So I bought an old shasta that is a complete gut job. I'm re-configuring a lot of spaces including a new propane system. I usually see propane tanks mounted on the hitch. I have a spare tire mounted there so there isn't room currently for a tank. I planned on removing the back tire, but there is a hitch mount available. If I did mount a propane tank to the hitch it would have a metal frame around it. Most of what I see are people storing extra tanks on hitch mounted racks. I can't see anything permanent that has been done.
Is the reason propane tanks are mounted to the hitch safety? Required by law? Anyone mount their main propane tank on the back of a camper?
We have one tank for Hamlet, but it’s heavier full than the spare. Everyone is right, you would have to make sure that tongue weight is still OK. Another thing is that most kitchens are located toward the front of the trailer. I would want any gas lines to be as short as possible.
Here at VTT, we get a little nervous when someone says their trailer is a “gut job” rather than a “frame-up”, or “frame-off”, or “complete” rebuild. While a trailer in rocky shape may look bad, there was some serious engineering that went into its design and creation. Before you do ANYTHING to your trailer (for the safety of you and your family, and to decrease the overall time and money spent on getting it back to beautiful, please get vikx’s book and look at mobiltec’s video series. We didn’t have these a decade ago when we rebuilt Hamlet and we wish we had.