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Old 12-29-2014, 01:17 PM   #1
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Propane tanks interfere with Weight Distribution Hitch

I have a 2015 Forest River Rockwood Premier 2516G with dual propane and dual batteries.

I want to get a weight distribution hitch. However, the dual propane tanks sit on a tray that sits on top of the trailer's A-frame at precisely the point where WDH brackets are supposed to mount.

The options, as I see them:
  1. Use side-mounted brackets.
  2. Raise the propane tray so it doesn't block standard WDH brackets.

The advantage to #1 is it requires less modification; I don't have to figure out how to move the propane. I just have to drill the frame and mount the side brackets.

The disadvantages to #1 are: I have to drill the frame. Also, side-mount brackets require that I use the trailer's tongue jack to lift both the trailer and the vehicle so that I can attach the chains. That's hard on the jack. And finally, those brackets are always an extra purchase.

I would prefer option #2. I could probably fabricate a riser out of some jerry-rigged wood or metal brackets. But I've seen mentioned in another forum that there may be a bracket recommended by Forest River.

Has anyone made this modification? And where do I find these brackets?
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Old 12-29-2014, 01:35 PM   #2
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Would a single bar WDH system work for your trailer ??

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Old 12-29-2014, 01:40 PM   #3
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Would a single bar WDH system work for your trailer ??
Nice find, but alas, no.

The trailer's A-frame is very crowded. First the coupler, then the jack, then the winch (for raising the roof), then the propane, and finally the batteries, with no space to mount anything else between them.

Besides, that unit is $648, and comparably spec'ed dual-bar units can be had for under $300. That's a hefty premium.

I really think the best solution is to get enough space between the propane tanks and the A-frame so as to be able to mount traditional weight distribution hitch brackets.
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Old 12-29-2014, 02:18 PM   #4
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Would a single bar WDH system work for your trailer ??

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Your only talking a 1/4" about or 3/8" at the most to raise the propane bracket. Probably just tack welded to begin with. I had to add a couple of bolts years ago to mine, and had a power jack on my wildwood LE. I had to raise the the rear of the truck and camper to hook up my chains. The jack had no problem doing that at all. You can always drill out the whole and use a self tapping bolt. I did that and used some of that metal bonding mix. I think it was B&B or something in the black and red capped tubes and it was strong,(bought at Napa) never ever moved on me. Used 2 1000 lb bars and a anti sway break on 1 side. Towed that trailer for years.
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:27 PM   #5
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If you watch a couple of YouTube videos most people say it's safer to use the tongue jack to raise the trailer n TV so the bars have less pressure on them. Don't use a wdh so not sure myself
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Old 01-02-2015, 11:19 AM   #6
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I use an equalizer WDH and had the same problem with my HW256. I had a garage weld the "L" bracket directly to the frame. Worked really well.

The new HW256 I own has a cut out for the Equalizer WDH. I needed to buy new mounting brackets as they changed the design but it worked out really well.

See if you can simply weld the Reese plate directly to the frame. It will be a much better option.

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Old 01-02-2015, 11:25 AM   #7
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Use some wood to raise the tanks. That is a DIY easy way. I did this on 1982 Corsair TT for the same reason.

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Old 01-02-2015, 11:37 AM   #8
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Try the blue ox sway pro. It is well worth the money and it will work with your propane tanks.
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Used a Reese single bar light duty wdh on a Colman Utah for many years, always lifted the back of the car with the trailer jack to attach chain.

Had to switch to dual bar with new FR 2514G (Reese SC), though I would have preferred the light duty. Dealer made small cuts in the plate that fills up the triangle to clear the side mounting brackets for the new hitch. They recommended the same approach to mount the draw-bars.
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:06 AM   #10
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Propane tanks interfere with Weight Distribution Hitch

I did exactly the same on my 228D; slotted the steel tray to allow the brackets to mount properly through the tray. Round the corners, deburr, and paint when done.


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