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Old 04-29-2012, 12:59 AM   #1
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Damage from bad jack point

Have borrowed an image here to show where I believe someone tried to jack up my1955 26' Overlander. (circled in red)

You can see the part of the chassis that extends from the main frame that the wheel well is attached to ripped right off. As you can see It can't hold the weight of a 3300 lb. trailer.

The damage is not only to the wheel well. Since there is a wall/partition located directly over the wheel well which was pushed up from the force. The partition pushed up into the roof separating a section aprox 1 foot long, popping rivets. I have not checked to see if the rivets on the outside were affected.
So choose your jack point carefully.

I can repair this with the help of Jean, my welder friend (a must have "a welder friend").
The inner frame and wall, along with outer aluminum and belly will all need straightening out or replacing. But I'm up for it. Knew it wouldn't be easy, probably why I took it on. HA!
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Old 04-29-2012, 03:52 AM   #2
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Lesson Learned! But repairable...

Looks like you will need a new outrigger (that is the part you have circled). I think you may be able to get one from InlandRV or Vintage Trailer Supply. The inside metal needs to be removed before you can try to straighten the exterior skin issues. It appears that one of the ribs is sticking thru to the inside joint between wall and ceiling panel. That will have to be removed and put back to its' original position. Drilling out all rivets (in the affected areas) before you start to repair this is essential. Some of the wrinkles may then pop back to their original shape on the panels. Hopefully you can live with a few beauty marks as matching that exterior skin could be an issue if you wanted to replace it. Good Luck and keep us posted. Ed

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Old 04-29-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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the picture looks a lot like blow out damage from a failed tire.
repair will be the same either way.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:56 PM   #4
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I vote for the blown tire.. Tread came lose and just flopped the po out of this poor trailer..

Speed ,, poor tires,, and not watching behind can do a lot of damage.

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Old 04-29-2012, 08:04 PM   #5
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You should be able to get new outriggers from the factory via any Airstream dealer.
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