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jbordelon
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:53 am    Post subject: Need some repair advice on Trailer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hello! I've been stalking this forum for a few years now. Finally got around to registering. Smile

Anyway, I need some advice. A rather large tree fell on the back of my trailer and bent the frame down about 3 or 4 inches. I'd like to straighten it back out. I put a jack under the bend and tried jumping up and down, but all I accomplished was looking silly.

I have a bulldozer. I was thinkiing about putting the jack back under the bend and setting the blade on top of the trailer to maybe push it down. I guess the best thing to do would be to cut out the bent metal and weld some replacement in there, but I'm kind of looking for the easy way out here.

If anyone has any input, or maybe a better idea, I'd much appreciate it!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:25 am    Post subject: Re: Need some repair advice on Trailer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

jbordelon wrote:
(quoted from post at 06:53:23 02/28/12) Hello! I've been stalking this forum for a few years now. Finally got around to registering. Smile

Anyway, I need some advice. A rather large tree fell on the back of my trailer and bent the frame down about 3 or 4 inches. I'd like to straighten it back out. I put a jack under the bend and tried jumping up and down, but all I accomplished was looking silly.

I have a bulldozer. I was thinkiing about putting the jack back under the bend and setting the blade on top of the trailer to maybe push it down. I guess the best thing to do would be to cut out the bent metal and weld some replacement in there, but I'm kind of looking for the easy way out here.

If anyone has any input, or maybe a better idea, I'd much appreciate it!


Even if you are successful at straightening it, it will probably be weak in that area and could easily bend again, but maybe you could straighten it and then weld some reinforcement into that area?

Of course, depending on how badly it is bent, you might not ever get it perfectly straight again. Just some rambling thoughts from a guy who also tries his best to make things useable again.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:07 am    Post subject: Re: Need some repair advice on Trailer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You already know that cutting it out and either replacing it or straighting it and reinstallin is the best way to repair. Trying to bend while still attached to the trailer will cause stress and bending the rest of the trailer. cut the piece out make sure the remainder of the frame is squared up. you just need a long tape measure from corner to corner and weld the piece back in.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:26 am    Post subject: Re: Need some repair advice on Trailer Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I hadn't considered cutting out the bent piece, bending it back, and welding that back in. That's a great idea! I think I will do that. It will make it much easier to bend with it out. Thanks!
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Need some repair advice on Trailer Reply to specific post Reply with quote

maybee jack with chain under it to bent member above ad bend past true a bit.. then release.. then weld ina brace..


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