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    Had to go pick up an aluminum ramp to weld today. While I was there the driver/owner asked me about "putting a little weld on his trailer to make it stronger". "Maybe a brace too?" Holy crap! I told him no way am I going to just try to do a patch job. It needs to be fixed right as it is dangerous & will keep getting worse. I am supposed to come up with a price when I drop off the ramp. He was more worried about the deck being buckled & not flat then he was about the structure.

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    Last edited by MMW; 12-20-2013, 07:50 PM.
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  • #2
    Wow. Overloaded much? I'd like to know how that turns out. That is a lot of re-engineering to get that back up and rolling safely.
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    • #3
      Looks like it will need new uprights.& a section of decking.
      Keep us updated. Looks like a good project.
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      • #4
        Thats a jackpot job!

        I agree with everyone here, this could be a very nice repair project to get the trailer back up to snuff. I guess it depends on if the owner will spend the money to do it properly. There are a lot of shady acres types that dont or are just too cheap to do it.
        As in another one of the replies , there is a certain amount of engineering , and liability. That unit would probly have to be inspected by the DOT? the sad thing is if they dont want to do it right you would be better to take out the torch and butcher it up for the good off everybody else on the road!
        I have a welding addiction

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        • #5
          Overloaded or was it in a collision?

          The bends look like the deck tried to keep going when the tongue didn't want to.
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          • #6
            He told me that there was a car on the front deck & a large fork truck drove on the trailer to pick up the car. When the fork truck picked up the car that put all the weight about 18-24" behind the drop which just bent it. He did not have the landing gear down which if he did most likely would have been o/k.

            These trailers are built very lightweight. The upright tubes are 4x4x3/16" tube. My initial thoughts are cutting the lower deck loose from the uprights, with it disconnected & the landing gear down then carefully push down on the front of the top deck to get it straight. After it is straight then I will decide on the next move, either replace or repair. But at this point I'm just trying to come up with a number.

            Yes I know this is a big liability & needs to be done correctly.
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            Trailblazer 250g
            22a feeder
            Lincoln ac/dc 225
            Victor O/A
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            Whitney 30 ton hydraulic punch
            Lown 1/8x 36" power roller
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            Vectrax 7x12 band saw
            Miller spectrum 875
            30a spoolgun w/wc-24
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            • #7
              Good luck with watever you decide to do.
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              • #8
                Trailer repair

                Good luck and make sure your insurance is up to date. I fight with my insurance all the time about jobs like this.

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                • #9
                  Id recommend replacing the 4x4s they been compromise.
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                  Millermatic 211
                  Spoolmate 100
                  (Retapped to fit regular mig tips)
                  Work better & less parts to stock.
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                  T/A Dragster 85 (portability 11 pounds)
                  Oxygen/Acetylene torch set 50'
                  2. 4-1/2" grinders
                  1. 9" grinder
                  14" Makita chop saw
                  1/2" Aircat impact gun 900#

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                  • #10
                    I would cut out all of the bad and start over. I also would make the gussets larger and run it down farther to the bottom channel like it isn't in pic 2. Also not to a point at the bottom leave some more meat...Bob
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                    • #11
                      trailer material...

                      All of thoose 3 car car haulers are built extremely light, that trailer is likely 1/8 or 3/16 tube, they are not built like a normally fifthwheel or gooseneck, very light braced construction, i have friends who pull these trailers, with 3 cars, trailer, and truck, they gross around 33k. Thats on an f350! Most of thoose trailers do not take heavy static loads well, normally the floor falls out!
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                      • #12
                        Good luck, Looks like a fun repair, Just go a little heavier and I bet you'll be fine.

                        At a quick glance its a $ 5000.00 repair, Maybe as hi as 7,000.00

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                        • #13
                          Unfortunately I won't be doing this trailer. I dropped off his ramp today & we discussed the trailer. He doesn't want to pay to have it fixed & is looking for a 15 ton trailer (this ones 10 ton). He's going to run it as is for now.
                          MM250
                          Trailblazer 250g
                          22a feeder
                          Lincoln ac/dc 225
                          Victor O/A
                          MM200 black face
                          Whitney 30 ton hydraulic punch
                          Lown 1/8x 36" power roller
                          Arco roto-phase model M
                          Vectrax 7x12 band saw
                          Miller spectrum 875
                          30a spoolgun w/wc-24
                          Syncrowave 250
                          RCCS-14

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                          • #14
                            That thing wont make it pass dot.
                            Make him an offer fix it / paint & flip it.
                            .
                            Miller Bobcat 225NT onan
                            Millermatic 211
                            Spoolmate 100
                            (Retapped to fit regular mig tips)
                            Work better & less parts to stock.
                            Miller 130xp
                            T/A Dragster 85 (portability 11 pounds)
                            Oxygen/Acetylene torch set 50'
                            2. 4-1/2" grinders
                            1. 9" grinder
                            14" Makita chop saw
                            1/2" Aircat impact gun 900#

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                            • #15
                              The owner just called me this morning. He got a warning from DOT to get it fixed. Looks like I'll get to repair it after all. He said he'll drop it off in about 10 days.

                              Makes me happy as it's been real slow as of late.
                              MM250
                              Trailblazer 250g
                              22a feeder
                              Lincoln ac/dc 225
                              Victor O/A
                              MM200 black face
                              Whitney 30 ton hydraulic punch
                              Lown 1/8x 36" power roller
                              Arco roto-phase model M
                              Vectrax 7x12 band saw
                              Miller spectrum 875
                              30a spoolgun w/wc-24
                              Syncrowave 250
                              RCCS-14

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