How to Install an LCD TV in a Motorhome

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How to Install an LCD TV in a Motorhome
Mounting an LCD television inside your camper can provide entertainment on rainy days. (Chris Stein/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

LCD televisions are thin, lightweight and durable, which makes them perfect for mounting in an RV or camper. Many RV campers find having the ability to watch movies or play video games is very entertaining, especially on rainy days. Mounting an LCD television in your camper takes some time, but with a little planning you can take your camping experience to a new, digital level.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Plywood, 1/2-inch thickness
  • Circular or hand saw
  • Drywall screws
  • Electric drill
  • Interior latex paint
  • Paintbrush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the length and width of the LCD TV's mounting bracket. Cut two pieces of 1/2-inch-thick plywood. The pieces should be 1 to 2 inches longer and wider than the LCD TV's mounting bracket.

  2. 2

    Paint the plywood pieces the same colour as the wall in the camper where the television will be mounted. Allow to dry for two hours. Painting the plywood pieces will create a seal and the pieces will be less likely to warp from changes in humidity.

  3. 3

    Attach one piece of plywood to the side of the wall where the TV will be mounted. Screw in two drywall screws halfway, one in the centre of the wood at the top and the other in the centre of the bottom. Choose drywall screws that are long enough to go through two pieces of wood and the wall; 1 1/2 inch will work for most campers.

  4. 4

    Attach the second piece of wood to the other side of the wall directly in the exact same position. Screw in two drywall screws halfway, one in the centre of the wood on the left side and the other in the centre of the right side.

  5. 5

    Finish screwing in the drywall screws on the first piece of wood. The screws will now go through both pieces of wood and the wall. Repeat on the second piece of wood. The wood pieces are now securely attached to the wall and ready for the TV to be mounted.

  6. 6

    Attach the television's mounting bracket following the manufacturer's instructions. Place the TV on the mount.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a location near an electrical socket in your camper.
  • Install a television with a built-in DVD player to save room inside your camper.
  • Have a friend help you test the view before beginning this project.
  • Measure the wall in the camper where you plan to mount the television prior to purchasing a unit to ensure the television will fit on the wall.
  • Check the camper wall prior to drilling for electrical wires and plumbing pipes.

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