Tongue box mounting - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-30-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
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Tongue box mounting

I'm thinking of buying a tongue box for my trailer. I've noticed people either use self tap screws or U bolts to mount their boxes. Does anyone have any thoughts as to which would work best? Thanks!
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:32 PM   #2
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I would say U bolts would be the best, or maybe some angle iron welded to the trailer for the box to set on, then bolt the box to the angle. I've had a problem finding square U bolts locally, had to get them from McMaster Carr.
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I have mounted 3 of these and the answer depends on your trailer's frame. "I " Beam frames are harder to drill thus the clamps are used. Box frame or "C" channel can be easily drilled and screws utilized. The issue with screws is a smaller surface area for holding vs the clamps when used with the metal brackets give a larger surface holding area. Just my observations. You will have to use very large washers with metal screws and again the brackets installed upside down will give a larger surface for holding.
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I would add that you want to spend the extra money on stainless steel bolts, which ever way you go. You wouldn't believe how fast bolts rust on the tongue of a trailer.

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I built my own tongue box and used U bolts around the cross members that originally held the propane tank. (I took the tank off as the only gas appliance I had was the stove and I prefer to cook outside anyway). My box lid also opens to the side instead of the back-giving me better access. I also mounted a received on top of the box for a bike rack.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:31 AM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions. Sounds like I'll go with U bolts.
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