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Old 10-01-2015, 09:58 PM   #191
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Not really liking what I heard from our local welding shops, I've decided to take our 19 down to ETI next spring to have the frame fix done. We're hoping to get the work done after attending the rally. ETI should be really good at it by the time we show up
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Old 10-05-2015, 03:25 PM   #192
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And here is the "After" photo. 1/2 hour with no minimum charge - $34.00 + 8% sales tax for a total of $36.72. They even painted it...
That's fantastic! maybe others could post their quotes or repairs and we could get some regional options going for folks in different states / provinces.

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Old 10-05-2015, 06:38 PM   #193
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If you have had the mending plates welded on you 19 trailer, please confirm that the right angle brackets are welded to the A-frame portion of the frame. I have not received a response from ETI and the pictures on the instructions are indistinct.
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Old 10-05-2015, 09:08 PM   #194
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I was a little surprised that they didn't specify placement of the angle brackets, so I was at least going to guesstimate where they go based on ETI pictures and ensure there is nothing to interfere with on the camper floor. I'm a little concerned about corrosion with this whole thing. I'm going to try painting the top side of the angle brackets with a high temp paint and hope the welding doesn't burn it away. Being next to the fiberglass, they've got to keep this area cool, so the paint might survive. Also, with the doubler plates, since they're not welded all the way around and may not fit perfectly against the frame rails, I think it's worth trying to work something like Boeshield in behind them after welding or maybe even caulk around the edges where it's not welded before painting. I really don't like the idea of salt water road spray wicking into the area between the doubler and the frame. Long term, the doubler could be more of a detriment than a fix if this area collects moisture. I'm pretty sure the plate on the backside is welded all the way around, so this isn't a concern there.
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Old 10-05-2015, 10:41 PM   #195
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I assume that you would paint the backside of the plate and ensure that the portion of the frame to be covered is well painted, removing paint only from the immediate area of the welds to be made. The exposed welded area would be cleaned and painted after welding. A weld-through coating would help the area which doesn't have paint and will be inaccessible after welding. A qualified welder would know what to do; it would makes sense to me to ask how to best prepare the trailer and plates before the work.
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Old 10-06-2015, 07:55 PM   #196
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Had the welding done today. Actual time was 30 minutes to grind, paint the plates, weld, more paint. Plus 10 minutes to look the project over, move the trailer into position, and ready the equipment, etc. Minimum $70 fee was reduced to $50 when I explained the reimbursement. On a per hour basis it would have been about $45.
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:39 PM   #197
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Had the welding done today. Actual time was 30 minutes to grind, paint the plates, weld, more paint. Plus 10 minutes to look the project over, move the trailer into position, and ready the equipment, etc. Minimum $70 fee was reduced to $50 when I explained the reimbursement. On a per hour basis it would have been about $45.
See post 167. ETI has raised the reimbursement to $100.
Still not sure if the right angle bracket is welded to the A-frame on the 19 trailer 8"forward of the angled miter joint.
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:09 PM   #198
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Looking at the photo from ETI, I concluded that the angle bracket is aft of the miter joint, not forward. It's to the left of the jack, and I thought I was looking at the passenger side of the frame. Maybe I'd better have another look....
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:16 PM   #199
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Has there ever been a frame failure?
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:30 PM   #200
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We pretty well hashed that out several posts ago, and didn't seem to get anywhere with it. So that's still an unknown, I believe.
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