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Old 07-11-2018, 03:44 PM   #1
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Hole in front of 21 fBRS from sway bar leaning on front

My husband left the sway bar leaning on the front of our microlite while he was lowering the trailer. It poked a hole in the front from the pressure. Has this happened to anyone else and what expense is involved in fixing this?

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Old 07-11-2018, 08:01 PM   #2
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Pics will help.
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Old 07-12-2018, 08:51 AM   #3
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My husband left the sway bar leaning on the front of our microlite while he was lowering the trailer. It poked a hole in the front from the pressure. Has this happened to anyone else and what expense is involved in fixing this?

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Old 07-13-2018, 06:15 PM   #4
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Depending on how particular you are, Home Depot and Lowes sell the same checkered plate in 1'x1' pieces. Cut a patch that matches the pattern and pop rivet in place. Or use adhesive and just glue.
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Old 07-14-2018, 01:41 PM   #5
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It's called "diamond skid plate"

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Depending on how particular you are, Home Depot and Lowes sell the same checkered plate in 1'x1' pieces. Cut a patch that matches the pattern and pop rivet in place. Or use adhesive and just glue.
It's called "diamond skid plate." You can get a variety of sizes and colors from Koffler Sales and they have several sizes with "self-stick" backing. You couldn't use the self-stick stuff to patch the current plate, but you would use it if you pulled all the existing plate off.

You could also buy a small piece and attach it with POP rivets if you didn't mind the appearance of a "patch."

It's easy to find discount coupons for Koffler, and they also have a wide variety of adhesive-backed non-skid tape for trailer steps which I have used.

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Guess he won't do that again!

I always laid mine flat on the ground away from the trailer until I could put them away in the cubby.

I see all kinds of people just leaving those lay around on the ground under their trailers...

Too many crack or meth heads out there looking for scrap metal to turn in these days to leave expensive stuff like that lying around a campsite.

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Old 07-14-2018, 02:14 PM   #7
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55 years ago...

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Guess he won't do that again!

I always laid mine flat on the ground away from the trailer until I could put them away in the cubby.
55 years ago a high-school buddy of mine finished working under his car, lifted it a bit with a trolley jack, and pulled the axle stand out from under the lift point, and twisted the jack handle to drop the car fast (as was his usual practice). Unfortunately, he hadn't moved the axle stand completely out from under the car. It was under the gas tank and punched a hole right through the tank.

That lesson has stayed with me all these years.

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We now "store/stow" our old school equalizer bars on a couple 2" conduit hangers bolted to the bottom of the front A frame. That way they're up off the ground and the greased end is safely away from legs and clothing under the prow of our Flagstaff V-Lite's front end. The lift links AND the safety chains can be readily hooked to the lift brackets as well, keeping them all up and off the ground too.
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Old 07-20-2018, 01:41 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the suggestions and solutions. I think we will keep the stabilizers far away from now on
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Thanks for all the suggestions and solutions. I think we will keep the stabilizers far away from now on

Feel your pain. Not going to elaborate... How did you repair the oops?
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We now "store/stow" our old school equalizer bars on a couple 2" conduit hangers bolted to the bottom of the front A frame. That way they're up off the ground and the greased end is safely away from legs and clothing under the prow of our Flagstaff V-Lite's front end. The lift links AND the safety chains can be readily hooked to the lift brackets as well, keeping them all up and off the ground too.
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We had a similar situation, our was caused by road debris.
I have pics of damage and my repair in this thread, happy to report the repair has held up great.
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Old 07-20-2018, 10:17 AM   #13
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Feel your pain. Not going to elaborate... How did you repair the oops?


We haven't gotten back from our travels yet to see about repairs! I will let you know how they repair it once it's done. The life of a camper
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Old 11-13-2018, 04:36 PM   #14
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sway bar holder

I had a spare piece of 3" pvc in my garage. I painted it black, got 2 end caps (and put handles on them), and strapped it to my tt tongue. As soon as we take the sway bars off, they go into the PVC "holder". This keeps them off the ground, out of sight, and we always know where they are. When we get ready to hook up, the bars are right there ready to be pulled out of the pvc and hooked up. works great!
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Old 04-01-2019, 05:39 PM   #15
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Same mishap happened to us this morning. Does anyone know if a new diamond plate rock guard can be laid over the original or how best to remove the original diamond plate rock guard?
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