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What Is The Best Way To Mount Things To The Wall Of My RV?

by Jason
(Atlanta, Georgia)

How to Mount Things on the Wall of Your RV

How to Mount Things on the Wall of Your RV

How to Mount Things on the Wall of Your RV
How to Mount Things on the Wall of Your RV

I have a 2005 Coachmen Freedom Class C Motorhome that we purchased last year. Now that we have spent some time in it, we want to make some minor upgrades, and some will require screwing screws into the RV walls on the interior. (for example adding an LCD TV that is wall mounted)

I am familiar with doing these in a home made of wood and drywall using mollys or finding a stud. Is this similar for RV's?

What is the best way to go about doing this?

I just don't want to mess up the RV by going to0 deep on a screw and causing issues.

Thanks for any insight you can provide.

ANSWER: Hi Jason, let me start off by saying that I do not recommend ever using, screws, nails, molly bolts, etc. on any walls of an RV; by doing so you run the risk of hitting wiring or causing severe damage to the walls of your RV. They are not constructed the same way the walls in your house are.

That being said, depending on the type, make, model and construction of your RV you may be able to securely mount an LCD TV on the wall. An alternative that I would recommend would be to use an under cabinet TV Mount on one of your RV's overhead cabinets. There are all kinds of TV Mounting Brackets available and I am sure that you will find one that works for you.


3M Hook/Loop fasteners

As far as mounting pictures, clocks, small magazine holders, etc. I would recommend using 3M Hook/Loop fasteners, Velcro Strips or 3M Command Adhesive Hangers.


Earthquake (Museum) Putty

Now if you want to keep decorative items, such as small Vases, Fake bowls of fruit, small Chihuahuas, etc. from sliding around on your countertops while going down the road you might want to fasten them down with Earthquake (Museum) Putty.

Permanently Mounting Items in an RV


Pop Rivet Gun

Let's say that you want to permanently mount something on the wall of your RV such as a Fire Extinguisher, small shelf or towel rack. Your best bet is to use a Pop Rivet Gun rather than screws, etc. Take a look at the Video below to see how easy it is to rivet items to the wall of your RV.

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How to mount?
by: Anonymous

I'd like to install a medicine cabinet. Any suggestions?

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Sugru is a great hanging option
by: Anonymous

I recently found a 'moldable glue' called Sugru. It forms a very strong bond, but with no holes!! Hooray! And big bonus, it's heat resistant up to something like 450 degrees.

We've mounted a paper towel holder as well as and iPad mount (which is pretty darn heavy) from my limited experience I can't say enough about it. And since we have a little extra we've found a ton of uses for it.

Bought ours at Lowes but they have a lot more colors online. To take it off you slice through it with an exacto knife, and then scrape the remainder off with your nails or a spoon or whatever. It's not permanent and there are no holes.. Hooray!!!

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You need a simple stud finder
by: RVMike

Most RV's have 2 x 2 wood studs 16 inches on center. For less than $20 at Home Depot, get a stud finder.

you just hold it against the wall, turn it on. After a few seconds it will beep, telling you it is ready to go. SLOWLY move it sideways until it has steady tone. (they usually beep faster and faster as you near the edge of a stud, then go steady tone at the edge).

make a mark. Continue sliding the stud finder until it stops beeping. Then, SLOWLY go back towards your mark until you have steady tone again. Make a mark. This is the other edge of your stud. Half way between the two is the center of your stud, and is a great place to install a screw without having to worry about hitting electrical or plumbing, and is the strongest possible place to attach anything to your wall.

good luck and happy RV'ing!

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Command Strips and high temperatures
by: Anonymous

Command Strips work great... unless you live where it's really hot. Ours fell off the wall last month when our trailer was in storage here in Phoenix. The package shows a recommended temperature range, and we definitely exceed it here. Even the new "outdoor" command strips don't have a high enough temperature tolerance. (It was only a calendar and similar lightweight items, so no harm done.)

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Thin wall anchors
by: Tony

When I want to mount something heavy use thin wall anchors from Lowes. They screw in about 1/2 inch and hold a #6 screw. They hold well but are permanent.

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Curtain rods
by: Kathy

Looking to change-out the drapes/curtains and I'll need to screw the "lightweight" curtain rods on the walls - do you think it will be OK to use small screws to attach rods to walls?

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Hanging things on RV walls
by: Sharon Powell

My husband and I have been living full-time in our 38 foot 5th for 16 months. We have used screws to attach hook racks and baskets. I have hung some things up from the back of the cabinets for extra support and strength. You cannot live with fear. I use Command strip as much as possible but some things just meet to be screwed into the walls. This is our home, Period, and we do what we think is best. Enjoy!!!!

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things to hang on the wall
by: Gigi

WELL VELCRO is well and good but what about the towel holder and toilet paper holder? Velcro just will not work. I'm going to go for the screws. Cross your fingers and hold your breath.

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Fastener
by: Anonymous

I have used a rivnut tool and had success. It's good for thin walls. You still have to drill a hole into the wall and install the rivnut. Carefull not to go to deep.

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screwing a wall
by: jim

i have been living FT in rvs for 35 yrs and in all these yrs i have not once hit a wire while attaching things with screws . Go ahead and use screws so that whatever you are hanging stays put. Pictures ,ironboards, tv's,radios,shelves,kitchen do dads, racks and whatnot, never a problem.

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command strip troubles
by: 1/2 time camper

we used command strips to hang a hook for coats and it pulled the wallpaper loose. suggestions?

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Hanging items on the walls of your RV.
by: Rob Krawl

Always use command strips and make sure you place the right side of the strip to the wall. It tells you right on the strip before you peel and stick it to your wall. When you wanna change the location of the item, just pull on the tab and it leaves no marks on the wall.

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I do exactly the same thing
by: Johnny B

Hi there. I have a small but comfortable 14 ft travel trailer. I use Command hooks in my apartment and they work great in the RV. I bought an under cabinet mount for my TV that I plan on installing sometime soon. With the lack of wall and counter space I saw this as the only option.

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Hanging objects on the wall
by: campingshadow

I have found that velcro will work well for adhering objects to the wall. However, if you apply the velcro directly to the wall and then ever want to remove it, you can leave an unsightly mess behind.

I use 3M command strips on the wall and apply the velcro to those. Then when I want to remove from the wall, a simple pull on the command strip and everything comes off clean with no fuss and no sign anything was ever there. I even have my door bell stuck on the outside of the trailer with a command strip.

I also put a command strip next to the bed and then added velcro to it and the back of my TV remote. Now I never lose the remote and just reach up to push the appropriate button and the remote is never in the way or taking up nighstand space.

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Thanks!
by: Jason

First off, love the website and secondly, thanks for the great feedback...no screws in the wall it is! I like the under cabinet mount...never seen one of those before and will now look at finding one that is right for us.

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Mounting things in the RV
by: Pampered Camper, LLC

I agree with nothing that can go into the wall. You never know where all that wiring is.

I also use velco to mount pictures, clocks and mirrors (light things).

All the other stuff I put around my RV...small flowers and such, get packed up when it's time to leave. That way I don't have to worry about them sliding (and breaking) in transit.

I also have some RV tips on my web site. Check them out!

Cheryl
Pampered Camper, LLC
www.pampered-camper.com

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