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    So, someone apparently someone backed into something with this trailer before I bought it (I didn't see this because a ski was on it!)

    it seems strong, but can I bend it back? and if so, HOW?!

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    get a frame straightner for a vehicle it should fit right on there....is that aluminum or???? if its aluminum just bend it yourself...

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    That's not going to be easy to bend back.

    Flip it upside down and get a heavy steel bar. Then chain it at either end... and put a bottle jack in the middle to push it back. But your chains, and bar have to be stronger than the trailer tube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brock1 View Post
    get a frame straightner for a vehicle it should fit right on there....is that aluminum or???? if its aluminum just bend it yourself...
    don't think its aluminum, but if it were, it would be basically trash. you can't just bend back Al like you can steel, it won't retain the same strength.

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    yeah....I was just saying that because alum. is easier to bend than steel...but either way you can rent a frame straightner from a body shop..or they may do it for you

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    bottle jack? It's galvanized steel trailer...What if I cut it where it's bent (bottom and sides) and weld it back strait? would that be easier? I can use a grinder and find some metal plates, it's under the ski so you never really see it...

    Of course last night I couldn't find my grinder... that ticks me off.

    Cut it, slap in some new steel, paint it all rustoleum black...

    Actually, vs. flipping it upside down, with the wieight of 2 big skis on it, I could put a bottle jack (or floor jack) under JUST that very back piece and see if I can't bend it UP any... unless there's just not enough weight on it...

    stupid trailers.
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    flip it upside down and find yourself a fat chick to get some height...
    like this...



    she might need a couple of tries to hit the right spot, but shouldn't be a problem.

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    we had something like that happen to our trailer growing up. So assclown borrowed the ski with my sister that swore he could back up a trailer.....apparently not. We took it to a trailer place. They bent it back then put a sleeve over the location plus a couple of inches then welded it. It was a galvanized trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suke View Post
    we had something like that happen to our trailer growing up. So assclown borrowed the ski with my sister that swore he could back up a trailer.....apparently not. We took it to a trailer place. They bent it back then put a sleeve over the location plus a couple of inches then welded it. It was a galvanized trailer.
    so he borrowed the ski and your sister???

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    from the looks of where its bent, two big skis might be how it got that way. i had the gtx too far back on my double trailer and it was flexing a good 2 inches. i had a jack stand under the back so it wouldn't flip backwards while i was climbing on it that was almost touching the rail, and when i moved the ski forward to get more weight on the tongue there was enough gap to extend the jack stand another notch to where it was touching the frame again. this was a bit of an extreme case as it only had maybe 60-70 pounds of tongue weight, but i could definitely feel the poor loading when i was pulling it home.

    Quote Originally Posted by SabrToothSqrl View Post
    bottle jack? It's galvanized steel trailer...What if I cut it where it's bent (bottom and sides) and weld it back strait? would that be easier? I can use a grinder and find some metal plates, it's under the ski so you never really see it...

    Of course last night I couldn't find my grinder... that ticks me off.

    Cut it, slap in some new steel, paint it all rustoleum black...

    Actually, vs. flipping it upside down, with the wieight of 2 big skis on it, I could put a bottle jack (or floor jack) under JUST that very back piece and see if I can't bend it UP any... unless there's just not enough weight on it...

    stupid trailers.

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    You can NOT cut and or weld galvanized steel like normal steel. It puts out somewhat poisonous fumes and burns white and brown colors when you cut and weld it.

    I would go to an auto body shop and let them use their frame straightener. Then I would bolt flat plate on the top and the bottom of the frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brock1 View Post
    so he borrowed the ski and your sister???
    Basically.....lol he's now married to her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suke View Post
    Basically.....lol he's now married to her.
    HMMMM poor guy??? i know how he feels

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    Quote Originally Posted by brock1 View Post
    HMMMM poor guy??? i know how he feels
    poor sister in this case.

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    Car trailers come like that---Beaver tail is what it's called. (insert jokes)

    What I would do is find a parking garage or something that is made really strong out of concrete. Go out one night and measure from the top side of the rail to the under side of the concrete beam a bridge or under pass. The go home and cut a 4X4 the same length. The revisit that same place and put the 4X4 between the trailer and the concrete. Put the 4X4 so the edge of it is right at the bend and then at the very back of the trailer put a 20 ton hydraulic bottle jack and quickly crank that biotch and over extend the bend, it's memory will want to spring back. No fancy tools, just don't get caught. Or if you know someone with a backhoe do the same thing but use one of the stabilizers as the 4X4 and concrete. My dad would call that farmer style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerxxx View Post
    Car trailers come like that---Beaver tail is what it's called. (insert jokes)

    What I would do is find a parking garage or something that is made really strong out of concrete. Go out one night and measure from the top side of the rail to the under side of the concrete beam a bridge or under pass. The go home and cut a 4X4 the same length. The revisit that same place and put the 4X4 between the trailer and the concrete. Put the 4X4 so the edge of it is right at the bend and then at the very back of the trailer put a 20 ton hydraulic bottle jack and quickly crank that biotch and over extend the bend, it's memory will want to spring back. No fancy tools, just don't get caught. Or if you know someone with a backhoe do the same thing but use one of the stabilizers as the 4X4 and concrete. My dad would call that farmer style.
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    Dude that's classic, my old man is a jarhead! But he's not a fan of tattoos. Sabr, if you lived closer East he'd straighten it up for ya, but it would cost you a day in bullshting, your ears would be tired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerxxx View Post
    Dude that's classic, my old man is a jarhead! But he's not a fan of tattoos. Sabr, if you lived closer East he'd straighten it up for ya, but it would cost you a day in bullshting, your ears would be tired.

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    You can cut/weld it...fishplates on both sides. The galvanizing is tricky, you can use a flap wheel on the grinder and sand it. I'd suggest doing it in a very very very well ventilated area (read as outside).

    Breathing in fumes from welding galvanized stuff will kill you.


    You could also just get it straightened and bolt some reinforcement plates on if you don't have a fresh air system for welding.

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    find a tree flip it up on is side using the tree or telephone pole as a brace and use a come along to bend it back in place, weld some 12" long plates on the sides or for the best way use some angle iron as it will not bend. I am a master welder fabricator and have welded countless times on galvanized steel just dont stand right over what your welding as the fumes rise and have the garage door open when welding and you will be fine, for what little you will be welding on that trailer you have very little to worry about as I have countless times been put into position of welding over the past 20 years and had to breath some fumes, it can make you sick, the trick is to drink a gallon of milk if breathing the fumes off galvinized steel and I have never been even sick, just dont stand over what you are welding.
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    A lot of the advice here will work. For simplicity, I'd just cut under it a few times (grinder and cut off wheel or sawzall) right under the bend, maybe 1/2" apart, and of course not all the way through. Bend it back and weld a few plates on. No trees, no flipping it on its side, no frame shop.....

    $10 in cutoff wheels and steel plate=done. Oh, and a $4 can of galvanized rustoleum spraypaint... So, say $20 including some beer. Not good beer, but still, some beer.

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    If you weld on galvanized steel without stripping off the coating first, otherwise a good way to hurt yourself. Obviously if you strip off the galvanizing, it defeats the purpose of having a galvanized trailer. This is why bending it back is the better solution. If this were a powder coated or painted trailer welding it and repainting would be fine.

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    +1^.. No doubt. I think sqrl has gotten a bunch of good advice, for sure. I would try and bend it first, absolutely.

    If he went the other way, I would definitely sand/grind back the area where I was going to weld. ( probably should have said that ) I was shooting for a quick, easy and effective solution. It's a trailer after all. It's not the showpiece. I would spend the extra time and $$ on the pieces that ride on it.

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    Why not just leave it like it it? Does the ski sit lopsided? Can you just raise up the tip end of the bunk on that corner? Sure seems a lot cheaper and simplier than some of the suggestions here. EIther way you need to reinforce it somehow. Once its bent the strength will never be there like it was.

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    All this talk about how to straighten it, how about just find something to back into and bend the other side to match. You'll have an easy loading dovetail ski trailer . LOL

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