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Old 10-11-2019, 07:10 PM   #1
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Mounting items to walls

I've read some posts and threads where people recommend using pop rivets for mounting to interior TT walls... I want to mount a flashlight just inside my door, over my fire extinguisher, and I tried just screwing the bracket into the wall, and it only went so far before it stopped. it's right around the door frame area so is it safe to assume that there may be extra metal framing there that I would have to drill through first to create a pilot hole?
Also, when using rivets are people drilling a hole first, just through the plywood/panel skin and then plugging it in? Our camper came with the toilet roll holder in the instruction manuals pouch, so I need to mount that as well. Any suggestions would be great.

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Old 10-11-2019, 10:36 PM   #2
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I'm not a fan of pop-rivets. Personally, I prefer wall anchors like these:

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You'll have to measure the thickness of the wall of your rig, but for mine the anchors are short enough to not poke thru the skin. Insert the anchor, then hang whatever you want with the screw.

You can find them in various sizes packs at Lowes (4-packs, 20, 50, etc), or get them from Amazon. I've used them for all kinds of things in my rig for the past few years with no issues.
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Old 10-12-2019, 12:49 AM   #3
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I'm not a fan of pop-rivets. Personally, I prefer wall anchors like these:

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You'll have to measure the thickness of the wall of your rig, but for mine the anchors are short enough to not poke thru the skin. Insert the anchor, then hang whatever you want with the screw.

You can find them in various sizes packs at Lowes (4-packs, 20, 50, etc), or get them from Amazon. I've used them for all kinds of things in my rig for the past few years with no issues.
I've used those before in the house... however, where i was trying to put a screw in, it won't go in all the way, so would that be a frame or stud? Not that it keeps spinning, it bottoms out, and its not very long either. The camper is aluminum frame with fiberglass skin. Do I predrill with a metal bit to get the in? for other areas, where it is just the normal wall, how thick are they?
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This is where I tried to screw into the frame for a flashlight. I'm assuming I'll have to drill through metal then use the screws?

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This is where I tried to screw into the frame for a flashlight. I'm assuming I'll have to drill through metal then use the screws?

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what's on the other side?
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Old 10-13-2019, 06:34 PM   #7
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Lucky you. You found solid support. It is likely an aluminum frame member. It could be a door frame part. If it is aluminum, no worries. Just use a stainless sheet metal screw. If it is door frame, I don't know the best course of action.
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what's on the other side?
The outside.
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Lucky you. You found solid support. It is likely an aluminum frame member. It could be a door frame part. If it is aluminum, no worries. Just use a stainless sheet metal screw. If it is door frame, I don't know the best course of action.
I'm assuming if it's the door frame as well, drilling 2 small holes in it won't make a difference, there is no electrical, and that is the latch side of the door, low enough to not get near any other parts of the door.
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Pop Rivets would seem to me to be overkill for walls in a home or RV. Also much more difficult to remove compared to a plastic anchor as ATC guy showed.



How is the fire extinguisher mounted? Duplicate that.
Or.............



I would estimate the thickness of the wall. Open the door and eye ball it with a ruler/tape measure. Since you hit something solid, probably aluminum. Get a "self tapping sheet metal screw" just long enough to get into your "something solid". And not long enough to go completely thru the wall. Cross your fingers and go for it. Be careful, once a self tapping screw catches it will try very hard to keep going.



Personally, I would stay away from windows and doors and find another strategic location for your flashlight.


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