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Old 12-30-2019, 08:01 AM   #1
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Picture Hanging in an Airstream

How do you hang prints on the aluminum skin of an Airstream? We have several unframed but matted prints hanging in our Sport. I used Command strips and they've stayed in place quite well. Now I'm considering having the prints framed ( the'yre getting dusty and frayed ) but that will add weight and there's a little gap between the back of the matt and the frame. The gap is a little thicker the Command strips.
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Old 12-30-2019, 08:14 AM   #2
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Old 12-30-2019, 08:30 AM   #3
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We attach the Command Strips to the frame and it works fine
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Old 12-30-2019, 08:47 AM   #4
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Same here. We use the velcro command strips.
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Old 12-30-2019, 09:07 AM   #5
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Picture hanging

If the gap is too large I glue a piece of cardboard to the back before applying the command strip. If the pierce is heavy I use more command strips.
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Velco strips with plexiglass NOT glass in the frames
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Old 12-30-2019, 09:51 AM   #7
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We also hang framed pictures over the two tv screens in our 25’fb using inverted Command Strip hooks that fit over the tv’s top edge. We size the frame and matting slightly larger than the screens. The pictures lie in the bed while traveling and any place handy while watching tv. The pictures are a much warmer presence than the gaping black maw of the tv screens.
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Alternatively, try

3M Dual Lock Reclosable Fastener SJ3560 250 Clear

They are better than Velcro IMHO because you don't need to worry about which half you have and they hold more firmly.
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Old 12-30-2019, 10:12 AM   #9
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We too remove pictures, clocks, etc. while on the road so that nothing will be damaged.
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Old 12-30-2019, 10:19 AM   #10
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We actually got a nice wall clock to stay using the picture command strips! We'd tried a bunch of other things and it was always either off or dangling...to the point that our first clock got ruined. Double command strips placed where they best balance on the curved frame and...perfection. 6,000 miles and is hasn't moved.

We often travel daily and having to take everything down and then put it back up again is not going to happen. If it doesn't stay where we put it, it doesn't get to go!
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Old 12-30-2019, 10:24 AM   #11
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You can always install small threaded fasteners into the structural frames/ribs, and hang stuff from them. A small truss-head SS screw would look OK IMO. If the fastener is no longer needed, just back it out and install an aluminum rivet in the hole. Most folks would never notice it.

For instance:
https://www.jamestowndistributors.co...ct.do?pid=1767

Probably best to put a little Loctite on the threads to keep it from backing out on the road.

https://www.jamestowndistributors.co...uct.do?pid=558

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We use Command Strips from Home Depot. Easily removable too.
https://www.homedepot.com/s/command%2520strips?NCNI-5
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Old 12-30-2019, 11:36 AM   #13
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We use Command Strips from Home Depot. Easily removable too.
https://www.homedepot.com/s/command%2520strips?NCNI-5
Ditto!
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Old 12-30-2019, 01:26 PM   #14
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We had our favorite photos done on aluminum through Costco. Quite light. And style wise complement our airstream interior . Command works well, as they are quite light, easy to store while traveling .
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Old 12-30-2019, 02:12 PM   #15
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Mouse Pad Pix

My wife found a source online, and had a Groupon to use, so she had digitized photos emailed to the provider for printing onto standard custom-printed, flexible computer mouse pads.


Works great with double-sided tape since they are flexible to fit the curves of the Airstream and light-weight so minimal danger of falling off the walls. Over 6,000 mile this past summer with no failures!


And if they do come off, accidentally or deliberately, nothing is damaged. And easy to move to another location.


And.... if you forget your mouse pad, they serve as spares!!
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3M golf club grip tape. Dble. sided very hard to pull any thing attached w/this tape. [I use turning wood on lathe] no residue if tape removed.
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We cut foam board [office supply item] to fit the picture then mount the pic with spray adhesive to the foam board and then mount foam board to the alum walls with Command Strips. They weigh almost nothing, never fall off and we like the unframed modern look.


Also, we buy the vintage look post cards when we visit National Parks and mount those on the walls the same way for inexpensive, lightweight mementos.



The only thing we have to remove for traveling is our weather station/clock.


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Old 12-30-2019, 07:01 PM   #18
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We had little aluminum wall space in ours, but maybe you have a bigger trailer or don't have panoramic windows. And we did enjoy the variety of colors reflecting off the aluminum. We have attached a poster to a wood wall with artist;s putty. You get a blob, roll it in a ball, attach it to the corners of a poster or photo and push and flatten it to the wall. Not good enough for a frame perhaps unless you use a lot of it, but good for posters and such.
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I tried everything on a digital clock/thermo to keep it on the bathroom wall facing the interior. When the summer heat sets in, velcro and other strips become soft and will eventually fall off the wall if any weight is involved.

Final: A simple, single screw into the bathroom wall with velcro on the bottom of the clock to keep it from swinging during travel. Figure the next owner will like both the clock and/or the screw.

I have successfully used the command strips on lightweight items. Like some said, it is wise to pull anything off the aluminum wall or dividers while in motion. Just cheap insurance.
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There is another type hook that I used on a clock. It could release behind the $10 clock I put in the trailer, so I could change the battery and reset the time when the clock was wrong. I used it successfully for almost ten years, but I can't remember the name of the hook assembly. I think it started with a "H". There may be others—just two parts, one screwed to the wall with a couple of small screws, the other to the back of the clock. The parts lock together and can be separated. Those cheap clocks have some places to put screws, or just improvise with drilling some holes and using some short bolts and nuts. When you sell then trailer, this $15 at most (unless you want a fancy clock) investment goes with it.
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