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Old 04-30-2018, 02:47 AM   #1
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First airstream purchase no tow hitch

Hi guys new to the forum just purchased this in Los Angeles this weekend its been sitting in a mobile park for a while they cut the hitch how would I go about fixing this ? Thank you
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Old 04-30-2018, 02:48 AM   #2
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Tow hitch cut need help figuring this out

Hi guys new to the forum just purchased this in Los Angeles this weekend its been sitting in a mobile park for a while they cut the hitch how would I go about fixing this ? Thank you guys in advance
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Old 04-30-2018, 04:19 AM   #3
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Given what’s at stake I’d hire a professional welder. You might get a towing company to drag it out and get it to a trailer repair/welding shop.
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Old 04-30-2018, 05:09 AM   #4
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Have a good professional welder look at it. It can be done, but it's not the place to skimp, for safety's sake.

Meanwhile, get some foil tape over that rectangular cutout in the shell so no more water gets in.
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Old 04-30-2018, 06:15 AM   #5
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You need a new A frame. Must be trailer companies who will sell one. I had Airstream replace one that was rusted but I could patch it up enough to get it to Airstream. With nothing you need someone to come to it. I guess there is no chance of finding the old one under it behind the skirting? My replacement at Airstream cost $2500 if you are curious. You should be able to do better price wise locally. I think you really need to get the skirting off the front to see what you have left.
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:34 AM   #6
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As previously mentioned by Bill M, I would be surprised if the severed part isn't there somewhere. (unless PO told you otherwise) A good mobile welder could come and reattach it temporarily so that you could tow it to a shop to be reattached permanently. It's relatively easy to make it robust. It's much more difficult and time-consuming to make it robust and also pretty. That's why I suggest a two step process. The welder could have it in his shop where he/she has all necessary equipment to do it well and make it presentable.

I would simply try to avoid having anyone try to haul or tow it without an a frame of some description welded to it. Pulling it up onto a trailer/roll off could be dicey if the puller doesn't know what he's dealing with. I hope you find the severed part. Good luck! What's the condition otherwise?
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Hi guys new to the forum just purchased this in Los Angeles this weekend its been sitting in a mobile park for a while they cut the hitch how would I go about fixing this ? Thank you
I would have a mobile welder assess rigging up a temporary fix to have it loaded on a flatbed and moved to a shop that make a quality repair. You may run into difficulties with towing it with a traditional towing vehicle, tires, brakes of the trailer may be a problem depending on how long it has been in its present situation.
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Old 04-30-2018, 12:53 PM   #8
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Same issue 2 directions cheaper or easier , ya can't have both .
And being what it is , doing it right is important .
Chances are it could be best to have a tow company move - the trick is tying down , if damaged - your on there ins.
With seeing in person , but I see some frame sticking out , getting the correct undersized rectangualar tube steel about 2-3' to splice weld to old parts , even if you have to buy that end from a junk yard .
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I have decided to have it towed with a flatbed to a reputable welder thank you guys for all your help
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Here is the other thread FYI:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...-a-180948.html
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Yrs. ago pres. northern Il Unit cut hitch off 26 AS mounted on stretched Ford cab & chassis. After some yrs. wife said back on ground off truck, welded a frame back on, I did not see after weld as left unit and almost all no longer alive to answer of weld job.
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