Once it's squared, it's about as basic welding as it gets. I'm a half competent welder, and my axle
has made it thousands of miles, along with the new fifth wheel tongue I built. So have the semi frame, 2.5 ton truck frame, and 3/4 ton truck frame that we've lengthened.
Each to their own, if somebody is scared, they shouldn't do it.
By the way, check out factory scamp
welds and fabricating before you get too picky...just saying. It certainly was no hot shot welder building my '84.
Squaring it up isn't hard, just takes a little time. Level the trailer with a digital level front to back, side to side. If it's a fifth wheel, drop a plumb bob from dead center on the pin, mark that spot on the cement, measure from there back to both sides of your axle
, that's also leveled (which it should be if the brackets are right). If it's a tongue hitch, measure from the center of the coupler back.
Do NOT measure from the front if a frame rail, etc. There is nothing that says it's square (mine aren't).
P.s. Mine was off about 3/16" from the factory, now it's under 1/16". Back to the half-competent part...
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