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Old 10-16-2011, 01:05 PM   #1
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Attaching to Exterior Walls

I did a search and didn't find anything on this topic, but maybe I didn't ask the question right. My question is:
what is the best method to attach something (in this case fire extinguisher) to an exterior wall? The wall is a laminate construction with fibreglass exterior, foam insulation, and luanne (sp) interior. I know to use screws, but do I need "drywall anchors" or anything along those lines? I don't want it to pull out and possibly cause wall damage. I am planning on "resting the base" of the extinguisher on the coach floor to reduce the load on the mounting.
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Old 10-16-2011, 01:45 PM   #2
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I did a search and didn't find anything on this topic, but maybe I didn't ask the question right. My question is:
what is the best method to attach something (in this case fire extinguisher) to an exterior wall? The wall is a laminate construction with fibreglass exterior, foam insulation, and luanne (sp) interior. I know to use screws, but do I need "drywall anchors" or anything along those lines? I don't want it to pull out and possibly cause wall damage. I am planning on "resting the base" of the extinguisher on the coach floor to reduce the load on the mounting.
Thanks,
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My 5er is built about the same way. I ended up using toggle bolt/anchors to install my fire extinguisher - also resting it on the floor near the doorway. It seems that most of those luan interior walls are pretty flimsy, leaving the strength for the foam and any studding - I'm redoing the entertainment cabinet for mine and just mic'd up a left over piece of scrap "panel" and it's .107 (~7/64") though yours may be a bit more
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If you are resting it on the floor these Tapes (double sided ) will do it.
Buy Ultra High Bond (UHB/VHB) Double-Sided Tapes at FindTape.com
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The interior wall is very thin in most RVs, so you need a drywall anchor or toggle bolts or similar if the screw has to support much weight or torque. For real light things, just a screw will do, but so will velcro patches or the 3M Command Wall hooks, and both of those are removable if you change your mind later.
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The interior wall is very thin in most RVs, so you need a drywall anchor or toggle bolts or similar if the screw has to support much weight or torque. For real light things, just a screw will do, but so will velcro patches or the 3M Command Wall hooks, and both of those are removable if you change your mind later.
I will have to disagree about using Velcro or 3M Command materials IF the OP has the plasticized Thermofoil coated "wood" paneling in his unit. The adhesive will pull the "wood" grain coating off. That was an expensive lesson for me as the original owner of my 5er chose those products to mount various items. I've just completely rebuilt the entertainment cabinet with real oak to the tune of about $300 just for materials to clean up his mess. Others I've been able to hide. And the hours .... many, many. As far as toggle bolts/anchors - see my earlier post. A couple of bracket holes are easy to cover
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I went to Wallmart and in the hobby section, bought a couple 4"x6" unfinished pieces of 1/4" plywood. Finished to match the interior of my RV. I used 4 short sheetrock screws to mount them and then attached the fire extinguisher to that. Like some of you I had it reach the floor but to keep it from swinging from stop and go... I bought a plastic cup holder on line that was the same size as the base of the extinguisher, screwed the cup holder to the floor. My extinguishers don't move at all but are very easy to pull out.
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Thanks for all of the advice and info. I am going to check the interior finish of the install location, and if possible, I will probably use the 2 sided tape. If not, then dry wall anchors are in order.

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I will have to disagree about using Velcro or 3M Command materials IF the OP has the plasticized Thermofoil coated "wood" paneling in his unit. The adhesive will pull the "wood" grain coating off...
We have had a similar experience with Velcro and 3M Command fasteners. They're OK for light things, but when we used them for something a little too heavy (we tried to hang keys - not all that heavy - by the door on 3M plastic hooks), they cause our vinyl wallpaper to delaminate from the luan backing.
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