Having a TV inside your semi-truck can be a great way to unwind and relax after a long day of driving.
With semi-trucks, you have to manage your space efficiently, and mounting the TV onto the side can be a great way to save space.
In this post, we will provide detailed instructions on how you can easily mount a TV onto your semi-truck.
We’ve also provided a list of tools you will need to easily and quickly get the job done.
So without further ado, let’s get into it.
Tools and Supplies Needed
We provide a list of all the tools and supplies you’ll need for the job at hand at the start of all of our instructional posts.
Similarly, we recommend that you gather all of the tools and supplies we list here first before you actually start the installation job.
This will make the process much quicker, easier, and more efficient since you’ll have all of the required tools and supplies on hand and ready to go.
The tools and supplies you will need to mount a TV in a semi-truck are:
- A fixed wall mount
- An electric drill with appropriate drill bits
- Assorted screws and bolts (provided with the wall mount)
- T-15 or T-20 screws (depending on your truck)
- A TV
Take your time to gather all of the tools and supplies and once everything’s gathered, you can begin the installation.
How to Mount a TV in a Semi-Truck?
The process for mounting a TV in a semi-truck will be fairly the same for most trucks.
The only thing that could differ is the size of the screws you will need.
For most trucks, either T-15 or T-20 screws will work well. However, it’s important that you check which screws would work best with your truck first before you go out and buy them.
To mount a TV in a semi-truck, follow these instructions:
Step 1: First of all, you must decide on the location for your television.
Your options are fairly limited since a semi-truck will not have much space to choose from.
We recommend that you mount the TV onto a window of the semi-truck by removing some of the screws and replacing them with the screws you’ve bought.
This is where you should check what kind of screws have been used to attach the plastic cover of the window onto it.
Once you have checked and bought the appropriate screws, you can move forward with the process.
Step 2: Use your electric drill to remove two screws from the plastic cover of your window.
It’s an extremely good idea to just use the pre-built holes of the window to mount your TV since it won’t require you to drill new holes into the semi-truck.
You don’t want to damage the truck by drilling holes into it, especially if the truck does not belong to you.
Step 3: Hold the fixed wall mount up into the position where its screw holes align with the holes of the window where you just removed the two screws.
Step 4: Insert the T-15 or T-20 screws into the two holes of the window with the TV mount placed over it.
Rotate them with your hands as much as you can to loosely fix the TV mount to the window.
Step 5: Take your drill with the appropriate drill bit and use it to tighten the two screws into the window.
Your TV mount will now be mounted onto the window itself.
It’s very tempting to tighten the screws all the way in where you’re using a drill. However, we highly recommend that you resist that temptation and be careful when tightening these screws.
If you over tighten them, that can bend the brittle metal of the TV mount and also damage the plastic cover of your semi truck’s window.
If the truck isn’t yours, that may get you in serious trouble and even if it is yours, you don’t want that kind of damage.
Hence, be extremely careful at this stage.
Step 6: Attach the mounting bracket component of the mount to the back of your TV.
The holes that will work properly to attach the mounting bracket to your TV will depend on the VESA pattern of your TV.
Align them properly and insert the screws into the holes. Please note that these screws will be the ones that you received with the wall mount itself.
Use a screwdriver to tighten the screws and firmly attach the mounting bracket to the back of the TV.
Again, it’s very important that you exercise restraint at this stage to not over tighten the screws.
Over tightening at this stage can cause damage to the mounting bracket as well as the back of your television.
Step 7: After the mounting bracket has been attached to the back of the TV, simply lift it up and slide it onto the wall mount that you attached to the window in step 5.
You will need to raise the TV and lower it down into the wall mount so that the mounting bracket locks into place with it.
Depending on the model and manufacturer, you may or may not hear a loud click or some similar sound. This will indicate that the mounting bracket has firmly locked into place.
Step 8: Your TV has now been successfully mounted. One last thing you should do is test its stability.
Hold the TV and try to shake it or sway it from side to side. Observe how much it moves or budges. If it doesn’t budge much, then you can call it a job well done.
However, if it does budge or if it wobbles, then that indicates that one or multiple screws have not been properly tightened.
In this case, you should go over all the screws and tighten them again properly.
Wrapping Things Up…
This brings us to the end of our post on how to mount a TV in a semi-truck.
The process is actually much simpler than you would imagine since you are attaching the mount onto holes that are already there.
You don’t need to drill any new holes and that makes the process a whole lot smoother.
If you have any further questions, please let us know in the comments below.