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Old 08 September 2014, 12:19   #1
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Repeated failures of mudguard bracket

Hi Folks (sorry it's a dull one)

Wonder if you can help out. I have a 5 month old trailer that has had 4 instances of the mudguard brackets failing. The failure looks to be metal fatigue caused by the weight of the guard wobbling as I drive. It's failed twice on a motorway and I've been forced to tie it up from the hard shoulder - not a good experience

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Does anyone have any recommendations for brackets / solutions to stop this happening. I've been told that this isn't happening to any other owners of this trailer type, just me...

The manufacturer suggested I'd been standing on the guard - ffs i'm 6ft 3 and don't need a lift up.

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Old 08 September 2014, 13:00   #2
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they only look like 10" plastic mudguards though?... maybe it's the pic, combined with dodgy eyes!

It looks like a manufacturer that I recognise. They used to do a mudguard step, that bolted on to where that L-bracket now sits. It may be worth asking if they have any in stock, as they're a much more substantial bit of kit.
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Not a cheap fix those steps, have you seen the price ?
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Are you standing on it to get into the boat?

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Old 08 September 2014, 14:27   #5
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Thanks TrailorGuy, will call and ask.
Not standing on it, I'm big enough to leap on without touching it (also the tubes overhang so not sure that would possible). The tubes don't touch it when launching, recovering or towing. From what I can tell it can only be either inclusions in the metal, fatigue or a combo of both.
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TrailerGuy - as you said, when I took the mudguards off they were pretty light plastic. For all you budding metallurgists just been out to remove the brackets. Happy to hear your thoughts - see the photos below.
Will send one off to be checked for inclusions and the other back to the manufacturer and see if they'll help out with replacements.
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Probably cheap quality mild steel it's just torn apart near the bend which is a weakness.
I would pop down to a fabricator and get some new ones knocked up a bit thicker
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Probably cheap quality mild steel it's just torn apart near the bend which is a weakness.
I would pop down to a fabricator and get some new ones knocked up a bit thicker.
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Mick, I'd agree. Just annoying to have spent 2k on a trailer less than 5 months ago and then for the dealer and the manufacturer to imply that its my fault...

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Weld them back together and put a small triangular gusset in the 90 degree angle. Problem solved.

If the manufacturer is that full of crap (and I agree with you, they shouldn't have failed) I wouldn't be going back to him!
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