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by Tfitz
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Re: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

Strapped down and almost ready to roll again. The last thing on my trailer todo list is install a new Fulton F2 trailer tonge jack and it arrives Friday. Hope it last awhile, My past experience with trailer jacks has always been disappointing. Just plain junk. Supposedly this one has a lifetime warr...
by Tfitz
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Re: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

I left the crown on the welds and the C-channel liner intact by centering it on the H beam web. That left enough gap to accommodate the weld. And that C channel is anchored to the axle plate on both sides of the H beam so it should really resist flexing. I also coated all aluminum to aluminum bolted...
by Tfitz
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Re: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

I'm finally ready to get this boat back on the repaired trailer. If that earthquake was closer to Fairbanks I could have lost my shop AND boat the way the boat was supported from my shop trusses during this trailer repair job. This repair appears strong to me. All cross tie members are double reinfo...
by Tfitz
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Re: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

When i saw the cracks in the I beam bottom I realized I needed to do everything I could to strengthen this area so i thought the 1/4" doubler Will definitely help. Thanks Kmorin for the suggestion!👍 I tried to reweld but I'm not sure how much difference I really made. I preheated and had good positi...
by Tfitz
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Re: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

When i made that weld on the frame i could barely see and was out of position because the boat was still on the trailer. I knew i would be doing it over. It got me there and back on my last fishing trip so it worked out ok. You really think I need to add a doubler on the bottom of the frame to stiff...
by Tfitz
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Re: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

Whats the best way to weld this crack and make this area strong again? I could mig it and grind it smooth but I think it won't have much strength. I'm adding the two 1/4" × 4" C channels and support the crossmember off the C channel legs so I'm thinking that will add the strength.
by Tfitz
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Re: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

Got the trailer out to where I can work on it now! I have a plan and it's going to be Beluga strong when done!!
by Tfitz
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Re: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

Based on past experience I've come to realize that MOST of the time when I don't listen to what you are telling me to do....I regret it later. SO I will try to incorporate a gusset or V brace into my C channel design. Since I just bought a 25' piece of 4" 6061 C-channel for this repair. I think the ...
by Tfitz
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Re: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

The trailer IS 14 years old. And the load IS right at the trailers rated limit. And the frost heaves on Alaska roads ARE really bad. So I don't really have a problem with the trailer manufacturer. And I should take some blame for this too. The week before I had a fuel pump go out mid trip. We got ba...
by Tfitz
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Re: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

You can see the dip in the I beam at the crossmember attachment point. I believe it's the weight of the boat bouncing that is making the I beam crack and separate. By doubling up the crossmember attaching point and stiffening the I beam with 6061 C channel and bolting it all together it should hold....
by Tfitz
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Re: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

Bunk and inside crossmember
by Tfitz
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Re: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

Thanks for the ideas! I did talk to the manufacture and they said anything i do to fix the frame would just be a band aide and would happen again sooner or later. Bottom Liine was they were more interested in selling me a new trailer. So I think I'm going try and fix this by getting the widest C cha...
by Tfitz
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Re: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

Location of crack
by Tfitz
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Re: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

Crack in frame
by Tfitz
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Hauling Your Alloy Rig
Topic: Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas
Replies: 22
Views: 1121

Cracked Trailer frame repair ideas

The last fishing trip of the season I noticed a crack in the frame of my boat trailer at bend in front of the axles where the crossmember bolts on. The roads in Alaska are terrible and trailers take a beating. I have my own ideas how to fix it but was wondering if anyone else has successfully dealt ...
by Tfitz
Mon May 28, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Alloy Shop Talk
Topic: 24' DYI alloy remodel
Replies: 504
Views: 34884

Re: 24' DYI alloy remodel

I forgot to show you a hatch i cut into the cabin floor to give me quick forward bilge access (and to store garbage). You didn't like my fish hold "flat hatch" design so I built this more conventional. I tend to build things favoring the off chance of encountering a Beluga size load, so the seat con...
by Tfitz
Sat May 26, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Alloy Shop Talk
Topic: 24' DYI alloy remodel
Replies: 504
Views: 34884

Re: 24' DYI alloy remodel

Just got back from a great, first of the season Valdez trip. Only made a few improvements to the boat last winter and I like how they function and look. This shake down run went flawless, no boat problems. 2 guys and gear, food and drink for 4 days, 135 gals gas, 4 coolers of ice in the bow, and shr...
by Tfitz
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: Searching for Back-Gouging Application Testers.
Replies: 3
Views: 984

Re: Searching for Back-Gouging Application Testers.

This is my "Go Too" back gouger tool. You need the tool to be deep and narrow so you can reach in to access inside corners. It looks scary but I've got hundreds of hours running it with no accidents with injury. The tool is Pneumaticly driven which makes it have less torque than electric, and allows...
by Tfitz
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Alloy Shop Talk
Topic: Pilot house window replacements
Replies: 4
Views: 1028

Re: Pilot house window replacements

Motion Marine has a pretty good product, service and price.
by Tfitz
Fri May 26, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Alloy Shop Talk
Topic: 24' DYI alloy remodel
Replies: 504
Views: 34884

Re: 24' DYI alloy remodel

The trips not over yet. This bay has good internet too!
by Tfitz
Thu May 25, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Alloy Shop Talk
Topic: 24' DYI alloy remodel
Replies: 504
Views: 34884

Re: 24' DYI alloy remodel

Just a few photos I just took around the boat now.
by Tfitz
Thu May 25, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Alloy Shop Talk
Topic: 24' DYI alloy remodel
Replies: 504
Views: 34884

Re: 24' DYI alloy remodel

Hello Kevin! We are on the hook, waiting for weather to pass and I have an awesome internet connection out at Hitchenbrook is. I thought it would of interest to update this long forgotten thread with some of the finish improvements I made over the winter. Hope all is well with you. Im doing fine and...
by Tfitz
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Alloy Boat Forum
Topic: Best "value" suspension seat bases...
Replies: 5
Views: 1008

Re: Best "value" suspension seat bases...

I bought two of these seats for my boat and I'm happy with the quality and performance

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by Tfitz
Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:37 am
Forum: Alloy Shop Talk
Topic: floor hatch extrusions
Replies: 5
Views: 1791

Re: floor hatch extrusions

I've seen that hull stiffer at the local aluminum supplier before but I think it's too wide for my application. I will probably go the square tube route or bend my own on a metal brake at work. I haven't started working on Predator Control yet but I am beginning to think about it. It's still too nic...
by Tfitz
Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:38 am
Forum: Alloy Shop Talk
Topic: floor hatch extrusions
Replies: 5
Views: 1791

Re: floor hatch extrusions

I will look to see if small channel is available. But the square tube is a great idea that I know I can buy. Thanks!