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Old 03-19-2018, 06:10 AM   #1
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Why are the replacement solid outriggers notched!? When I lowered the shell after welding them on there they flexed more than I like as the shell rested on them. This seems to be due to the notch which takes away welding surface...am I missing something?
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Old 03-19-2018, 07:38 PM   #2
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Any chance you can post a picture. I have the belly pan down and the wraps off. I have a couple of replacement solid outriggers under my trailer done by a previous owner.

I'm curious about a notch. I'd like to compare to the ones on my trailer.

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Old 03-21-2018, 03:02 PM   #3
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Sure, as soon as I figure out how to resize images so I can load them here.
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I use a program called "Image Resizer for Windows". It takes a 3.5mg photo and makes it a 200k photo. I thought AirForums did this automatically, maybe not. I resize as I'm on a data plan and don't want to spend the data uploading big files. I've been using it for a number of years.

http://www.bricelam.net/ImageResizer/

Here is a resized picture of my broken outrigger that we tried to weld back to strength. It was cracked. I think it will be okay now. We scabbed some material behind it not show in photo.

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Tryng to attach pic, let's see if it worked
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Attached is a pic of the solid outrigger. Not near my camper, so had to take this one from the web. The notch I am referring to is the one in the top right corner
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Outriggers

Some have suggested they are designed to break off/ buffer damage in an damage event. Personally, I made new ones out of 2x5 rectangular tubing and cut then to the proper profile. I welded mine completely-no notch. My reasoning is that if I have a collision that could rip one off I'd have a lot to repair anyway. Just weld the outriggers the way your comfortable with. The floor ties it all together so no worries if you leave the notch.
Don't overthink everything. You'll end up in quick sand and immobile.
I took everything one step further and placed a 1 1/2 inch perimeter band welded to the outside edge of the outriggers. I wanted to be able to remove the floor without taking the shell off. The point is: notch or notch welded will be fine
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A picture is worth a thousand words as they say. I don't know the reason for that notch. I will look at a solid replacement outrigger on my trailer next time I'm in the shop.

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Thanks for the program advice!
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Notches look like a good place to run electric brake wiring through - as well as anything else needing to span wheel opening outside the ladder frame?

Andy once said there is no limit how many outriggers can be installed, there is no need to remove and replace in exactly the same spot, just 'bypass' the rusted, cracked or pretzel-bent ones by sistering in another alongside. Also - popped rivets can be from outrigger damage and it's willy-nilly where the loose outriggers transmit the motion to shear rivets.

I wish I'd photo documented what I found under the wraps on my '73, two outriggers twisted and mangled flat up to the floor, a solid unwelded and screwed in place with #12 sheetmetal screws.. and that was just on curbside.
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