Chassis Frame Weld -Help it's coming undone! - Fiberglass RV

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Old 07-29-2012, 05:59 PM   #1
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Chassis Frame Weld -Help it's coming undone!

The weld where the chassis frame connects to the hitch and the main body came 1/2 to 3/4 of the way undone on my 16' Scamp today and feel lucky it did not come all the way undone before we noticed it when we got home and were going to back it in. I have it still hooked up to my rig but it is not towable.

What to do?

Can someone tell me what to expect to have this repaired?

I can't leave it out on the street very long, due to city parking regulations. Will I have to somehow have it moved? Can it be welded where it is? Will I need to get it into a trailer repair shop? The nearest one is kind of far, I'm thinking getting it moved is going to cost plenty. Can it be repaired by any type of repair shop, or is this a specialist job?

Any advice?

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Old 07-29-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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I'd take it to a trailer fabrication shop. They can reinforce it and weld it for you.

If you can't pull it safely, you can have it moved on a flatbed. Your towing insurance might cover it. (AAA, Good Sam, etc)

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Old 07-29-2012, 06:15 PM   #3
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find someone with a portable welder [run by a gas engine]. welding or fabrication place should have one. I have three such places within 15 miles of me, and I'm out in the country!
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:31 PM   #4
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Wow. Thank goodness that didn't happen on the highway. As Tom suggests, a fabricating shop is what you want. I would have it flat bedded for sure. And I would leave it hitched until the truck comes. What is that bolted to the frame? Raz
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:48 PM   #5
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I suggest working real hard to get someone experienced in Trailer Frame repair to do the repairs. If you look on any of the trailer coupler mfg. site they always specify to only use "Certified Welders" when repairing/replacing couplers. Someone with the right experience may also be able to determine what caused the problem in the first place and reinforce accordingly to prevent a recurrance.
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:54 PM   #6
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Very lucky. My husband said the chains would have done nothing to keep the trailer attached.

I think what you are looking at are the stabizing jacks that we put down when camped. They are in the upright position.
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:57 PM   #7
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Just called AAA and they would reinburse up to $300 for flatbed tow truck. Thanks!

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