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Old 06-13-2020, 10:50 AM   #15
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A welded frame will be stronger. That RV company is probably trying to save money by not paying for a welder or welding automation.
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Is there any stress tests to prove a welded frame is stronger? I don't doubt what you say as much as would like to see how much stronger welds are.

I do however believe you have good welders, average welders and bad welders.
I get even more queasy when I think about welding aluminum as that is even more tricky.
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Is there any stress tests to prove a welded frame is stronger? I don't doubt what you say as much as would like to see how much stronger welds are.

I do however believe you have good welders, average welders and bad welders.
I get even more queasy when I think about welding aluminum as that is even more tricky.

If I had charts and graphs, I'd post them. I'm sure there are charts out there on the net somewhere quantifying bolted vs welded frame strength. Frame design has been around for a long time.

There are use cases where a given frame can be good enough. I didn't mean to say the Winnebago frame pictured above is bad.
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I googled welds vs huck bolts. You are right, welds are more ridged and do provide an excellent way to connect two metals. Welds are 'Best'.

Huck Bolts are a good way to connect metals and probably good enough. They allow some flex. Huck bolts are 'Good'.

I have not found, yet, any chart to the % of additional stiffness that welding provides over a huck bolt. It said huck bolting is cheaper than welding.

The article also talked about huck bolts are used in truck trailer building. I will look the next time I get a chance.

Thanks for bringing this up.
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