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Old 08-25-2015, 12:42 PM   #1
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Having out riggers made

Has anybody had any experience with having out riggers made at a welding shop rather than ordering them online?

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Old 08-25-2015, 01:03 PM   #2
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I made mine. Ordered the steel cut to length and rented a plasma cutter for $85 it took a couple of hours so should be pretty cheap for an actual shop to make

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Old 08-25-2015, 04:21 PM   #3
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I made mine also, any competent sheet metal shop should be able to make them. I may have a couple still laying around. Do the flanges go Forward or Aft?
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Old 08-26-2015, 02:44 PM   #4
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He took out about a dozen (some of which I thought were still in good shape) so there's some forward, some aft, curbside and roadside missing right now
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:25 PM   #5
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I had mine made. Others sound like they did it for cheap, but I bet I have the same or more in mine than I could have bought them for from odmrv. Maybe steel was expensive when I had them done, but it wasnt cheap. Although I did have a bunch of other frame pieces made, so I cant say exactly how much just for the outriggers.

That said, they are nice, and mine are much thicker than the oem ones- I want to say I used 12 gauge steel. Its probably a good 3/16"-1/8". I had about 70% of them made and then had them welded on from another shop. Seemed to me that they take ALL the weight of the perimeter of the shell. My old ones were rusted through and flimsy. If you'll notice alot of vintage trailers look like they are sagging down over the wheel wells. I think this is a leading cause of the sagging. Mine sits nice and high now.

I think I paid $800-$900 for about 15 outriggers, 3 big main frame pieces, and some new steel fabricated to mount my fresh water tank. If I were to guess, I'd say that the outriggers were $300-$400 of that. There was alot of labor hours cutting the curve and bending the radius.

The other pieces were the rear rot of the rear cross beam where the sewer pipes come through was trashed. And because my '76 fresh water tank mount was held up with sheet metal pan- I think they changed to this design in '76 from the old style held up by a 1" plywood bottom that sat in a framed up section. My fresh tank was trashed. The only tank I could fine as a replacement was the old style, but may in fact be a current style now. I framed up the section like the 1975 and used a piece of 1" marine ply to hold it up. I did the same with my Black and Grey, which was some of the other steel I had fab'd up.

I probably spent another $500 having everything welded in.
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:58 PM   #6
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Seems well worth it, your frame looks 1000x better now and should give you some peace of mind when going down the road. Glad to hear I'm not the first to have out riggers made vs ordered
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Old 08-26-2015, 09:07 PM   #7
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if you order enough of them, they would be about $13 each, plus drafting time.
That's the rub, the drafting\engineering department is really expensive.
learn to use Draftsight, it's free, and give a shop with a laser or plasma table a dxf, and your price will come down drastically.
steel isn't expensive, lasers are expensive, but really fast. The paperwork is expensive, I have to make a drawing for everything I send to the floor to be made, so you either pay for my time to draw it, and run it on the fast track, or you pay the slow department the time to make each one by hand.

if you do turn in a dxf file, ask about the shop about bend deductions for formed parts, so the parts match their equipment. if you supply the drawing however, any incorrect dimensions are your fault. This also means they will be cheaper though.
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:57 PM   #8
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made my own. made 6 total. took about an hour to cut and bend so out the door would be around $150 at my shop. works out to be about the same price as ordering some online. i prefer to support local business where ever i can so i would have them made locally.

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