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Looking for maybe a welding shop or someone that does trailer repair. I have this really sweet Harbor Freight trailer, and on saturday while I was in Home Depot picking up some hardware, this chic decides to run into it. Now there is a bracket that is bent, she hit it hard enough to bend the reciever hitch, so I'd like to have it checked out and straightened so I dont start ruining tires. Thanks

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Can someone also tell me if this is her fault in this state and I can go after her for the cost of the repairs

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derick I can probably help you out with this
personally I would just replace the bent part(im assuming you meant the ball coupler on the trailer) if it bent the receiver hitch(part that goes into the hitch mounted on your car) the car needs to go to a professional. if its just the ball coupler its easily replaced on the HF trailers as they just bolt on.

if the tongue of teh trailer is bent again its a simple bolt in replacement but at the cost of HF trailers youll need to think about how much you want to spend on fixing it.

as for determining fault.. i leave that to someone else

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derick i can probably help you out with this


as for determining fault.. i leave that to someone else
that would be awesome, any chance your free this upcomming weekend?

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DAMN! just saw the pics and the car needs to go in to a pro, hitches arent supposed to bend easily, this should have been treated as any other auto collision with a police report and whatnot.

the bent bracket thats on the A-frame tongue of the trailer right?

can you get a more overall view in a pic?
i should have time this coming weekend but at this point im taking a look but do not touch stance because of the overall damage especially to the hitch

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DAMN! just saw the pics and the car needs to go in to a pro, hitches arent supposed to bend easily, this should have been treated as any other auto collision with a police report and whatnot.

the bent bracket thats on the A-frame tongue of the trailer right?

can you get a more overall view in a pic?
i should have time this coming weekend but at this point im taking a look but do not touch stance because of the overall damage especially to the hitch
i have a police report, the hitch seems fine, it just the reciever that is bent. The bracket is on the rear of the A frame part, that allows it to swivel downward. Is the one circled in the pic
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thats the one that i thought it was.
id say replacement is the way to go getting it straight again would be hard.
grind/cut off the old one and weld on a new peice. would probably take about 1 to 1.5h to do.

fixing the bracket on the trailer is within my capabilities, im sure however that there is more damage to the rest of the trailer and that its likely all bent out of whack. straightness can be checked with a tape measure as these things do not really need accurace greater than that. the awesome thing about traielrs is that even when crooked/bent they will pull without destroying tires with abnormal wear, thats not to say it will pull fine and not have compromised stability but the trailer will find its "happy center" behind the vehicle where the axel is aligned with the direction of travel obviously if the axel is bent then youre gonna mess up tires, and youre back to component replacement again

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thats the one that i thought it was.
id say replacement is the way to go getting it straight again would be hard.
grind/cut off the old one and weld on a new peice. would probably take about 1 to 1.5h to do.

fixing the bracket on the trailer is within my capabilities, im sure however that there is more damage to the rest of the trailer and that its likely all bent out of whack. straightness can be checked with a tape measure as these things do not really need accurace greater than that. the awesome thing about traielrs is that even when crooked/bent they will pull without destroying tires with abnormal wear, thats not to say it will pull fine and not have compromised stability but the trailer will find its "happy center" behind the vehicle where the axel is aligned with the direction of travel obviously if the axel is bent then youre gonna mess up tires, and youre back to component replacement again
So is this something you want to attempt, or should I start making phone calls to Master Hitch, to see if they can fix it? I kind of figured that replacing that bracket was the only way to go. I know the trailer probably wasnt all that straight to begin with, but it never wobbled going down the road at 65mph. Beer and food is on me

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yea i can replace the bracket.
how wide is it? it looks like its about 1/8" thick from the pic

id definately have master hitch take a peek at the hitch itself on the car

beer and food is fine but dollars pay the bills

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yea i can replace the bracket.
how wide is it? it looks like its about 1/8" thick from the pic

id definately have master hitch take a peek at the hitch itself on the car

beer and food is fine but dollars pay the bills
i would guess that its in the 1/8 to 3/16 range. Dollars are fine too, and I'll call master hitch to see if they can get me in. Thanks

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wouldn't it be cheaper/easier to just pick up a new trailer for a couple hundred bucks and swap over anything you've added to it?

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wouldn't it be cheaper/easier to just pick up a new trailer for a couple hundred bucks and swap over anything you've added to it?
lol thats kinda what im thinking depending on what all is broken
if its just the bracket im thinkin 45 to replace it including materials

with the low cost of the trailer repairs will quickly get to that point

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wouldn't it be cheaper/easier to just pick up a new trailer for a couple hundred bucks and swap over anything you've added to it?
+1

Plus it is her fault for backing into it. Why not approach her and say shop cost is $X replacement is cheaper at $X.

Also what happens if it does start to dance once it has been fixed, or some other unseen issue arises? Now replacement cost is on your dime.

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my primary concern would be if there was any damage done to the car moreso than the trailer.

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Big thanks to Jason for fixing the bracket, back to almost new again.

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