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    Posted: 09 Jun 2019 at 3:03pm
This shows the break, I hope. Note the condition of the bolts.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote GlueGuy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jun 2019 at 4:21pm
Bolt appears rusted, but intact. The bracket weld to the frame looks incomplete.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote offgrid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jun 2019 at 5:34pm
+1. It’s hard to make out but it looks like it might be a poor weld combined with corrosion. No sign of movement due to loose bolts that I can see.
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+2, the weld appears broke. Heavy corrosion.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Happy Tripping Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jun 2019 at 7:05am
I don't pretend to be an expert. 

I believe the break is in the metal tab, due to metal fatigue, just before the weld begins.
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Yeah it looks like the welded angle piece broke due to rust and fatigue at the bend. It appears to be thin metal, undersized for the job. I believe mine does not have the bend, it is welded as a flat piece along the inner surface of the main frame. I will look at this today.

Can I ask what part of the country this trailer has been mainly operated in? Are we looking at a north-eastern tier 'rust-belt' casualty? 

From what I can see, the entire frame may be in danger of breaking in half. Shocked



{edit: I looked at my axle mounts and they are made the same way as yours, with those 'tabs' bent under and welded to the frame.}
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Happy Tripping Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jun 2019 at 9:08am
The trailer has been all over except the northwest, however, mostly its been east and NC Outer Banks. I haven't driven it into the ocean, but its been near it and I am sure more heavily exposed to salt then one from California or Texas.
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The OBX will eat steel for sure. I live here and also have a 2015. Mine doesn’t look bad but I have to work hard to keep it that way and am very careful never to take any of my vehicles through standing water. Even standing rainwater is salty here because the wind blows the salt all over.

Flush the bottoms of your vehicles with water as soon as you can after leaving the coast, and immediately if you do go through standing water. I spray mine with Fluid Film, which is also used for protection in the northeast rust belt.
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Speaking of anti-corrosion films, I am particularly fond of ACF-50. 

It is not cheap but it works very well. It can be found in some automotive supply stores in smaller spray cans, and can be ordered online here:

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Happy Tripping Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2019 at 2:11pm
Originally posted by offgrid

The OBX will eat steel for sure. Even standing rainwater is salty here because the wind blows the salt all over.

Yeah, I agree its salty but even the outer banks doesn't equal the peculiar slushy mix of road salt, water and snow encountered routinely all thru late fall/winter/early spring from the northeast thru to Minnesota. This year I did a little winter camping in WV and got into that but in previous years, no.
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