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Posted: 06/18/20 08:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thinking about adding a few things to the walls in the camper we bought. Mostly thinking fire extinguishers as I would like one closer to the kitchen and one in the cabover section. I would like to mount them to a wall, but don't want to end up with stripped holes and the paneling is super thin and not dense.

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Posted: 06/18/20 08:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm glad you asked this. I'm quite new to campers and am going to be doing the same thing. I'll be keeping an eye on the replies.

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With a fire extingisher I would mount it on a wall stud only as the dynamic weight could be significant as you bounce down the road.

A stud finder is your friend. But one of the first things I do is: On a cool morning take pictures of the condensation patterns on the outside as this is a very good indication of the stud locations.

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CA Traveler wrote:

With a fire extingisher I would mount it on a wall stud only as the dynamic weight could be significant as you bounce down the road.

A stud finder is your friend. But one of the first things I do is: On a cool morning take pictures of the condensation patterns on the outside as this is a very good indication of the stud locations.


Cool tip on looking from the outside.

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"With a fire extingisher I would mount it on a wall stud only as the dynamic weight could be significant as you bounce down the road."

I also use two extra anchor points and a bungee cord. Those things are heavy.


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If you find two studs and would like to locate your item between them, you can first attach a piece of wood spanning between the two studs then attach your item to that. Mounting to the side of a cabinet may also be an option. If the cabinet wall is thin you can attach some wood to the inside to beef it up.


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Posted: 06/18/20 08:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

this wouldn't work for a fire extinguisher, but I have command strips all over my camper for hanging lighter things on the walls. Although the command strip hooks hold up to towels and heavy coats, so I guess they can hold up a fair amount of weight.

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I’d mount a fire extinguisher so that it is supported by the ground if you are using the standard plastic mounts, or buy a real aluminum quick release mount.

For example this one. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZJH6D8G/ref=cm_sw_r_oth_tai_k0c7EbKX62MP2


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NatParkJunkie wrote:

this wouldn't work for a fire extinguisher, but I have command strips all over my camper for hanging lighter things on the walls. Although the command strip hooks hold up to towels and heavy coats, so I guess they can hold up a fair amount of weight.


I use those for a lot of things and for lighter stuff, most definitely.

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jimh425 wrote:

I’d mount a fire extinguisher so that it is supported by the ground if you are using the standard plastic mounts, or buy a real aluminum quick release mount.

For example this one. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZJH6D8G/ref=cm_sw_r_oth_tai_k0c7EbKX62MP2


I had kind of planned to put it on the floor. Still didn't want screw ripping out of the walls. The one up in the bed area may be a little more challenging to find a place to mount it with support.

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