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Old 05-18-2017, 12:10 PM   #1
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Looking for 5" C channel

Anyone know of possibly a place online that carries the same thickness c channel that was used on the frames? Mine is a 72 and I only need about 6ft to replace where the toilet rusted out the frame in the rear and up front where the door leaked. Each place around where I live only carries structural steel, so the heavy duty thick stuff. Any advice would help.
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Old 05-18-2017, 12:24 PM   #2
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Find a local metal fabrication shop that can bend sheet metal. That's how they are originally constructed. I had replacement frame rails made this way. I can look at my notes later to get you the proper thickness.
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Old 05-18-2017, 01:18 PM   #3
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Out of Doors mart carries C channel: http://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?m...x&cPath=98_100
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Old 05-18-2017, 02:13 PM   #4
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I just used 5x2 tube that has the exact same profile.
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:30 PM   #5
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I welded two angle iron pieces together to match the size I used1/8" stock.
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:25 AM   #6
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I believe the nomenclature for that channel is C5x6.7. Might make it easier to track down that way.
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I had a local fab shop make the misc things that I needed for my frame. They were happy to do it and it was pretty cheap in the end.
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I just used 5x2 tube that has the exact same profile.
I am looking to replace my c channel in the rear of my 1974 sovereign, can you please explain what the tube is you used? I am having a hard time replacing it. I had to have the whole rear rewelded
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:50 AM   #9
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Metal building contractors use C4 and C5 channel that is normally 14ga. A lot of them have 'bone yards' with remnants they sell cheap. Good luck
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:04 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone for advice and help. I was able to cut some 1/8" steel sheet and weld angle iron around it to make my own channel. Turned out really good and REALLY solid. Makes me wish I would have done my whole trailer in this, but oh well.

On to my next question and hopefully someone can help. So while taking the shell off the front aluminum channel, which is not like the side channel got pretty torn up for some reason. I had a family member watching it while it was lifting and I'm thinking he wasn't really watching! But it can be replaced. So does anyone know where I can get that from, or did anyone make their own. I've got some ideas but would like to see what some others have done or can think of. Thanks everyone. Without your help on this forum I would have been so lost by now and would have probably given up on this project. But I'm determined to keep going because once the shell is on it will be a good turning point to see all the progress .
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@zcashio - do you have some pictures?
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Old 06-20-2017, 08:49 AM   #12
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No not at this moment.

It's a piece of channel that curves around the inside of the shell in the front, it's just like the rear. But the front and the back do not have the extra channel for the plywood to slide into.
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Old 06-23-2017, 10:43 AM   #13
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If you can't source airstream channel have a metal shop make that up for you. Have aluminum sheet bent into the proper size channel.(take measurement off the rear channel). To make the bend you will make cuts on the sides and bottom which will allow it to bend. This is how the 50's trailers were built.
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