Tip: Command Hooks in the RV
Like all new RV owners, I went to the interwebs looking for tips and tricks about how to maintain the RV and then make it functional. I heard over and over that you should use Command Hooks. These hooks use strong double-sided adhesives to attach to the wall. They will keep you from drilling into the thin walls of the RV, possibly hitting electrical, plumbing, or something else vital. Or going through the wall entirely thus creating a water leak situation. Command Hooks are hailed as the end all, be all to hanging small items on the walls of your RV.
One problem: high heat makes regular Command Hooks fall off your walls!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come into the RV to find the hooks and whatever was attached to them on the floor. Maybe this is a problem only for part-timers that don’t keep their rigs temperature controlled, such as they can be, all the time or RVers in the South. My RV will sit in my driveway, in the hot Georgia sun, for weeks without use. You walk in to do maintenance on a Saturday afternoon and it feels like a sauna in there. So any hooks up in the front living area would fall off over time.
But you know which ones haven’t budged, not once since the day I put them up?
The Bathroom Command Hooks!
Command has special adhesives that are designed for higher temperatures and humidity found in bathrooms. These bathroom hooks are still going strong in my RV, two and a half years later. You can get bathroom replacement strips and use them on the other hooks, if you want a better looking hook (the bathroom ones are typically not as pretty as the designer ones for the rest of the house).
I also found another solution – use Gorilla brand tape. The clear repair tape is used in multiple places around the RV. In addition to holding some of the Command hooks, it is useful for quick repairs on hoses, tarps, awnings, and a variety of other applications. I recommend clear because it’ll work on everything without looking like you took duct tape to the whole RV. A newer product to the Gorilla lineup is their double-sided mounting tape. It is useful when you don’t have an easy way to tape across the item. I have found that while useful, the double-sided tape is not as strong or durable as the clear repair tape.
Maybe one day I’ll show you that it is ok to use screws to drill into the RV walls, at least in limited circumstances.
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