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Posted: 01/29/12 11:09am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Was wondering if anyone has a sure fire way of finding those aluminum wall studs. If I anchor something to the wall I want to hit those studs for extra support.
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Posted: 01/29/12 11:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello. Just look for the rivets on the inside wall skin as they are riveted to the studs. Good luck nm1oqrz

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A Zircon stud finder, available for around $20.00 at Home Depot, can be set to find wood or metal studs in any wall.

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HI,

I was outside my motorhome one cold morning, and there was dew on the sidewalls - making a picture perfect outline of all the wall studs on my RV. I should have taken a picture, as it might be helpful someday, but did not.

In my case, the wall studs can be several feet apart, they do not have to place them like a house on 16" centers, and might be anywhere from 24 to 36" apart.

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Posted: 01/29/12 11:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We were able to get a diagram of the framing for our Jayco from the factory. It has all the measurements from windows, etc.

Like Golden_HVAC I have noticed the pattern of condensation on the exterior on a cool morning - obviously the insulation is not as good at the metal framing.


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Posted: 01/29/12 12:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fordsooperdooty wrote:

A Zircon stud finder, available for around $20.00 at Home Depot, can be set to find wood or metal studs in any wall.

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Didn't know they made such a critter. I have had the same question and will be getting one of these. Thanks


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A Zircon stud finder, or a cold morning you can see exactly where they are. I have a A Zircon stud finder and have used it on our aluminum framed 5er to find the studs for mounting things.


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Posted: 01/29/12 05:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just a suggestion. My owners manual says to use rivets instead of screws when attaching to aluminum studs. The studs are not thick enough to utilize the screw threads needed for anchoring.


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