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Trailer measurement

Posted: 30 Jul 2019, 19:40
by jonmac
I have a trailer that is slightly bent. it looks as if the previous owner had hooked a parking curb or something and then they pulled it forward and looks as if the trailer has been bent inwards.
I measured the front of it after the tongue and then measured the very back of it, it measures about an inch or so different and the uprights look like they have been "sucked in".

So I need to know if the rear is the same width as the front or do they bend inward towards the rear?

I am getting ready to fix it but want to make sure there is a problem before I create one. If that makes sense.

Thanks

Trailer measurement

Posted: 30 Jul 2019, 20:40
by JL8Jeff
Mine measures the same front and back. Do you have any pictures showing what it looks like? Mine has bolted brackets with the rear crossmember so I don't think it could get sucked in. If yours just has u-bolts then you might be able to adjust them.

Trailer measurement

Posted: 31 Jul 2019, 06:58
by CedarRiverScooter
Check spring mounts, this is the most important feature. They should be same width front vs. rear. You also may want to check from spring mount to hitch coupler. That should be the same L vs. R.

Trailer measurement

Posted: 31 Jul 2019, 17:44
by jonmac
Thank you for the information.
Sorry no pictures, the rear crossmember has a piece of thin channel welded to the side rails. the crossmember is bent out and torn about a third of the way up it.

I am going to have it straightend and the crossmember cut out and a new piece of channel welded in its place.

Trailer measurement

Posted: 04 Aug 2019, 19:48
by LDUBS
jonmac wrote:
31 Jul 2019, 17:44
Thank you for the information.
Sorry no pictures, the rear crossmember has a piece of thin channel welded to the side rails. the crossmember is bent out and torn about a third of the way up it.

I am going to have it straightend and the crossmember cut out and a new piece of channel welded in its place.


Good way to eliminate any doubt.


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Trailer measurement

Posted: 30 Sep 2019, 18:58
by jonmac
My Buddy got my trailer done, He welded in four new 3-inch channel beams after he straightened the frame he told me that it is 5/8 of an inch out of square and that everything looks good.

So now time to start prepping it for paint and a little bit of pinstriping. will try to take before and after pictures of it if anybody is interested.