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Old 03-29-2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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Our Cruiser 325 CK Patriot/Provincial came without towel bar or toilet paper holder in the bathroom (where else would they be, right?). So we'll have to get one of each and install 'em

The glass shower door and walls are a little narrow to hang an over-the-shower towel bar, so we're left with either screwing something into the back of the bathroom door (a far stretch in reaching for the TP) or screwing something into the wall that is common between the bathroom and bedroom.

Question is, what's the best way to do this so that a couple of heavy, wet bath towels do not pull a flimsily attached bar out of the wall?

Do those interior walls have 16-inch-on-center studs like the exterior walls? Is screwing straight into those studs the way to go, assuming they exist at convenient places?

Or have you all found that plastic anchors in the wall are sufficient to hold the screws for a towel bar and wet towels?

Or would we be better off screwing the towel bar into the bathroom door?


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Old 03-29-2012, 02:49 PM   #2
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We have a towel bar (from Wallyworld) on the back of the door and the wall above the toilet, both screwed directlyto the door and wall. We don't use giant towels, but the bars hold up well, even when traveling; no problems yet after 15,000 miles.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:07 PM   #3
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Our new SS Trail 30RE has the same problem. You'd think things that simple would be standard on all rv's. We bought a free standing TP holder at Menards. as for the towel bar... no studs anywhere to be found. Also, there is no wall switch for the bathroom fan, only the button on the ceiling vent. My wife is rather vertically impaired (short) and with the higher ceilings, this creates a major problem. I found a 12"wood dowel as the only solution!
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:35 AM   #4
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On my new Zinger, the towel bar and TP holder were in the black bag with all the technicaldocumentation
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We just set the toilet paper on the ledge behind the toilet. Not enough room out in front. We put a couple of hooks along the side of the cabinet and also use the shower curtain rod for drying towels.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:53 AM   #6
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We bought a tp holder and towel holder (just like a 6" diameter ring) from walmart too. found that the studs were inconveniently placed so I just screwed them to where it fit best. no issues yet.



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Old 03-30-2012, 02:06 PM   #7
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I hung a towel rack on the inside of the toilet room door and put a bungee cord on the bottom. Holds two rolls. Just flatten them before you put them on so they don't unroll. Also bought a Walmart towel rack/hook for over the door. Put a split swimming noodle over the top edge of the shower and put the rack over it. Both have been there three years and still doing well.
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:05 AM   #8
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Thanks much for all your suggestions. We went with an over-the-door towel rack on the bathroom door and also are putting a couple of smaller bars up using anchors in the wall.

I would like to know what a swimming noodle is, though.
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Personally I would like to know how we get a copy of the studding system in our units...in other words what's behind the walls and where are the studs...If we could get a detailed schematic that would certainly help a little.

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dbuster...swimming noodle is a closed cell foam tube about 2-1/2" diameter x 48-54" long that kids use for flotation in pools and to whack each other with. Make good bumpers for the corners of slides also.
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:46 PM   #11
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I wrote to Crossroads, telling them I was planning to put towel bars in the bathroom and didn't want to poke a hole through the wall in the wrong place and hit something I shouldn't and that I wanted to know where the studs were in that wall. They sent me a pdf of the blueprint for the wall that's common between the bath and bedroom in our 325CK.
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Dennis,
Who did you write to? Any special department or person?

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Old 04-01-2012, 08:05 AM   #13
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I used this e-mail address: crmail@crossroadsrv.com

I got a reply from a specific person, but I can't recall his name right
now. I am at a computer from which I can't directly access my home computer's e-mail program, so I can't tell you the person's name who replied to me.

It took them two or three days to get back to me.

Hope that helps.

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Dennis,
thanks, sent them a mail, let's see if I get as quick aresponse as you did

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The swimming noodle idea was a great one. I put a couple on the bottom of the bedroom slide (the only one you can whack your head on) and on the over-the-door towel rack in the bathroom to keep it from wearing on the door. Works like a charm. And better still, each noodle cost only a buck. So we bought 3, which leaves us 1 1/2 spares. &lt;grin&gt;
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Yep, they are the handiest things.
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Yep, they are the handiest things.
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x2 on noodles being handy. They are even used by car seat specialists to help w/ proper setup and installation.

I like the idea of the noodle over the door, my over the door towel rack always seemes to be sliding, this might help.
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:55 AM   #18
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We put a couple of short noodle pieces on the two "feet" for our over-the-door towel rack so it doesn't bang against the door and scuff the finish or even wear thru the thin wood.

'Nother good idea, this one for the water heater cabinet panel in our 325CK: Using the screws to remove and re-install that panel a couple of times a year (when winterizing and getting ready for travel season) would pretty quickly wear out the screw holes in the wood and in that very thin paneling used in the cabinets. We thought about using cabinet catches similar to those used on the rest of the kitchen cabinetry to hold doors closed while traveling, but there really was no place where we could install the latches. So we wound up buying industrial-strength Velcro and ran a strip across the top and bottom of the access opening and on the access panel. Seems like a good idea at this point. We'll see how it goes over the long haul.




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We did the extra strength velcro on the access panels. Only gets loose when we haul the 5er up the mountain to go elk hunting. Regular roads no problem. Has been on three years.
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:21 AM   #20
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Our 2008 Paradise Point came with a toilet paper holder. It was sitting on the shelf under the bathroom sink. They told us that so many people complained about where they put it they decided to let the owner put it where ever they like. I never found a good spot to hang one so I picked up a small magazine holder with a spot to hold the paper. it just sits on the floor next to the toilet. As far as a towel bar we just drape the towels over the shower walls. We also have a hook the goes over the top of the shower and use that.



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