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Old 08-07-2013, 11:33 PM   #1
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TV mounted - vibration

Has anyone permanently mounted a smallish TV, perhaps 32-37 inch in the rv then towed it while it is mounted? I am wondering about the vibrations killing the display.

Any experience here?
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:39 PM   #2
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I would be more worried about killing what you attached it to...

I've contemplated putting a 19" in, and not sure what I would mount it to. The shower wall would be the best, but it's not strong enough.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:10 AM   #3
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I'm happy you posted that question because I'm about to mount a 19 in our Boler. My concern is also the vibration,,,,actually I guess the bouncing I don't think there would be that much vibration.
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:37 AM   #4
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I have mounted a couple of 22" TV's from Costco using mounts from BJ's. I use an oak 1x3 board mounted to the wall that extends from the roof to the floor or counter top to carry the weight. Then I bolt the TV mount through the wall panel and oak board. I attach a nylon snap strap above the TV to the oak board to carry the weight and prevent the TV from moving around during transit.
The TV mount also allows you to remove the TV from the mount and store separately if you desire. I just have not had any issues with the TV as long as the strap is used to secure it during transit. Also Costco TV's carry an extended warranty and you can pay for a 3 year replacement plan which is not too expensive for a smaller TV.
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Never tried that large of a TV. We have a 19" and take it down every time we move the trailer. I was more worried about ripping the wall out where it's attached when we're moving!
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IMHO a 19" tv is certainly adequate in our small home on the road. Moving up to larger units will make it look out of balance or proportion. That plus the added weight whle traveling down the road. I find the smaller LED/12v tv's are light enough that they will not crack the fiberglass thru stress.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:09 AM   #7
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We've carried a LCD TV for about 10 years. We use a simple hook to hang ours from the rear overhead. The hook allows us to drop the TV to the rear dinette for travel in literally 5 seconds. We than drop a bed pillow on it.

I agree with Jim, In the small space of our trailer 19-22" is plenty of TV.
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Here is a picture. In this case the strap needs to be mounted just a little higher. The oak board is attached to the wall in four places and the bottom rests on the counter.
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I have mounted and seen a whole lot of TVs in our rigs but I would say a 32" is about 4 times bigger than a small one for us?

Where exactly can you picture that a 32" or so will fit in an Egg?
I did a 24" in one and it was about as big as I could fit without blocking something else.
19" to 22" seems about the sweet spot for size from my experience and trust me,if I could get bigger in there I would!

I don't see any issues with vibration as long as the mount is solid and the TV vibrates with the trailer and not on its own.
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Reinforcing walls for loads.

We have used a technique similar to Eddie's to hang a large closet off the bathroom wall over the end of the Scamp's couch.

We have two 1x3's that go from floor to ceiling inside the bathroom that spread the load of the cabinet over the bathroom wall and carry it to the floor. No ill effects in three years of travel. No apparent stress cracks in the fiberglass.

The first picture shows the cantilevered cabinet hanging off the bathroom wall. There is no other support beyond the bathroom wall. The cabinet is used for storing sweaters and jerseys.

The second picture shows one of the 1x3's used to distribute the load. The other is hidden behind the door jamb, On the bathroom side the 1x3s have a small shelf and grab handle attached to them.
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When I purchased my Casita I did not buy the factory TV . Casita wanted about $350 for the option and I was able to purchase a 24" TV with a DVD for less than half the cost .(Size of TV was based on the availability of a TV with a DVD player and available space) I mounted mine to the upper cabinet above the bed (Same location as factory install using the Casita supplied TV mounting bracket). Casita said they had glassed in wood backing to support the TV but it appeared to be nothing more than a small ,thin piece of OSB .I was not satisfied with their idea of backing so I installed 1/2 plywood covering about a 12" x 16" area as a backer board to prevent damaging the upper cabinet . According to Casita there is no reason to remove the TV during travel , the cabinet was designed to carry a TV weighing up to 10 Lbs. plus the factory supplied bracket is not designed for easy removal of the TV. Threads like this one make me question the wisdom of traveling with the TV suspended off the upper cabinet . My concern is damaging the fiberglass cabinet more than the TV . Replacing the TV would be an expense but less costly and time consuming than replacing the upper , wrap around fiberglass cabinet
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The articulated arm mount shown by Eddie is very versatile. The quick dismount dovetail bracket allows the TV to be easily taken down and stuck under a cushion or mattress without removing power cord or coax connection. Our 19" is mounted on the after side of the closet adjacent the rear dinette which is made up as a bed all the time. The arm allows us to watch in bed, to swing the TV to face upper locker out of the way, and to swing it into the aisle for viewing from front dinette. We always take it down and stow between cushions and memory foam at departure check. I also bolted the bracket thru a sheet aluminum backer plate in the closet to spread the load and avoid flex in the fiberglass closet wall.

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Our overhead cabinet supports the TV.

The bottom of the cabinet is 1/4 inch plywood. To reduce the load on the plywood I glued a short piece of 1x2 to the top side of the plywood inside the cabinet.

I have a brass boat clip, $1, that hangs from the bottom of the cabinet. We actually have two of these allowing two locations for the TV though we always seem to leave it at the end of the bed. We have a small bungee cord that can connect to the bottom of the TV that allows us to bias the TV's angle. Simple, light and inexpensive.

The reality is the TVs are light. Picture is of our 15" TV, now replaced with 19" because we no longer could read the scores on the 15"
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Hmmmm a "smallish" 32-37" flat screen in an FGRV sounds like one also likes to sit in the front row at the local IMAX theatre.

That said, I would be more concerned about that big a set killing the mount and/or the wall to which it is attached than damage to the screen itself. If it is essential to have one of that size and weight, I would suggest making it demountable so it could be stored on the bed or elsewhere when under way.

The 19" and 24" flat screens we have in our three trailers are all on removable mounts and never travel in place.

On top of that, some screens don't seem to like extended exposure to the temps sometimes found inside RV's when stored in the summer. I had one screen fail after being stored in the trailer during extended hot spell, so we now remove the sets from the trailers and store them in the house, at least during hot periods.
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