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Old 10-10-2016, 08:15 PM   #11
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Today I just mounted 4 separate items with screws on non reinforced walls. You have to use shorter but thicker screws with coarse threads for better holding in thin walls. Heavier items like a television mount will require finding a stud or reinforced wall.
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Old 10-10-2016, 11:41 PM   #12
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Does anyone know if there are any studs in the walls bordering the shower in the 17B? Presumably, there has to be something to attach the walls to, but is it just around the outside edges? Thanks! Brenda
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Does anyone know if there are any studs in the walls bordering the shower in the 17B? Presumably, there has to be something to attach the walls to, but is it just around the outside edges? Thanks! Brenda
I can't help but ask -- why?

The shower insert is fiberglass, molded in two halves -- a lower and an upper molding. It's joined in the center. It's installed between wood framing on the sides, and the fiberglass shell on the outside wall. I would never attempt to drill through it, since that would compromise it's watertight design.

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Old 10-11-2016, 01:36 AM   #14
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No, I was just wondering if there were studs to hit if attaching something to the adjacent walls - ie. the kitchen wall (where gbaglo has his knives) and the wall on the right when sitting at the driver-side front dinette. I don't WANT to hit the fibreglass in the bathroom when screwing something into those walls. (Although it sounds like Command hooks or double-sided tape work pretty well.
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No, I was just wondering if there were studs to hit if attaching something to the adjacent walls - ie. the kitchen wall (where gbaglo has his knives) and the wall on the right when sitting at the driver-side front dinette. I don't WANT to hit the fibreglass in the bathroom when screwing something into those walls. (Although it sounds like Command hooks or double-sided tape work pretty well.
I see.

Yes, there are studs in those walls, but if you plan on attaching something there that needs more support, you can always have those walls reinforced.

It would have to be a pretty long screw to reach the bathroom insert. As long as the fasteners you use are smaller (1" or less is typical) there's no concern.

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Old 10-11-2016, 01:58 AM   #16
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It would have to be a pretty long screw to reach the bathroom insert.
I think that depends. Depends on model, depends on when it was built.
When I mounted my knife holder, I drilled until I broke through and then I stopped and used the bit to determine how much further I could go without drilling through the shower insert.
Since a longer screw wasn't going to accomplish anything, I cut the screws ( they came with the knife holder ) so they couldn't reach the shower surround and then used double-sided tape for the full length of the knife holder.
I installed my paper towel holder with double-sided tape and no screws ( in case I changed my mind ). It's been there since I bought the trailer. Never installed screws.
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Old 10-11-2016, 03:46 AM   #17
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Thanks for the info. My 17B will be a new 2017, due in April. That double-sided tape seems mighty handy... Can I ask what brand you use and where you get it? If you decide to remove it, will it take half the wall with it?
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Start collecting short coarse screws, they will come in handy.
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:34 PM   #19
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Got my double-sided tape so long ago that I forget. You can get No More Nails double-sided tape in three levels of permanent. I have a roll, but I've not used it yet.
3M also sells tape.
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For myself, I intend to go ahead and purchase a few of the plywood walls that Escape offers at $100 ea. My reasoning is it just offers a more solid panel to attach things to. I like the idea of using tape vs screws. Especially since screws tend to come loose over time on gravel roads.
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