the most innovative way possible. Knowing how to attach a TV mount to an RV wall can provide you with precisely that type of solution.

Yet, this may be a little bit more complicated than doing so in a regular house. RV walls cannot be perforated as freely, so you will need to find the right type of studs, screws, and position.

Materials Needed to Mount a TV on an RV

At the very least, you will need the following items to complete the task:

  • An RV TV mount (check below for more information on this)
  • A power drill
  • Masonry bits
  • A Phillips head bit
  • A level
  • A stud finder

If you want to go the extra mile and ensure the final result looks neat and orderly, you may also need:

  • Screw adhesive
  • Tape
  • Cable covers

Is There a Special TV Mount for an RV?

You don’t need a specialized TV mount for your RV. However, you will need to check whether the mount meets basic specifications.

First, you want to make sure the mount has lockable swivel arms. This will help keep the TV in one place while the RV is moving.

Second, you want a relatively light mount. Thick steel mounts may be more resilient, but an RV wall may not resist as much pressure as a home wall.

Other optional features you should look for in an RV TV mount include:

  • Anti-vibration damage
  • High weight capacity, or at least, as high as your chosen TV
  • Relatively little extra room needed
  • An under-cabinet mount, which will allow you to attach your TV to an overhead cabinet

Can You Screw Into RV Walls?

Including a power drill on our supplies list above should give you a hint: yes, you can drill and screw into RV walls. However, screwing into RV walls is a more delicate operation. RVs are always built to maximize space utilization, so you will need to drill somewhere with no hidden wiring.

Many newer RV models include pre-installed studs that show the best place for mounting a TV backer or a shower rack. If you have them, prioritize that location as the ideal location for your TV.

Often, these studs are marked by stickers. If not, you will need to look for them.

How Do You Find Studs in an RV Wall?

Finding the studs in your RV wall requires a stud finder or an infrared thermometer. This is often a time-consuming process, as you will have to use either to find the most structurally sound place in which to drill.

You will then need to scan along the walls of your RV to find these studs, using either the stud finder or the thermometer. Depending on the model, the stud finder should beep or flash when it scans the ideal location. If you are using an infrared thermometer, you will notice the studs as spots with a markedly different temperature, much closer to that of the outside.

If you need additional guidance, you can also contact the manufacturer and request the blueprints to locate the studs.

A low-tech alternative is to gently knock or tap the wall with a hammer until you feel a stud.

What Is a TV Backer in an RV?

These studs are usually attached to a TV backer. This is a sheet of very thin steel that is meant to help support the weight of your TV. Just like the studs, a TV backer will usually be hidden behind the walls.

It is usually pre-installed in one of the RV’s walls to make mounting a TV easier. Usually, a TV backer will be 12’’ by 12’’. The easiest way to find the TV backer is using a set of magnets: the steel will attract them.

Installing a TV Mount in an RV: Step by Step

After gathering all your materials, this is how to attach a TV mount to an RV wall.

  1. Locate the wall studs, either with a stud finder or an infrared thermometer
  2. Choose the exact location of your TV. Try to ensure it is right between the studs or on top of the TV backer.
  3. Using a pencil, mark the location of the studs and the corners of the TV
  4. Hold the mount against the wall. Using the level, ensure this “ideal location” is not crooked or tilted. Using a pencil, mark the exact locations for the screws.
  5. Remove the mount and pre-drill on top of your pencil markers using the power drill.
  6. Put the mount back up and finish drilling the mounting screws.
  7. Connect the plate at the back of your TV with your RV’s mounting plate
  8. Lift and line up your TV with the plate and connect them

What’s The Best TV for Mounting in an RV?

Technically, most TVs can work in an RV. Provided they are the right size, you should be able to install them. Keep the following considerations in mind to make the ideal choice:

Keep them small

Space in an RV is precious, and TV backers are usually designed for a maximum weight limit. It’s best to keep your screen under 26 inches and below 33 pounds. Anything bigger will require a more expensive or complex mount.

Check out: 21 Clever Ways to Increase Space in a Pop Up Camper

Power

Always double-check that your TV is compatible with the electrical system you use in your RV. This is most likely a 12-Vold system.

Ports and connections

It may be hard to access cable or the full range of channels while on the road. You may be relying on old-school DVDs, an Android box, or connecting it to your laptop via an HDMI cable. Ensure the TV you chose has the correct ports.

Conclusion

Learning how to attach a TV mount to an RV wall allows you to access one more “home-style” comfort while you are on the road. Yet, this may be a complex task: you will need a lockable mount to keep the TV safe on a moving vehicle. You also need to make sure you don’t damage any of the wirings on your RV. Here, we have shown you how to do it, step by step!