hanging shelves on ensolite - Fiberglass RV

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Old 12-02-2014, 03:55 PM   #1
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hanging shelves on ensolite

I'm a new Boler owner, trying to come up with clever ways to create extra functional storage. Is there anything wrong with using an adhesive (something like PL or No More Nails)or double sided tape to hang lightweight objects on the Ensolite walls in a Boler? Or is that a total no-no?

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Old 12-02-2014, 04:30 PM   #2
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Hey Jen, I haven't seen anyone do anything like that. The worst thing to happen would be the ensolite tearing off, that wouldn't be so good.
If U could be a little more precise as to "little things" and the location U were looking at I'm sure more responses would be forth coming.

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Old 12-02-2014, 05:12 PM   #3
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You can try but: very few things will stick to the ensolite, I don't think 2 sided tape will work since the original tape used to cover the seams is difficult to get to stick. The second issue is like was mentioned the ensolite will probably pull off the fiberglass.

With saying that I would be delighted if you proved us (me) wrong, give it a try.
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:35 PM   #4
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How Trillium installs shelves is, they glue wood blocks to the fibreglass before they put up the Ensolite. It should be possible to cut a small hole in the Ensolite, pull a section away from the fibreglass, then glue a wood block to the glass. If the shelf is mounted where the cut in the Ensolite is, then you wont see it.
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:09 PM   #5
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I guess I am thinking things like hooks for clothing and towels, small shelves (like a spice shelf). I figured that removing them would be an issue and destroy the Ensolite, (not good), but I don't like the idea of having to screw or rivet through to the fibreglass for every little "hang up".
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:18 PM   #6
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Ensolite is a "closed cell" foam, so it can't absorb moisture. By the same token, it does not bond all that well with adhesives - enough to stick to a fiberglass wall, but any load put on it (like double stick tape) will not be stuck very well as the adhesives cannot bond fully to the ensolite. I work with many 3M VHB industrial tapes, and recommend you get a piece of ensolite and a tape of your choosing to try this idea before committing to installing something in the trailer. Best tape I have found for the trailer environment is 3M RP-45. You can order small pieces through Amazon.

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Old 12-02-2014, 09:29 PM   #7
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Old 12-03-2014, 08:24 AM   #8
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Could you find an inconspicuous location and try hanging one of those Command hooks? You could gradually hang heavier items on it to see at what weight it begins to be a problem. If it won't stick, you're not out much, you can use the hook elsewhere, and you will be able to tell if it's not going to stick.
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Old 12-03-2014, 01:33 PM   #9
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IM with David on this one , hanging anything on foam isnt a good idea in my books . think of the vibration going down the road , probly tear the foam in no time .
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Old 12-03-2014, 07:29 PM   #10
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Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. For every person who hangs something on the walls (any brand), there's at least another person asking "how do I glue the ensolite/carpet/rat fur back up?
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:24 PM   #11
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Is there carpet/rat fur over your ensolite? If so, I've found that cubicle clips work great. This was suggested by another FGRV forum member. You can find them in office supply stores such as STAPLES. They come in different colors. Staples® Cubicle Clips, White, 20/Pack | Staples®

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