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Old 07-31-2017, 04:06 PM   #1
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Switching hitches - what to do with old holes in a-frame?

Switching hitches from an old Reese to the BOSP and the old brackets had bolts into the frame, and the new brackets bolt to the frame over the old holes. Any advice on how to prep/fill/or just ignore those old holes?
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:27 PM   #2
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How excited are you about fixing things up?

A good clean, spray primer, proper color over the top is "adequate". Fiberglass / epoxy and some sanding will make them "go away". If you simply have big piles of money and no use for it, a welding shop can re-fill the holes with real metal. Unless there are structural issues (the old holes take up 1/3 of the frame....) the primer is the way to go.

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Old 07-31-2017, 05:20 PM   #3
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You could put set screws in the holes with a sealer on them to prevent water entering the holes .
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Old 07-31-2017, 06:40 PM   #4
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I was figuring I would simply primer and paint. The new bracket cover the holes or I would just run the bolt back in. I am not near the trailer right now, but does anyone know if there are drain holes anywhere? Main concern is excessive moisture entering with no place to exit.
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I would probably put bolts and nuts in the holes just prevent any possible cracking.
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I would probably put bolts and nuts in the holes just prevent any possible cracking.
I concur
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Old 08-01-2017, 01:43 PM   #7
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As I understand the holes from a prior thread, they are threaded. So I agree, install set screws with locktite to fill and seal the old holes. That's a great suggestion. If not threaded, it's easy to add them. Might even be tempted to set the screws just below the surface and add a layer of JB Weld for the seal. Pat
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I'd just fill them with paintable caulk, paint them and be done.

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I would probably put bolts and nuts in the holes just prevent any possible cracking.
How are you going to get the nuts on the bolts?
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The holes in the my A-frame are stripped, due to 'idiot-child' using an air impact gun instead of a torque wrench.
I sealed the holes with plastic plugs and RTV silicone to prevent water ingress.

I would remount the Reese hitch if I could find some 1/2" rivet nuts; but all I can find here is up to 5/16".
The hitch was originally mounted per Reese instructions Rev. "K", but there is a later Rev
"S" using riv-nuts.
Unable to find them.��
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I run a Hensley, but my prior, and backup is a dual cam. I simply coated with boshield the holes and installed the bolts in the frame for future use. No problems for 4 years.
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Mel - drill the holes to a larger size. Have a machinist thread a set of plugs that will press fit into the larger hole and have a welder weld them in place. That gives you an industrial strength rivnut. If you have the clearance the plugs can have shoulders, which makes them easier to weld. Alternatively the plugs could be threaded in place instead of welded. I'd probably just install a plate with the Reese pattern to attach the bracket and a larger pattern to attach the plate to the A-frame tube. Pat
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Mel - drill the holes to a larger size. Have a machinist thread a set of plugs that will press fit into the larger hole and have a welder weld them in place. That gives you an industrial strength rivnut. If you have the clearance the plugs can have shoulders, which makes them easier to weld. Alternatively the plugs could be threaded in place instead of welded. I'd probably just install a plate with the Reese pattern to attach the bracket and a larger pattern to attach the plate to the A-frame tube. Pat
Sounds Good!
Worth considering.
But if I "thread' them in place, the material in the frame is only 1/4" thick.
Not much 'meat' to hold a threaded plug.
Welding them might work though.
But I still like the idea of Riv-nuts, if only I could find them.
(They work on aircraft.)
Thanks for the ideas.
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Welding them away is best, calking will work just fine
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