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Old 04-26-2014, 04:28 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by robertwylie View Post
The frame cracked at the first crossbar. It has been welded and an angle bracket been welded across it as well as two side pieces. Because of the repairs the front end of the hitch angles slightly up. It has made no difference in the ride on the back of the car.
How do you crack a frame?

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Old 04-26-2014, 07:31 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by JaneM. View Post
How do you crack a frame?
It appeared that there was a weld at the point where the side rails were welded to the crossbar. After 2 years it broke at the weld. I have no idea why, it was not overloaded, I had it weighed before we left year one and there was no problem. I also used a coupler scale to check the weight there. My only thought that it had something to do with the speed bumps in Mexico and the weight on the equalizer hitch when we hit one just too sharply.

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Old 04-28-2014, 04:59 PM   #13
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To clarify something

The problem with the frame of the trailer occurred in October 2012. At that time it was repaired. Last fall I had an additional angle iron added to the original repair for added security.

The trailer has gone over 40,000 km since the problem.

My statement about price was allowing for the possibility that it MIGHTrequire a new frame.
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:30 PM   #14
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Proper welding procedure

A caution. All Escape frames are made using T1 steel box members. T1 is a very high tensile strength material and its absolutely critical to use proper welding procedures; i.e. pre heat, welding consumable, etc for any welding. Any additional material added to the T1 frame should ideally be T1 or at least in the same material grouping for compatibility.

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