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Old 10-29-2012, 07:34 AM   #15
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I measured the bumper and extensions on my trailer this weekend. Looked like the metal was a strong 1/16" thick. Welds already look bad.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:56 AM   #16
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That's production for ya !!!!
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:39 PM   #17
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Shame they let stuff like this out the door. At least i found it early and can/will address it. The main frame is a 10.25" I-beam and is 1/8" thick. It appears that to get the extra length for our bunkhouse they scabbed on a 6' extension to 30' trailer frame.

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Old 10-31-2012, 06:23 AM   #18
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I have seen that before many times and had to repair some that broke loose and the owners found it, was it just tacked on the end of the rails or did they try to do it right.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:02 PM   #19
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Just this week, our camping friends just saved their 5th wheels rear bumper mounted spare tire from taking the whole bumper with it....

lot's of leverage going down the road with a 16 inch tire on it !!!
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:03 PM   #20
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That is our concern as well. After looking over the condition of my rear bumper, it certainly will need reinforcements as well. Welds are poor, metal is thin.

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Old 11-12-2012, 03:55 PM   #21
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FYI - I got a verbal quote from a local trailer shop of $400 to $600 to fabricate and install the rack. They have done these before and said once they checked out my frame they could give me a firm estimate. At least I have a ballpark to shoot for now if I decide to do it myself.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:50 AM   #22
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FYI - I got a verbal quote from a local trailer shop of $400 to $600 to fabricate and install the rack. They have done these before and said once they checked out my frame they could give me a firm estimate. At least I have a ballpark to shoot for now if I decide to do it myself.
At least here in SOCAL where shops charge $90 per hour labor rate that
quote you got is pretty good. If you can do your own welding then you
will only have the cost of materials and if you look for remenants at a
scrap metal yard you can save some $$ there too.

Please post pictures when you get your rack done.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:54 PM   #23
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I copied this out of a rv magazine sometime last year.


Here are some pics I took about two summers ago while camping and the owners let me take some pics of their trailer. I hope this will help any of you out w/ building it.







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Old 12-18-2012, 06:15 AM   #24
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StarGazer,

The pictures don't show up on my phone, so i will try my computer later today. I was camping last weekend and saw another TT with a rack like we wanted. I also have a new concern about my frame. We had a site that sloped away from the main road and also from side to side (if that makes sense) we used all of our blocks to get level and nearly had the nose of the trailer on the ground. I must have twisted the frame a bit as the rear doors didn't close well. I wonder what the rack will do to my frame? I might need to reinforce it?

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