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Old 05-09-2016, 07:39 AM   #11
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I don't know who did your welding, but I wouldn't trust it. The beads are lumpy indicating poor technique and most likely a very weak weld.
I wasn't impressed with the welds either, but I am not a welder. It was friend who welds and fabricates for a company. He has done it his whole life and has his own really nice shop with really nice equipment. The rack is extremely solid and I don't see any problems with it. The space is confined and I don't image it was easy to get in there and weld.
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Welding on your frame is NOT good idea.. it messes with the heat treating/tempering and may loose strength...
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Used the center marker light on our Pinnacle for our Voyager Camera

It has worked out well. Only thing is that you will need to travel with your lights on. The other great thing is when you sell your unit you can remove the camera and reinstall the light. Good luck with the installation.
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It has worked out well. Only thing is that you will need to travel with your lights on. The other great thing is when you sell your unit you can remove the camera and reinstall the light. Good luck with the installation.


Thanks for the picture. I will have it tomorrow, shouldn't take too long to install.
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Welding on your frame is NOT good idea.. it messes with the heat treating/tempering and may loose strength...
I should clarify. There is two I beams bolted to the main frame section using four bolts and a few welds that the bumper connects to. These were factory. There is also a rear I beam that runs the width of the trailer. Most of the bracket is welded to the Ibeams that are bolted to the main fame rails. It also welded along the Ibeam that runs the width of the trailer. So it wont affect the main frame section at all.
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I wasn't impressed with the welds either, but I am not a welder. It was friend who welds and fabricates for a company. He has done it his whole life and has his own really nice shop with really nice equipment. The rack is extremely solid and I don't see any problems with it. The space is confined and I don't image it was easy to get in there and weld.
Here are some typical weld problems:
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It has worked out well. Only thing is that you will need to travel with your lights on. The other great thing is when you sell your unit you can remove the camera and reinstall the light. Good luck with the installation.
I really like that idea. I had purchased a wireless "WiFi" camera by Rear View Safety, I believe it is a GoVue. Not a very good unit for the back of my rig. I mounted it on the bumper, ran the power/video wires underneath to the front, and mounted the WiFi transmitter in the front cubby. The picture quality was very grainy and the range even worse. Once I got inside the TV and synced it up, it would loose connection when put in reverse (it was powered directly off the TT battery). I plan to mount a plastic outdoor box in the front by the LP tanks with the WiFi transmitter in that. I want to see if that makes any difference. If not, I will purchase another camera.

What wireless camera are you using? What kind of range do you get? Is the picture quality good?


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I really like that idea. I had purchased a wireless "WiFi" camera by Rear View Safety, I believe it is a GoVue. Not a very good unit for the back of my rig. I mounted it on the bumper, ran the power/video wires underneath to the front, and mounted the WiFi transmitter in the front cubby. The picture quality was very grainy and the range even worse. Once I got inside the TV and synced it up, it would loose connection when put in reverse (it was powered directly off the TT battery). I plan to mount a plastic outdoor box in the front by the LP tanks with the WiFi transmitter in that. I want to see if that makes any difference. If not, I will purchase another camera.

What wireless camera are you using? What kind of range do you get? Is the picture quality good?


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It looks like they are using a voyager. I ordered this camera. Will get hooked up next week. It was $349 from amazon. The model I ordered has the bracket, they have a verion with no bracket if your trailer was prepped for camera.
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I don't know who did your welding, but I wouldn't trust it. The beads are lumpy indicating poor technique and most likely a very weak weld.
I usually bite my tongue on things like this- but I would take all that off until getting the welding redone. There are a lot of people who may make a living doing things like that, but those welds are unsafe.
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I usually bite my tongue on things like this- but I would take all that off until getting the welding redone. There are a lot of people who may make a living doing things like that, but those welds are unsafe.


He also made the rack and bike rack and all those welds are fine. He does do this for a living. I just got back from a 2week trip and put 1600mi on the trailer. Probably 400lbs on the rack with the bikes on the back and not one issue. Bikes don't don't move at all once strapped. It's a really tight space to weld in. I'll keep checking it and if I see any cracks I'll have it redone, but I don't foresee any issues.
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