The whole idea behind RVing is being able to bring the feeling of home with you to the campsite. RV’s include many of the same amenities and comforts that you have at home, including a couch, kitchen, bathroom, bed, television, and more. If you are going to take long trips in your RV, you want the rig to feel as comfortable and welcoming as possible. With that in mind, hanging things like pictures or artwork on the walls is a great way to provide your trailer or motorhome with a personal touch.
Beyond cosmetic improvements, you also may need to attach functional items like a towel rack or TV mount. Of course, you might have second thoughts about simply picking up a hammer and nail and going to work on the inside of your RV. The walls of an RV are not the same as the walls in your home, obviously, and you need to have a smart game plan if you want to mount things to your walls safely.
Put Down the Screwdriver
It would be a mistake to try putting screws into the walls of your RV in an effort to hang various items. Not only will you have a hard time finding a solid point to affix your screws or nails, you will also run the risk of damaging the vehicle. Specifically, you could hit some of the electrical wiring that powers your RV. That would create a dangerous situation for you while doing the work, and it would also lead to expensive repairs being required on the RV. Simply put, it is a bad idea to go through the walls of your RV with the intention of hanging something inside.
A Non-Invasive Solution
To work around the inability to go through the walls, consider using adhesive strips that include hooks for hanging lightweight items. These strips have grown in popularity in recent years, and are frequently used in homes as well as RV’s. The strips are affordable, easy to use, and typically won’t leave any kind of mark on the wall when you are done with them. Of course, you won’t be able to hang particularly heavy objects from these hooks, but you probably shouldn’t be looking to hang heavy items inside of your RV in the first place.
Need to Mount a TV? Look to Your Cabinets
If you are hoping to mount a TV in an easy-to-view location for your family to enjoy, consider using an under-cabinet mount. This won’t be a viable solution for every RV owner, so you will need to look carefully at the design of your specific RV to determine if your cabinets will be able to support the weight of the bracket – along with the added weight of the TV. If you need assistance with this project, your local RV dealer might be able to provide guidance in terms of how much weight your cabinets can handle. In fact, some dealers may even be able to complete this kind of work for you, so be sure to call around your local area if you would prefer to have the work done by a professional.
Take Everything Down in Transit
This might seem like an obvious point, but it bears mentioning anyway. When you are getting ready to put your RV in motion on the open road, be sure to take down everything that you have hung on the walls. For example, if you used adhesive strips will hooks to hang family pictures during your trip, take all of those pictures down and put them somewhere safe before pulling out of the campground. Even properly mounted pictures will be prone to flying all around the RV once you get up to highway speeds.
In general, you should try to limit the size and weight of items that you mount on the walls of your RV. Don’t take any action that you feel could damage the RV, and feel free to contact your local RV dealer if you have any questions about how you should proceed. When in doubt, it is always better to error on the side of caution to avoid any expensive repairs to your rig.