Originally Posted by Duke79
Yeah thats my thoughts as well. Don't look like I will be doing any work on it today, lots of snow falling.
I think I will weld on 6 L brackets inside the frame, one each side near the original hole on the front, and two on the rear each side under the benches. Put some 1/2" or better SS nut/bolt/washers on there and call it done. That will be alot better than the self tappers they have in there now.
The factory configuration is four bolts in the gaucho, and two under the dinette seats.
The cross member in your picture. Is it a C channel? if so, no tabs necessary there. Just drill into those. The only place that you need tabs is where you don't have a cross member.
It is difficult to describe, but the angle iron tabs on my trailer are welded perpendicular to the frame. The weld itself forms an L shape.
I also noticed that your trailer does not have plates welded at the bend / bolt hole location. This was a design change after the factory experimented with heat treating the frame. It was the heat treating that caused the cracking problem. The solution was to weld the plates on either side of the square tube around the hole. The factory did this to my trailer, even though there are no bolt holes through the square tube. One of my cross members is welded to the plates that are on the inside. This point on the frame is practically half way between the axle
and the hitch. A very high stress point. It may be advisable for you to consider putting on these plates as well.