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Old 06-27-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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Attaching a hook/hanger/screw to interior lining?

I own a 2005 19' Safari and would like to mount a hanger/hook in that sliver of wall space between the window over the sink and the carpeted wall over the dining area. I'd be drilling into the aluminum interior lining. What is the best way to do this? What tools or anchors should I use?

I've read that lots of people use velcro, suction cups and so on, but that's not what I'm looking to do. I want something permanent that won't move or have to be taken down every time I hit the road. The various hook/hangers I'm considering attach to a screw head that is sticking out of the wall, so I guess that's what i need to do - have a securely inserted screw. If this were drywall or plaster I'd know just what to do!

Ideas? Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:24 PM   #2
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Use a 3M Command Strip hook. I have several of them in my rig and they work great. They come in a variety of styles and colors.

Amazon.com: Command Forever Classic Large Metal Hook, Brushed Nickel: Home Improvement
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:40 PM   #3
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Hi, I use 3M two sided automotive tape; Don't drill any holes in your trailer if at all possible.
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One more vote for the 3M hooks
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How to affix the hook to the wall depends on how much weight you are going to put on it. If possible I like to rivet thing in place, just like the original, but stainless steel screw can work. there may be an aluminum rib behind the area. If you can rivet or screw into that, the hook will hold a lot of weight.
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Use a smaller drill bit a size smaller than you would usually use. The aluminum acts differently than wood or a harder metal, and will stretch. It's easy to spin the screw in the hole, stripping it out, if the hole is too large. You'll drill into the inner aluminum, and when you put the screw into the hole tighten it but don't overdo it. It will hold. I've had experience with those 3M strips giving up after a while. Even installed correctly, they don't hold forever like a properly installed screw or rivet.
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