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Old 12-10-2015, 08:49 AM   #1
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Interior wall construction

My real question is, does anyone know the distance between the interior wall studs on my 40' Monaco Diplomat? I see the luan panels are 48" wide, and am guessing the studs are every 16" or maybe 24". Not sure.

Here's the reason for my thread. I want to put eye hooks into the interior wall of the motor home to secure some loose furniture (Flexsteel recliner, dog crate, etc..) when I'm traveling, and figured to do so with the eye hooks secured into the wall studs and ratchet straps holding the furniture. I know in a major crash it's unlikely to hold, but just keeping things in place while moving down the highway would be cool.

Any shared knowledge or reasonable suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:14 AM   #2
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Try a "Stud Finder", it might give you some advantage. Do not get the cheapest. If it doesn't work take it back. No Lose - No Gain.
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Interior wall construction

My Endeavor is very similar to a Diplomat, without the luxury stuff. I have a couple of the wall panels off right now, and flooring removed, for repairs.

Assuming similar construction, I would be very hesitant to anchor anything to the aluminum wall framing. From what I see, the "studs" are pretty flimsy. Areas where solid structure is required, like the framing around the slides and the wall/roof joint, are made of different material and much sturdier. It's only strong where it needs to be. The floor framing is quite solid, 1.5" square steel tubing.

I tried two different stud finders and neither one could locate the aluminum framing through the three-layer wall panels.

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For this kind of problem I have removed switches that were installed in my wall so I could see how the internal construction was done.

You can use a piece of wire to slide across the inside of the wall to determine where the bracing is. You can also use drywall anchors, the ones that stay in place after you expand them. Don't use toggle bolts, the hole would be too big.

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Call Monaco with your coach info. They will email you a schematic/ blue print of each wall.
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Thanks for all the helpful suggestions.
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I vaguely recall that Monaco sent me a drawing of the framing for my old '97 Endeavor. Another way is to look at the sides on a dewey morning when the coach is heated. The framing will be visible because the framing will heat the surface by conduction so that the dew won't form there. The insulated areas will be cool enough to form dew. Take a couple of photos for your records.

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I vaguely recall that Monaco sent me a drawing of the framing for my old '97 Endeavor. Another way is to look at the sides on a dewey morning when the coach is heated. The framing will be visible because the framing will heat the surface by conduction so that the dew won't form there. The insulated areas will be cool enough to form dew. Take a couple of photos for your records.

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Possibly I'm missing something but do not understand why a FLOOR restraint system couldn't be designed - much stronger.
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The flooring in the area where I'd like to tie the furniture against the wall is ceramic tile and a floating wood floor. I don't want to drill through the tile (or grout), or bolt the the wooden floor to the subfloor.

But, thanks for the idea - I hadn't considered using the floor.
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