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Old 26 February 2008, 12:00   #31
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Jeff...Me thinks I'd be more concerned about embrittlement of the S/S weld metal than it's benefits to "corrosion protection"...
I hope not because the front end of my camper has been held together with it for the last 10 years or so....it must be due to fall off soon.
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Old 26 February 2008, 12:13   #32
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What a long thread in a short time

It doesn't look good, I agree it needs to be strengthened, and I think you will end up raising the front rollers to give you room to do it.

If I can be any help with the welding etc just let me know.
I'll also try to get over at the weekend to have a closer look to see if I can suggest anything.

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Old 26 February 2008, 12:16   #33
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I hope not because the front end of my camper has been held together with it for the last 10 years or so....it must be due to fall off soon.
.....unlucky. Can I have first dibs on yer boat if you meet a sticky end?

Is your chassis Galv then? Zinc contamination of S/S welding will end in tears...
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Old 26 February 2008, 12:22   #34
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Limey...Could be a duff/cheap batch of drills?
Nope, had the same set for 5 years and no problems and I take good care of them. They are HSS not the cheap carbon steel ones and they did not go blunt/burn up. I had to use 4 pilot sizes and cutting oil to get to a 3/8" hole. The freeking thing is hard!!!
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Old 26 February 2008, 13:15   #35
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.....unlucky. Can I have first dibs on yer boat if you meet a sticky end?
First person here gets it. I won't be caring.

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Is your chassis Galv then? Zinc contamination of S/S welding will end in tears...
Nah, I rebuilt the front end using galvanised sheet and fibreglass panels.

When I said to Andy Hightower about welding the galvanised angle, I kinda took it as read that he would know the zinc would need to be ground off, especially after the protracted thread the other week about it.

I did once make a set of brake backplates for a tripple axle trailer using stainless welding and they were fine except the galvanising didn't take on the stainless.

Like I said, try it. Giv itt arr bennd wiv de burminam skroodreyevur.
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I am just having a look at your post.
Your trailer seems a bit weak, but ...

One defect came immediately when I saw the pictures :

For me the reason is your winch, which is pulling and forcing the bow down, and the counter-force is applied where your trailer is bending.

To solve, just move your winch up, in order to get the cable parallel to the trailer frame.
That's all !
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what about re balancing the boat so that there is less weight on the drawbar end,
Too much nose weight! It's already about 110 kg with a tank full.
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Old 26 February 2008, 14:44   #38
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I'm home this weekend and also have a prop that I keep forgetting to bring up the Church for you.

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What a long thread in a short time

It doesn't look good, I agree it needs to be strengthened, and I think you will end up raising the front rollers to give you room to do it.

If I can be any help with the welding etc just let me know.
I'll also try to get over at the weekend to have a closer look to see if I can suggest anything.

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Glad I didn't end up with an Admiral after all. Was on order but they were buggering about with supply dates so i cancelled the order. Pheww.

However, what about unbolting the A-frame bits from the side and haing some plates welded to the side instead, then refit the A-frame bars (possibly needing longer bolts). This would stregthen the joint better than plates on top and bottom and I'm sure the side rails would flex outwards enough to accomodate the extra thickness.
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I am just having a look at your post.
Your trailer seems a bit weak, but ...

One defect came immediately when I saw the pictures :

For me the reason is your winch, which is pulling and forcing the bow down, and the counter-force is applied where your trailer is bending.

To solve, just move your winch up, in order to get the cable parallel to the trailer frame.
That's all !
Beleive it or not, it was level with the bow eye. It's just the draw bar is angled down from where it was.
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