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Old 05-13-2011, 08:36 PM   #1
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Is sagging floor at wheel well...normal?

My floor sags substantially at the side walls near the wheel wells. Leveling over from the center of the trailer the floor drops about one inch at the wheel wells. In other areas around the trailer it drops at the exterior wall but only about 1/4". While cleaning the plywood subfloor this evening in preparation for installing the hardwood I noticed this for the first time.

Last summer I dropped the belly pan and repaired & painted the frame. The main frame rails were in good shape. I replaced and reinforced a few outriggers.

Has anyone else seen this in their trailer of this era? Do I need to be concerned?
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:51 PM   #2
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I think you have either outriggers or ribs/floor channel that needs attention.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:45 PM   #3
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On Little Girl, the outriggers by one of the wheel wells had all become detached from the frame at the top, causing a significant sag around that wheel well. While doing frame repairs, I raised each of them up to level with a bottle jack, and re-welded to the frame. If memory serves, it was 4 outriggers. 2 in front of the wheel well, and 2 behind it.

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Last summer I surveyed the underbelly/frame. There were a couple rotted outriggers that I replaced, one was at a wheel well. The other three were in good shape and well connected to the frame. I checked the outrigger forward of the street side wheel well (because it was the easiest to get to). I put a framing square on the main frame rail and the outrigger top is square to the frame rail. This would be the area in the last picture above. BTW this is not one of the outriggers that was replaced. This makes no sense to me....it would seem the trailer was built this way?
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:01 AM   #5
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The frame rail might have twisted. If you put the new outrigger 90 degrees to the frame side, it still would not be parallel to the rest of the floor. You still might be able to add a shim to between the outrigger and the floor to bring the floor back to level.
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