When you live in a mobile home, the most important concern could be the mounting of devices on the wall.
This is because of the fact that most of the walls in a mobile homeroom are unable to hold the weight of the TV.
This article will explain the simplest and the most secure way regarding the installation of a TV mount in a mobile home, without having the need of an instruction manual.
How to Install a TV Mount in Mobile Homes?
The following items are required for this process:
- Mounting kit
- Power drill
- Chord cover
- Large cardboard sheet
- Socket wrenches with heads
- Tape measure
Once you are ready with the above-mentioned items, you can start with the process.
Unbox the wall mounting kit and attach it to the backside of your TV. It is preferable to read the instructions manual before you do this step.
You are required to attach the wood screws to the TV mounting bracket. These are positioned on the back of your tv.
You would be glad to know that they come with the wall mount.
Then look for an ideal location for the TV. You need to make sure that the chosen location in the mobile home wall has strong wooden studs.
To test different viewing angles from seats, you can use cardboard of similar size.
In case you use a swivel mounting kit, it is recommended to leave someplace for the TV to move.
Use a stud locator to scan on the wall and find the studs in them. Use a painter’s tape or a pencil to mark these studs so they are easy to locate later on.
These use the pencil again and mark the areas where you have to make the holes.
Use the mount to line up the studs. This will make sure that the screws will be directly fastened into the studs. If you find it difficult to line up the studs, you can use heavy-duty anchors instead.
It is always advisable to double-check the pilot holes so any further damages are avoided.
Take the help of the user manual to understand the right drill bit sizes and how they should be centered. Then drill the holes through the wall of the mounting surface of your mobile home.
To make sure that the wall-mounted brackets are secure, you have to carefully screw up all the screws.
You can use an impact driver for more efficiency and accuracy in this step.
Then place the mounting plate and fasten your television onto the mount. To lock the mounting bracket into the mount, only use the bolts provided by the manufacturer.
Factors to Consider When you Plan to Mount a TV in a Mobile Home
Since RVs have limited space and the walls are not that strong, you need to keep in mind a few factors. The following is the list:
Location of the TV
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Before you mount a TV, you need to find enough room to install it and the right focal position for viewing.
Other than that, if you plan to mount it over a fireplace, you may want to consider the heat flowing. In such a case, you need a fan to avoid the overheating of the TV.
Since the walls might not be able to hold the weight of the television alone, you need to use a stud finder to find the studs. Usually, in a mobile home, the studs are either 16 or 24 inches apart.
Weight and Size of the TV
Different TV mounts are designed to hold different TV sizes and weights. In a mobile home, the concerning factor is how much weight can the wall carry. The walls in a mobile home are made of lighter materials plus different TV brands of the same size have different weights.
Make sure that you buy a TV that correctly fits your wall specifications.
Type of Mount
The most important factor when you choose a mount is the weight of your TV. If you want a view from different angles, then consider one that has flexibility features such as swinging arms.
In mobile homes, the rooms are usually small so it is advisable to choose a fixed mount as you are not likely to tilt the TV.
Furthermore, if you plan to install the flat-screen TV in the corner then you require a mount that is specifically designed for corners.
The Position of Power Sockets
The position of power sockets holds immense significance when you plan to mount your TV. Everyone wants the cables to be hidden so they do not ruin the mobile home decor plus they are very displeasing to look at.
To avoid such issues you may require a professional to install the cables so they stay away from sight and do not interfere with the aesthetics of your mobile home.