Dang!!

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  1. kd7gvd

    kd7gvd New Member

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    Well as most on here know that during my last outing the left rear support broke on us. Well we propped it up and finished our camping trip. I finally got it torn down thinking that the cable had snapped but lo and behold the support itself was broken. When they build the supports, it has 3 sections that slide inside of each other, there is a small collar that attaches on 3 points around the top of each section. Well these little supports are what causes the next section to be lifted up when the previous section is fully extended. They only spot weld these little collars with 3 or 4 little spot welds. I was really amazed that they would trust a spot weld to support that much stress and weight.

    Well I got the support pulled out and took it to my neighbor, he is a welder by trade, to see if he could weld stainless steel. He could and he went to town on the support and did a really good job strengthing it up and I don't think that this support will ever be a problem again, knock on wood. I will get it all back together tonight when I get home from work so everyone cross your fingers for me that it all slides the way it's supposed to.

    We are heading out for the mothers day weekend and I am hoping all goes well this time out. One thing I have learned for sure with buying a used popup that needs work, although I didn't realize it needed this much work, I know most of the systems now pretty good and know that I can fix most any problem with the help of my popup portal friends.

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    Let us know how it works out.

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    That's surprising that the support broke that way. It's good that you know a welder who would tackle it...it seems that everytime I need something welded it's tough to find someone. There are far fewer small welding shops around here than there used to be.

    Good luck with the rest of your repairs and renovations.


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  4. DonJacki

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    i got lucky .lol with my wife she said well if you need a welder go get one ..lol it didnt work when i said i needed a bass boat though . darn the luck .
    hope all is well with your camper kd and have a good trip ..

    a rainy weekend camping is better than a rainy weekend with the inlaws.
     

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