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Old 01-26-2020, 11:54 AM   #41
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Interesting, I’ll check mine shortly. I have a utility trailer with a heavy duty tailgate. It has a tubular framework. Water got in somehow and the tubular steel bulged at the bottom. I store it now so water cannot accumulate and freeze. I’m going to drill it in the spring too, it’s needing some attention and I’m going to use it to haul wood from some green ash I’m going to take out.
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Old 01-26-2020, 12:05 PM   #42
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Be careful drilling underneath, the water may get you before you can get out of the way. I was directly underneath, applying firm pressure to the drill to penetrate the rear bumper.
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Jim it was the trailers way of saying you were working up a sweat n needed to be cooled off
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Old 01-26-2020, 01:57 PM   #44
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Hole in the bumper

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Jim it was the trailers way of saying you were working up a sweat n needed to be cooled off
Jim, could you make that bumper hole a little bigger and get a rubber plug oh I don’t know, say about the size of a big bulb of garlic? “Hello headquarters, I’ve got a garlic smuggler here”
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Jim, could you make that bumper hole a little bigger and get a rubber plug oh I don’t know, say about the size of a big bulb of garlic? “Hello headquarters, I’ve got a garlic smuggler here”
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Interesting I was thinking a hollow bumper is ideal for smuggling, but I'm sure Customs is on top of of that, remember The French Connection where they tore that Lincoln apart for the drugs...
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Old 01-26-2020, 07:22 PM   #46
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What about welding the tire carrier to the flange it's bolted to, or having it welded? I'm sort of surprised it's bolted on to begin with.
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Old 01-27-2020, 01:02 AM   #47
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What about welding the tire carrier to the flange it's bolted to, or having it welded? I'm sort of surprised it's bolted on to begin with.
Trailer frames are usually fabricated in batches by a supplier who stacks them up to ship them to the trailer manufacturer, and I think this is true at Escape. A spare tire carrier sticking up would not work well with this system, so it makes sense that it is bolted on later.

Done properly, a welded joint would work.
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Old 02-02-2020, 08:23 PM   #48
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Went out and removed the bolt through the bumper to add washers, the bottom nut was rusted and now I understand. The bumper had water inside and started draining out. I went inside and got my drill and 1/4" bit and drilled a hole next to the tire hitch mount, about a quart of water gushed out. Went and drilled another hole on the other side, nothing, similarly on the rear tube brace. So I'm speculating that corrosion on that rear bolt may have caused it to fail on the older models. A small drain hole underneath may prevent future issues also.
I replaced the factory tire carrier bolts today with 3/8” Grade 8 bolts & Grade 8 nuts , flat washers , lock washers and a coat of paint . Probably overkill considering the thickness of the rear bumper metal
I was going to drill drain holes in the rear bumper as Jim N suggested but I discovered the factory had already done it
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