2019 – Projects – Moving the TV


One thing I really dislike about the floorplan of many motorhomes is the placement of the TV over the driver’s seat.  I know that newer rigs are being designed differently, but motorhomes of the era of our “new” Safari Cheetah are all laid out like this.

With that in mind, one of our first projects after getting moved in was to relocate the TV.  Since there are just two of us, picking a good spot was easier than it would be for a family.  Our rig had two couches facing one another, so we got rid of one of the couches and put our recliners in place of the removed couch.

Then, I mounted the TV over the couch on the opposite side of the rig so that our recliners face it.  My approach was pretty low tech.  First, I put two hooks in the cabinet above the couch.  Then I built a shelf that sits on the back of the couch and is attached to the wall below the window.  The front of the shelf isn’t attached to the couch – it just rests on it and is kept in place by a couple of L-shaped brackets that “saddle” the couch.

The TV, then, sits on the shelf, but is also attached by chains to the hooks.  This keeps it pretty stable.  However, it will not stay there when we are moving the motorhome.  I can just unhook the chains, disconnect the HDMI cable, and lay the TV down on the couch.  This process will take less than one minute.

Meanwhile, we had a big blank space where the TV had been mounted above the driver’s area.  We recovered it will stick on cork shelf liner and attached a much-needed clock there.

Again, this is all low tech and it is also low cost.  We’re happy with this early motorhome project.

Note: happily, the scenes on the TV aren’t our local weather!

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