Flat Panel Installation on my wife's 2005 Raptor 3612DS
Due to the fact that the TV location in my 3612DS is somewhat limited for anyone sitting in the dinette, I installed a 20 flat panel above the main door that has a 17" retractable arm on it. See below. Now everyone can see from every seat.
Whenever I get to where I am going the two pieces of wood are married together with 4 security wall hangers that I screwed to each side of the pieces of wood. They are a "male" and "female" setup and they also had four screws for each one. Each one of those screw holds got a 1.5" screw that holds it to the main wood on the wall and continues into the paneling. It is very strong.
Below is the mounting board used to secure the TV to the wall. Remember, I did not want this to be a "permanent mount" because no matter what, driving over time would eventually cause it to come out. I could possibly put support/travel straps on it for travel but I spend too much time "off road" getting to the boondocks sites and don't feel comfortable with a permanent mount. You will notices that the metal mounts are slightly off centered. This was necessary to accommodate for the "swing" of the extended arm to get a good turn on the TV so the kitchen cabinets would not block it. Also, the four 2" screws on each side used to mount the board have been covered up with tan covered putty.
Here is a picture of the TV mounting board to the TV and while extended. The board simply attaches to the wall mounted board via the male/female security clips.
Finally, here is a picture of the mounting brackets. The are pretty cool and and are actually called security brackets. They have little clips that lock in (optional because I removed them) to keep you paintings or wall items from being lifted off (stolen). You will notice that there are two black screws and two silver for the mounting. The two silver screws were the stock 3/4" screws which only screw into the mounting board. The black ones were 1 5/8 board screws which I used instead of the stock ones so they would actually go into the wall panel for extra support. I could probably travel with the TV secured to the wall but I have a feeling that it would come lose over time and I would have to post a page on how to repair interior fiberglass (no thanks).
I store the TV under our bed while we are traveling. I did not want to make it a permanent mount so this was the easy fix. It is a large 20" TV which weighs about 30 pounds, so I did not want it mounted as I am sure it would eventually pull out while doing my combat driving to Ocotillo, Glamis, or Lucerne. I will post pictures tomorrow which will explain everything.
For now, the connections are loosely run along from the original TV by the overhead bed area to a small hole that was drilled through the cabinet above the refrigerator. Continuing along the cabinets above the sink to the flat panel. The picture does not show the telescoping arm or the mounts. Once again, It is removable for travel because I do not want it to come falling down while off-roading to a camp site.
The result is watching TV/Movies from anywhere in the main trailer without
straining your neck.
When opened up (as shown below), it makes the perfect angle so even a person sitting in the dinette can see and their view is not blocked by the cabinet to the right.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or you can call my cellular phone (562-843-4043). I spend a lot of time with my family at Lucerne, Ocotillo Wells, Glamis, and along the coast. These were just some improvements that I needed to do.
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