In the middle of replacing the 32 inch Toshiba TV that came with my 2013/14 32RCTS with a smart 40 inch Vizio with a back lighted remote. Thought I would pass along some of the info discovered during this venture. I am sure more is to come. I think we can all agree that this info pertains to my unit and may or may not pertain to any other 32RCTS or any other Sabre model as each one can and most probably is built differently. When I installed my bedroom TV Gary Grigsby of Sabre provided me with a drawing of the backer board, but informed me no such drawing existed for the living area but it was a wood backer. (no drawing, I wonder how it gets built?) No drawing also explains why there were extra holes drilled where they decided not to mount the TV. (searching for the backer?) Any way, it is what it is. Please reference the attached photos in conjunction with my comments.
I have provided a picture of the factory supplied mount, very sturdy by the way and locks into position for travel. This is a good thing.
The picture of the hole was cut to determine just what the backer was made of and where it was located.
The remaining two pictures show the Aluminum stud on the left of the hole and the wood stud on the right of the hole. The mount was screwed into these two studs and yes along the top just into the Luan. The very top set of holes is where they missed or thought the backer was. These holes showed as they had to lower the mount which left the holes exposed for all to see. (anyone ever heard of filler or patch tape?) There is no backer board only these two studs that as best I can tell run from the top of the slide to the top of the cabinet. There are no cross members to mount anything to in the TV mount area.
1) The aluminum stud is about 3 inches wide
2) The wood stud as best as I can tell is about 5.5 inches wide. Whether they did something with several pieces of wood or a piece of wood and an aluminum stud I cannot tell unless I open up more wall and I am not doing that.
2)The distance inside the hole from inside face to inside face of the studs is 3.5 inches. Giving a total horizontal spread of about 12 inches with a 3.5 inch spread of air in between the studs.
4) From the right wall of the slide to the outer point (right side) of the wood stud is 8 inches.
In summary working from the right wall of the slide along the TV mount wall it is like this:
8 inches of air, 5.5 inches of wood, 3.5 inches of air, 3 inches of aluminum stud. Banging on the remainder of the wall to the left it seems like no additional studding was available.
Since I have to move the mount to the left about 3 inches and up a bit I am fabricating a 14 X 12 piece of wood board which I will counter sink screw in the the two studs (I plan on using 4 screws into each stud) and than use this fabricated piece of wood as my backer board for the new placement of the mount. It is fairly tight in height from the cabinet top to the slide ceiling. I will only have about 3/4 of an inch on top and bottom to push the TV into the locked position, which takes a good push of the TV screen to snap in. Originally the lock mechanism was toward the right slide wall hidden from my view so I have decided to turn the mount upside down. That will place the locking mechanism towards the inside of the rig where I can see it and better guide it in.
Hope I haven't confused anybody too much. You sort of have to be there
I will be glad to answer any questions you might have. The wall is still open so I can take more measurements if necessary. Of course I will post pictures of this thing when finished.
Thanks for listening.