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Old 04-01-2018, 01:26 PM   #1
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tv and shelf hanging on wall that is not reinforced

We purchased a used 2017 19' trailer, hardly used. Concerned that television and shelf were both mounted on wall beside the refrigerator. There are no reinforced walls listed on the build sheet and it surely does not sound reinforced. Thinking we should take down the shelf - ok to leave the tv mount on all the time and just put the tv on when we are parked? thanks, Marilyn
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Old 04-01-2018, 02:21 PM   #2
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I’d call ETI n see if they can give any information on that trailer as to wall reimforcement. Just a thought
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Old 04-01-2018, 02:25 PM   #3
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Tv mount

A lot of the TV mounts in Escapes that Iíve seen are right on the edge of a closet or wall. I think they are anchored into the framework and just not in the panel. Now if itís out into the middle of the paneling, thatís another matter. Same with a shelf mount, if itís anchored in the corners probably ok. Iím sure others will give their views.
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While the wall may not have the ETI reinforcing that doesn't mean that it can't be used to hold things.

Yes, the walls are hollow but they're not devoid of framing that can support items. The trick is to find and use the solid framing and only attach light items on unsupported areas.

My walls aren't reinforced but my TV swing arm is mounted to an area with solid wood framing and it's plenty strong.

When I had my fridge out, (who hasn't ) I snapped a photo that makes it easy to find the framing for future mods.

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We have a 2017 19' with a TV mounted on the bed side of the refrigerator. There are some supporting frames under the paneling. Enclosed is a picture of the refrigerator opening while ours was under construction. You can see the vertical frame at the edge and several horizontal members. Our TV bracket is mounted near the corner and screwed into the vertical frame member.
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We purchased a used 2017 19' trailer, hardly used. Concerned that television and shelf were both mounted on wall beside the refrigerator. There are no reinforced walls listed on the build sheet and it surely does not sound reinforced. Thinking we should take down the shelf - ok to leave the tv mount on all the time and just put the tv on when we are parked? thanks, Marilyn
We have the reenforced ply on bed area wall . Escape at the time insisted to install the mount for our TV , the day we went to pick up . After a while screws were pulling out . We never traveled with TV installed on mount . Only mounted TV when we had arrived and still do . I had to redo and add solid oak and went ahead and added a shelf . Reattached TV mount and in about 3 1/2 years never have had a problem since . I wouldn't travel with TV attached . The shelf may be fine if they hit the framing . Pat
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While the wall may not have the ETI reinforcing that doesn't mean that it can't be used to hold things.

Yes, the walls are hollow but they're not devoid of framing that can support items. The trick is to find and use the solid framing and only attach light items on unsupported areas.
The easiest way to do this is by using a strong magnet. It will locate the colored small staples ETI uses to attach the pretty wood to the framing.
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Another Escapee downsizing, yes there should be a "stud" along the edge of the wall for mounting with or without the extra reinforcement option.
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We have the reenforced ply on bed area wall . Escape at the time insisted to install the mount for our TV , the day we went to pick up . After a while screws were pulling out . We never traveled with TV installed on mount . Only mounted TV when we had arrived and still do . I had to redo and add solid oak and went ahead and added a shelf . Reattached TV mount and in about 3 1/2 years never have had a problem since . I wouldn't travel with TV attached . The shelf may be fine if they hit the framing . Pat
I find Escape uses a lot of staples instead of screws in their framing . The staples can pull out . I prefer screws and glue . Pat
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Thank you all for the good advice. Will check with a magnet, think it does have something down the very edge. We removed the shelf to be sure, it was in the way where our legs go anyway.
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