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Old 06-18-2016, 09:30 PM   #1
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Damaged my trailer today



I've got an equalizer hitch, while cranking down the trailer in the hitch I had the anti sway bar leaning against the frame and it slipped down to the diamond plat on the front (Coleman Cts 192RDS) as the trailer went down the bar punched a hole right through the diamond plate! Dang it, any tips on the best way to repair that? I'm heading out in 3 days for a week in the woods.
I'm thinking I need to weld a plate over the hole.
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YIKES, yeah I think I would just install or weld a plate right over the hole and keep on moving.
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:37 PM   #3
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I think some Gorilla tape would be better than welding since you are not removing it. Don't want to ignite the flammable materials the plate is connected to.
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I think some Gorilla tape would be better than welding since you are not removing it. Don't want to ignite the flammable materials the plate is connected to.


+1. I was thinking the same thing.
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Old 06-18-2016, 10:18 PM   #5
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It is not structural so welding would be overkill if even possible since the material is so thin.

My recommendation--get a piece of diamond plate from Home Depot. Cut it to size w/tin snips and use Rv caulk to attach it like a patch over the hole. If you get lucky there may be something to drill into for further anchoring.
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Old 06-18-2016, 10:24 PM   #6
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That diamond plate is paper thin so I don't think you can weld to it very easy. I would make a patch, put a lot of sealant on the back side and attach it with SS screws or aluminum pop rivets.
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That diamond plate is paper thin so I don't think you can weld to it very easy. I would make a patch, put a lot of sealant on the back side and attach it with SS screws or aluminum pop rivets.
Yea, I'm thinking this is the way to go. Such a stupid mistake, trailer is not even 3 months old yet.
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... use Rv caulk to attach it like a patch over the hole.
Or rivets and lap sealant for vertical surfaces.
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Yea, I'm thinking this is the way to go. Such a stupid mistake, trailer is not even 3 months old yet.
Hey, we ALL make mistakes like these, trust me..

I wouldn't beat my self up over it.
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Bummer, X2 on a patch with rivits and sealant.
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Not sure if it would cause any issue but I've used JB Weld on all sorts of stuff with great results.
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I can only offer my sympathies. I'm just a newbie so I don't have much experience but I woukd be devastated too if it were my TT and it's only 3months old :'(
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Not sure if it would cause any issue but I've used JB Weld on all sorts of stuff with great results.

JB weld it and brace it until dries.
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The diamond plate is probably aluminum, and like stated above, paper thin, more for looks than structural. Welding is not an option on the trailer, both because it is so thin, and because of the combustible materials on the back. Don't turn a minor ouch into a total loss by setting the trailer on fire! As stated above, patch and seal it. Instead of using the diamond plate, you can also fill it level to the rest of the plate, and then use the foil tape used in HVAC work, work it flat with a spatula, and you may not even be able to tell it was damaged! Count it as an inexpensive lesson on what not to do! No one was injured, and the damage was minor as well.

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