I'm considering adding a grill mounting rail on the curbside of my 2001 Safari 25. The only rail I can find for my grill is 16.5 inches long. No vertical ribs are that close. While looking at the trailer today I observed a horizontal row of rivets about a foot over the wheel wells on both sides. On the curbside it runs from the furnace to the rear storage compartment (twin bed model). Edit: I just noticed it goes forward of the door as well.
Is there a stringer behind this row of rivets that would support a grill rail and grill?
I have the Camco/Olympian 5500 that comes with a dual purpose mount. You can sit it on a table, which is what I have been doing, or hang it on a rail on the trailer.
I think it might even be OK screwed into the skin, but I'd rather put it on a structural element. The arms put a torque on the mount that the mount translates into a tension force on the top rail and compression on the rubber feet at the bottom of the frame. I have placed the mount against the trailer and pressed on it as the grill would and the feet do not deform the skin at all.
Can I screw (or rivet) the mounting rail along the rivet line pictured above and catch a structure behind the skin?