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Old 07-16-2018, 07:05 AM   #21
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I was told the upswing tongue on the original Trilliums was formed by bending the frame members. In bending, the steel was "stretched" making it thin in places and prone to breaking.

To form each side of the tongue on the TrilliumRV version (which later became the Sidekick) three separate pieces, cut at angles, were welded together. On my 2010 the three joints that form the side of the tongue were each strengthened with two gusset plates, one on the inside and one on the bottom. These additional reenforcements seem to have been abandoned when manufacturing was transferred to Great West.

TrilliumRV used 11 gauge steel (about 1/8" thick) for the frame. Before you have your frame repaired you might want to measure yours. This will let you better decide if replacement or repair is the best option. While I've seen repairs like this done with the body on, I would at the very least raise the body to allow for a more robust job. A trailer frame shop can best advise you. Good luck.

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Old 07-16-2018, 04:05 PM   #22
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Gusset plate

This was done mine before I bought it. It’s called a gusset. The frame is welded and plates are welded on both sides of the frame.
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A nice long gusset, too.
A problem I see is that there is no connection on many of these trailers from side to side at the bend.
This gives a twisting motion to the stress that could be carried over to the other side with a straight cross member.
I added the cross member to my Scamp rebuild to help in this area.
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Cross member

That looks like a good idea. Cross pieces for the propane and batteries and that should be one solid frame! What’s in the tube?
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The tube originally held the drain slinky.
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:54 PM   #26
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I just got the trailer back from the garage today. I will post some pictures of the repair in the coming days. We were very lucky that the other side did not break. Can't wait to go camping again!
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