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Charles Coushaine, Punta Gorda, Florida
Ratcheting Paper Towel Holder Install
2022 Ford F-550
2012 Chalet DS 116-RB
I installed a new ratcheting paper towel holder in my RV that makes loading and dispensing easy as pie. It also keeps the paper towels from unspooling during travel.
The installation was quite easy, but installing the paper towel holder onto the side of my slide-out posed a slight challenge. Since my slide-out is 1/8-inch thick paneling with insulation, using simple screws would not have provided enough holding strength.
An anchor needed to be added, but I needed one that could be used with insulation. I chose an extra short expanding wall anchor and it worked perfectly.
In addition, I added 3M double-sided extreme holding tape to the back of the paper towel holder.
This adds extra strength to the mounting joint so bumps going down the road would not wiggle it loose.
So far this paper towel holder has exceeded my expectations. Our old plastic one was very hard to load. This new one allows for extremely easy loading and the ratchet mechanism prevents the paper towels from unspooling during travel.
3M Scotch Extreme Mounting Tape, 1 by 60-Inch, Black
Extra Short Hollow Wall Anchors, 1/8-Inch, 18-Piece
Heavy Duty Hollow Wall Anchor Setting Tool
Kamenstein Perfect Tear Patented Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder, 14-Inch
It took me one hour to complete this modification and cost me $25. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is easy.
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