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Old 03-23-2014, 06:24 PM   #1
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frame rusted

i have a 31 ft soveriegn and i took the belly pans off today and found a spot on the main frame rail that is rusted through ita pretty bad and i was wondering i i could just plate this and it will be ok? it is on the front curbside just to the front of the step to where the frame rail boxing starts
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:59 PM   #2
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Shoot some pix if you want some better educated responses but in general I would say its possible to cut out the rusty sections and weld in more steel to beef it up.
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Old 03-24-2014, 04:25 PM   #3
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Old 03-24-2014, 04:25 PM   #4
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:52 PM   #5
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Not much there to plate.

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Old 03-24-2014, 06:15 PM   #6
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That doesn't look good. Is that the only spot with that kind of rust through? That section of railing would have to be cut out and replaced, most likely a job for a professional shop that does welding and trailer frame repairs. My suggestion would be to take it to a local shop and get their opinion on what is needed to repair it. Am I correct that you have removed the rest of the belly pan and exposed the entire frame, so you know what you are dealing with?
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:05 PM   #7
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frame

this is the only bad spot on the frame the rest of the belly pan has been removed... there are the normal rusted cross members that i will be replacing with new box steel. the majority of this is in the front the back is fine with the exception of the last cross brace next to the bumper..

i would just build a new frame myself if i had the plans/ measurments so i could just take the shell off the old and put on the new
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:06 PM   #8
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i plan on cutting a 3 foot piece out of the frame and welding / plateting a new piece on
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That might work. The last cross member at the back is very important. The main attachment between the shell and frame is back there. Is this trailer gutted?

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Old 03-24-2014, 08:45 PM   #10
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i gutted the front and the back because of soft spots/ wholes in the perimeter of the subframe.. and also we are changing the rear twins to a queen bed and are doing a dinette in the front... i seen on the front portion of the trailer when i took the banna wraps off that there is no channel there that the subfloor goes in is this right it stops where the endcap starts
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is this right or should there be a c channel around the front portion of my trailer?
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There should be a c channel running all the way around. There isnt one in the front? Its hard to tell from the photo.
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no there is not one in the front it stops right after the straight side panel and where the end cap starts

where do i get this at?
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:32 PM   #14
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just pulled up the diagram and it looks to be right ( whats currently on my trailer) its a formed floor channel for the front curved section and just floor channel for the side sections.. this doesnt look liek a good setup because what ever water gets thru the beltline trim would go directly down into the sides of the plywood( probaly why it rotted so bad in that area. i wonder if i could run flashing under the endcap panels ( between the endcap sections and the c- channel down past the edge of the plywood to prevent this.
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