got an old trailer that has lasted me well but has seen better days... most of the metal frame is sound but a box section at the front has rotted away and now makes it un-towable
I have stripped off the wooden sides and base (marine ply) but now need advice... is it possible to repair??? how much clean metal do I need to attempt to weld on a new section??? will a welded section ever be strong enough to carry the load??? or should I just cut it all up with my angle grinder and take it to the dump???
I can take a pic and post it up if I can find someone to give me an 'expert' opinion
Yea, old rusted traleri can and will be repaired. Not all are worthy but if it is soild except for the toung tube this can be replaced. I am not sure if a photo will be good enough to tell but post it and I can give advice. What is the trailer used for/ weight and tong load? is the section of box tubing at the trailer rotted or just the tong end? If you have good weldable steel it can be sleeved with a overlap and holes drill in the outer tube sa as to be plug welded in addtion to the end weld. This would have to be mig or arc welding (oxy-acetylene not recompense for structural steel and would weaken the metal too much.If you are not at all experienced as a welder you may just want to try and get a repair cost from a local welder or repair shop.
Do agree with MgMoper here, as long as you are a good enough welder it should be fine. I have welded many section on many different trailers and never had problems with them. If you are that good I would get someone to do it, but will warn you most welders are proud and it might cost a little but is the trailer is worth it, I say go for it!!!