Any metalworkers or machinists here?

gmcman

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Dec 12, 2011
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I have a question regarding structural damage and could this be fixed or just let it be.

My tandem trailer needed the chains replaced to pass inspection, previous owner dragged them quite a bit and I said no problem. He said they needed to remove the rod under the tongue and re-weld it with new chains. When I went to pick it up, they didn't use the factory location and welded the chains to the frame. :mad:

Granted this is illegal in some states but not in VA. Apparently it's fine but that's one thing I'm contemplating while they have it back is to relocate the chains to the factory location.

The other main issue I am dealing with is they accidently struck it with a forklift just above the chains...:mad::hissyfit:. The owner wants to make good on it and they have always been extremely helpful here. So this leads me to the big question...can the frame be either put back into shape or repaired in any way to retain the factory strength or is it fine just how it is? The dent isn't huge but it's still a dent, about 2' behind the coupler and just under the A-Frame bracket for the coupler.

GVW on this trailer is 7000 lbs.
 

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gmcman

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Sorry, took forever for my cell to send this one. They are going to repair a bunch of small things on it and take care of some paint, especially around the chain mount. In the end I still want it to be right and not affect any possible resale value if and when I may part with it.
 

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