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Old 03-18-2011, 06:34 PM   #1
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Drilling holes in rv walls

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I need to hang some organizers and install a wired back-up camera. What types of fasteners work best in class c walls? Are there "studs" and if so, will a stud finder locate them? Is there any hollow space between between layers that the wire can run thru? Any suggested route for the camera cable? Should I use silicone caulk? Can you tell I need HEEELLLP, please?

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On a new 2011 - I think holes on outside walls should be avoided. Look for a solid trim piece or spare tire mount to mount the camera to - if you can run the wires under and tie along the frame (then up thru the firewall).
On inside walls you can use 3M stick-ups or short wood screws (short to avoid going thru to the outside). Number 1 RV issue is leaks - all/any holes increase this risk.
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I use double stick tape on the inside to hang small shelfs. ...Or velcro strips work and can be removed if needed...D
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There are indeed studs, depending on the coach they may be wood or metal... A stud finder may find them.

Another option is the early morning dew.. Of course you can only use these on selected days (A day with dew) as the dew that forms on the outside walls of the coach will burn off at a faster or slower rate (I forget which) where the studs are, painting you a very nice picture of where they are.. Have partner hold a yard stick and take pictures so you have a record for all time.
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Is there any hollow space between between layers that the wire can run thru? Any suggested route for the camera cable? Should I use silicone caulk? Can you tell I need HEEELLLP, please?

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When installing the b/u camera on my Class A I drilled a 1/2" hole at the top center of the back cap. Mine had very little space between walls, so I ran the wires inside the back wall cabinets down to the storage bays, then all the way up through the frame to the front end. When mounting the camera I used two self tapping screws and lots of silicone. Be sure to silicone all the holes that were drilled for the routing of the camera cable.
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Thanks everyone! Your info is invaluable. Today I'll start making our new wheeled estate functional and our home for the next ? years. Can't wait it hit the road.

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i wouldn't use silicone, as it will expand but not contract as the vehicles moves. Elastomeric caulk is used by the best rv techs as it will expand and contract.
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At least one maker of rv's uses no studs in the walls, or this is what is stated;

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