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Can I weld this?

Old 06-15-2019, 07:02 PM
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My trailer is a 2007 karavan with an 02 whaler conquest 275 riding on it. These brackets at the front keep slipping and send up at the angle shown. Can I weld that bracket to keep it from moving?
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Old 06-15-2019, 07:12 PM
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I'd stitch weld that with some 1/2" long welds.

Depending on the thickness of that center beam. If its as thick as the outer beams (3/16"?) should be fine.
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Yes, but I think I'd do something different. I'm concerned about a few things. First, there seems to be only one bolt between the bracket and member A. I'm also guessing that theres' only one bolt between member B and the bracket. This connection seems pretty critical. I think I'd make a longer bracket for each side with two bolts per end for a total of 4 bolts on a side.

I'm also not happy about the gap between the bracket and member B. I'd make sure my new brackets fit properly.

You could weld it but I'm not sure what I'd weld. Things don't seem to fit together properly. And, you'll have to grind off the galvanizing before you can weld and that will leave a spot that is going to rust.

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Uhm,....... You don’t want to weld galvanized without the proper precautions.
I’ll let you look it up.
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Do the parts always end up in the same locations and angles? Perhaps they are just settling at the best place.

Is there a bolt joining item B and the bracket or is the bracket welded to item B?

Nevermind, I think I see it now. It's a bolt inside the tubing, I guess, for item B. I would do as "maintenance" guy suggested

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Old 06-15-2019, 08:53 PM
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Thanks for the replies. Spot b is bolted with two bolts where the main one only has that one big bolt. It settles into that position after a summer's worth of towing. Usually a couple thousand miles. When it's up where it goes it all seems to fit good and there's no excessive gaps. The entire trailer all comes together at that point so if it failed it would be a spectacular wreck. My concern is if it would make it too rigid to weld it.
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I would probably leave it as is. Except I might make sure the bracket bolt has a lock nut of some kind if it doesn't already.
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You need a longer bracket with two bolts
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Old 06-15-2019, 09:44 PM
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as was said before welding galvanized without breathing protection will make you loco and lazy
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