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Old 10-22-2018, 11:12 AM   #1
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using Rivets on walls?

i would like to put things on the Walls of my 5th wheel, but
i'm afraid to try attaching anything to the Thin walls, even something lightweight.
The bottom line is, being new to this, i'm paranoid about even touching the walls

i can try those glue on plastic hooks, but then i'm worried about really messing up the wallpaper, if they don't work.

i saw something about [pop] rivets, and it looked interesting.
Has anyone tried Rivets, with success?

thanks
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Old 10-22-2018, 11:43 AM   #2
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Depending on what I'm securing and what studs are around, I've used a combination of things.

For lightweight things, I just use drywall anchors. They work just fine but do leave a sizable hole when you remove them.

For heavier things, if there's a stud- I'll just run a screw into that. Depending on what I'm mounting, I might mount a board first and then mount whatever I'm hanging to that.


I did recently use pop-rivets to secure a dresser and craft cabinet to a wall:


Buddy of mine hung his articulating monitor mount and he seemed happy with it.
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Old 10-22-2018, 11:52 AM   #3
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The board is my favorite, where applicable. For the reasons mentioned, I haves minimum of things on walls.
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Old 10-22-2018, 12:31 PM   #4
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for light things, i use the 3M command strips and hooks. you can use the strips by themselves and attach them to just about anything. they even make them that are water safe for the shower! have not had a problem with them coming off while traveling or coming off cleanly and damaging things.
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Old 10-22-2018, 01:45 PM   #5
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i would like to put things on the Walls of my 5th wheel, but
i'm afraid to try attaching anything to the Thin walls, even something lightweight.
The bottom line is, being new to this, i'm paranoid about even touching the walls

i can try those glue on plastic hooks, but then i'm worried about really messing up the wallpaper, if they don't work.

i saw something about [pop] rivets, and it looked interesting.
Has anyone tried Rivets, with success?

thanks
marc
I would not use pop rivets on wood. They work fine for metal but would loosen up on wood. I use hollow wall anchors or velcro and have had good results.
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Old 10-22-2018, 08:14 PM   #6
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Another vote for Command hooks in the bathroom and in the shower. I also have those hooks scattered around other places for keys, dog leashes, etc.


For my swing out television arm, I installed a pine 1" x 4" strip on the single stud I could find next to the AC outlet. Even that stud didn't go from floor to ceiling!


The walls are extremely thin and don't forget that the cavity between the interior wall and the exterior is also small.
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Old 10-22-2018, 11:12 PM   #7
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The best anchor I've found for attaching heavy things to the thin fiberboard used in my 2011 Georgetown is a hollow door anchor. These consist of a split shaft with a bolt going through them. When initially tightened, the split shaft spreads out behind the wall making a star that presses against the inside of the wall. This star is at least twice the size of the hole which gives it plenty of "grip" area. These come in different lengths with the shortest ones working best on rv walls.

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Old 10-23-2018, 04:38 AM   #8
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You could also try the modified pop rivets used for attaching accessories to kayaks. I use them with good success on heavy items like fire extinguishers etc.
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Old 10-26-2018, 02:46 PM   #9
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thanks all,

all sorts of good ideas

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I love the 3M contact strips...hooks and Velcro. I've hung sizable pictures on the wall in our TT and they were still on the wall 3 hrs later with Interstate and highway driving. I was truly amazed.
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