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Old 02-18-2013, 08:03 PM   #43
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"The biggest issue you guys with the 1970's trailers have is that the quality of the steel used is inferior and very low quality. It tends to melt away with exposure to moisture. Some batches of steel were good, but many were not very good at all."

That is a pretty big issue. What do 1970's owners do to feel good about their trailer with inferior steel? Besides just live with it and enjoy.

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Old 02-19-2013, 03:16 AM   #44
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:10 AM   #45
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bad steel

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"The biggest issue you guys with the 1970's trailers have is that the quality of the steel used is inferior and very low quality. It tends to melt away with exposure to moisture. Some batches of steel were good, but many were not very good at all."

That is a pretty big issue. What do 1970's owners do to feel good about their trailer with inferior steel? Besides just live with it and enjoy.

Tony
Yes I have seen the poor quality of steel first hand. I replaced all the rot and boxed my frame in. I am however still in the rebuild stage so it is an untested solution.

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Old 02-19-2013, 02:50 PM   #46
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Boxing in the frame is essentially what they did in my 81 trailer. They used two channels facing each other and welded them together. I recommend putting some load distribution plates at the rear on the top of the aluminum C-channel to distrubute the load evenly across the C-channel. When my frame was floating after I cut it loose form the shell it only dropped about 1/2". I have seen the single C-channel frames drop a few inches.

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