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Old 05-15-2011, 08:15 PM   #15
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You should see the ones on my 1988... terrible weld job. My welder says, who ever did it was a "dobber." But, they're holding. And, came from the factory that way. Maybe they put interns to that job before allowed to work full frames?
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Dan, for some reason whether it is a crack or not the main frame should be continuous from the coupler in the front all the way to the bumper of trailer, mine a 16 foot has a short piece of angle welded right about where your problem is, mine came from the factory that way, would have the angle on the bottom and outside of the trailer, not straight pieces or that other piece that seems to be welded on and is hanging down about 2, 3 inches,
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The welded piece on the top is what I'm curious about. The body is getting crushed right there too.
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I am going to try and take some more pics tonight, highlighting the areas that y'all asked about.

Also, I doubt it matters for this discussion, but apparently my trailer is a 1991, not a 1973. I can't edit the first post any more to change that.
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Dan, if you determine that your frame is welded properly, then i would follow Brians link doing the template thing, your door looks square in the opening its the opening that out of wack, its that corner of the body that has sagged, due to I suspect the frame crack...
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Dan, if you determine that your frame is welded properly, then i would follow Brians link doing the template thing, your door looks square in the opening its the opening that out of wack, its that corner of the body that has sagged, due to I suspect the frame crack...
Yeah,it looks to me like the frame is ok and the body is sagging on that corner.
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The welded piece on the top is what I'm curious about. The body is getting crushed right there too.
Here are pics of this, if it's any help.

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Next week I am taking the trailer to a local RV place, to do the electrical hookup to my truck and check the trailer frame, axle, etc. So hopefully they will tell me the frame is fine. But even so, I will still be saying "then what", as that fix-it thread posted is beyond my ability or (time to acquire the ability through trial/error). I'm going to have to find someone to do it or help me do it.
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just my thinking, go to a welding shop for a look see at the frame, as for the body fix, Body shop, local handyman? without it being in my driveway for a actual look see hard to make any suggestions,assumptions sorry
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Well, the RV place said the frame is fine, so I guess that's a good thing, but now still need to get this fixed somehow.
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Dan, for some reason whether it is a crack or not the main frame should be continuous from the coupler in the front all the way to the bumper of trailer, mine a 16 foot has a short piece of angle welded right about where your problem is, mine came from the factory that way, would have the angle on the bottom and outside of the trailer, not straight pieces or that other piece that seems to be welded on and is hanging down about 2, 3 inches,

Not on mine - it came like that from the factory just like his looks and the welding like Donna's is less than perfect as well.
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Well, the RV place said the frame is fine, so I guess that's a good thing, but now still need to get this fixed somehow.
I would start with replacing the hinges and see how far that takes it back into its correct postion.
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Thanks Carol (for both the frame comment and the hinge suggestion). I found a guy who is experienced working with fiberglass who can do the work for me (because that cracking looks like a problem that needs to be addressed, in addition to door fit, and I don't have a clue how to do it or do it well). he also is willing to show me the ropes a little (because I'd like to learn how to handle simple work with the fiberglass), only problem is he's not terribly local so logistics aren't going to be easy. Thinking I might just go ahead and order hinges so I'll be ready.
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Thanks Carol (for both the frame comment and the hinge suggestion). I found a guy who is experienced working with fiberglass who can do the work for me (because that cracking looks like a problem that needs to be addressed, in addition to door fit, and I don't have a clue how to do it or do it well). he also is willing to show me the ropes a little (because I'd like to learn how to handle simple work with the fiberglass), only problem is he's not terribly local so logistics aren't going to be easy. Thinking I might just go ahead and order hinges so I'll be ready.
Thats good to hear - it always helps to have someone who has some ideas and has done some work before on fiberglass. It is to bad that your first repair is a big one such as that - think you will find you will be able to do most other repairs yourself.

When you order the hinges from Scamp you need to order two sets. I dont know why they call one a set but they do and many have been fooled into thinking they are getting a complete set of hinges and order just one set. You may also want to look at ordering the metal rain strip for above the door as well as yours is missing. It looks to me that something wacked the top of your trailer pretty hard or it brushed up against something hard due to the fact you have the crack, the rain guard stip has been ripped off and the door sag....tried to pull it under a heavy tree branch or something? hummm I am sure there is an intreasting story behind that
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thanks again. I read about the misleading hinge issue. Darn they are expensive! Over $50 for two! And I also was thinking about the rain strip as well.

My best guess is that nothing happened, no accident or whacking. I have seen similar pics of cracking like this, in the same exact place (see Roy's last pic in his first post, as an example). I guess it's a weak/stress point? I suspect that the rain strip was removed by a previous owner to facilitate the (really poor) repair job that s/he attempted. I could be wrong, but Roy's pic looks almost exactly the same, and I have seen other pics with similar cracks while poking around here.
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