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Why Acrylic Mounting Tape is My Favorite RV Hack

Acrylic mounting tape double-sided adhesive is a strong, removable, repositionable, weather-proof way to hang decor on a wall or secure items during travel in a camper, motorhome, or travel trailer. Easy to remove with no damage.
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The best strong, removable, repositionable, weather-proof adhesive for to hanging decor on a wall or secure items during travel in a camper, motorhome, or travel trailer is acrylic mounting tape. Easy to remove with no damage.

I talk about my favorite DIY helper, acrylic mounting tape, so often, that I thought I would do a whole blog post about all the different ways I’ve used it in my RV.

First, what it is: it’s a clear, double-sided tape that is extremely sturdy yet can be removed easily with no damage to the surface it was attached to and without leaving behind any residue.

You might be thinking some brand paid me to write this post, but nope–in fact, I’ve tried a few different brands of it, which I’ll talk about at the end of the post.

Acrylic mounting tape double-sided adhesive is a strong, removable, repositionable, weather-proof way to hang decor on a wall or secure items during travel in a camper, motorhome, or travel trailer. Easy to remove with no damage.

It’s thicker than normal tape, and it’s a stretchy/rubbery/gummy material, kind of like the stuff used to stick a new credit card to a piece of paper for mailing.  Its texture gives it some flexibility and helps it grab onto a surface.

And now for a few of the ways I’ve used it…

First, here’s a photo I hung on the wall with it.  This is a 5″x7″ frame.

Acrylic mounting tape used to hang a photo on the wall of my RV without having to drill holes in the wall. Easy to remove with no damage.

Here is a ceramic planter I hung on a curved wall (with a screw), and I used a tiny piece of the clear tape at the bottom and on the back of the planter to keep it from rattling on the wall every time my washing machine hit the spin cycle.  It hasn’t budged since.  Let’s all ignore the fact that this planter doesn’t have any plants in it.  (Actually it does; you just can’t see them because they are dead.)

Acrylic mounting tape used to secure a ceramic wall planter in my RV to keep it from rattling around during travel

This was a good idea that almost wasn’t a good idea:

Flameless LED candle and vintage camper ornament on corner tension shower caddy as living room shelf

I used a tension pole shower caddy to add extra space to set stuff in the corner of one of my slides, but I had to remove a section in order to make it fit under the cabinet, and that meant I had to put one of the shelves on the top part that isn’t supposed to have a shelf on it.

First of all, I used acrylic tape to wrap around the pole in order to make it wide enough to fit the hole in the shelf.  The problem was, as soon as I set a plant on the top shelf, the weight pulled down on the spring (duh, Ashley) and caused the caddy to fall over.  One of these days, I will find a way to cut the extra section of pole I removed so that it’s short enough to fit the space, but until then, this was my solution (along with only setting lightweight things on the top shelf)–a piece of acrylic tape to hold the end of the pole in place.  So far it hasn’t budged!

Acrylic mounting tape has many uses in an RV.

This next one is one of my favorite RV projects just because I spent such a long time trying to think of a solution and Googling a solution (without finding one) before finally coming up with an idea that I love.

If you have an RV shower with built in corner shelves, you probably know that anything left on the shelves while the RV is moving will fall off.  I wanted to find a way to keep this from happening that would allow my shelves to be used and wouldn’t require the shampoo to be used, so I made plexiglass “walls” for my shower shelves.  These plexiglass panels are stuck firmly to my shower walls (even when wet!) with acrylic mounting tape.

Plexiglass walls for camper or motorhome bathroom shower shelves to keep items from falling while the RV is moving

Another really successful project was making permanent plexiglass storm windows to cover the parts of my RV windows that don’t open.  I used acrylic tape around the edges and stuck the plexiglass to that.  It’s really hard (for me at least!) to take a picture of a clear glass window, but you can sort of see the plant’s reflection on the plexiglass in this photo:

I made DIY plexiglass storm windows and clear vinyl Velcro screen covers to prepare my RV for cold weather this winter.

Here’s another window project that’s kind of silly but illustrates the ability of the tape to hold in any weather.  We let our cat go outside by climbing out this window and down this board, and I wanted to cover the window with plastic for winter, but needed to still be able to open it and have a hole for my cat to climb out, so I attached clear vinyl to the outside of the window using the tape.  I know the hole partly defeats the purpose, but at least it blocks some wind while the window is open and my cat is making up his mind about whether or not he wants to go out (after scratching at the window for the past five minutes).

Clear vinyl used to cover an RV window to add extra insulation from cold weather during winter

Here’s a closer look.  I actually had my doubts about how well it would hold because it was below freezing the day I put it up and I had to warm the tape under my hands to get it to stick, but after it did stick, it stayed firmly stuck until spring when I removed it, even through sub-zero temperatures, rain, ice, and snow.

Acrylic mounting tape works even in the rain and in extremely cold weather.

For this wall lamp, I had actually planned to use Velcro to make removable covers, but the Velcro looked so bad, I ended up using acrylic tape instead, and it worked just how I wanted it to.  I was able to remove the geometric patterned cover and replace it with the red and white one for Christmas, and the tape was still sticky enough to hold it on.

DIY Changeable lamp shade covers for my RV wall sconce

For this project, I used acrylic tape to stick wood supports to the end of this cabinet to add a shelf and utilize the space at the top that had been wasted before.  I have no doubts that the shelf will easily hold anything I would want to set on it.

Easy no-drill way to add a cheap, removable shelf to an RV

My most recent use for this tape was to use it to stick some metal tool hooks I got at Dollar Tree to the ceiling of one of my kitchen cabinets to hang pot lids from.

Metal tool hook from Dollar Tree used to hang pot lids

To help the tape stick, I warmed each hook in front of a space heater before pressing it in place, which made the tape a bit squishier.

I wasn’t sure it would hold, but it’s been about a week now and they’re still up there.  The temperature in that cabinet gets into the 50’s, too.  [Edit 3/22/18: Well this idea DIDN’T work – the hooks fell down! 😀 I’m planning on trying foam mounting tape instead but haven’t gotten around to it yet.  But, since doing the pot lid project, I’ve since used the tape SUCCESSFULLY for at least half a dozen other projects!]

Metal hooks from Dollar Tree stuck to cabinet ceiling with acrylic mounting tape to hang pot lids

So now that you can see why I love this stuff, let me tell you about some of the different brands I am aware of.

The first brand I ever tried was some no-name brand that is no longer available on Amazon, so too bad for them that I can’t recommend them even though the product was good.

Next was Gorilla brand tape.  I bought this brand at Lowe’s one day when I ran out of my first roll and needed some right away.  It worked just as well as the other brand, but costwise it isn’t the best value compared to these next two brands.

Acrylic mounting tape double-sided adhesive is a strong, removable, repositionable, weather-proof way to hang decor on a wall or secure items during travel in a camper, motorhome, or travel trailer. Easy to remove with no damage.

This brand from Amazon seller AJ Sign World is the next one I tried, and I could see no difference from the brands I had previously tried.  It comes in both a 1/2″ width and a 2″ width.  The first roll I got was 1″ wide, and I found myself cutting it in half lengthwise a lot, so for me buying the 1/2″ width was a time saver. (I told you I use a lot of this tape, lol!)

Acrylic mounting tape double-sided adhesive is a strong, removable, repositionable, weather-proof way to hang decor on a wall or secure items during travel in a camper, motorhome, or travel trailer. Easy to remove with no damage. Acrylic mounting tape double-sided adhesive is a strong, removable, repositionable, weather-proof way to hang decor on a wall or secure items during travel in a camper, motorhome, or travel trailer. Easy to remove with no damage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally is XFasten, which is the best deal for the money that I’ve found so far.  And if you look at the reviews for it on Amazon you can see photos where people tested it by using it to stick things like cast iron skillets and ceramic mugs and cans of stew to the wall. 😀

Acrylic mounting tape double-sided adhesive is a strong, removable, repositionable, weather-proof way to hang decor on a wall or secure items during travel in a camper, motorhome, or travel trailer. Easy to remove with no damage.

Almost done preaching!  The last thing I will say is that even though I can’t promise this tape will work for every situation, I do believe that even if you buy it for some reason and it ends up not working in that particular case, you will still be able to find plenty of other practical uses for it–at least that’s what happened to me! 🙂


The best strong, removable, repositionable, weather-proof adhesive for to hanging decor on a wall or secure items during travel in a camper, motorhome, or travel trailer is acrylic mounting tape. Easy to remove with no damage.The best strong, removable, repositionable, weather-proof adhesive for to hanging decor on a wall or secure items during travel in a camper, motorhome, or travel trailer is acrylic mounting tape. Easy to remove with no damage.


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17 comments

  1. sarah 31 January, 2018 at 16:23 Reply

    Good information to know! Thanks for the tips… we’re not full-time yet, but someday!

  2. Pam 8 February, 2018 at 14:01 Reply

    Love your ideas, but my husband says acrylic tapes will not stick while storing trailers through cold winter months and heat is not in use. True??

    • Ashley Mann 8 February, 2018 at 16:44 Reply

      One way to find out for sure – try it! 🙂 But, as I mentioned in the article, I found that the acrylic tape I used on the outside of my RV has stayed firmly stuck through negative temperatures, rain, and snow. I think it helps to warm it a little you’re sticking it to begin with. I also find that it does best when joining two flat surfaces.

    • Ashley Mann 10 May, 2018 at 11:45 Reply

      The tape is actually pretty easy to peel off the wall (or whatever it’s stuck to!) and doesn’t leave any damage behind! Kind of like peeling the sticky stuff off the back of a credit card. For larger items (such as a picture stuck to a wall), it helps to slide a butter knife behind the item to loosen the tape a bit, and then kind of twist and tug, and then usually the item comes free all of a sudden, and then you can peel off any tape that may have been left behind. Hope that helps!

    • Ashley Mann 16 August, 2018 at 13:54 Reply

      Any time I use acrylic tape, I make sure the surface I’m sticking it to is clean (free of dust and dirt) and dry, but most surfaces require no special cleaning. I have never used alcohol prior to using the tape. The only times I’ve ever had the tape fail it was due to the weight of the object which caused the tape to stretch before the item finally fell, in which cases I usually just apply more tape and then it’s fine. 🙂

  3. Kirk 17 August, 2018 at 12:25 Reply

    Ashley,
    I like your posts. I tuned in to see your method of window insulation. You have proven that I need to get some of this tape.
    I thought your idea to hang pot lids overhead was definitely the “acid test”. Since they hung for a week shows the tape works incredibly well. I have 3 ideas if you care to try again.
    1. Reattach as before and then add screws in the provided holes. The plywood is very thin so you just tighten the screw until you feel the least amount of resistance. I watch until the “whatever” is getting close to contact and start to focus on “do I feel it getting the least bit tight”, and then stop. This will work. You can get colored screw heads – brown, white black or paint them yourself.
    2. Use 2 part epoxy. This is a permanent solution. You will never get the hooks off without destroying the plywood.
    3. Cut a piece of plywood that fits the cabinet. Attached hooks permanently to it. Then put the plywood into the cabinet. You could support it similar to how you put the mini shelf in, in this post.
    Keep on blogging the great ideas.

    • Ashley Mann 17 August, 2018 at 13:53 Reply

      Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! I have been meaning to try again using screws, but I really like your plywood idea, and in fact, that has me thinking, maybe pegboard would work even better! Then I could remove it and reconfigure the hooks as needed without having to drill a bunch of new holes!

  4. Shauna 2 September, 2018 at 08:56 Reply

    I tried Gorilla tape & sticky back velcro in our fifth wheel this summer both failed horribly just from the humidity & temperature differences between day & night 🙁

    • Ashley Mann 3 September, 2018 at 15:27 Reply

      I’ve had problems with Velcro failing too. Gorilla tape usually works for me but leaves a residue that’s tough to remove. I have had it fail in freezing temps though. Acrylic tape has only failed me a few times due to my exceeding its weight limit, never due to temperature or moisture.

  5. Debra 7 September, 2018 at 13:13 Reply

    Love this tape!! My daughter first introduced me to it! We have hung a clock and baskets and all summer long no movement! Thanx for the new ideas!! I may have to order in bulk! Hahahahaha

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