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    May 2008
    Troy, MI

    Default How Far to go on Repairs?

    My friend has a business doing yard maintenance. The right support arm on the hitch on his 1993 van failed due to rust as shown in the pictures. Originally the arm was thick and before it failed it was paper thin. He plans on replacing the van next year, after his busy summer season. As you can see even the 2 tube is has a lot of rust. He would prefer to not buy a new hitch for one year because it may not work on his new van and this is the off season so he is short on money.

    If it were my van I would have replaced the hitch. For my friend, I chose to replace only the rusted out arm, remove all the rust from the hitch and paint it. My reasons:

    -When I cut the arm off, the tube was still about 5/32 thick (See picture).
    -I tapped on every inch of the tube with my weld slag removal hammer and it was sound.
    -He uses the trailer for very light loading; his walk behind commercial mower, edger, weed whacker and rakes.
    -He is planning on replacing it after ~ one year.

    I have to believe that others have faced decisions like this and I would value your input.
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