Mounting a TV in a camper can be a great way to improve your standards of living and stay in touch with the rest of the world.
Many people don’t do it because they think it’ll be too much of a hassle but it’s actually easier than regular wall mounting.
In this post, we will discuss how you can easily mount a TV in a camper with ease and safety.
We will also list the tools and supplies you will need to do the job easily.
Let’s get started.
Tools and Supplies Needed
We highly recommend that you gather all of the items listed in this section first before you actually proceed to start the installation.
It’s highly efficient to have all of the items you need on hand because then you won’t waste time looking for them in the middle of installation.
The tools and supplies required to mount a TV in a camper are:
- A wall-mount
- A drill with the correct drill bit (this will depend on the size of your screws)
- A Phillips head screwdriver
- A tape measure
- Painter’s tape
- A stud finder
- A socket wrench
- A pencil or other marking tool
Once you have all the tools and supplies you need, you can proceed to install the TV inside your camper.
How to Mount a TV in a Camper?
It’s important to note that, depending on the model and manufacturer, the process for installing the TV mount may vary slightly for you. There could be subtle, nuanced differences but the general process will be the same.
Follow these steps to install a TV mount inside a camper:
Step 1: Before you start work on anything inside your RV, you must first decide where you actually want to install the TV mount.
There are a number of factors you must take into account when deciding this. First of all, it should be near a power outlet. Secondly, you must have it at a spot that is comfortable for you. You should have enough space from where you can watch TV.
Once you find a spot that fulfills these criteria, you can proceed to start work on it to install your TV mount.
Step 2: Use your stud finder to find the stud in the RV wall that you will use to install your TV.
For RV mounting, you can get away with installing the mount onto just one stud rather than two studs.
RVs have a sturdy two-inch stud that spans from the ceiling to the top of the window. You can use it as a natural load-bearing point for your TV mount and TV.
Run the stud finder over your wall at the location where you want to install the mount. When the stud finder goes over the stud, it will beep or light up to indicate the location of the stud.
Once the location of the stud has been identified, use a pencil or a marker to mark its location.
Step 3: Next, you need to find out the location of where the drill holes need to be made on the wall to correctly install your TV mount.
Once the holes have been aligned with the stud location, mark the hole locations with a pencil or a marker.
Step 4: It’s time to drill now.
The length of your drill bit is crucial here since you don’t want to drill all the way through the RV wall.
You need to drill holes that are slightly smaller than the screws you will use.
To have a good approximation of the length, you can attach painter’s tape to the drill bit so you know how deep you need to drill.
Repeat the process until all holes for mounting have been drilled.
Step 5: Now that the holes have been drilled, all that’s left to do is attach your TV mount to the RV wall.
Hold up the TV mount to the wall so that its mounting holes align with the holes you drilled in the last step.
Use your screwdriver to screw it into the wall securely.
It’s important that you don’t over-tighten at this stage because you don’t want to damage the wall or the mount.
If you tighten it too much, the hole can get damaged, and then, that spot will become unusable.
Step 6: So your TV mount is now attached to your RV wall. All that’s left to do is attach your TV to the mount.
In most cases, you will be able to attach the TV to the mount using a screwdriver to tighten the screws.
However, in some cases with some manufacturers, you may need to use a socket wrench to tighten the bolts between the TV and the mount.
Make sure that you read the instruction manual so that you know which tool is needed to properly install the TV.
Step 7: With that, you’re pretty much good to go.
One last step that we recommend you should do is to test the TV for stability.
Hold the TV gently and try to shake it from side to side to see how much it gives. If it doesn’t budge much, then your job is done.
However, if it’s too shaky, then that means that one or more screws are loose. In this case, you’ll have to identify the loose screws and tighten them.
Wrapping Things Up…
As you can probably tell after reading this post, the process for installing a TV mount onto an RV is actually much easier than regular wall mounting.
You only need to mount it onto one stud and since the mount is much smaller, you can do the job without a helper.
If you have any confusion or questions about the installation process, please let us know in the comments below.