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04-11-2013 12:31 PM
Re: Trailer- cross beam weld

Pull the boat and keel bracket. Grind the paint/finish off within 6" of each side of the crack. Then bring it to a welding shop. It shouldn't take more than a couple of hours to fabricate some gussets and tension plates and weld them on. If all he heeds to to is grind a little & reweld, maybe an hour. Figure $300 tops.
04-11-2013 12:23 PM
Re: Trailer- cross beam weld

Unless the trailer was WAY overloaded good welds should last for a LONG time. Perhaps the original design allowed an unusual amount of flexing, causing the weld to fail. Or, the original weld was faulty. You might want to consider adding some extra support pieces in that area if the weight is close to the maximum carrying capacity. Suggest you find a trailer manufacturing or metal fabrication shop to do the welding, in most cases, you get what you pay for.

Paul T
04-11-2013 09:10 AM
Re: Trailer- cross beam weld

Pictures would be helpful. Some idea of where you are at would be helpful. Details about the material would be helpful (welding aluminum is a whole different thing from welding steel).

One thing I would say is that if you can find a local 4-wheel-drive club, you will always find several of those guys who own welders, and would probably do the job for you for the cost of materials and a 6-pack.
04-10-2013 09:33 PM
Lake Superior Sailor
Re: Trailer- cross beam weld

My Dad always said;" If you have to ask you can not afford it!"....Dale
04-10-2013 07:15 PM
Re: Trailer- cross beam weld

Your not really giving me much to go on BUT in general there is more involved than just goobering on some weld
04-10-2013 12:53 PM
Trailer- cross beam weld

The trailer I have looks as though one of the cross members may be in need of a new weld. It appears that the boat was not centered when they put it on the trailer and the weight has cracked the seam of the weld.

What's a reasonable figure for having a trailer weld redone?

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