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PJ's Comment
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I had this happen last week. I have never seen this before.



PJ's Comment
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Finding folks to do this repair is not easy nor cheap. Trailer places are expensive as well as a waiting list to get into the shop.

I’ve learned alot this past week for sure.

It should be done next week and back on the road. I rented a trailer from a buddy until it is fixed. Always nice to have resources!!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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It's hard to tell what I'm looking at. Are those huge holes in the plate?


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Jonathan T.'s Comment
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I’ve seen the beginnings of this on a trailer I pulled for a while. You’d think it would be a straight forward and simple repair for a welder. Was it really a big job or was the shop just backed up?

I guess good thing you caught it when you did!

BK's Comment
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Looks like corrosion big time. Is the trailer plate coming un-welded?


PJ's Comment
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The machined holes are suppossed to be there. Where the plate caved in isn’t. Plate, kingpin and support braces all have to be replaced. Overhead welding is a pain.

It was rusted out bad. An area alot of people never pay much attention too.

PJ's Comment
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In my research with the manufactuer that plate on a standard trailer, IE spread axle flatbed is a 1/4” thick plate. On heavier trailers 3 axle stepdecks it is a 3/8” plate.

I will be replacing it with a 3/8” plate and needed supports. Price tag is 2500-3000 range. A trailer shop, the one I actually bought it from 2 years ago quoted me 5k for a standard 1/4” plate.

I’m probably going over kill but I won’t have this issue again.


A stepdeck , also referred to as "dropdeck", is a type of flatbed trailer that has one built in step to the deck to provide the capabilities of loading higher dimensional freight on the lower deck.

Doug S.'s Comment
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that’s good thinking if i were you I would do the same I’ve only ever seen that one other time and it too was on a spread axle im really glad you caught it just goes to show you the value of a good post/pre trip

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