Pride goeth before the bumper falls off - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-11-2008, 05:37 PM   #1
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So I headed out on my second trip on Friday - excited that most of my renos were done, the wiring fixed AND I even remembered to put more air in the tires!

When I got to my destination and went to put the jacks under the back of the trailer I realized that the bumper was at a strange (and not good) angle. It looks like the weight of my spare and probably some bumpy roads had been too much for where the bumper joins the frame and it was starting to break away. I took the spare off and used some creative bungy cording for the trip home.

So, since it looks like I need to find someone to weld the bumper back on...any suggestions? any extra modifications that anyone has done? other spare set-ups to avoid the issue again?
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:34 PM   #2
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DON'T weld the stabilizers to the frame, one of my biggest pet peaves, LOL!!!!

I cringe everytime I see a trailer (especially a shortie) with welded on jacks/stabilizers.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:52 PM   #3
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DON'T weld the stabilizers to the frame, one of my biggest pet peaves, LOL!!!!

I cringe everytime I see a trailer (especially a shortie) with welded on jacks/stabilizers.
WHY???????????
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:15 PM   #4
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Yep, gotta know Doug, what's the issue with them welded to the back bumper (like I have).
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:31 AM   #5
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I'm wondering if Doug's concern has to do with the stabilizers scraping along the pavement when hitting a dip or going in and out of driveways. Although that didn't cause Shelley's bumper problem, I've seen enough trailers that are low in the back that I can see where it would cause some major problems.

Even though my trailer sits much taller than most, I don't think I'd be comfortable with stabilizers welded on the back, because of getting the Scamp in and out of it's home parking place.... I'd probably dig the stabilizers into my lawn!

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Scheech, As USUAL Donna is right yet again. Even the area we live in if full of whoops an wows!!

Its not much more problem for me to pack them loose in my trailer and then I can place them eggsackerly where they need to be placed.

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Old 08-12-2008, 05:02 PM   #7
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We've always appreciated the mod a previous owner provided. Bolted to the rear bumper is a large PVC pipe that carries awning poles, screen room poles, fishing poles, or anything with pole in the name that's too long to fit under the bed. It's not much weight, everything is readily accessible and it's an easy add-on.
Gotta agree with everyone about the jacks... pick up a couple of Toyota scissor jacks at a garage sale and stow them in the TV or wherever you have your blocks. They're compact, usually more stable and can handle a heavier load than the welded on kind with the spring-latch.

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We've always appreciated the mod a previous owner provided. Bolted to the rear bumper is a large PVC pipe that carries awning poles, screen room poles, fishing poles, or anything with pole in the name that's too long to fit under the bed. It's not much weight, everything is readily accessible and it's an easy add-on.
Gotta agree with everyone about the jacks... pick up a couple of Toyota scissor jacks at a garage sale and stow them in the TV or wherever you have your blocks. They're compact, usually more stable and can handle a heavier load than the welded on kind with the spring-latch.

Curious about what kind of generator you have and what size. Do you operate your Air conditioner, how long it runs and how much gas it takes...just wondering. See it in your picture. Thanks
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Curious about what kind of generator you have and what size. Do you operate your Air conditioner, how long it runs and how much gas it takes...just wondering. See it in your picture. Thanks
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It looks like a lawn mower, not a gen set. Mind you i could be wrong.
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It looks like a lawn mower, not a gen set. Mind you i could be wrong.
As usual, Ches is right on...

We do have a Honda generator that we got after losing a house to Hurricane Andrew but have never used it to power the trailer. If we don't have an electric site to juice the a/c, we simply run the fantastic fan off the battery.

Of course the lawn mower DOES make for a neat and tidy campsite but angers the other campers to no end.


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