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Old 09-27-2015, 07:42 PM   #131
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Just because the the weld looks fine, you can only see the surface, not throughout it or to to the other side. It may still have been compromised. Even if it hasn't been comprised, this fix will ensure nothing happens.

Although the 3" frame is more than adequate strength wise for the trailer, it still is a fair bit more flexible than the 4". Repeated flexing, even very small vibration like ones, can put stress on a weld. If there is any damage beginning to happen, chances are you will never be able to see it.

This fix will ensure that an further stress due to flexing is transferred to the areas on the outside of the mending plate, away from the weld.

Adding the additional two angles for bolting to the frame will also help to stiffen things too.

Do not even second guess not doing it. Sure something may never happen, but if it did.........
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Old 09-28-2015, 07:50 AM   #132
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Any Affected Owners In SW. On.?

Hi: My Bro-n-law has a welding shop in Arkona Ont. and would be willing to look at any affected trailer frames. His shop is big enough to get a trailer inside for a proper job. During the week he welds for Gen. Dynamics.
Send me a PM if Interested. Alf
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:53 AM   #133
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Jim just to be clear I am in no way advocating not doing the repair. That was never my point but I do want to clarify that
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:56 AM   #134
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Jim just to be clear I am in no way advocating not doing the repair. That was never my point but I do want to clarify that
No worries, I never thought that, it was more just a general comment, as there seemed to be differing reasons to not do it, or put it off. Plus, some may not realize that a visual inspection could likely not show anything.
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Old 09-28-2015, 10:26 AM   #135
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If you are having the fix done please make sure that the welder knows what he is doing. The correct wire or rod, amperage, etc must be used. I have seen welds that looked OK, when sectioned did not have integrity. Just because someone has a welder in his garage does not qualify him to be doing this fix.
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Old 09-28-2015, 12:16 PM   #136
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We just returned from a week at Cultus Lake near Chilliwack. Got the recall notice the third day into our trip so had the work done at ETI. How lucky is that?
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Old 09-28-2015, 12:30 PM   #137
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We just returned from a week at Cultus Lake near Chilliwack. Got the recall notice the third day into our trip so had the work done at ETI. How lucky is that?
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Old 09-28-2015, 01:09 PM   #138
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We our the second owners of an 2010 19 foot. Escape Industies contacted us directly by email.

First thing I did was crawl under our trailer to inspect to see if we had the three inch frame in question. My understanding when we bought our trailer was that it did have considerable mileage and even an Alaskan Trip. I assume that it has seen both good and bad roads.

I then read the posts looked at the pictures. I noticed that on the back of the mitre weld in question there is as an additional plate welded on the back that overlaps the weld. So in my option there is no chance of it separating even if the front weld cracks??

And it appears to me that the warranty repair is really to address torision forces that may occcur when on severe side slopes, backing sharply into sites, and possibly from WDHs

Secondly I thought that how nice it was that we were contacted directly, after all there is only 700 affected trailers In the end my trailer is still worth the same to us, and possibly even more as it will have more metal and added protection. I think of all the 40 year old Bolers being hauled up and down the highways.

We will have the work done as soon as feasible, glad to have been made aware of the problem. And happy that when we bought the trailer the "dealer" had no built in device designed to deceive.

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Old 09-28-2015, 02:58 PM   #139
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I finally had a look at our 19' 2013 model. The recall makes it sound like this joint is a simple miter joint held together with nothing but a weld bead, like in a picture frame, but in truth, it's a much better looking joint than that with a fair degree of overlap between the frame pieces. I'll go ahead and make arrangements to have the patches applied, but I'm really surprised that this is an issue, at least for our trailer. I'm also interested in the need to have two angle brackets welded to the frame so the body can be attached in two additional places. This seems to be just for the 19' model. I wonder what prompted that!
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Old 09-28-2015, 03:18 PM   #140
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but in truth, it's a much better looking joint than that with a fair degree of overlap between the frame pieces.
Just being naturally curious about all things mechanical I was wondering if there was any relationship between your comment and previous post. I can't quite visualize how one overlaps a mitered joint in rectangular stock unless a more elaborate cut than a plain miter is made.

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