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Old 09-13-2015, 08:11 PM   #1
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Bent Frame

Just looked at a used popup with a bent frame. The frame is bent at the junction of the tongue A frame with the camper box. The bend has resulted in fracturing the weld by abut 1/4" on each front corner of the box. Can this be straightened and rewelded? If so is it a good idea?

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Old 09-13-2015, 08:17 PM   #2
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Old 09-13-2015, 08:18 PM   #3
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You can straighten and reweld anything BUT the metal that has bent will be fatigued and must be reinforced. A pic would help,but obviously you dont have the equipment to do it yourself,so I would consult a fab shop or a frame shop that would do this kind of job.
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Old 09-13-2015, 08:24 PM   #4
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If it was really cheap, I'd probably buy it, using the bent frame in my favor to get the price at practically a give away. If you gotta pay somebody else to fix it, I guess it depends on how much you wanna sink into it.
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:53 AM   #5
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More Info on frame

Wow, thanks for the quick response. I haven't posted before just used the forum for reference. It is cheap. I assume that it got bent when it was overloaded. The current owner said it was that way when he bought it used and was told that it wasn't an issue since he was only using it at the county fair for his kids. Maybe he also hauled hay on the roof. It's a 2000 Dutchman 1203. Needs some DC electric work I can manage. I had a 1985 Jayco 1003 and as I recall the frame on the Jayco was a little more substantial. If I can get a decent pic of the corner splits I'll post but they're on the inside corners and the ones I took yesterday don't show up well. FYI the following is my current rig.

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