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Old 09-22-2019, 11:01 AM   #1
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Metal crack in spare tire carrier 10.6

Has anyone else seen any cracking in the metal for the spare tire carrier. I was doing some clean up and noticed the spare tire seemed a bit loose. Upon inspection there is a crack the length of the weld just above the weld. I will take it in but it's bad enough that I'm taking the tire off first. I'm going to see they will weld a triangle support in there as loosing a tire on the highway never sounds like fun.
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Yikes! That looks bad! How old is your rig?
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Old 09-28-2019, 07:01 AM   #4
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Take it to a local welding shop vs. a RV repair shop. It will save you big bucks and the welding shop will do whatever you want.
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Old 09-28-2019, 09:34 AM   #5
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The Nobo is less than a year, picked up in spring.

CBoss, can I take it to any welding shop for warranty? I have an appointment with an RV shop next Tuesday, but I am a little worried about the skill set I will be getting.
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The Nobo is less than a year, picked up in spring.

CBoss, can I take it to any welding shop for warranty? I have an appointment with an RV shop next Tuesday, but I am a little worried about the skill set I will be getting.
I don't know the answer to that one. You would have to ask the manufacture.
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Old 09-28-2019, 09:47 AM   #7
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take it to a weld shop . RV dealer will want ya to leave it for 3 weeks . In my area that would be a ten or fifteen dollar repair !
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Old 09-28-2019, 10:13 AM   #8
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it looks like in the picture that the weld is connecting the bumper to the frame... that is always a weak spot and is one of the reasons that most will tell you NOT to mount anything to the bumper as the metal is very thin and prone to do what you see.

YES... do take it to a welding shop... RV shops for the most part do NOT have welding specialists. I would much rather pay out-of-pocket to have it fixed at a welding shop Vs taking back to the RV dealer and waiting maybe an hour Vs the weeks it will take the RV place ( generally speaking)... maybe you bought at one of the few competent RV repair dealerships???

I and others here have used Mount N Lock bumper reinforcements to minimize this issue...
on amazon or direct here

https://mount-n-lock.com/safetystrut...bumper-failure
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Old 10-01-2019, 08:43 PM   #9
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Has anyone else seen any cracking in the metal for the spare tire carrier. I was doing some clean up and noticed the spare tire seemed a bit loose. Upon inspection there is a crack the length of the weld just above the weld. I will take it in but it's bad enough that I'm taking the tire off first. I'm going to see they will weld a triangle support in there as loosing a tire on the highway never sounds like fun.


Someone on one of the facebook pages listed a link to a recall over this issue. Should be repaired for free because of that recall.
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Can you back off a little and post another picture of the entire bracket?

On the NoBo 10.6 the spare tire carrier is on the side near the front attached to the frame not to the bumper. Is that where yours is attached?
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I sure as heck would not want a flunky at an RV shop welding on my... anything. I would take it to a weld shop and pay $50 or so and get a competent welder to use the correct filler material, heat and reinforcement plating.

As a professional weld inspector (ASNT NDE Level III MT/PT/UT/VT for a nuclear power plant) and hobby welder, I would do it myself blindfolded and under water before I let the RV store strike an arc on my junk.
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It is on the side of the trailer, welded to the frame. Unfortunately I already took it to the RV shop so no picture available. I'm hoping for the best as they took it to their sister company that makes cargo trailers. I would hope there is a good welder there.
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It is on the side of the trailer, welded to the frame. Unfortunately I already took it to the RV shop so no picture available. I'm hoping for the best as they took it to their sister company that makes cargo trailers. I would hope there is a good welder there.
Hahaha! As a buyer/user of trailers, I can tell you that you see some real trash welds from all of the companies that make them. You also see some quality work... but it is hit and miss. If you want great welds, go find a union welder qualified to strike an arc on class 1 primary water reactor piping. Now that there will be pure artwork! I really doubt that trailer manufacturers worry much about welder qualifications beyond the fact that bubba welded on the farm so hire him!

I'm sure it will be all good. If you were close by me, I would say bring it to me and I'll do it.
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Since they took it to the cargo trailer side, I'm sure that it'll be fine when you get it back. They'll most likely reinforce it with some plate.
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Thanks Larry, I'll swing by your place tonight
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Thanks Larry, I'll swing by your place tonight
I've got fresh limes and a fridge full of Corona. And a metal shop....
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Thanks Larry, I'm sure that I'm no less than 24hr drive from where you're at. I called today and the weld is already done, when I get it back I will send a pic for you to giggle at. Just out of curiosity, what area do you live in?
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Thanks Larry, I'm sure that I'm no less than 24hr drive from where you're at. I called today and the weld is already done, when I get it back I will send a pic for you to giggle at. Just out of curiosity, what area do you live in?
I'm zip code 15005, 10 minutes away from the I-79/Turnpike intersection (Cranberry/Wexford) . That's the big interesting that you would know if you've driven out this way...

My mailing address is Baden since I'm out in Economy Boro and we don't have a post office.

I'm also just 20 minutes down the way from one of the largest (Shell cracker plant) construction projects going on in the country today. I hate that. Our quiet little towns and empty roads are all over run with traffic with thousands of people living in every nearby town to build it.Attachment 216625Click image for larger version

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I'm zip code 15005, 10 minutes away from the I-79/Turnpike intersection (Cranberry/Wexford) . That's the big interesting that you would know if you've driven out this way...

My mailing address is Baden since I'm out in Economy Boro and we don't have a post office.

I'm also just 20 minutes down the way from one of the largest (Shell cracker plant) construction projects going on in the country today. I hate that. Our quiet little towns and empty roads are all over run with traffic with thousands of people living in every nearby town to build it.Attachment 216625Attachment 216626Attachment 216627Attachment 216629Attachment 216630Attachment 216628
I've got a good friend that lives in your area. I know where to go if I need any welding done! The big plus will be to visit my friend and to knock back a Corona or two with you!
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I've got a good friend that lives in your area. I know where to go if I need any welding done! The big plus will be to visit my friend and to knock back a Corona or two with you!
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