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Old 07-11-2017, 03:26 AM   #11
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Recently purchased 2017 Dutchman Kodiak 255 bhsl (ultralite) and tried to mount bracket in bedroom and found no backer plate. Bought new stud finder still no luck , drilled three small pilot holes still no backer plate, finally gave up and mounted to separation wall opposite side of living room tv. I've owned three other campers and still have a revere 2015. Frustrated with quality control! Has anyone else had same problem?
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:04 PM   #12
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No TV Backing Mount

I am a new owner of a Kodiak 186E. It was time to install the TV. I read all the advise on this posting and, just to be sure, called Dutchmen Customer Service. They told me that the backing plate was centered over the window, it was 14"X16" and about 1" thick. Armed with that information, I drilled a small hole..... and guess what? I immediately, after going through the paneling, hit foam. I drilled in 1 inch and no backing plate. I don't know why my serial number is lacking a backing plate. My advise, drill a small hole before proceeding. Lucky the TV only weights less that 6 pounds so there are other ways to mount it.
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Old 07-31-2017, 05:51 PM   #13
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Are you looking for "studs" on an outside wall? I doubt there's any wood on these newer campers. On an inside wall it takes about 4 minutes to just gently remove the wood panel where the tv supposedly mounts. I took mine down, reinforced it and cut a hole for my direct tv receiver. Ftr, Dutchman gives you a pine 1"x4" to secure a tv to (a small child could punch through it). I doubled all mine up, you could almost do a chin up on it.




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Yes there was a stud but unfortunately it was total in the wrong place and unusable. My point to the post was that despite what Dutchmen Customer Service or the blogs say, Check first. Several owners mentioned that their new camper came with a sticker showing where to mount the TV. Mine didn't have one, maybe that should have been the first clue.
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Yes there was a stud but unfortunately it was total in the wrong place and unusable. My point to the post was that despite what Dutchmen Customer Service or the blogs say, Check first. Several owners mentioned that their new camper came with a sticker showing where to mount the TV. Mine didn't have one, maybe that should have been the first clue.
I had a sticker, but where the sticker was and the mounting point was were alternate realities.

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