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Old 11-30-2011, 05:17 PM   #1
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I just purchased a Skylark that has the bed located in the front of the trailer. I wondered where I could put a TV, on the wall on the counter top that has drawers, didn't know and didn't dare until I talked to Jayco. It looks like the only place to mount a TV is on the counter top closest to the TV antenna and other hook ups closest to the bed. They said, "do not mount it to the wall"
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:24 PM   #2
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2008jeep,

For those folks following/viewing your "Phantom" thread you may want to update it with the results of your conversation with Jayco.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=5112

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Out of curiosity, did they tell you 'why' you shouldn't mount to wall? I ask because my 2005 Jayco has a shelf in the bedroom for a tv, but it is way too high for the newer flat screens - when we put ours on it, we can't view it from a prone position due to the fact it looks too dark if it isn't viewed from a lower height. So i wanted to bring it down lower and mount to the wall. Obviously mine had a shelf installed with the CRT tube tv's in mind, but they are pretty much obsolete now, so I was going to wall mount. But now I am curious as to why Jayco says do not do it. Are the walls just too thin to support?

Something I thought about was the shelf lowers and retracts. I thought maybe mounting my tv to the shelf itself when in the closed/lowered position, since that wood might be stronger to maintain a small 19" flat screen and would preserve my wall.
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Out of curiosity, did they tell you 'why' you shouldn't mount to wall? .
CampingGirl,

I'm sure '2008jeep' will respond with the specifics of his phone conversation with Jayco, but I'll throw out some guesses:

* OP's Skylark is still under warranty, Jayco not wanting to be linked to a possible future warranty claim do to the mounting approval.

* If it was an "outer" wall in question a direct surface mount may effect the Skylark's bonded wall structure..., and I believe that Jayco avoids mounting TV's directly to outer walls in general with all models unless associated with a cabinet (?).

* If it was an inner wall on the Skylark, Jayco may feel that the lite weight frame structure (or lack of) won't support a TV mount.


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Something I thought about was the shelf lowers and retracts. I thought maybe mounting my tv to the shelf itself when in the closed/lowered position, since that wood might be stronger to maintain a small 19" flat screen and would preserve my wall.
I have the same folding shelf in my '05' Eagle bedroom (interior wall), and your idea has some merit. I would confirm that the existing top horizontal hinge frame is secured adequately into a wall stud (not just the thin wall panel), and add a means to insure that when the shelf is in the lowered position it can't be raised.

Just thinking out loud.

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They must be thinking of a "BIG HEAVY" analog TV set. Most LCDs HDTVs weigh under 20LBS. Best way to mount to a wall is to install a nice large piece of 1/2-inch board (12-inch by 24-inch or bigger) first to the wall using the spring TOGGLE BOLT WALL ANCHOR (search AMAZON to see what I am talking about) then mount the many mounting kits available from Walmart to the 1/2-inch board. I have even seen them mounted to cabinet doors...
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I have been looking at tv mounts for my Jay Flight 19RD. I do notice that all the tv mounts come with 2 1/2 screws. Maybe that is why Jayco is hesitant to recommend wall mounts. I think they use 2 inch walls. The tv I have is 19 inch and only weighs 5.7 pounds. I suspect the wall would hold it up if I got a mount and used shorter screws. I'm just not sure where the wires are in the wall where all of the tv connections are.
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They must be thinking of a "BIG HEAVY" analog TV set. Most LCDs HDTVs weigh under 20LBS. Best way to mount to a wall is to install a nice large piece of 1/2-inch board (12-inch by 24-inch or bigger) first to the wall using the spring TOGGLE BOLT WALL ANCHOR (search AMAZON to see what I am talking about) then mount the many mounting kits available from Walmart to the 1/2-inch board. I have even seen them mounted to cabinet doors...
The board idea is a good one (3/4" would be better than 1/2" though) but I would never attach anything only to the thin panelling of a wall. The idea of the board is to bridge studs, the more the merrier (up to a point, of course), and fasten directly to the studs. Tee nuts inserted on the back side of the board before mounting to the wall will provide a secure way to bolt the TV mounting bracket to the board.

I've never liked toggle bolts even though they are strong. They require too big of a hole to insert, are difficult to impossible to insert into narrow spaces, and the toggles will fall into the wall if the bolt is removed. Molly bolts are much better. When properly sized, they are just as strong as toggle bolts, the required hole is smaller, and the screw can be removed without losing the threaded portion. Although difficult, the anchor can be removed from a wall.
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I've done some more investigating. There is a shelf in my 19RD. I'm thinking the wall tilt mount mounted to vertical board which would be mounted to some plywood that sits on the shelf. It would allow the tv to be tilted and also screwed down to the shelf. May be the only answer. Hate to put the tv back in the box every time I travel.
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I got some side and back wall info from Jayco. Although my TV is only 5.7 pounds I think after looking at wall construction I'll just sit my TV on the shelf. The hanging brackets have torque since they are not next to the wall. I can see how that torque could cause some damage during travel. It looks like the vertical studs are 1 1/8 by 1 1/2. Looks like they use 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch Plywood or OSB either mounted exterior or interior for strength where they mount things.

I'm thinking if I wanted a TV mounted I should have asked for that if I ordered it out from the factory. Don't know if they offer that service or not. When I ordered out my Alpenlite from the factory several years ago they added several things that they had to change framing for during manufacturing.
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I just purchased a Skylark that has the bed located in the front of the trailer. I wondered where I could put a TV, on the wall on the counter top that has drawers, didn't know and didn't dare until I talked to Jayco. It looks like the only place to mount a TV is on the counter top closest to the TV antenna and other hook ups closest to the bed. They said, "do not mount it to the wall"
I am confused - my 22FB has 2 stickers on the wall that say TV mounting spot:





I want to mount a 20 something inch LCD on an articulated arm in this spot - what should I do.
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