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Old 05-28-2012, 12:44 PM   #1
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2000 Excella bumper and skid plates

My y2k trailer has taken some kind of "hit" to its rear-end. The center-top of the bumper is wavy (warped) and the holes/fasteners attaching it to the end curved pieces are damaged. Below, the skid plate on the streetside has been bent.

Q1) anybody got any words of wisdom on fix/replacement of the bumper top?

Q2) has anyone straightened such a bend in the rear skids? I am thinking after bumper drawer removal, an 8 ton hydraulic jack placed between the two skids will either straighten the bent one, or bend the straight one, your choice.

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Old 05-28-2012, 12:47 PM   #2
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I don't know about the bumper, but the skid plate could be replaced. Once bent and unbent it won't be as strong. If you want to unbend it anyway, use a comealong attached to a tree so you don't bent the other one.


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Old 05-28-2012, 12:55 PM   #3
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It wasn't hit... the bum was dragged on the ground which bent the frame and flexed the bumper and cover. This often kinks the aluminium panels as well, but it looks like you got away OK.

Reforming steel is going to be cosmetic in this case... the more you bend it, the weaker it gets. I wouldn't attach it to anything... try a big pipe wrench to twist it back... maybe heat it up with a heat gun. Once it is straight, you'll want to weld it if you want it to be strong.

I have the same thing on mine from a previous owner... I just painted over the rust and left it... too easy to wreck more stuff trying to fix it.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:41 PM   #4
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This post is late, but I would leave it alone. I have this trailer and have dragged my back end on occasion as I like to take it boondocking up mountain roads. You did not do any real damage and it will be a lot of work and $$ to fix what you have cracked.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:24 AM   #5
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I would be more worried the seal at the back has not been damaged and it leaking water into the sub floor. They leak like crazy even when they have not been hit.

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