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Old 01-26-2015, 03:51 PM   #1
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Blue Tote Storage Options

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After using our blue tote for a few seasons now at a few campgrounds....got to say I really should have never wasted the money. But since I have it, i need to come up with a better solution to storage of the tank. I have been wanting to come up with a way to get it on the trailer permanently but I am cautious about adding any additional weight to the bumper. I have seen some one here take a harbor freight dolly, remove the wheels and using U bolts secure it to the frame rail and bumper...then strap the tank to the dolly. This may work for me but not ideal.

Really want to try to get it under the trailer behind the rear axle. I happened to catch this link below and thought something similar or a modification to this product would be ideal. Any thoughts?

https://lci1.com/underchassis-tire-carrier

Anyone figure out a way to mount their tank under the trailer? I welcome all ideas!
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:15 PM   #2
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We used ratchet straps to mount it under the front cap of our old Dutchmen fifth wheel - it was not enclosed under there like they are now.....
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:16 PM   #3
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We used ratchet straps to mount it under the front cap of our old Dutchmen fifth wheel - it was not enclosed under there like they are now.....

We also mounted the spare tire under the camper between the front landing gear - we had a Reese hitch installed on the frame in the back that had a platform to haul wood and coolers so we did not want the tire in the way
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:25 PM   #4
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This idea is not under it, but you can get an Over-the-Ladder chair hangar from Camping World and put it on the ladder. Take your tank and sit it in the hangar. You may have to bend it depending on what tank you have. Then take a 10-12 foot ratchet strap and make an X over it and secure it. The hangar is $12 and can be removed easily. Here is a pic of the hangar.
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:36 PM   #5
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I would consider this....but I do not have a ladder!
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Old 01-26-2015, 07:40 PM   #6
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This idea is not under it, but you can get an Over-the-Ladder chair hangar from Camping World and put it on the ladder. Take your tank and sit it in the hangar. You may have to bend it depending on what tank you have. Then take a 10-12 foot ratchet strap and make an X over it and secure it. The hangar is $12 and can be removed easily. Here is a pic of the hangar.

This is exactly what I plan on doing in the spring. Only I'm using a over the ladder bike rack I have.


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Old 01-27-2015, 04:24 PM   #7
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Blue Tank on Back Bumper

How I solved my storage problem for the blue tank - I purchased a 2 bike rack. I moved the rubber coated bike rods from the top to the bottom and adjusted the width so the rubber coated rods where inside the tires on the blue tank. The upright sides w/ a cross member where left in place and used a strap around the handle of the blue tank and cross member of the bike rack plus some small dia. rope just to make sure it did not go anywhere. I did move the spare tire over and had the modified bike rack and spare tire centered between the tail lights. Rode there for 8 years till I upgraded to a 5th wheel. I now have the spare and a BBQ grille rack on the bumper, so I will have the come up w/ a new plan for the blue tank. Good Luck!!!!

ps: I looked around the internet for a picture of the bike rack I have, but could not find one. Guess I will take a picture of it this evening and post it, although it's no longer mounted to the RV.
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Old 01-27-2015, 06:37 PM   #8
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Mine is mounted on my bumper with no problems. It is very light.

I got a bumper style bicycle mount at a yard sale very cheap, maybe $5. It comes in two pieces, and with bikes mounted, would rip the bumper right off, I'm sure!

But I cut one piece down and attached it with U-bolts, then strapped the tote to it with bungees. Works out pretty well.
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Old 01-27-2015, 06:57 PM   #9
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We only carry ours when we are going to a park that has no sewer, which is very seldom. It stays at home for 51 out of 52 weeks a year or more.

When we do carry it, it goes on the ladder and attached with bungees.
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Could you send more pics of your bike rack mounted blue tote. I've got a bike rack also but we don't use it. I can fit my tote in the back of the truck but maybe your idea is better.
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