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Old 01-06-2014, 05:04 PM   #1
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How to mount grill rail - Aerolite 215BHKS

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I'm new to the forums, but need some help. I have a 2011 Aerolite 215BHKS. For xmas I got a new Olympian grill along with the mounting rail. Does anyone have any tips about how I can verify/find the framing so I can mount the rail securely and start enjoying my new grill? I wanted to mount it near the LP quick connect on the trailer. I've attached some pics of the area, including a shot from inside the trailer. Any ideas/help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:43 PM   #2
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Hi,

I'm new to the forums, but need some help. I have a 2011 Aerolite 215BHKS. For xmas I got a new Olympian grill along with the mounting rail. Does anyone have any tips about how I can verify/find the framing so I can mount the rail securely and start enjoying my new grill? I wanted to mount it near the LP quick connect on the trailer. I've attached some pics of the area, including a shot from inside the trailer. Any ideas/help would be greatly appreciated.
Are you trying to mount the rail to the trailer frame. I don't think the fiberglass would be tight up against the frame. There would be a gap at best and you would collapse the trailer body. I may have misunderstood your question.

Normally when I am in question about the strength of an area I want to mount something it. I take a 1/16" drill bit and drill a test hole to see what is under the surface. It leaves a hole that can easily be filled if the area is not appropriate.
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Are you trying to mount the rail to the trailer frame. I don't think the fiberglass would be tight up against the frame. There would be a gap at best and you would collapse the trailer body. I may have misunderstood your question.

Normally when I am in question about the strength of an area I want to mount something it. I take a 1/16" drill bit and drill a test hole to see what is under the surface. It leaves a hole that can easily be filled if the area is not appropriate.
The rail does mount against the frame on the outside of the trailer, yes. It's so you can hang the grill on the side of the trailer. I attached a pic showing an example.

I wanted to see what tips/suggestions I could get before I start poking holes

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I think the rail should mount just fine to the fiberglass. What I would do is take some masking tape. I like the blue painters tape but any would work. I would put a piece of tape at one end or the other where you want to mount the rail making sure the height is correct. Drill a pilot hole for the screw so you get a good start with plenty of material left for the screw to thread into. Mount one end and measure to a said point on each end. Mark your hole on the other end, drill and set screw. Now that the rail is mounted drill the remaining screw locations. Use a screwdriver and not your drill to do the final tightening of the screws so you don't strip out the holes.

Enjoy you new grill.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:10 PM   #5
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I see from your bottom picture that there is a track mounted for something (maybe your slide). It looks like the screws holding this track are pretty evenly spaced and are likely being put into studs for the most support. Can you use those screws to figure out where your studs are outside?
On another thought - I had a bbq like this bolted to the side of a previous camper. Only used it once as the heat coming off the back of this BBQ scared the "HE double hockey sticks" out of me. I had considered making a holder using one of these Northern Industrial Tools Truck Service Step | Steps| Northern Tool + Equipment and some angle iron but traded trailers before I could get it built.
Good luck in getting this mounted.
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Where is that inside area? Is it under the dinette (ie: semi-hidden)? When I called Dutchmen about my Aerolite (for the same reason) I was told that the total wall thickness was less than 2" with the outside fiberglass being less than 1/4 inch. I was looking at the same grill and was going to use a thin piece of stainless on the inside to spread the load and offer some reinforcement. I was then going to bolt through the entire wall and metal and off course seal every entry point.

I never ended up doing it because my wife bought me a Weber for Christmas.
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Hi,

I'm new to the forums, but need some help. I have a 2011 Aerolite 215BHKS. For xmas I got a new Olympian grill along with the mounting rail. Does anyone have any tips about how I can verify/find the framing so I can mount the rail securely and start enjoying my new grill? I wanted to mount it near the LP quick connect on the trailer. I've attached some pics of the area, including a shot from inside the trailer. Any ideas/help would be greatly appreciated.
An interesting tip that I think was post on this site, go out first thing in the morning when there is dew on the trailer. The frame ribs will show themselves with dew settled on them.

The other option to find the framing is to use a stud finder.
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I have had three trailers with outside grills. I mounted the rail in the area that I wanted it and just attached it to the fibreglass.. Never had a problem with any of them and I use the grill a lot, just don't overtighten the screws as the fibreglas is pretty thin....
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