Flat Panel TV Mount Install - Fiberglass RV


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Old 07-18-2009, 04:14 PM   #1
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Finally got a small swivel arm mount for my 12v TV/DVD.

Not much to show, but it turns out that mounting it in the corner was easy and a pretty good placement for watching from the big bed, table or bunk beds.


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Old 07-19-2009, 09:50 PM   #2
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[quote]Finally got a small swivel arm mount for my 12v TV/DVD.

Not much to show, but it turns out that mounting it in the corner was easy and a pretty good placement for watching from the big bed, table or bunk beds.


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that looks awesome What did you attach it to? Did you have to drill into the frame? I have been racking my brain to think of where to put mine when i get to that point. Is that a 20 inch? I am having trouble finding one that is small but not the typical 8 inch rv one.
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:40 PM   #3
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that looks awesome What did you attach it to? Did you have to drill into the frame? I have been racking my brain to think of where to put mine when i get to that point. Is that a 20 inch? I am having trouble finding one that is small but not the typical 8 inch rv one.
Hi Cyndi,

I put the mount right on the rounded corner of my Scamp. Drilled two holes right through the hull/fiberglass. From the outside, you just see two snap-caps that cover the bolt heads, see the picture below, on the upper left corner you see the two large snap-caps:

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On the inside I did fashion a wood base (picture a rectangle piece of 1/2" plywood with two holes for the bolts to come through) to distribute the tension/torque of the bolts coming through the hull. I then mounted the swivel flat panel mount on the wood base.

I used this mount: http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=prod...&lpage=none

The TV I've had for a while it's a 15" Audiovox 12 volt with DVD player built in. I'm not sure if they sell them new anymore but there's some used ones out there and of course I'm sure there's some other manufacturers avalible:

http://www.amazon.com/Audiovox-FPE1506DV-1...r/dp/B000FCNF4G

I hope this helps!?
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:18 AM   #4
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I just aquired a 19" flat panel and is considering a swing-arm mounted on the dinette side of the closet. (No holes on the outside of the trailer)
I like the price of that one you got from Lowe's, one question though, would there be a way to restrict any movement when traveling? Or would you remove the flat-panel from the swing-arm when you tow?

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Hi Cyndi,

I put the mount right on the rounded corner of my Scamp. Drilled two holes right through the hull/fiberglass. From the outside, you just see two snap-caps that cover the bolt heads, see the picture below, on the upper left corner you see the two large snap-caps:

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On the inside I did fashion a wood base (picture a rectangle piece of 1/2" plywood with two holes for the bolts to come through) to distribute the tension/torque of the bolts coming through the hull. I then mounted the swivel flat panel mount on the wood base.

I used this mount: http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=prod...&lpage=none

The TV I've had for a while it's a 15" Audiovox 12 volt with DVD player built in. I'm not sure if they sell them new anymore but there's some used ones out there and of course I'm sure there's some other manufacturers avalible:

http://www.amazon.com/Audiovox-FPE1506DV-1...r/dp/B000FCNF4G

I hope this helps!?
It does, thanks I am not at that stage yet, just filling my brain with future ideas. i need that size tv for sure. i have a resistance to drilling through the shell. I'm not sure why, yours looks great and im sure it is fine with no chance of leaking. I wonder about mounting a swing arm to the left side of upper kitchen cabinet??? one that would swing out to be visible from both the bunk and the main bed. (the sleeping is arranged with head facing cupboards) did you think of that??? If so, why did you choose the shell and not the cupboard? was it purely location or something else as well? Thanks a lot
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We remove our 19" flat panel from the swing arm when traveling. We wrap it up in a blanket on the bed to keep it safe. The swing arm we have is easily detachable from the mounting bracket that screws into the back of the TV. Since we have it all mounted to the side of the inside closet, I didn't want the movement during travel to possibly crack the fiberglass of the closet. It's also braced with a 1/2 inch think piece of material (old cutting board) on each side of the closet wall.



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I just aquired a 19" flat panel and is considering a swing-arm mounted on the dinette side of the closet. (No holes on the outside of the trailer)
I like the price of that one you got from Lowe's, one question though, would there be a way to restrict any movement when traveling? Or would you remove the flat-panel from the swing-arm when you tow?

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We remove our 19" flat panel from the swing arm when traveling. We wrap it up in a blanket on the bed to keep it safe. The swing arm we have is easily detachable from the mounting bracket that screws into the back of the TV. Since we have it all mounted to the side of the inside closet, I didn't want the movement during travel to possibly crack the fiberglass of the closet. It's also braced with a 1/2 inch think piece of material (old cutting board) on each side of the closet wall.
what side did you mount it on. any pictures?
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Cyndi:

The layout of our trailer is kitchen to the immediate left of the door as you enter. The bathroom and closet are on the opposite side, with the closet closest to the bed (dinette). The TV arm is connected to the closet wall next to the bed, so the TV swings out over the bed. Since I sleep on the outside of the bed, it swings out over my feet when we are in bed.

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Our trailer is ready for a trip this weekend, so the television is packed right now. I'll take a picture when we set up camp and post it for you.

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Old 07-23-2009, 04:57 PM   #10
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Right after reading this article and posting my question I wandered over to a nearby Camping World to see if the "Real" RV's have anything like a swing arm mount....seems they do...and at a fair price ($54), but...


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The dang thing is designed to hang a huge flat panel,(up to 64"!) the mount base is a 2' long c-channel that is "fug-ugly" and the salesman was quick to suggest to be sure to figure out some way to "strap the TV down when you travel with a bungee cord".

I didn't spend any money that day...
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Old 07-23-2009, 05:59 PM   #11
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Check out the TV mounts on Amazon.com lots of choices, no taxes.
We ordered an under counter swing arm that can also be used off the closet side ( that is not mentioned in the ad , but after I received it I saw it on the box) so that's what I did, 1x2 inside closet and bolted to mount on outside. We can swing it to be viewed at the dinette or while in bed.
I probably will remove the tv when we travel, it's a 19" and may cause stress.
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