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kelleyaynn

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Posted: 03/26/19 05:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our travel trailer, a Starcraft 21FBS has an area marked on the wall where a TV mounting bracket should go. It is on an exterior wall. My husband is afraid to mount the TV bracket because the screws are longer than the wall is thick. He thought about using a piece of 1 x 4 to put between the bracket and the wall, but he is still afraid of drilling to the outside of the camper.

I don't really want to spend the money to pay the local RV dealer to install the TV mounting bracket. Any suggestions on what to do? I could only find info on installing the bracket on an inside wall in previous forum posts.

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Posted: 03/26/19 05:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't use the screws that come with the TV mount as they are intended to be used in a homes' 2"x4" wall stud. The wall studs in the stick and aluminum TTs are typically 2"x2". Go buy 1-1/4" screws to replace the screws that came with the mount and you will be fine.


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Posted: 03/26/19 06:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Would you use the block of wood that my husband was thinking of?

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No, thickness of that 1x4 is 3/4" plus thickness of that bracket. There would not be much meat of the screw going into the trailer studs. I would be worried the screws would strip, tv would fall.

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call a mobil tech in your area ,lot cheaper than a dealer ,and he comes to you.

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Posted: 03/26/19 07:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You might try asking here: http://www.starcraftowners.com/

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I would for sure ask other starcraft owners with similar/same model if they have done the mount in the factory position. Barring that go chat with your dealer as they likely have added exterior mounts for other customers. For sure do NOT be adding a wooden "spacer" as its going to soak up water and doesnt add any strength.


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Look at the wall at the entrance door and you can get an idea how thick the wall is. I used 1-1/4 screws on my Starcraft.

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Many brands of trailers have a piece of thin steel sheet metal just under the wallboard. Use a strong magnet to find and outline that piece of steel and then mount the TV using sheet metal screws that only penetrate the wall by about 1/2".

If there is no piece of sheet metal to be found, then you would need to use a stud finder and use screws that are less than wall thickness.

Before you do anything, we should know if you have laminated sidewalls with aluminum framing, or "stick & tin" walls with wood studs and aluminum siding.





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Posted: 03/27/19 04:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used 1-1/4" Lag Screws to mount my TV in that area. Scoped it out with a stud finder to make sure.


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