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Old 08-04-2016, 12:43 PM   #1
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Remove that dumb mirror on a 2401 R

My 2401 R has a two-foot square wall mirror that has the singular purpose of allowing someone to see themselves as they are getting up from the dinette. It has four mirror screws that appear to be holding it in place, but it is glued to the wall!

Because there is so little tolerance for weight in the storage area, I am trying to reduce weight of unused things, I want it removed to allow more useful weight of the camping gear. There are two other mirrors in the unit.

Has anyone tried to remove that thing successfully. It looks like it will tear off the wall finish, or worse break and cut my arms. I've thought of going ahead and carefully removing it even if it ruins the wall, then covering the wall with a poster or map, which would be a little more functional.
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:36 PM   #2
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On a house when I run into that type of situation. I cover the entire face of the mirror with masking or duct tape. Then take a wide putty knife and start working around the edges until it breaks free. If the mirror breaks it will not make a mess.


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Old 08-04-2016, 03:37 PM   #3
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Well if it is glued on you will never get it off without tearing your wall apart, for sure the contact paper will rip off but you might ruin that wall. You can cut that wall with just a box knife. I would leave it if it's glued. I know I had to trim some wall board off by my slide, and I cut it off with a box knife. It's like a 1/8" thick. Becarefull.
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I can't tell you how many times I have worked a retail show and someone complains about the big blank spot on the wall. "why didn't they put some art or a mirror there".

I guess the glue might have been a little overkill however.
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I can't tell you how many times I have worked a retail show and someone complains about the big blank spot on the wall. "why didn't they put some art or a mirror there".

I guess the glue might have been a little overkill however.
It's kinda hard to hang anything on the walls, they are just paper thin, I can understand the glue but it's there to stay now if glue was used...
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Different motorhome but I removed a glued on mirror about 12 inch by 36 inch that was mounted in the bathroom. It had 8 screws holding it up with those little plastic clips. After removing the screws, the mirror was still solidly stuck on the wall.

I used a heat gun on the face of the mirror to soften the glue and gently pried it off. Did not break the mirror or cause any damage to the wall. Removed the excess remaining glue with goo gone.
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Old 08-05-2016, 07:48 PM   #7
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Good suggestion

I think that I will try that.

The mirror can't be more than a few pounds, but that frees up that weight so that I can add a few more tools that I may need more than I do a third mirror.

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Removing a two pound mirror will not accomplish much as far as reducing your CCC.
If you are that tight on weight you have a problem.
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2401 Rs have a problem

I have a CCC of about 800 pounds. Full fuel, some water, some propane, no black water or gray water, weekend of food, some clothing, two dogs and two people just about reach 11,000 pounds. At a GVWR of 11,030 that leaves a first aid kit, fire wood, and a Smokey Joe at home. I have removed the 32 inch TV because we have a factory 22 inch in the bed area.

The problem is that I am not taking too much. It is that this model has too many "niceties" that have little to do with a weekend outing. The sliding wood door is of no value because there is a sliding folding door between the bath and the kitchen for privacy. There is a door on the bathroom, so how much privacy does the average owner need it a 24 footer?

I think it is all about marketing. The designers don't seem to care about functionality. I am very disappointed. Likely because I came from tent camping in my youth. Just about everyone I have met who own a 24 footer is over 55 years old.
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Imho: if you don't like the mirror aesthetics then I understand. If your removing it due to ccc don't waste your time. Put one quart less water in your fresh tank will accomplish same weight reduction.
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