NEED ADVICE: Previous owner welded crack in frame - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-02-2017, 11:51 AM   #1
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NEED ADVICE: Previous owner welded crack in frame

I've been looking at a Boler in NY state, current owner has been sending me photos. Last week he sent me one of a crack he found in the frame. He had a friend come and weld some plate metal to it. Anyone have experience doing this? Looking for opinions if I should just stay away or if I should go take a look at it.
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Old 03-02-2017, 12:30 PM   #2
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I await the replies.. this is an interesting question and should be educational for all of us.
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Old 03-02-2017, 01:01 PM   #3
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Looks like allot of rust also. I would get a professional opinion.
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Old 03-02-2017, 02:42 PM   #4
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The repair is probably the strongest part of the frame now.
The good part is the boler looks to have the fiberglas floor.
The crack in the frame and the amount of rust apparent is of concern.
Without crawling around under the boler with a hammer to hit suspected weak spots its anybodies guess as to the condition of the rest of it.
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Old 03-02-2017, 06:39 PM   #5
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From what we can see, that frame looks severely rusted and that cracked section is probably just the first area to actually break. That one spot might be OK now, but spraying some black paint on the parts you can easily see is not going to do a thing to stop the problem.

It looks like you should probably plan to take the trailer off the frame, inspect it and weld it up as needed. Or just pass on it if the pitting is everywhere.
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Old 03-02-2017, 08:36 PM   #6
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I wouldn't call that a crack, I say it was rusted out. As already mentioned that's just the first place it's decided to show up.

You'll probably end up replacing the frame so if you do buy it figure the cost of having a frame built for it & deduct that amount from the value of a similar condition boler with a solid frame.

Personally I'd pass unless it was dirt cheap.
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Old 03-02-2017, 08:38 PM   #7
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Yikes! For sure I would remove and inspect frame. Who knows what else lurks below. Your own piece of mind, as you will always have that doubt in the background as you drive along the highway...
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Looks like it's in the same area as shown on this Casita broken frame video posted by Bex Cat-herder, although the Boler looks more like rust that could affect a larger area than visible.
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If the price is right, I'd ask him to take it to a shop for a frame inspection and see what they say.
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From what we can see, that frame looks severely rusted and that cracked section is probably just the first area to actually break. That one spot might be OK now, but spraying some black paint on the parts you can easily see is not going to do a thing to stop the problem.

It looks like you should probably plan to take the trailer off the frame, inspect it and weld it up as needed. Or just pass on it if the pitting is everywhere.
I can't say it any better. I wouldn't even feel comfortable driving it home.
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Old 03-03-2017, 07:26 AM   #11
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Just out of curiosity, does anyone have any experience in having a new frame built? Seems that there are lots of lightweight trailers out there that are not prohibitively expensive, so I assume one could find a custom shop that could fabricate or modify a new frame for a reasonable price.

I think I would want a new frame if faced with this situation, but I don't like having that big of doubt when towing.
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Old 03-03-2017, 08:14 AM   #13
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Thanks for all of your opinions everyone, they are much appreciated as I have only been looking for the last few weeks and am a newbie when it comes to fiberglass campers. There is a small quarter sized fiberglass chip on one of the outside top corners as well. I'm not afraid of getting the work done I just need to know what I'm getting into.

I will consider getting the frame inspected before purchasing or if the price is right I can factor in the cost of a new frame for peace of mind.
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Just out of curiosity, does anyone have any experience in having a new frame built? Seems that there are lots of lightweight trailers out there that are not prohibitively expensive, so I assume one could find a custom shop that could fabricate or modify a new frame for a reasonable price.

I think I would want a new frame if faced with this situation, but I don't like having that big of doubt when towing.

There have been a number of folks either build their own frame or have one manufactured. I recall a cost of about $1000 with axle being mentioned
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