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Old 08-15-2014, 12:54 PM   #1
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screwing into the walls of FR TT

I have a 2014 FR 2304S with fiberglass sides. I would like to mount things like the toilet roll hanger, a towel rack and a few other small items to some of the outside walls (but on the inside) of my trailer. When doing the runthrough with my dealers tech he said not to screw into the outer walls. When I pushed for a reason he said because the walls are vaccumed sealed and I would puncture the seal. This doesn't make sense to me sense the brackets for the window shades are screwed into those walls.
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:06 PM   #2
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The walls are Vacuum Bonded with lots of glue when they are made. My walls have holes all over the place. I would be cautious outside and seal all holes and screws as keeping the water out prevents delamination.
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:06 PM   #3
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Vacuum Sealed!!! LMAO! The walls do keep longer if you vacuum seal them!!

I can not believe they continue to let idiots like that sell and work on campers...
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:22 PM   #4
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I think the vacuum sealing is to suck out air between the panels to allow the glue to set tighter and more uniform. I do not believe it holds a vacuum like a bottle and if you pop a hole in it the air will rush in.

That being said. There are lots of holds in the sides of your camper. Just chalk the holes.

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Old 08-15-2014, 03:23 PM   #5
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For the toilet paper holder it might be better to mount under a shelf or on the side of a cabinet. In our case we got a toilet paper holder that sits on the floor. Mount your towel holder to the back of the door, just remember they are hollow core doors and you may want to use blind nuts/mollys since the wood thickness is only about 1/4". For us we used a towel holder that hangs on the top of the door. Otherwise you need to find a wall stud which depending on the manufacturer may be either aluminum or wood. They may say studs are on 16" centers or such but don't depend on that, it may be 16"'s in one place and 20" in another or 15" in another. They don't really space them equally in an entire wall. Also, don't use long screws in a wall as they are only about 2 1/2" thick overall or less.
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:14 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. I was 99% sure the kid was mis-informed, but better safe than sorry.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:10 PM   #7
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screwing into the walls of FR TT

We used extreme double sided tape and or gorilla glue(both bought on Ebay). We have used screws too; but, very short screws - to hold the items in place while tape/glue sets up and for esthetics. And do not underestimate the double sided tabs used for hanging 3M command hooks. You don't have to buy the hooks you can just get replacement tabs - use these a lot. Have 4 holding the TV in place (on its stand) in our bunkhouse ( at the end of 40 ft. 5ver).and, if you don't like where you put the holder, you can always move it.


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Old 08-15-2014, 07:32 PM   #8
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I have a 2014 FR 2304S with fiberglass sides. I would like to mount things like the toilet roll hanger, a towel rack and a few other small items to some of the outside walls (but on the inside) of my trailer. When doing the runthrough with my dealers tech he said not to screw into the outer walls. When I pushed for a reason he said because the walls are vaccumed sealed and I would puncture the seal. This doesn't make sense to me sense the brackets for the window shades are screwed into those walls.

Any advice? Thanks

What will happen is: if you puncture the fiberglass, when the trailer flexes as you go down the road, the fiberglass will start cracking/flaking and you will wind up with water damage and eventually a larger hole. Spouse dropped trailer on truck bed and damaged cap of our 5ver. We were on our way to pack for vacation and had to wait for the fiberglass to be repaired. The repair shop referred to it as vacuum bonded.


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Here's a couple of pics from the Rockwood plant. One is the vacuum bond sidewall and the roof.
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:57 PM   #10
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Vacuum bonding holds the vacuum until the adhesive has set, then it is released. No way does an out-of-the-factory rig have any cavities still under negative pressure.
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