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Old 10-12-2018, 04:52 PM   #15
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Meagan, I think the only frame that cannot be repaired is one that is a total rust bucket. If your frame has sound metal fore and aft of the break, your frame can most likely be repaired by most any competent welding fabricator. The repair will probably look much like the photo posted by RogerDat.
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:26 PM   #16
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Measure the body of the trailer than go shopping for a flatbed utility trailer or even a boat trailer the right size to set it on. Plan on completely removing the old frame and axle and set just the body on the new trailer. That would probably be less expensive than having a custom frame built.
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:04 AM   #17
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Good news, the frame is not beond repair you just need the right people to fix it. There was a guy in Manitoba that made frames .The prices i seen there was about $3500.00.Back to repair remove the frame and put in a sleeve in one pipe inside the other part of the frame .Then fish plate the joints as was recomended before .As a licened tradesmen i have repaired and built lots of trailers .
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Old 10-14-2018, 09:58 AM   #18
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As an example of a trailer to haul your camper body on, a quick scan of ebay turned up this trailer for $3,300. (less than 3,500 for just a frame). This is a high dollar aluminum trailer. Steel and wood trailers can be found for much less. You would get new tires, axles, lights and everything. I would insist on brakes though. Any dealer can add them.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/2018-Aluma-...mDf:rk:18:pf:0
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:43 AM   #19
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As an example of a trailer to haul your camper body on, a quick scan of ebay turned up this trailer for $3,300. (less than 3,500 for just a frame). This is a high dollar aluminum trailer. Steel and wood trailers can be found for much less. You would get new tires, axles, lights and everything. I would insist on brakes though. Any dealer can add them.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/2018-Aluma-...mDf:rk:18:pf:0
Bruce, it should be noted that the $3500 price is Canadian. Not really comparable. The $3300 US price in Canada would be more like $4500 cdn. Plus any import tariffs. Since the OP is Canadian, this is relevant. She would also end up with a trailer that does not fit the cab. There is a 3" step behind the axle that would have to be adapted to a flat deck. Lastly, and this is totally subjective, it would look ugly.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:00 AM   #20
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I'm of the school that says repair the frame unless its been badly weakened all over as could be the case if for example its been subjected to the stresses of a weight distributing hitch. (There's some mysterious hardware showing in your pics that might be residue of that arrangement, big no-no on these frames.) If you decide on replacement,IMO a boat trailer frame could work provided it was exactly the right width and had wheels/tires that fit within the space allowed in the wheel well. Axle position is unimportant since on most boat trailers that's adjustable. Another possibility is tracking down the framemaker in Chehalis Washington that provided the frames for the fellow in California whose name I forget that briefly reproduced Trilliums in the not so distant past. Chehalis is only a few hours south in the I-5 corridor, not far from BC.Good luck!
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:14 AM   #21
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What ever you do to the broken side of the frame you must to to the other side of the frame even if it isn't broke. working the cracked & broken frame will over load and over stress the steel on the other side.
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Old 10-16-2018, 02:10 AM   #22
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Francesca, glad to see you back, missed your posts.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:49 AM   #23
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The last thing I would do is to try to retrofit a generic frame to the trailer. Surely you can have a somewhat local welder build you a new frame for less, and if your frame is repairable, that should be your cheapest option.

Personally I would look for a welder not in Vancouver. Major cities tend to drive up the cost of businesses so the rates need to be higher.

Your trailer looks very nice and well worth the cost of a frame IMHO.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:35 AM   #24
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There are only a few bolts holding the body to the frame ( like a prewar car)
It is a simple matter to lift the body and remove the frame to better assess the damage or build a new frame. This is one of the best features of a Trillium.
After removal have a local utility trailer maker take a look, you may be surprised how cheap and easy a replacement frame or a proper repair may be.
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There are only a few bolts holding the body to the frame ( like a prewar car)
It is a simple matter to lift the body and remove the frame to better assess the damage or build a new frame. This is one of the best features of a Trillium.
After removal have a local utility trailer maker take a look, you may be surprised how cheap and easy a replacement frame or a proper repair may be.
This is really the best answer IMHO. No generic frame is going to fit without extensive modification, and the existing frame cannot be fixed correctly, or beefed up while under the trailer body. Also, if removed, the frame can be evaluated carefully and coated for corrosion protection. Probably, the best course is a new frame, but it's best to have an honest look to find out. While there, you can coat the bottom of the trailer and look at, or fix the axle, if needed.
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Old 10-17-2018, 10:19 AM   #26
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That repair is a cobble job. I tend to think replacing the frame is the right solution but it is hard to say with that repair scabbed on the frame if it is repairable or not. Aside from the reinforcement design being sub par the welding ain't nothing too impressive either.

People or businesses that use trailers such as horse trailers or landscaping companies often know who does trailer work in the area. Farms in your area might also know of good trailer repair or portable welder operations. Oil companies have a line on good portable welding sources. Pipelines and equipment need welding that is very well done and often done in the field.

A new frame would be a good investment but a good repair might only be a couple hundred dollars. I seem to recall a similar break on Norm and Ginny's Scamp 16 trailer that was repaired in the campground by a portable welding truck and I think was still going strong after they got home.


Just for the record I think there should have been "fish plates" on both sides and the bottom of that frame. If not channel fitted over it and used like a fish plate. I doubt that sort of repair properly welded would have re-broken. You can't really expect sub par repairs to yield good results. Especially true of stress bearing weld repairs.

Here is an example.


That is one pretty weld!
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Old 10-17-2018, 10:54 AM   #27
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your old repair is crap. take it to a good frame shop/ welder and get it fixed. you don't need a new frame just a good repair. Our Escape frame broke in half out in Barstow CA. We found a shop that built a splint and fixed it way better than new. $600.


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Old 10-17-2018, 11:33 AM   #28
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In Barstow that should have been Tom's Welding. None better in the area, or for a long ways in any direction.
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