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Old 03-21-2012, 03:58 AM   #1
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Lifting the egg from the trailer

Hello,

I am in the process of revitalizing my u-haul frame . Want to sand blast,do some minor welding and repaint it. I am wondering what would be the best way to lift the egg up the frame?

I have been looking for a thread on that issue but can't find anything.

Thanks for your help

Fred
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:07 AM   #2
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Fred: Do you really have to do that? The Uhaul frames are well made and quite sturdy, what needs welding. However if it had to be done, I think I would use at least 4 jacks, put 2 X 6 wood or similar against the trailer floor, jack slowly and evenly until clearing the frame and then put 4 X 4 beams across to support the trailer body. Don't open the door! Bob
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:49 AM   #3
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Hello Bob,

Thanks for your reply. I have a hole (look at pics). This is not structural, I think, but since I am pimping up everything since we want to keep it for a long time I assume its is a good thing to have a clean trailer.

One other question: I was planning on removing the propane holder to move it a little bit forward so I can install a tool box between the egg and the bottle. This part seem to me to add little weight for nothing? If I am not clear let me know and I will go with some pics.

Thanks again for your comments.

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Old 03-21-2012, 09:53 AM   #4
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Pics or the rusted hole.
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:46 AM   #5
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You might be able to shield the body while this is welded. There are special blankets made for this which a professional welder would have.

That propane holder is a bit overbuilt, no?
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:55 AM   #6
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That propane holder is a bit overbuilt, no?

I am not sure what you mean, but I you think it is to big for nothing, that why I want to change the configuration to a simplier and lighter form. Leaving a little extra room for my tool box.
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That propane holder is a bit overbuilt, no?

I am not sure what you mean, but I you think it is to big for nothing, that why I want to change the configuration to a simplier and lighter form. Leaving a little extra room for my tool box.
Yea, look at other trailers - it doesn't need to be nearly that hefty. UHaul built the trailers for rental service - meaning you could back into it with your car and still not hit the propane tank.
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From the looks of that hole, I would say that moisture or salt or mud got inside the frame and laid in there and rusted it out from the inside. I just use a piece of sheet metal as a heat shield when I am welding near something that could be damaged. I would take a ballpeen or chipping hammer and tap around all the enclosed sections of the frame to see if there are any other rotten spots. I have to look at my frame for other ideas, but possibly weld in a section or patch with reinforcing gussetts to repair that rusted area. I'm sure it can be repaired without separating the body from the frame. Note that the 12 volt wiring to the tail and marker lights runs through the frame, and propane lines would have to be disconnected also.That propane tank holder is quite a chunk of metal, and I don't see where it provides any structural strength to the trailer tongue, just don't get into the tongue when you cut it off. Bob
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:57 PM   #9
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I know it might be a little bit of work but will be worth the effort as for security issue.

Thanks to all for your help and comments. I will probably take pics of the process and give you the update of my propane tank modification.
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Hello,

I am in the process of revitalizing my u-haul frame . Want to sand blast,do some minor welding and repaint it. I am wondering what would be the best way to lift the egg up the frame?

I have been looking for a thread on that issue but can't find anything.

Thanks for your help

Fred
Fred,

See post 33 in the following link for pictures of lifting a Burro body off the frame.

No wonder the Burro floor is rotted

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Old 03-22-2012, 08:46 AM   #11
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Andy,

Thanks for the info. I was still thinking on how I was going to lift it and concrete bloc was the idea I had. This is just confirming that I am on the good path.

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