Mod #53: Key Rack

Mod #53: Key Rack

Submitted on: 08/01/08

     Category: interior, miscellaneous
Mod Rating: 12345

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Mod Description:

“Honey, do you know where the keys to the RV are? I left them on the counter right here.” Sound familiar? The key rack mod is such a simple but very practical mod. It will have you organizing your key storage in no time so you won’t feel stupid when you find that the keys were in your hand all the while you were searching for them. Kind of like finding your reading glasses on top of your head when you swear you were just wearing them.

Mod Difficulty:

The easy part of this mod is mounting the rack. Finding exactly what kind of rack you want is the hardest part. There are so many kinds to choose from. While not really a rack, the simplest is perhaps the brass hooks you find at any hardware of home improvement store. They come in all shapes and sizes and simply screw in to most any surface. But depending on what surface it is, you may have to drill a small pilot hole before screwing in the hooks. Under a cabinet is a very popular place to put them and you can add as many as you need if your key storage needs show grow.

Then there is the standard oak rack with four or five hooks already installed. These are usually installed on a wall with a couple of wood screws. Since RV walls aren’t the best at providing a good anchoring surface, consider using industrial-strength Velcro. This stuff works really well and adheres to the wall surface much better than standard Velcro so you don’t have to use as much. Depending on the size of the rack, two to four strips the length of the rack is more than enough to anchor the rack.

Finally, there is the custom made key rack cut from metal and heat stressed to provide some really nice coloring. You can get your name engraved on it or any saying that you want, even a picture of your dog! These are a little pricier than the standard racks but hey, your modding your RV. Spare no expense!

Now you just need to remember to actually put your keys on your new rack.

TipIf you have to remove something from the wall that has been attached with adhesive and some of the wall covering peels away, you can mount a key rack over the area to hide it. The location might not be as practical as just inside the door, but it will look nicer nevertheless.

ModMyRV recommends these parts for this mod:
4 Hook Key Rack in Walnut Wood by Spectrum
Key Rack - Cowboy Western Horseshoe with Lock
Wall Mounted Wooden Key Holder - Made in USA

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6 Comments For This Mod

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  1. jmt

    Love my new key holder. I used velcro to hold mine since I’m no into putting holes into my interior. I installed inside a cabinet. Love it so far.

  2. tvman44

    I did one only I cut out a piece of oak in the letter “D” for the first letter of our last name and stained and varnished it. Mounted it on the wall near the exit door, looks nice and very handy.

  3. Trailblazer

    We did this mod and found it extremely useful. Instead of mounting the the unit with velcro or srews, we used the removable 3M command strips. We did this mod three years ago and the key rack is still as secure as the day we mounted it.

  4. ON-A-ROAD

    Being a woodworker I made ours. I found this tie tac that had a 5th wheel on it. It reads “Making Memories” on it. I cut out some maple stock I had (our 5th wheel is maple), and stuck the pin on it.

    http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc101/onawave2/Keyholder.jpg

  5. bullmastifflover

    We used 3M Command hooks. They come in gold or silver. I put them underneath my cabinet and the hook hangs straight down.
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00987223000P?vName=Tools&cName=Hardware&Fasteners&sName=Hooks%20&%20Hangers&sid=IDx20070921×00003a&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=00987223000P

  6. wowlites

    I did this mod, but instead of putting key rack “up” somewhere, I put it “down”, down that is by the entry door. So instead of climbing into the 5ver to get or put keys away, we just simply open the door and on the wall about a foot of the floor hangs vehicle keys, cubby hole keys and a flashlight. All within easy reach from the ground outside, usually when you need them.

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