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  1. #11
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    thats what they get for using a material with no ultimate yield strenth.....

    i would imagine fatigue over the years, like said above can only put 2 horses in a 2 horse trailer and 2 of my horses wiegh more than you can cram hay in it.

    most of the newer higher end aluminum trailers use a steel tounge.

    my 4star has a steel tounge thats huckbolted to the aluminum part of the trailer.

    i had a featherlight gooseneck stock trailer break off right above the coupler and smash the back of the cab of my truck when i got in an accendent it stopped 6" behind my head in a crewcab truck. ill never own a featherlight again my 4star is 10x the trailer that one was.
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    i had to do some repairs to my cattle trailer because this guy at the stock yard that i go to broke one of my doors .
    the floor is goin out in it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jake View Post
    thats what they get for using a material with no ultimate yield strenth.....

    i would imagine fatigue over the years, like said above can only put 2 horses in a 2 horse trailer and 2 of my horses wiegh more than you can cram hay in it.

    most of the newer higher end aluminum trailers use a steel tounge.

    my 4star has a steel tounge thats huckbolted to the aluminum part of the trailer.

    i had a featherlight gooseneck stock trailer break off right above the coupler and smash the back of the cab of my truck when i got in an accendent it stopped 6" behind my head in a crewcab truck. ill never own a featherlight again my 4star is 10x the trailer that one was.
    Exactly my thought, I wouldn't think aluminum would be very well suited to high stress application over extended periods of time. It will look fine and then out of the blue, snap! With steel at least you should see some stress indicators or have it bend first.

    Reminds me of my friends mountain bike, landed a 5 foot drop to flat and the frame peeled clean in half about an inch down from the headtube. Personal experience has shown me that Alum. doesn't like high stress applications like that, which is why things like handlebars get replaced every season even if they still look good.
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    Default I'm not an engineer but....

    .... it's obvious the guy that designed the trailer wasn't either. To fail like it did is an obvious design flaw and the company will be lucky if some lawyer doesn't bankrupt them because of it.
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    Default Horse trailor hitch

    I would take the whole front hitch part off take some steel stock and go under the trailor if possible and bolt to the exsisting frame if it is AL if not weld to steel if there and fabricate a new stronger hitch system...if not "TIG on dude" DanQweld

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    what are the chances that the person that was driving doesnt know how to back up with a trailer on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SignWave View Post
    what are the chances that the person that was driving doesnt know how to back up with a trailer on?
    Perrrty good. I see a lot of trailer tongue repair that was caused by jack knifing backing up. watch the antics around a boat launch ramp some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lars66 View Post
    Perrrty good. I see a lot of trailer tongue repair that was caused by jack knifing backing up. watch the antics around a boat launch ramp some time.
    i saw a guy put his trailer up on a dock trying to splash his unit. it was pretty interesting.
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    its amazing how many people have trailors and cant back them. i started with motorcycle trailors at the races when i was about 10, so its 2nd nature to me. funny to watch people go back and forth.
    thanks for the help
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    hope i helped

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    Cool

    Got it welded today. I used some 3x3x1/4 alum angle to run back 5 crossmembers and welded it all in. Then i plated the outside of the tongue. It was amazing the overheads ran great considering the trailer is covered in Ohio salt. I just buffed off where i was going to weld where i could. I only have 2 pics because my battery went dead...Bob
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