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Old 05-24-2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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Question Tool for cutting a hole

I don't know if this is the right forum for my question but here goes anyway. I have a 1996 Holiday Rambler travel trailer. I want to cut a hole in the wall to vent the hoses to a portable air conditioner. My question is what kind of tool do I need to cut the hole? I was thinking of using a reciprocating saw.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-24-2013, 09:19 AM   #2
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Hi Amy, nice to meet you.

You've landed on a forum that's dedicated to all molded towables. Your Holiday Rambler is not manufactured by that method. While we may be able to give you advice, you may want to join a forum that has many more members of the same or similar brand as your trailer. They'd more than likely give you the advice you seek.

I'd suggest: iRV2 Forum | - RV Forum Community and RV News which is owned by the same group that owns FiberglassRV. Nice people hang out at IRV2

and/or the Open Road Forums at RV.Net RV and Camping Forum ? RV, Trailer, Camper, Motorhome, Camping and Campground Information

There may very well be a forum that's dedicated just to the Holiday Rambler brand?

Best of luck!
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If it's a round hole, you can get a hole cutting bit from a big box store(from 1/2" up to about 6"). If it's not a round hole, I use my rotozip with a metal cutting blade.
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If it's a round hole, you can get a hole cutting bit from a big box store(from 1/2" up to about 6"). If it's not a round hole, I use my rotozip with a metal cutting blade.
Best deal I've seen on large hole saws (round holes) is at Harbor Freight.

18 Piece Carbon Steel Hole Saw Set
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:09 AM   #5
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drilling hole

If drilling a round hole- tape over area where hole is desired- - mark center of hole- drill a 1/4" hole in the center - take the right size hole saw and replace the pilot drill bit in the hole saw with a piece of 1/4 " steel round stock as a guide . Drill the hole with the hole saw running in the reverse direction using minimal pressure . You will lessen the chance of tear out . chipping , or bit wander especially in thin metals or fiberglass
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Amy, Welcome to our forum. Use the tape and the round hole saw as recommended above. If you need to do other than round still use the tape and if using a rotozip as recommended above I suggest that you practice using it in something else B 4 doing the final cut.

Even though this forum is intended for fiberglass RVs, most of the advice can be used on all other RVs also.
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