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Works well in RV when modifying for HDTV system; Well made product.
on April 6, 2013
My review is based upon installing inside a 2007 ultra-lite travel trailer. In summary, this wall mount is an excellent, sturdy, high quality product that I can recommend to RV owners, provided you study out the situation of finding a sturdy stud among the mostly hollow RV walls. The mount MUST attach to a stud or thick cabinet structure or you will risk having your HDTV fall to the floor.
This wall mount is super sturdy on its hinges, which is of paramount importance. The hinge tightness can be adjusted with two hex/Allen wrenches, which are provided with the shipment. The three 3 inch wall screws secure this puppy to the wall steadfast as long as you land in a good stud.
My travel trailer accommodated a 13 inch analog TV in a doorless cabinet, but could not hold the wider 22 inch HDTV I purchased. The location of the new HDTV needed to be changed. So I ran new coax cable from the back of the existing Winegard RV amplifier in the old TV cabinet through the hidden plumbing and wiring areas of the RV to another wall near the bed and dining table. (Use the auxillary connect of the amplification unit, found on the right side of the back of the amplifier, labeled in plastic... Winegard RV antennas must have the amplifier to work properly, plus this unit is the switch for changing reception from your antenna to campground CATV.) Next, I installed a coax wall plate in a hollow wall after snaking coax up the wall. Previous reviews of this product indicated it came with three 3 inch screws to tie into a wall stud (in a house). The length of the screws concerned me (did not want to go all the way through a wall), but I also liked the idea of three screws, instead of two, like most other mounts had. I found a 1x2 inch vertical facia board alongside a wall stud in the RV in the perfect place. I predrilled holes smaller than the width of the 3 inch screws, soaped the screws, and installed the mount. It is as sturdy as if mounted in the house. I was careful not to drill near any AC power outlet, water pipe, appliance, or gas line. (This is what I mean by saying study the situation.)
The TV had holes on the back to screw in the VESA compliant mount that comes with the product. All viewing angle adjustments work with high precision.
We would never travel with the TV on the mount (due to highway vibration in transit), so the TV will be stored in its original box for padding. It is easy to remove the HDTV from the wall mount. But the mount can stay on the wall. I will tighten the hinge hex nuts so the arms will not flop while traveling.
If you are modifying an RV for HDTV, study out your camper, find sturdy wood or wall studs, identify the coax run, and install. (If your camper is plugged in to 30/50 amp AC power, I suggest unplugging for safety when working in the utility runs with the coax.) I completed the whole project in about three hours. The wall mount itself installed in about 10 minutes, easy. All in all, I spent $25 at Amazon on the wall mount, and about $7 in coax connectors and for the coax wall plate. $32 isn't too bad, considering an RV shop would have charged $250 for the same work, or more.