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Old 10-29-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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Am I wrong? Some questions...

I have been reading a ton since I got my 30 ft 1978 Argosy. I want to clarify a couple things.

About riveting, am I wrong, but if I want to hang something on the wall i just drill a 5/32 hole and pop rivet (inside not exterior) it to the wall? When do you ever have to hit a "stud"? What about anchoring a floor cabinet to the wall?

When I remodel the thing and want to move or redo the floor plan I just drill out the existing rivets and move the wall or whatever. Right?

Why does the toilet on the rear baths sit on a plywood box?

I appreciate any advice.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:32 PM   #2
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:44 PM   #3
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First if you gotta ask then yes you are! I have lived in a house of females so I am wrong most of the time! The rest rivets work for me and some of my cabinets were screwed into the wall only!
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The toilet sits on top of the Black Water tank. Which is under the skimpy plywood box.
Most RV toilets drop the contents directly into the BW tank. This prevents any blockage between the toilet and tank.
The tank capacity in the Argosy is probably about 12 gallons.
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Of course a 'stud" is a stronger anchor. But if you are hanging light stuff no problem.

Most, if not all, of the cabinetry and bulkheads are pop riveted to the inner skin.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:57 PM   #6
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Of course a 'stud" is a stronger anchor. But if you are hanging light stuff no problem.

Most, if not all, of the cabinetry and bulkheads are pop riveted to the inner skin.
Even the overhead cabinets? I'd like to move that wall at the end of the double twin beds to allow for a longer bed so I can sleep without hitting my head or toes.

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About riveting, am I wrong, but if I want to hang something on the wall i just drill a 5/32 hole and pop rivet (inside not exterior) it to the wall? When do you ever have to hit a "stud"? What about anchoring a floor cabinet to the wall?
What you're calling a stud is actually a rib. It's not essential to rivet to the ribs, but always better if you can do so. The shape of the rib makes it a lot more rigid than the (inner) skin. If you rivet to the skin alone, you can experience oil-canning— while the trailer is in motion the skin flexes under the load, which can lead to a dent or bulge or wrinkle in the skin where you installed the rivets. The heavier the load you're hanging from the rivet(s) and the fewer rivets you use to hang the load, the more pronounced the problem will be, all other things being equal.

Overhead cabinets should always be secured to the ribs. Even an empty cabinet is heavy, and a full cabinet even moreso.

Floor cabinets and bulkheads are a different critter; it's the floor, not the wall, that's load-bearing, and the rivets in the inner skin are just for positioning, not for load-bearing.
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Are the bulkheads what is over the twin beds? Or over the couch at the front near the tongue?
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Are the bulkheads what is over the twin beds? Or over the couch at the front near the tongue?
Bulkheads are walls that run side-to-side in the trailer.
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Are the bulkheads what is over the twin beds? Or over the couch at the front near the tongue?
I see those referred to as "lockers" despite the fact that I have not seen one that locks.
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