Propane/battery shroud cutouts for stabilizer hitch - Fiberglass RV



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-02-2019, 11:06 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Timwiltshire's Avatar
 
Name: Tim
Trailer: Bigfoot 17'
British Columbia
Posts: 23
Propane/battery shroud cutouts for stabilizer hitch

My Bigfoot's propane shroud had some pretty gnarly cutouts in it for the stabilizer jack, the quality of the cuts is what I like to call "Beaver Chew". Being a fairly particular guy who can't handle rough looking work, I decided to take the 30 minutes needed to fix it, here's how you do it:

Tools:
A router with a flush trimming bit
A piece of 3/4" plywood
Two clamps
A vacuum
Tape

I cut the piece of 3/4" plywood to be much longer than my intended cutout, this way I left room for clamping it on. I laid out a square hole with rounded corners that was larger than both the beaver chew cutouts in the center of the plywood. I cut it out on the bandsaw and sanded the edges smooth.

Next I clamped the plywood on the shroud. I made sure that my cutout would encompass the cutouts on either side by measuring from one end of the shroud to my piece of plywood. Next I got out my router which had my shop vac nozzle taped to it (to help with the dust) and using the piece of plywood as a guide I routed out the holes to a nice clean cut.

Simple, fast, effective and clean.
Attached Thumbnails
IMG_20190414_111644.jpg   IMG_20190414_111649.jpg  

IMG_20190414_111653.jpg   IMG_20190414_111657.jpg  

IMG_20190414_112241.jpg   MVIMG_20190414_115919.jpg  

IMG_20190414_115924.jpg  
__________________

Timwiltshire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2019, 09:23 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Name: Henry
Trailer: BigFoot
Tennessee
Posts: 677
Beautiful Job. My 2019 BF has a cargo box and propane shroud that is all one piece. I cut my holes for the Blue Ox WDH using a Dremel and going very slowly. It came out ok but not nearly as nice as your cutout.

I then used an plastic edging which makes it look nicer than it is.

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_3588.jpg
Views:	27
Size:	405.3 KB
ID:	129176
__________________

Rzrbrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 01:13 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Name: Lee
Trailer: Casita
Texas
Posts: 344
Registry
You came up with a very professional looking solution.
__________________
Lee
Captleemo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 11:21 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Timwiltshire's Avatar
 
Name: Tim
Trailer: Bigfoot 17'
British Columbia
Posts: 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rzrbrn View Post
Beautiful Job. My 2019 BF has a cargo box and propane shroud that is all one piece. I cut my holes for the Blue Ox WDH using a Dremel and going very slowly. It came out ok but not nearly as nice as your cutout.

I then used an plastic edging which makes it look nicer than it is.

Attachment 129176
Thanks, yours looks very clean and also like an appropriately sized hole for the hitch! Mine were originally cut enormous for some strange reason. I also bought some trim-lok trim to cover up the edges and protect the glass/gelcoat, I installed it the other night in-situ.

P.S. Does your battery tray have space for dual 6V batteries from the factory?
Timwiltshire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 02:24 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Name: Henry
Trailer: BigFoot
Tennessee
Posts: 677
It holds only one battery. That white thing is a piece of a dog flea collar; supposed to keep wasps away. Wasps are attracted to the smell of propane.
Attached Thumbnails
IMG_3605.jpg  
Rzrbrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 03:34 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Timwiltshire's Avatar
 
Name: Tim
Trailer: Bigfoot 17'
British Columbia
Posts: 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captleemo View Post
You came up with a very professional looking solution.
Thanks!
Timwiltshire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 03:48 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B '08 RAV4 SPORT V6
British Columbia
Posts: 5,861
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rzrbrn View Post
It holds only one battery. That white thing is a piece of a dog flea collar; supposed to keep wasps away. Wasps are attracted to the smell of propane.

Why would wasps smell propane if the tank is properly installed?
__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 05:32 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Name: Henry
Trailer: BigFoot
Tennessee
Posts: 677
Insects may be more sensitive to smells or the presence of propane than a human nose is. Could be why dirt daubers like to build nests in the areas with connections to the propane lines. It was suggested flea collars may ward them off. Worth a try.

May be an old wives tale, like some of the things used against squirrels and pack rats to stop them from eating hoses and insulated wires. Somethings work, some don't.
Rzrbrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 05:43 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Name: Gerry
Trailer: 1979 Boler 1300 / 1991 Casita Freedom Deluxe
Maine
Posts: 1,572
nice looking job
I would like to add that a few years back I put one of those simple 20# propane tank covers on my Boler. I had to buy a longer gas line to go under the cover then back up to the regulator.
This worked fine for about 6 months then getting ready for a week long, late fall, camping trip I was going to test the gas furnace and there was a hissing and a smell of propane when I turned the tank on.
The rubber gas line had a hole in it where it was rubbing on the bottom of the tank cover.
A quick trip to Campers World, to buy a new hose and the tank cover still sits in the corner of my shop.
__________________

Gerry is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery, propane


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
7100 BTU Domentic AC shroud Laurence Parker Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 6 06-10-2017 11:00 AM
Bigfoot Shroud with Fastway E2 WDH oldsgg Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 3 05-04-2017 03:21 PM
Wanted: AC shroud for Duo-Therm Brisk Air (old style) Olivia and Kyle Parts: Buy | Sell | Trade 0 05-10-2016 04:58 PM
A/C Shroud Replacement Needed '97 Scamp AJB Modifications, Alterations and Updates 7 12-09-2014 10:26 AM
A/C Shroud Solution Ami P Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 10 06-01-2013 08:30 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.