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Old 10-17-2016, 08:08 AM   #1
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I have never had a TV in our Escape 19 (nor any other trailer), but with the debate coming up while we will be traveling, I have decided to pack our small TV for this next trip. When looking at the extendable TV arm, I realized that the arm needs the TV to have a plate attached to the back of it. I guess the previous owner kept it. I can't find a model number for the bracket and don't want to uninstall and reinstall a new mount. Anyone know how to find the correct plate? Are they universal?
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:18 AM   #2
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This is the TV mount arm that came with the trailer.
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:51 AM   #3
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NMLien, I'd take your small TV to a store that sells TV''s and wall mounts (Frys Electronics, Best Buy, Circuit City, etc.) and see if they have something that works. Hopefully, you'd only have to buy the part you need.
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If you order this, overnight you will have it in time
https://smile.amazon.com/Mount-Brack...mount+tv+stand
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I think the thing about these wall mounts is I wouldn't want to be towing while the tv is attached to it because of chances that movement will create momentum for bending or flying. Wonder if there's a mount with a quick-release plate?
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Old 10-17-2016, 12:17 PM   #6
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I think the thing about these wall mounts is I wouldn't want to be towing while the tv is attached to it because of chances that movement will create momentum for bending or flying. Wonder if there's a mount with a quick-release plate?
I came up with a pretty simple hack to secure the TV (which so far we never watch...) while traveling. A ~ 3' x 3' piece of thin plywood under the corner of the mattress. Two 'yoga straps' I found on Amazon (amazon.com/gp/product/B00X8EJJX4/) wrapped around the plywood with the rings hanging out the side -- one at the bottom of the bed, one on the side. Beefy bungee cord wrapped over the tv mount, hooked to the two rings -- holds the tv solidly to the mattress. Worked well so far, even when things were tossed out of the kitchen cabinets...
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Once mounted I just secured the tv against the wall with a bungee strap and a towel, worked for 3 years and 20,000 miles.
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:05 PM   #8
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I think the thing about these wall mounts is I wouldn't want to be towing while the tv is attached to it because of chances that movement will create momentum for bending or flying. Wonder if there's a mount with a quick-release plate?
Someone - I think it's Jim Bennett - uses a mounting arm which releases at the other end, from the wall. The makes sense to me, and even allows the TV to be moved between two locations using one arm (and two wall brackets).

There certainly are quick-release mounts which leave just the plate and a bit of hardware on the TV, but I've only used them with computer monitors (which use the same VESA Part D mounting pattern). Offhand, I don't know of a supplier of these for a pivoting arm in the style that people want to use for a TV in their trailer, at a moderate price. You can insert a quick release adapter (such as this one from Ergotron) between the TV and the arm.
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This is the TV mount arm that came with the trailer.
That looks like the same unit that ETI is currently installing in the trailers. I've attached the manual for the tv arm that came with our trailer.

It is a removable arm. Doubtful that you could get just a tv mounting plate to match but you could get the whole unit that would match the bracket already installed on your wall. That way you would not have to mess with adding or subtracting holes in your wall. Hole subtracting is a lost art, though hole addition is relatively easy for anyone to accomplish. Ask me how I know
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That looks like the same unit that ETI is currently installing in the trailers. I've attached the manual for the tv arm that came with our trailer.

That looks like what I was referring to... it looks this arm has the removability feature already handled, and an additional wall mount plate is all that is needed to make it usable in a second location.
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