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Old 08-15-2016, 03:05 PM   #1
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Need to weld or reattach broken undercarriage bar

Bar broken free of attachment point center of underside of coach in front of rear axle.

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I believe the fresh water and maybe grey water tanks are above the area. You can see the propane tank open floor in the rear of the picture.



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Has anyone done repair work to this under coach framework?

I think it is a weld joint that is broken, but fear that a welding repair job may damage the surrounding materials. (Air dryer hoses are visible to the right behind the area to be repaired.)
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[QUOTE=deandec;3209927]Bar broken free of attachment point center of underside of coach in front of rear axle.

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I believe the fresh water and maybe grey water tanks are above the area. You can see the propane tank open floor in the rear of the picture.



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It is a broken attachment weld. A good welder can repair it easily. They will isolate the hoses to keep them from being damaged. A piece of board or something simular will work. Make sure they disconnect BOTH sets of batteries, before welding.
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I have also seen this before when I was searching for my coach.

Not only was there a new weld at the joint but they had also welded a flat T to the underside to help join the two together.


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Yup, get an experienced welder involved and it should be able to be readily repaired.
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Bar broken free of attachment point center of underside of coach in front of rear axle...

Has anyone done repair work to this under coach framework?
dean,
yes i had it done once. on a day at the end of 2012, i was driving my rig to an engine shop for an estimate of r/t the cracked manifold. the place was very tight, i didn't see a metal pipe about half a foot tall extruding out of ground in the corner and made the turn. dragging, dragging, boom. i came out and noticed the cross bar in front of the rear axle in passenger side being pulled off at the outer end from the frame...

story short... in next few days i went to hd and got the square tubing, one was 1" at sides another was 1.5" (?) and slid one into another to double up the strength. found a guy on craigslist and welded it up. i sprayed the rubberized under coating afteward...

not a big thing. technically i should have disconnected the battery terminals as whenever you weld something on rv there could be a higher voltage or bigger current going on, thus disconnecting the terminals are recommended. i didn't do it but went ok, no any damages. another thing important is to spray the under coating afterward.

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Just had the same support welded on my rig. Took the welder about half an hour. Turned of the classic batteries and he placed a surge protector on the house batteries.
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Ok, thanks to all.

After looking a little closer, the subject bar is a 3/4" by 1 1/2" tube that attaches to the larger cross tube.

There is air space between the undercarriage floor material and these tubes.

They do not seem to be load carrying braces and I was able to push the errant one back into position with my weak hand.

I will have a shop weld the piece back in place.
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Warning. Before arc welding on the frame be sure to read your chassis manual. If I remember correctly there are some items that must be disconnected before hand.
Some body else jump in here on this.
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Dean, Been hunting so getting into this late. My 98 8.3L with Allison has a sticker in the battery compartment warning to disconnect transmission wiring harness from the controller before any welding. Mine is in the front DS compartment and easily accessible. It has a small Allison logo at the bottom of the sticker so betting they supplied the warning. Sorry so late on this, hope this helps, good luck on the repair.

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