5 Steps for Mounting on your RV Walls

Last updated on February 14th, 2022 at 09:29 pm. Originally published on May 22nd, 2017

In lots of ways, the RV life is hard to beat. When your house has wheels, it opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

Say you wake up some random Tuesday morning with that unshakable wanderlust — the same one that would make you feel bummed out and helpless if you were tied down by stationary life. Not so with an RV! Just unplug your rig from any hookups, roll in your awning, make sure your antenna is in, and boom: you’re instantly ready to hit the road and follow your sense of adventure.

That said, if you’re into customizing your house to make it more like home, foundation-built houses and apartments do have one slight advantage. Mounting something on your wall, be it a television, artwork, or even a set of shelves, is a lot more straightforward. You pretty much grab a hammer and nails or an electric screwdriver, check for wall studs, and go to town…unless you’re trying to get a security deposit back, that is.

While it is possible to mount things on your RV’s interior walls, it’s important to go in knowing it’ll be a bit of a project. It’s highly inadvisable to drill, nail, or screw things into a motorhome or trailer’s interior, since there may be complex electrical systems running right beneath many surfaces. If you go too deep, you might even expose yourself to the chance of leaks and water damage. Plus, any damage you cause to the wall itself might be just about irreparable, since you can’t exactly just stuff it with putty and paint over it.

But nothing’s insurMOUNTable (get it?) — there are ways around these problems!

Here, we’ll give you ideas on how to decorate and deck out the inside of your camper, whether you’re looking to hang a TV, mount your favorite painting, hang a clock, or keep your set of wooden spoons close at hand in the kitchen.

Television

Mounting a TV

While you likely won’t be able to mount a TV to the wall as you would in a regular home, there are a variety of capable TV brackets on the market that offer a good solution. 

Types of RV TV Mounts

RV Flat Panel TV mount

If you want a low-profile look that’s streamlined with the rest of your RV, then a flat panel TV mount is for you. It allows you to hang your flat screen TV like you would a picture frame or mirror, plus has a relatively easy installation. Some RV flat panel TV mounts come with a tilt function, allowing you to slightly face your TV left or right should you need to. If without this feature, however, then your TV will remain in the one position unless you uninstall the mount.

Articulating RV TV Mount

An articulating RV TV wall mount is one of the most popular RV TV brackets on the market. This is because it allows the TV to sit snugly against your wall but you can also swivel and move the TV around (i.e. to face upwards / downwards or move from side to side). Because of its added functions, these types of RV TV mounts carry a slightly higher price tag.

Full Motion RV TV mount

The Full Motion Mount offers the most flexibility among TV wall mounts. With some models (and depending on placement), you can swivel your TV around in a 360 degrees circle. This allows the TV to be viewed from multiple positions within your RV. Just keep in mind that it will not sit as flush to the wall as the previous mounts, plus it will also need to be restrained during transit.

Under Cabinet RV TV Mount

If you have a small TV that requires mounting underneath a cabinet to save on space, this is the RV TV mount for you. You can find these mounts with a fold-up design or a stationary permanent design. The only downsides to this RV TV bracket is the fact that it doesn’t support larger-sized TVs, plus it may be difficult to hide those pesky cables.

Pull Down Motion RV TV Mount

This is one of the latest styles in RV TV mount, but it’s already proven to be a popular one. With this design, you can mount your RV’s TV overhead, but be able to pack it away neatly and discreetly when it’s not in use. Because of this mount’s added functionality and technology, it can run higher in price than other types of TV brackets.

Where to Buy RV TV Mounts

If you’re ready to invest in an RV TV wall mount, there are many places that you can begin looking – including both in-store or online. Check out your local RV accessories retailer to view their range. Alternatively, you might choose to visit websites such as Dynamic Mounting, Camping World, TV For My RV, and more. We also recommend you look at the RV TV mounts on Amazon, as you’re sure to pick up a bargain there!

Installing an RV TV Mount

When you find one that’s a good fit, it’s best to screw it into the underside of your cabinetry or other wooden fixtures. For example, you might put it under the set of cabinets that run above the cockpit in a Class A or Class C motorhome. 

No matter what type of TV mount you go for or where you mount it, you’ll need to make sure it’s steady and stable for when you’re underway. The last thing you want is your heavy TV to fall on your head while you’re driving down the road!

Hanging wall art

Use Adhesive Hangers for Artwork

Lately, more people have become conscious of the damage done by traditional hammer-and-nails mounting jobs. This has led to a huge number of removable hanging devices making their way into stores. Because they won’t cause damage to walls and don’t require any nails or screws, these hangers also have a great advantage in your trailer or motorhome. 

Our favorite brand of removable fasteners are made by 3M. This company makes hook-and-loop fasteners as well as adhesive hooks that quick-release when you’re ready to remove them.

Adhesive hooks in particular are great for keeping things handy in the kitchen — we’ve seen campers use them for everything from cooking tools to creating dispensers for plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

Or Hang Things the Old Fashioned Way

Just as with your TV, you could use a regular mounting system for paintings and other small, light items if you’re willing to make holes in your rig’s wooden fixtures. However, unlike a properly mounted and stored television, these light items can bang around in transit, so be sure to take them down when you’re driving!

Keep Things in Place

Interior design is about more than what goes on your walls.

If you want to display vases or even just avoid having to store your small countertop appliances, like coffee grinders, each and every time you move your rig, you’ll want to keep some museum putty handy. This grippy goop will keep your goods exactly where you put them without leaving stains or sticky messes on the items themselves or the surface you’re sticking them to.

Another option for slightly-less-permanent stuff you still don’t want slipping — like your sunglasses or spare change — are dashboard pads. Their nonslip, nonadhesive surface is perfect for helping those small items you put down quickly stay put. And did we mention that they’re dirt cheap, too?

Storage baskets

Get Creative With Storage

The thing about living in an RV is, it takes a little bit of creativity. (OK, sometimes a lot.)

If you find yourself in need of extra storage, it’s not exactly easy to put in a new shelf or find space for an IKEA cabinet. But clever campers have made use of all kinds of available spaces, from their motorhome stairs to the surface around their bed frame. You can also take advantage of magnetic surfaces to hang everything metal, from knives to tools — we’ve even seen some crafty RVers use magnets to make spice racks!

Finally, it might be a good step to think twice about exactly how much stuff you truly need to store, and perhaps to reprioritize and reorganize. After all, for many of us, one of the most appealing things about the RV lifestyle in the first place is the promise of living lightly and using that sense of minimalism to stock up on experiences rather than things.

That said, it can be very difficult to part with your favorite kitchen gear, books, and artwork, not to mention your TV… so if you’ve come up with any other creative solutions for mounting and storing items in your RV’s interior, let us know! We’re always looking for creative new ways to make RVing even better.

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