How to Install a Toilet Paper Holder in Your RV

Need to install a toilet paper holder in your brand new RV but don't know how to do it? We'll go through it step by step and show you how!

Tired of wasting paper towels? Want to be more efficient? If so, installing a new toilet paper holder in your RV may be the right solution. Ever wonder how to install a toilet paper holder? I’ll show you! This is one of those DIY projects that shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes.

I’m not sure if it’s the lack of elbow room or maybe just because I love anything that involves tools and screws, but there is something about installing an RV toilet paper holder that makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something big. Keep reading if you want to know how to install a toilet paper holder in your semi-royal RV throne.

I know, I know. You’ve been living without a toilet paper holder for so long that you just can’t deal with the idea of installing one in your RV. I get it. But hear me out! It’s not hard to do, and you’ll be glad you did when the time comes.

What tools you’ll need to get started

RVs are a great way to have adventures. What better way to enjoy your time in the great outdoors than by installing a toilet paper holder? Installing a toilet paper holder is straightforward, and all you need are some basic tools and the willingness to have fun!

Let’s start with what you will need:

  • Toilet paper holder
  • Ruler or tape measurer
  • Pencil or pen
  • Power drill or screwdriver 
  • An assortment of screws
  • An extension cord or power strip (optional but recommended)

It is advised that you hold up the toilet paper holder to the spot where you’d like to install it and mark it with a pencil or pen.

1. Open the throne door of your RV

This is the first step in how to install a toilet paper holder in your RV. By opening the throne door of your RV, you can have easy access to installing the toilet paper holder. After opening the door, it is best to remove any leftover toilet papers or other items on the bathroom floor.

2. Find a level spot on the wall for your toilet paper holder

To install the toilet paper holder, look for a level spot on the wall. Most RVs have space on at least one of the walls by the bathroom. You will need to find a level spot for your toilet paper holder before you install it.

Take a level or measuring tape to test if the spot is level. If it is not, find an alternate wall spot that is level. Use a pencil and ruler to mark where you will drill the holes. Make sure that they are on either side of two studs. If your site is not over studs, then use drywall anchors.

3. Measure the distance from the edge of the wall to the desired height

Choose where to drill a hole in your wall, and mark it with a pencil. Drill a hole at least 2 inches away from the mark. Insert your anchors into the drilled holes and screw them into place using your screwdriver.

Insert anchor bolts through holes in the backside of the toilet paper holder and tighten with screws. Place looped slats over the edges of the bracket, then attach to the backside of the toilet paper holder with small nails or screws. Now you’re ready to spruce up your bathroom and install a toilet paper holder!

4. Drill holes for mounting screws in the back of your toilet paper holder

Four drill holes for mounting screws in all 4 corners of the back of your toilet paper holder with a power drill or screwdriver, with holes spaced approximately 8 inches apart. Once they’re drilled into place, put in some long screws from behind each hole, so you have something to tighten against when assembling. These longer screws will also help you during the next step.

5. Using your tools, screw each corner into place

Settling down in the RV is not the only thing you have to do before it becomes your home away from home; some things need to be done. Things like installing a toilet paper holder. I used my power drill or screwdriver to screw each corner into place after lining up with the holes drilled in the wall, turn off my tools, and finally, never forget: install a toilet paper holder in my RV.

After screwing each corner into place, I made sure that the toilet paper holder was sturdy by pushing it a little to see if it would hold. Finally, once I was satisfied with how sturdily my toilet paper holder could stand without falling over, I enjoyed my RV throne as any other member of the royal family, and that’s it.

Final thoughts

The RV may be cramped at times, with only 172 square feet of living space to work with but don’t let that discourage you from enjoying your time on the road. The tight confines can actually help foster a sense of community and closeness among all members in your family unit while taking this incredible journey together.

Plus, there are plenty more adventures waiting for you outside! Just make sure before heading out into nature that you’ve appropriately prepared by ensuring everything is securely mounted down (like your toilet paper holder) or stored away (like food).

You’ve opened the throne door of your RV, found a level spot on the wall for your toilet paper holder, and measured the distance from the edge of the wall to the desired height. Now you can drill holes into the back of the toilet paper holder and screw each corner in place with a power drill or screwdriver.

Who knew that tackling this DIY project could be this easy? It starts by measuring where you want it to go, and then mounting it securely will do the trick. Hope guide has helped make this job much easier!

Default image
Jakob Staudal

I love to spend time outside and reconnect with nature every now and then and cut-off all the noise from social media and everyday life.