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Old 12-06-2009, 01:09 PM   #1
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Adding towel racks and spice rack

I posted elsewhere, but this looks like the right place, so sorry for the duplication. We have a new FB 27 lying Cloud, but it has only one towel rack and no robe hooks in the bathroom; I'd like to add both, and also a spice rack in the kitchen wall. My husband is thinking maybe we shouldn't drill into the walls, but I would like to do this. Any thoughts about how to do this best, or if we shouldn't? Thanks
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Old 12-06-2009, 01:24 PM   #2
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They're called "Byam Hooks"

Because Wally used to sell them in his stores.

My '74 has them in the bathroom, one over each end of the tub, with a cord between them to use as a handy clothesline.

Look around, there are many similar types available in the big box stores these days...
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No reason that you couldn't fasten to the exterior walls at rib locations. Rivets or metal screws work fine. Alternately, you can use the 3M brand hooks with the adhesive on the back. They make some nice modern looking stainless steel ones that suit the Airstream interiors. I mounted these on my interior walls and have had no problems with them.

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Old 12-06-2009, 02:26 PM   #4
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The Container Store

The Container Store is a great place to find things for your Airstream. I found great stainless steel hooks that fit over the wardrobe and pantry doors. The bath door is a little thicker so the 3m hooks in stainless work better there.I found clear containers that I use in the medicine cabinet. They keep things from rolling out and are easy to keep clean. We have an aluminium interior and I got these great looking chrome wall baskets with clear suction cups that look great and are secure. These came from Target. Good luck and have fun!
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We found some really nifty towel bars for our teeny-tiny bathroom, which attach with very good suction cups and can then be removed to attach to the outside of your AS when you have sunshine. They come in several sizes. EZ RV Products-Innovative and Practical RV Products Designed for RV'ers by RV'ers
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:28 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone for your very good ideas!
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:52 AM   #7
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Terri,

I re-built and modified two stock Airstream spice racks for Anne-Marie’s spice bottles, and I built a third rack from cherry wood. The stock Airstream spice racks would not hold the larger spice bottles, and the small bottles would only fit on the tall shelf, and the railing covered the labels. I backed the spice racks with foam weather stripping to avoid scratching the wall, and attached to the wall with short sheet-metal screws.

Look at our pictures under the spice racks heading.

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I backed the spice racks with foam weather stripping to avoid scratching the wall, and attached to the wall with short sheet-metal screws.
Just FYI, I have been told that anything metal that you use to attach to the aluminum in your TT should be stainless steel, to avoid corrosion...
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Actually, the surfaces that I'm talking about (to attach stuff to) are not the exterior walls that are aluminum, but the interior walls which are likely some sort of particle board, I'm assuming. So my question is more, can we screw into these walls without doing any damage?

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Yes. Use wood screws of a length that won't penetrate through to the other side of the 'wood'. Of course, if you decide to move that which you are hanging, you'll be left with visible screw holes, which aren't too attractive.
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Screw holes in wood or even particle board can easily be effectively hidden. As Cameron menioned though, avoid going through them too far in order to avoid disturbing wiring or plumbing.
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In our bath to add bath towels we used a hinged multi'bar from IKEA.
Eitiher pivoted in and/or out as we need. Used the exisiting top hole.

We also used the matching round knobs for holding odds and ends.

I also agree with using the "Container Store" or Camping world over the top hooks. They fit in a lot of places and easy to move around.
In a few places, we also used the 3M screwless hooks, they look and hold up great.
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Hi Bob and Nanc,
Your beds look so cozy, like you could just snuggle right in there! I love that. We're working hard on that "cozy" factor in the trailer. My husband keeps saying "we're camping!" but this is our home away from home, and it's a little nest for us and I think it should be terrific. So glad we've found this forum to talk to others in our situation. Thanks for all your input.
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My husband keeps saying "we're camping!"
Next time he says that, hand him a sleeping bag and a pup tent and point him out the door! I'll bet he starts seeing things your way.
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