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Old 04-07-2012, 08:54 PM   #1
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New TV mount for camper

Our 2006 Sunseeker 3100LTD has a TV cabinet in the right front of the coach, just aft of the over cab bunk. The TV that was mounted there (kept by previous owner...) was at a horrible viewing angle from the couch and dinette. You'd get a serious crick in your neck in a very short time trying to watch anything. I decided to do a bit of research and one of the ideas came from here on the forum. Thanks guys!
I started with a small mount from Monoprice.com
For only $13.78 each when QTY 50+ purchased - Adjustable Tilting/Swiveling Wall Mount Bracket for LCD LED Plasma (Max 30Lbs, 10~24inch) | LCD Plasma Brackets - Tilting/Swiveling Type and it turned out that the extended arm (13.5") was too short to rotate the TV around to be seen. So I turned around and ordered the next size up For only $28.28 each when QTY 50+ purchased - Adjustable Tilting/Swiveling Wall Mount Bracket for LCD LED Plasma Corner Friendly (Max 80Lbs, 24~37inch) | LCD Plasma Brackets - Tilting/Swiveling Type and the arm length was just right at 16.5" full extension to stow the TV next to the bunk area and rotate for the TV to be seen more comfortably from the couch and dinette.
The cabinet is made of 3/4" MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) and is not strong enough to hang a TV mounting bracket off of by itself and endure the pounding on the road. I used a 3/4" piece of plywood mounted inside the cabinet as a backer board to distribute the weight properly.
I notched the top corners 3/4" to allow for the mounting cleat on the front of the cabinet and the trim at the rear of the cabinet. I cut a 30 degree angle on the top and bottom to allow for the angled trim at the top and bottom. I knew there was a gap in between the cabinet wall and the inside plywood, and it turned out there is about a 1.5" void in there. I sized the plywood mounting screws (3" drywall) and the bracket bolts (4" 1/4-20) to account for that thickness and hold things together. I used "nylock" nuts on the 1/4-20 bolts since I don't things to come loose going down the road. After running the wires through the cabinet wall I wrapped them in wire loom and then used a cut down soda bottle cap to keep things from chafing.
Here are some photos:
Outside of cabinet from bunk

Inside of cabinet showing mounting cleat
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Backer board with notches


Backer board mounting screws


Nylock nuts and washers
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:00 PM   #3
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TV mount on wall


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TV on the mount and wired up
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:05 PM   #4
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TV mounted with wires in spiral wire loom


TV as viewed from the couch now


Cabinet with DVD player showing bolts. I need to get some covers for them. Another trip to Home Depot.
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TV in stowed position next to the bunk


Hope this helps some one.
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Very well done!
Does it lock into place when in the stowed position?
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:15 PM   #7
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Figuring out hot to lock in place is next. Had to figure out how to get it there first.
I'll either use a bungee cord across the front of the TV or a nylon strap held closed with velcro.
Any other suggestions to hold it in place?
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Our motor home had a magnet attached to the cabinet to keep it in place when traveling. The magnet was about 1" round and the TV arm was steel.
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Chris,
Pretty hard to tell from the down sampled photo, but it looks like you have a digital audio output on the TV (far right bottom).
I mentioned it in another thread on connecting those TVs to the Camper's Audio system.
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TV connections

Herk, for $120 I don't think I did too bad for the TV at HH Gregg. It has a 12v wall wart power supply plugged in the cabinet. Since there is a 12v outlet inside as well, all I would have to do is cobble a 12v plug onto one end of a cable and a size M (Radioshack size) 2.5mm connector on the other. The TV has an HDMI connection on the bottom with PC VGA video and audio. On the side there are the "Component" RCA connections.
Unfortunately this unit has no onboard entertainment system, so you are seeing the beginnings of a system here. I'll poke at that project as time and funds permit.
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