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Old 10-29-2016, 09:16 AM   #1
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One broken outrigger...

We have one broken outrigger on our 34' Airstream. The rest seem pretty solid. I know a boilermaker who could fix it, but I would have to buy a welder because he doesn't own one. Is it worth the money to fix one outrigger?
I was also thinking about trying to find a way to bolt a support to it. Possibly using a piece of angle iron and bolting it to the top of the outrigger and then to the bottom of the frame. Has anyone done this?



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Old 10-29-2016, 09:32 AM   #2
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I think anyone who does welding could do a repair pretty simply. Personally, if this is the only outrigger, I would have no problem cleaning it up, rustproofing it and bolting on some reinforcement.
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Considering the solid one just forward of it that is not much more than a support for the skirt.

As noted you could clean it up and coat it and bridge the gag with a piece of sheet metal to support the skirt.

One of mine was eaten out just behind the wheel well and I covered it with sheet metal to keep rain spray from wetting the underside of the floor.
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Thanks for the replies. Looks like I will just be adding a support. That is the response I was hoping for
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Here is how I ended up fixing it. The aluminum will be riveted to the original outrigger once I find my riveter. I wouldn't be surprised if it were stronger now with than angle iron than the original was.
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Old 10-29-2016, 05:17 PM   #6
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Here is how I ended up fixing it. The aluminum will be riveted to the original outrigger once I find my riveter. I wouldn't be surprised if it were stronger now with than angle iron than the original was.
Are we not concerned about galvanic corrosion?
Just curious.
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Are we not concerned about galvanic corrosion?
Just curious.
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I considered that, but figured since the belly pan was riveted directly to the frame and other than the rust on the frame, it looked fine, that it would be okay. Either way there will be aluminum/steel contact, be it from my "aluminum outrigger" to the frame or from the steel outrigger to the belly pan, unless there is something I'm missing.
I can still change it out if it may be an issue.

Edit: Thinking about it and maybe I should remove it for now until I get the POR-15 on the frame. The angle iron came painted.
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Old 10-29-2016, 10:43 PM   #8
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You could bolt some steel on there and wouldn't have any worries. Personally go buy a cheap harbor freight flux core welder for a $100 and weld a patch piece. I re-engineered my whole frame and taught myself how to weld. It's easy with a flux core welder. Don't let metal work intimidate you! If you can rivet you can weld! Plus you get a new toy😁👍.
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