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Old 02-21-2012, 10:48 PM   #1
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2012 Catalina Deluxe Edition TV Installation

I don't know how many of you 2012 Catalina Deluxe owners have tackled TV installations in your trailers, but I had a few concerns when I bought a new 28DDS last week:

-The space for a 32" TV is great, but a larger TV is usually a heavier TV and therefore requires a sturdier mount.

-The selection of TV mounts at many RV dealers in my area does not offer many suitable mounts for a TV that large.

-The selection of residential TV mounts did not really accommodate a TV that will be subject to bouncing during travel.

I ended up buying a Sanus F55 mount at Wal-Mart (where else would you go?) due to it having many mounting options.

The cabinet opening is approx. 35" wide x 25" high. There is a piece of 3/4" thick plywood behind the plastic cabinet back. I attached the wall bracket with eight #14 x 3/4" sheet metal screws. My thinking was to spread the weight of the TV out over as many anchors as possible. I drilled pilot holes and used tape to mark the drill bit at 1/2" deep to prevent drilling too deep.

This mounting kit does have a drawback in that the TV may shift side to side during travel, so I intend to take the TV off the wall and stow it away for travel. I find this to be a safer option for the TV and will certainly make for less wear and tear on the wall anchors.

I attached a couple of pictures of the finished product (TV is a Vizio E320VP LED).
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:30 AM   #2
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Here is a better picture of the finished project.

I hate camera phones.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:04 PM   #3
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I too share your problem. I have a 2010 Catalina 27 BHS. In mine, I could only put a 26 LCD. The mounts out there suck and are not suitable. I was worried that the tv would fall out too, but it has not. I would not pull the tv everytime you travel. too much work. What I did was I got a 10 foot velcro strap and wrapped it tightly around the whole entertainment system and around the tv. This will keep your mind at ease.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:09 AM   #4
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I three am in the same situation. Working to install 2ea 32" Samsung units - Bedroom and Living Rm. There is only a single stud behind the 5/8" plywood wall. I am also struggling with how to properly stabilize or re-enforce the wall.
I don't want to open the walls to add a support so I'm looking to "Gorilla Grip" and screw additional support top to bottom on top of the internal wall stud, then screw a mount to that support.
The website "TV for My RV" (use Google) has a video with a wide assortment of various mounts that might work for you.
I like the idea of the 10 foot Velcro strap for securing a swivel mounted TV. I'll keep that in mind if I go that route.
Good luck to us.
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:46 PM   #5
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Nice set up. I haven't got around to put in a mount yet but that is coming up very shortly. We are planning on taking her out next week. I however have to fix the audio center. The DVD player isn't playing DVD's or CD's. I think somone at the dealership left the travel screw still in there and didn't take it out. They showed us at the dealership that it worked but then again it was only the radio at the time. So I haven't taken it back this is why I'm fixing it. But when I do get the mount ready I'll be sure to put up some pictures!
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:17 AM   #6
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Stitcher, how did you access the audio center? I have several questions about this setup. Does all audio and video connect to the RF in connection for the TVs? My 31RLS has 3 TV mounting cutouts so I was trying to noodle the block diagram out and wound up with more questions than answers. How did you access the audio system?
I am shopping for TV mounts and have decided to go with something that tilts about 15 degrees and swivels about the same. I don't feel the construction would take a lot of extra weight bouncing along the road. The TV's I will be mounting will be 32". The full motion mount I first purchased weighted in at 30 lbs... way too heavy in my opinion.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:44 PM   #7
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The audio center just has a bezel around the outside that should come off. This gives access to the screws holding it in place. If I get a chance I'll get pictures and show how it comes out.
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Finally got a pic of our 32" mounted in our Catalina 271BHS, lovin it!

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Old 05-16-2012, 07:40 AM   #9
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That looks GREAT! I'm still trying to figure out how to install a mount. In my 31RLS, the dinette is part of the LR slide so the TV area is not visible until the slide is extended, and behind the TV area is the bathroom with the shower/tub along the wall behind the TV. There just doesn't seem to be any support that would hold the weight of a tv and mount.
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That looks GREAT! I'm still trying to figure out how to install a mount. In my 31RLS, the dinette is part of the LR slide so the TV area is not visible until the slide is extended, and behind the TV area is the bathroom with the shower/tub along the wall behind the TV. There just doesn't seem to be any support that would hold the weight of a tv and mount.
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Just find the studs in the TV area and mount your bracket to them!
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