This modification was designed and completed by ModMyRV member roncryderman. This article carries a copyright. Permission must be obtained from the author before duplication or reposting.
I had difficulty storing fishing poles in an RV with limited space for the long and sometimes awkward fishing poles. I usually put the 4 to 5 poles in a 5-gallon bucket and had that in the back of my truck while towing my 5th wheel.
Noting unused interior wall space above my slide out, I placed plastic broom holders in the open spaces long enough for my fishing rods. There are several different types of holders as I had already installed a similar tool bar in my small closet to hold brooms, a rake and walking sticks from being snarled in a mess during travel. The smaller holders are large enough for the butt-end of the fishing rod and held in place with the tension the holder creates. I used plastic removable hooks to hold up the other end. Removing and replacing poles is very simple.
When mounting anything to RV interior walls, special care must be taken. The interior walls are thin and electrical wiring may be routed behind the area you want to mount something to. If in doubt, consult your RV’s manufacturer and they should be able to tell you where wiring is located in the walls.
To mount the grip clips used to hold the butt-end of the fishing pole, I used 3/4″ self-tapping screws and double-sided tape. This insures that even if the screw does not provide enough holding strength, the double-sided tape will make up for it. Be sure not to over-tighten the screws as they may pull out if you are mounting to a thin wall.
Mounting the hooks to hold the other end of the fishing pole, I used 3M adhesive hooks. These are the “Command” type that allows you to pull a tab and release the adhesive for removal. It’s too bad this type of attachment isn’t incorporated in to the grip clips. It sure would make it easy to transfer the hooks and clips somewhere else if needed. All you have to do is find the spot you want the hook and simply press in place.
This is a simple, cheap, and easy mod that will help you not only organize your fishing poles, but also brooms, walking sticks, or anything else that can be held by grip clips. And if you have a pass-through front storage area, you might be able to use these clips to mount fishing poles to an unused wall, most likely the front wall. Any unused wall is fair game!
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