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Old 05-09-2011, 06:33 PM   #1
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How to safely hang new towel rack?

After our initial outing in our new to us camper, I quickly realized that we are lacking towel hanging space. I would like to put up an additional towel rack on the empty wall in the toilet room. But how do I determine whether or not there is anything behind the wall surface (wires, plumbling, etc) that I may damage if I am not careful with my construction job?

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Old 05-09-2011, 06:46 PM   #2
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This doesn't answer your question, but I bought an over the door triple towel rack that fits perfectly on the shower door or any door. I think I bought it at Target. Saves having to drill any holes.

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I guess it depends on the type of towel hanger you want to hang. 3M makes a hook that's attached to the wall with an adhesive. If you want to put a rack with a rod, you can buy fasteners that screw into the wall board and then you attack the rack to the fasteners. Towels don't weigh that much so you don't need a stud to attach the rack.
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If you're really concerned about what's begind the wallboard, drill a 1/8" hole in the board- VERY SHALLOW - and poke around in there with a piece of stiff steel wire. If you hit nothing, sounds good. If there are no electrical switches on that wall, and the sink isn't there (so there's no pipes), you should be safe.
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Most of the walls in motor homes are fairly thin wood. (less you hit a stud, which is a good thing) you can use a stud finder to look for studs, if you find one great.

If not you can push a standard phillips head screwdriver through the wall easily, this will poke through the paper thin wood nearly as easy as it would typing paper, but it's not sharp enough to pierce wire or plumbing. Then you can shove in a hollow wall anchor and screw things down again you can "Blunt" the screw (when using the anchor) if you feel the need. by using a Dremel on the pointed end.
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