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Old 04-11-2020, 07:51 AM   #1
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moving propane tanks

This could have gone into several different forum categories, so please move if need be.
I discovered that my propane tank tray sits right where my Fastway E2 brackets need to be installed. It needs to be 24-27 inches from the hitch coupler. In addition, the brake switch is attached right in the spot I need as well. That shouldn't be a problem though. As you can see in the pics, I have the battery to contend with as well. Has anyone had to tackle this? Is there an easier fix I'm not aware of?
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Old 04-11-2020, 08:08 AM   #2
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I would install the brackets behind the tanks and see how well they work first. This way if they don't you can start moving things.
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Old 04-11-2020, 08:27 AM   #3
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Hard to tell from your pictures.
I've had to move/rearrange the LP and battery boxes on my last 2 trailers.
Home Depot and probably Lowes sell angle iron if you need some. Also 5/16 hex head self tapping screws will probably come in handy. You can make a new Battery box rack without welding if necessary.
Depends on your tools. A cut off grinder would be good for the angle iron but you can get 'er done with just a hack saw and drill and a few beers!

My advice is remove everything- put on your hitch brackets and then see where you need to put things back to fit it all together like a puzzle.

While you're at it spray or brush paint it all. Either rustoleum oil enamel or rustoleum painters touch 2X spray.
Post a picture when you get it done!
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Old 04-11-2020, 09:12 AM   #4
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I think I would move the brake-a-way switch to the underside of the frame rail and lift the propane 3" using box tube welded to the frame rail this should give you room for your brackets. If I understand your situation correctly without seeing the brackets.
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Old 04-11-2020, 09:34 AM   #5
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Ditto ky Dan.

Take all the stuff off.

Wire brush. Krylon paint.

Don’t be afraid. You can always get angle iron and make brackets as needed. Self drilling screws. Or bolts.

Lowe’s is open every day. You got the time! Not much money.
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Old 04-11-2020, 12:20 PM   #6
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Not sure if this is helpful, when I installed my propride the tray was in the way as well, I just raised it by adding some washers underneath and replaced the existing screws with longer ones. Was solid.
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Old 04-11-2020, 01:19 PM   #7
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I had the same issue with installing the E2 brackets on both my A-frames.

On the 1st A-frame (2014 A122) the dealer handled it by welding 1 inch high pipe risers to the top of the frame and attaching the propane tank tray to the risers.

On the 2nd A-frame (2019 A213HW) I ended grinding off and squaring the top of the E2 brackets. There is a lot of extra material above the bolt hole in the bracket. This allowed me to fit below the propane tank tray which had some small factory risers already.

However you choose to do it, raising the propane tank tray an inch or so is really the easiest solution.

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Old 04-11-2020, 01:27 PM   #8
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Had the same problem on our first trailer.

Did as recommended above. Great advice, especially the paint.

The plus for me was that I discovered that "someone" only used 2 bolts to mount the propane tank carrier instead of the required four. So might have averted a future disaster.

Good luck.
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Old 04-11-2020, 09:21 PM   #9
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Thanks to all of you for your advice.
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