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Old 06-05-2008, 11:47 AM   #1
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attaching things to walls

I am new to travel trailers, having just bought a 2005 Wildwood 311BHBS.

I'm worried about attaching things to the walls. In particular, a towel bar
in the bathroom (exterior wall--it seems very thin) and an articulated LCD
arm (interior wall).

Can I go ahead and attach these like I would at my house with its drywall
on wooden studs? I would think not, but I'm not sure how to proceed.
Please advise.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:33 PM   #2
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I have 29BhBS wildwood.

the studs are on 15-16 centerline.wood screws work best if you find a stud, if a stud finder doesnt work drill a very small dia hole, but you can normally find them, sometimes by pushing in on the wall. the wall coverings on over very thin wood/ board on to wood studs

I just hung towel racks in our bathroom using the small plastic inserts with screw, work easy.

in the cabinets , i just drill a pilot hole in the wood cabinet and screwed in the small metal hooks wth the screw that is a part of the hook. ll the stick on stuff i had tried has fallen off the wall.

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Old 06-05-2008, 12:44 PM   #3
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I just use sharp sheet metal screws for towel bars and such.
I don't drill a pilot hole but just let the screw do the work.
Do be careful and don't over tighten and strip the screw!!

For my LCD TV mount I pressed on the wall and found a "stud".
In my trailer the interior walls have wood studs that are no more
than an inch thick. I drilled small pilot holes to be sure I hit
the stud and didn't split it with the larger 1" wood screws.
It seems to be pretty solid.
I also placed screw in cup hooks on either side of the TV so I can
put a bungee cord across the front when we are on the road.
I wouldn't want the TV arm to swing out while we were driving.
A big bump with the TV way out there could pull out the screws!

Good luck!
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:22 PM   #4
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I have 29BhBS wildwood.

the studs are on 15-16 centerline.wood screws work best if you find a stud, if a stud finder doesnt work drill a very small dia hole, but you can normally find them, sometimes by pushing in on the wall. the wall coverings on over very thin wood/ board on to wood studs

I just hung towel racks in our bathroom using the small plastic inserts with screw, work easy.
So even the exterior wall in the bathroom has these studs? I almost convinced myself that it was the plastic woodgrain stuff directly on the metal wall. I didn't want to put my towel-rack screws through to the outside.
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Old 06-05-2008, 03:43 PM   #5
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An exterior wall likely has aluminum studs with the fiberglass glued
to the outside and the 1/8" paneling glued to the inside.
Do be careful not to run a screw thru the outside skin!!
You can probably get an idea how thick they are by looking inside
one of your outside storage areas.
Good luck!
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I'm trying to find some of those magnetic hooks that were so popular years ago. They would be perfect for hanging a few pot holders from the range hood.

Every place I have wandered through doesn't seem to have them.
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Old 06-06-2008, 10:21 AM   #7
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I'm trying to find some of those magnetic hooks that were so popular years ago. They would be perfect for hanging a few pot holders from the range hood.

Every place I have wandered through doesn't seem to have them.
For stuff like that I use the 3M Command hooks. We hang a hot mitt and a pot holder on the wall next to the stove. If needed, they can be moved and leave no marks on the wall.

To hang a towel bar on a thin wall like ours, I use thin wall mollys. They hold tight and provide plenty of support for the bar.

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Radio, you can purchase rolls of magnetized backing at craft or fabric stores, and glue your hook to it, then place on metal. Hope that helps.
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I found some magnetic hooks!

I wanted some plain ones like used to be popular, but I guess these fancy ones will do. Finally found them in the junk dept. at a Kroger grocery store.

Now what do you bet my range hood will be made of aluminium??
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Old 07-10-2008, 05:05 PM   #10
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Looking for studs

Just like at home it is best if you can find a stud to anchor things to. The walls are flimsy enough that if you just push on the wall you can get a good idea where the studs are. In our Flagstaff they used a little putty to hide the staples that they used to hold the wallboard to the studs. Once you have an idea where the studs are have a look for the little putty marks to be sure.
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