hey all, shawn here (kelly g's husband). after returning from a 400 mile trip with a problem arising of difficulty closing the door i decided to check out the trailer frame. from what i gather a previous owner likely put to much weight
on the rear 2" receiver hitch (or used trailer w/out lowering support jacks - i guess it doesn't matter how it happened but it is broken) and this caused the frame to bend and crack about 3/4" just behind the axle
on both sides (i'll post pictures soon if we can figure out how). this causes the rear to sag thus the difficulty closing the door (causing interior to not meet the floor, side of camper to bubble out, etc.).
so i have thought of a couple of options...
start both options by jacking up the back of trailer until sagging frame is straight (level with itself) then putting jack stands under it to support it while i work on it.
a ) this plan requires welding the frame (i don't weld but colleague's husband does) with steel bars 1/2" thick as deep as trailer frame that run the length of the trailer and doubling up on the actual tear in frame. this will require 4 bars one on each side of trailer frame( inside and outside of both sides of frame) i was hoping not remove shell of camper. please tell me i won't have to remove camper shell!!!
b ) this plan would be about the same but instead of welding i would mount the steel support beams with grade 8 bolts. any idea on how many or how far apart they should be? i tend to go on the side of too many
by going the length of the trailer i think the steel beams would support trailer weight
not allowing this sagging to reoccur. i need to know if anyone thinks these are hairbrained ideas (i am towing the trailer with my wife and two children and while i "think" (thinking - usually all you need to get into trouble) they will work, the safety of us and others is paramount.) i appreciate any and all responses. thanks, shawn