I bought a 22 inch LED TV and had to decide how to install it. The TV runs on 12 volts and draws 1.4 Amps. The cabinet for the old CRT TV was always too high but I considered putting it there until I realized that I could mount it in the corner of the partition between the coach and the cab and the outside wall. The partition is a 1/2" plywood base with a 3/8" plywood trim over that. Here is the before view.
There is a 5-6 inch space between the partition and the back of the dinette. Plenty of space for the TV without getting in the way when you are sitting in the dinette. The partition was the home for the broom and a squeegee for the windshield. I put the mounting arm on a block of wood the thickness of the broom to allow the broom and squeegee to stay there. I thought the weight of the TV, 7#, on the end of a 15" arm might not be a good idea so I put a support close to the TV with a locking toggle to keep it in place while traveling. Here is a view of the works.
This is the view from the sofa. The TV has been moved over to the outside wall.
And the TV ready to travel, or the view from the galley or the front facing seat of the dinette.
I tapped into the power from the closest light fixture. I had previously converted to LEDs so there is plenty of current available for the TV. Now we have the empty cabinet where the old TV was. I'm sure it won't stay empty very long.
Class C, 2004/5 Four Winds Dutchman Express 28A, Chevy chassis
2010 Subaru Impreza Sedan
Camped in 45 states, 7 Provinces and 1 Territory
What kiind was it tenbear, I'm looking at doing the same thing.
It is a "Supersonic". I bought it at Overstock.com because the price was right. Last time I looked it had sold out. It seems like an ok TV, good picture but pretty poor audio. I plugged an old computer speaker set into the headphone jack, powered it by plugging it into the USB port on the TV and got much better sound. Oh yes, I bought the mounting arm at Amazon.com, $25, seems good and sturdy. Just looked at Amazon and it is now $19.99. Here is a link.
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Nice install tenbear! I like your block and toggle to secure the TV while traveling. My swing-arm bracket (as you know from our PM) is very similar to yours, and my TV is a 22" Vizio. I used a nylon strap with plastic snap buckle to secure my TV to a cabinet end-wall for travel.
My old CRT TV was in a triangular cabinet on the driver's side like yours was. I have a cabover bed, and wanted to be able to view the new Flatscreen from either the cabover, or the salon -- so I decided to mount the TV up high. I ended up relocating the TV across to the passenger side as this gave the most versatility for my layout. Getting the antenna coax to the other side of the motorhome took some doing.... I ended up drilling from inside the old TV cabinet up into an aluminum frame member in the ceiling, and pushing a coax wire thru the frame member to the passenger side, where I fished it out thru another hole I drilled in a passenger-side cabinet.
One of these days I will provide some photos. I'm happy with the setup, although sometimes it would be nice to have the TV mounted lower like you did.
Thanks NetBoy. I don't even think of the cabover space as a bed anymore, but you are right, you wouldn't want the TV where I put it if you use the cabover as a bed. You can see the little fence I put around the cabover storage area.
Since I took the photos I put the wires in a split wire loom and it dresses it up a lot. Sure are a lot of wires with the DVD and VCR players, the external speakers and the power strip for the DVD and VCR.
I've been searching all over the web to find something that will work for me and you finally did it. But, my old tv cupboard is on the passenger side, not the drivers side. The thing that is stumping me is that the wall that you mounted it on (right behind the driver's seat) is an outside wall on my RV. It's that part of the class C that is wider than the cab...where all the bugs hit, lol, just behind the passenger door. I hope that makes sense. So, my question is how you mounted it being it's an outside wall?