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    Front closet rod reinforcing

    I will be installing a stronger rod on my BC tomorrow. I was at Home Depot, and found an 8 foot long strong rod and strong steel ends, and will be installing it tomorrow.
    The rod and shelve is bending with all the load and I am sure a stronger rod will prevent all this bending and assure the closet will hold my DW nice clothes, since she took most of the closet LOL.
    My only problem is that the rod is 1 3/8" O.D. and the intermediate hangers are for a 1" rod.
    I might just eliminate them, we will see.
    Need to do more shopping on this reguards.
    Barbara and Laurent, Retired teacher and maintenance/engineering,Full Timing
    Mods: Hydraulic selector valves, Queen bed, heavier front closet rod, W/D door swing changed, 2" rear hitch. 2" pin box hitch.Added build in water filter, Replaced HW Tank Fittings. Modified 2 ceiling vents. Relocated shocks to 60deg. 9/16" U-bolts and spring plates.Center 7500 lbs Scissor Stabilizer Jacks. Hawkshead TPMS. Reinforced kitchen sink supports.More supports and longer rails to couch drawer. Modified bedroom steps for storage. Modified landing gear jacks, etc.
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    Re: Front closet rod reinforcing

    Looks to me like you don't have any choice,,,,if it don't go on a a 1" rod throw it out... I'm sure most of them will be your wife's clothes,,, so it should not affect you in any way.
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    Re: Front closet rod reinforcing

    Good one Jim. Laurent we also added a support leg to the center of the shelf when I repalced the bar. I also had to reinstall the front trim to the shelf. The leg has really helped with the sagging if the shelf. I guess between all the clothes and the rough roads caused ours to break. I also added a second bar to the front closet, that will change we we get a W/D.
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    Re: Front closet rod reinforcing

    Used a 1 1/4" closet rod and added some gussets on the shelf front beam. Made a center support for the rod.
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    One more thing, the center screw of the closet rod ends is in the aluminum stud, had to predrill to put in the metal screw in.
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    Barbara and Laurent, Retired teacher and maintenance/engineering,Full Timing
    Mods: Hydraulic selector valves, Queen bed, heavier front closet rod, W/D door swing changed, 2" rear hitch. 2" pin box hitch.Added build in water filter, Replaced HW Tank Fittings. Modified 2 ceiling vents. Relocated shocks to 60deg. 9/16" U-bolts and spring plates.Center 7500 lbs Scissor Stabilizer Jacks. Hawkshead TPMS. Reinforced kitchen sink supports.More supports and longer rails to couch drawer. Modified bedroom steps for storage. Modified landing gear jacks, etc.
    2005 Ford F250 SD, XL F250 4x4, Long Box, 6.0L Diesel, 6 Speed Stick, Use ScangaugeII for Economy, available 60 XGauges and Scanner, Fuel Pressure Gauge, Max Energy by Hypertech set at 85HP for cooling, torque and economy. ELC Coolant and Filter and EGR cooler deleted. 2 added 1300lbs each spring plies, Fuel mileage 21 MPusG empty, 12.6 MPusG pulling the BC. 6.2" din2 touch screen car Radio with DVD, TV, CD,SD,USB, GPS and Rear Cam,

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    Re: Front closet rod reinforcing

    I also have a DW that manages to consume a major portion of the closet rod. It fell in on our first winter trip to southern Texas after I told hr there were way to many clothes on her 7/8 of the rod. I drilled the two holes that support each bracket thru the shelf. Anchored them with thru carrage bolts. The bolts are unnoticed in the top of the shelf and I have not had problems with a cave in since, although the DW still over loads the rod. It still does sag some, but at least it is still hanging.
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    Re: Front closet rod reinforcing

    I reinforced the strength of our closet rod by installing a vertical support between the rod and the floor.
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    Re: Front closet rod reinforcing

    I used 2 long Eye Bolts to add strength to a new closet rod. I removed the factory supplied hangers and drilled through that location for the bolts.
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