There will come a time when you want to hang an item on the walls of your RV, be it a family photo, a small piece of art, or a row of hooks for hats and keys. But what it the best way to mount things on the walls of your RV? And more importantly, how do you make sure they stay in place, when you’re bumping down the highway and swinging around corners?
With these questions in mind, we’ve created a handy guide covering the four best way to mount things on the walls of your RV.
#1: Screws and Nails
The most secure way to mount things on the walls of your RV is with small screws and nails. This is also the most risky method. Why? Because RV walls are, and filled with things like wires and plumbing. You know… the kind of things you definitely do not want to accidentally poke holes in. But what about if you’re hanging something heavy, such as a towel rack in the bathroom, or a multi-hook for clothes in the bedroom? Well, then you’re going to need to use screws. Here are a few tips for mounting things with screws or nails in your RV:
- Use the smallest screws or nails you can get away with. Long enough to hold the item in place, but hopefully not so long that they will damage anything behind the wall.
- Pre-drill the holes. By pre-drilling a hole in the wall, you will prevent the screw from cracking the wall as it goes in.
- Be careful! If possible, check behind the wall for possible problems.
#2: Velcro or 3M Command Strips
The second option is probably the most common method for mounting things in your RV. Attaching adhesive Velcro to both the wall and the item you are mounting creates a secure hold, with no need to drill holes in the walls. The biggest difference between a simple Velcro strip and 3M Command Strips is that Velcro leaves behind a sticky substance, while the Command Strips are easily removed with no mess. Here’s how they work –
- 3M Command Strips are made up of two interlocking pieces, with a strong adhesive on the back. They come in several different sizes. The back of the package tells how much weight each strip can hold. For example, if you have a 3-lb picture frame, you will need one set of medium-size Command Strips.
- One side of the strip gets adhered to the item you are mounting. Be sure to place the strip on a flat surface for best adherence. The second side is stuck to the wall. Simply line up the strips and press together for a firm hold.
- The best part is that when you want to remove the strips, you simply pull down on the tab at the bottom, and the Command strips peel off the wall, with no mess left behind!
#3: Sticky-back Hooks
The third option are plastic hooks that stick to the wall. Of course, you can’t hang a photo on hook, but you can use them for towels, hats, keys, or small decorations. A few tips for using hooks.
- Get the right size for the job. You can find sticky-back hooks in all sizes, and each are rated for different weights.
- Look for removable sticky back hooks. The 3M brand employs the same technique as referred to above, with a pull-down tab that easily removes the hook, with no mess left behind.
#4: Museum Putty
The last method for mounting items to your RV walls is with a product called museum putty. This amazing blended rubber product is often sold under the name Quakehold, for its ability to hold items in place during earthquakes. If it’s good enough for earthquakes, hopefully it’s good enough for your RV!
- Museum Putty is removable, reusable, and non-toxic. Simply peel off a piece, roll it around between your fingers to soften it, and apply to the object you want to mount.
- Museum Putty is best used for lightweight objects. Things such as unframed photos, or lightweight pieces of art.
- Another great use for Museum Putty is underneath objects that you don’t want to slide around in your RV. Put a piece under your toothbrush holder, dish soap container, or favorite nick knack.
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