Trailer Rust Repair - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-22-2018, 08:01 AM   #1
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Trailer Rust Repair

The trailer on my Hunter Compact II is in sorry shape and needs attention. One example is pictured here where a brace has rusted. My plan is to carefully inspect each part of the trailer, mark the questionable spots, and then take it to someone who can make good welds. Is this the best plan? Any tips?
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:42 AM   #2
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Is that the factory design on the frame?
Maybe another pic of the frame showing a little more of the tounge would help with advice.
Your on the right track having a welder look at it!
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Old 01-22-2018, 09:04 AM   #3
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I'd be very, very tempted to get a new frame. Construction on that tongue looks marginal at best. After over 40 years of use, I'd replace it.
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Old 01-22-2018, 09:16 AM   #4
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I would take it to a local welder get his opinion those guys are honest to an extreme. looks to me like a little fixing and good to go with a light trailer like that.

maybe the camper isn't all that valuable or maybe no long trips involved.

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Old 01-22-2018, 09:30 AM   #5
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Looking at the pics I can only assume that A frame was chopped and raised to get a higher ball height. This would never have been done by a professional RV or welding shop.
What I would do is find the most competent and respected welding shop in the RV community near you.
Due to the metal decay and condition, if it were mine, I would get rid of all that and weld new steel on the A frame up to a new coupler.
This was done undoubtably done in place of a drop receiver drawbar. Not a proper job or design at all.
Get the A frame repaired with a new coupler and get a receiver drop drawbar to match your tow vehicle height.
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Old 01-22-2018, 09:38 AM   #6
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undoubtedly the welder will be using lots of stikum on this one but I bet he can make it brand new for a little money.

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A frame looks like a shade tree amateur welder did it. A good welder may just cut it off and build something good, if the rest of the frame is OK.

Somebody butchered the front of that frame.
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yep bet he fixes it up


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Old 01-22-2018, 10:39 AM   #9
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nothing structural but to stop rust from coming back... Been using this product on salt water boat trailers for years, it works! https://www.por15.com/POR-15supregsu...ating_p_8.html
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A frame looks like a shade tree amateur welder did it. A good welder may just cut it off and build something good, if the rest of the frame is OK.
Agreed, that looks like a failure waiting to happen. It's a sort of "crumple zone" built into the tounge of the trailer, not what you really want.
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Old 01-22-2018, 12:13 PM   #11
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I did a frame off restoration of a Compact II several years ago and the frame did not look anything like what was in those pictures. I recommend a new frame.
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Old 01-22-2018, 05:56 PM   #12
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Thank you all.
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A couple pics from the underside of the rest of the frame may make a difference for opinions Brian. From the condition in the two pics shown, I'd go with a complete new frame.
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I would still give the welder a shot at least a looksee wont cost anything? j


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