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Old 09-21-2008, 01:51 PM   #1
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I am sure this has been asked before, but how do you "screw" things to your camper on the inside, like shelves, or adding a section of cabinets etc... is there a special way to go about this? I am also interested in gluing velcro to the fiberglass in specific areas, is there a special glue I should use or another way to go about it??

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Old 09-21-2008, 03:17 PM   #2
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Other than the cabinets, you shouldn't have any bare fiberglass. Everything should be covered with either carpet, rat fur or ensolite. And, it really depends on how heavy the item(s) is you want to hang. Some use drapery hooks (in carpet), velcro, glue, double-sided tape, suction cups, etc. Does it need to be permanent or removable? Typically if they're overhead cabinets, they're riveted (or bolted) through the hull

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Old 09-22-2008, 05:37 PM   #3
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Other than the cabinets, you shouldn't have any bare fiberglass.

Uh...unless you own a burro...or an egg camper...or a Uhaul...or a double hulled trailer.

Lots of bare fiberglass. for shelves, reinforcement is a good thing...L brackets for example. I wonder how those removable hooks that leave no marks would stick?

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Old 09-22-2008, 06:02 PM   #4
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we were thinking of turning the front bunk into a smaller seat between a couple of tall skinny cabinets so we can have more storage spaces. We would use a light weight wood to build the cabinets, and I was curious about how to secure them. I wasn't sure if we are supposed to bolt them all the way through to the out side with rivets or if we can mount them some other way. *
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we were thinking of turning the front bunk into a smaller seat between a couple of tall skinny cabinets so we can have more storage spaces. We would use a light weight wood to build the cabinets, and I was curious about how to secure them. I wasn't sure if we are supposed to bolt them all the way through to the out side with rivets or if we can mount them some other way.
The burro doesn't have any outside fasteners, except for the roof vent. I would be cautious using rivets to the outside, more holes to leak, more holes to patch. Does your trailer have other rivets to the outside? I know you probably won't have that answer until sept. 30... I would wait and see how other cabinets are attached. In some units, they are part of the fiberglass, in some, they are screwed/riveted in, in mine, they are part of the trailer. No rivets...
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I wasn't sure if we are supposed to bolt them all the way through to the out side with rivets or if we can mount them some other way. *
Your Other Post: the ending about a Scamp?
It's difficult for some of us to keep track... I think you had a bead on a Burro, but that one got sold, so you found a Scamp that the seller is waiting for you to pick up. Have I got that right?

Especially since your Avitar says you're still looking...

[b]IF it's a Scamp, and you don't want the shelves/cabinets to fall down, then you would want to drill through the fiberglass and screw into the cabinet from the outside, using "snap-caps" to cover the exterior heads of the screws. Go outside and look behind where the existing cabinetry already is to see what I'm talking about.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:55 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info, yes we were trying for a Burro but it sold fast, and we are now locked into getting a Scamp next week. Are there special screws we need to use? Where can I find the snap caps, as I have never had to use that kind of hardware before...

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Where can I find the snap caps, as I have never had to use that kind of hardware before...
Here is one online source. I have found them in local RV Parts stores, like Camping World, and smaller local businesses.

RV Designer Screw Covers

(view the whole page, not just the 1st item)
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Thanks for the link! *Once the screws are in place, how do you go about sealing it? Would you want to cover the screw then seal it, or seal the screw then cover it? What makes the best seal, I have read about silica, but I am not sure if there is something better to use?

so many questions... *
BTW I have combed through this website quite a bit, and I am trying to get my answers from other threads, but there is so much to know... thanks again everybody!!
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Uh...unless you own a burro...or an egg camper...or a Uhaul...or a double hulled trailer.

Lots of bare fiberglass. for shelves, reinforcement is a good thing...L brackets for example. I wonder how those removable hooks that leave no marks would stick?

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We have an EggCamper with lots of fiberglass on the interior walls. We use the suction cup removable hooks for almost everything hanging inside. Even have towel holders and small bins with suction cups on the back. I've found that if you make sure the fiberglass wall is really clean and you wipe the face of the suction cup with soapy water you get much better results.

Of course none of this works with a single wall fiberglass hull.

I've heard that velcro hooks will latch on to rat fur. We used to hang speakers and other stuff from the walls of the comm van with it but I don't know what the long term effect would be on the rat fur if you move things on a regular basis. Haven't heard of an easy way to attach to elephant hide.
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