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Old 10-12-2021, 03:00 PM   #1
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The position of the TV backer of Nano 187RB

Hi, in an old post there is information regarding the location of the TV backer and the board backer size as 8"x8"x1/2". My Nano is 2021. My question: how do I find the location of the centre of this board? Previous pictures from older posts do not give me a clear sense of how far the TV mount is from a cabinet and how far is from the ceiling. Perhaps if I use a stud finder, would that work to find the borders of the TV backer? Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-13-2021, 12:17 AM   #2
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The TV mounting plate is usually just a piece of sheet metal in the wall. Use a decent magnet and you should be able to trace it out. Certainly not 1/2" thick.

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Old 10-13-2021, 07:29 PM   #3
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If behind the wall there is a metal plate.... I just wonder how the TV mounting hardware could be attached to that wall since wood screws would not be good in this case
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I have owned a Rockwood Mini Lite and now a Flagstaff Super lite. In both cases the TV backer was a piece of steel sheet metal, hence the magnet trick. So you have like 1/8" think plywood, and XX guage sheet metal to hold the screws. What I did was choose a TV mount that had a wider base, not on of the "stud mount" bases. Then I drilled a small pilot holes and hand screwed in self tapping metal screws until just snug. I can't post pictures from this PC so I'll follow up later.

Now it seems you have an Apex Nano? I do not think that is made by Rockwood, or Forest river. Coachman? So I can not comment on how they do it. Maybe there really is a 1/2" think piece of plywood. Start with the magnet and see what you find. If nothing try the stud finder.

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Old 10-13-2021, 08:39 PM   #5
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Thanks Jim, I will try your suggestions. My trailer is a Nano Apex RB187 from Coachmen. I will post the results when I finish the installation (hopefully before the cold weather get us here)
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:21 PM   #6
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Photo of our 187RB TV Mount

We have 2018 187RB and I built a mount on the end the cupboard as we wanted a larger tv that could swing around for viewing. The mount sticks out a bit but its solid as a rock. Hardest part was finding stain the same colour as the fake wood. Not sure if you have the same layout? We've done probably more than 20 projects on ours with more to come as we love love love it. It's certainly become my hobby during the spring summer fall.
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The backer is almost certainly plywood, not steel.
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Old 10-14-2021, 05:11 PM   #8
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Plate is right above the window

Quote My question: how do I find the location of the centre of this board? Thanks in advance![/QUOTE]


I have a set of Coachman prints. Need a copy? Plate is appx. 8X8 inches bottom edge right above the top of window. My plate is wood. #10 1 inch counter sunk wood screws is what mount required.
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:46 PM   #9
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Thank you Eggman, my Nano appears to have the same layout as yours. Did you have any concerns regarding the amount of weight (TV + supporting boards + metal bracket) you could put in that cupboard side wall?
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I would certainly appreciate a copy of the prints Richy, thanks! I suspect that when you say "bottom edge" you mean "botton left edge" (as opposed to "bottom right edge") correct? That is very useful info!
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File uploaded; here's the link

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I would certainly appreciate a copy of the prints Richy, thanks! I suspect that when you say "bottom edge" you mean "botton left edge" (as opposed to "bottom right edge") correct? That is very useful info!

https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...do=file&id=257


This should be of assistance. Well maybe not.

I just tried to proof out the link but I was "forbidden" to access that area.


Message me with your address, I'll send the prints in PDF format.
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Old 10-16-2021, 07:34 AM   #12
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Arrow Andre prints were emailed.

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This should be of assistance. Well maybe not.
I just tried to proof out the link but I was "forbidden" to access that area.
Message me with your address, I'll send the prints in PDF format.

Andre, they are "in the mail" , please confirm receipt.
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Old 10-16-2021, 09:34 PM   #13
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Thank you Richard, I got it. I confirmed with a stud finder too, the TV backer location above the left corner of the window that is close to the bed and next to the cupboard. The board is about 8" x 8" and its lower left bottom is about 2" above the top left corner of that window.
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Old 08-08-2022, 10:23 PM   #14
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Lightbulb Punted on TV backer location

I tried to figure out that TV backer location on my 187RB, to no avail. I decided not to depend on it. I mounted a 1x8 flat on the wall, above the window, spanning from the kitchen overhead cabinet to the bedroom overhead cabinet. Before mounting it, I drilled fine holes that would be covered by this board in order to find the metal studs. Filled the holes with caulking before mounding the board. Fastened the board to the studs with sheet metal screws with washers under the heads. “Toe-nailed” the board ends to the cabinets with fine screws. Now, I could fasten my TV mount anywhere along the board with lag bolts. Zero dependence on the factory backer location. Locking RV TV mount, 27” tv, 1 year’s service, about 3000 miles, no issues!

Quick way to finish that board… I didn’t try to match the stain. I used matte black contact paper from Amazon. Which looks fine with the black electronics mounted on it.

I’ll get pix next time I’m at the camper.
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