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Old 09-03-2017, 07:41 PM   #1
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Question ribs

no not the ones you eat. Has any one made new ribs for an old trailer? I have a 1960 with roof damage (snow load). So I open it up from the inside and found no rebuildable ribs. Thank you
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Originally the ribs were placed on a bender that bent an arc. I've had pipe radiused for hand rails before. They used hydraulic or electric rollers. If you can contact a hand rail fabricator, they may have the equipment to bend metal. If they can bend a 1 1/2" square tube, you can split it using a saber saw with a metal blade. The metal blade will have to have about a 1/4" cut off the end so you don't bottom out while cutting one side at a time. That's how we made a lot of the horizontal stringers on our 55 FC. Good luck.
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I did a tradewind last year that had all but 1 1/2 ribs replaced. I had them from a donor trailer. I'm in Yakima. Private message me, I think I know of a few bows around the northwest. I have none left though. Be prepared for a HUGE project. I had about a 1000 hours into the trailer because the aluminum skin all stretches in those circumstances so you virtually have to reskin the entire trailer so you really are building from scratch, or close to.
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I think what goransons is trying to tell you is this: "you have to know when to hold them; know when to fold them; know when to walk away; know when to run".

If I were you, I would reconsider trying to fix her. It won't be easy, cheap or quick; it will be hard, expensive and slow tedious work.

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