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Old 10-13-2020, 09:31 AM   #1
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Maybe this should be a new post, but this is where I will start.
I had a little accident recently when raising the top on the 2203T, something dropped into the rear section as it was going up. By the time I heard resistance and wood crunching, it was too late.
Here are some pictures, guessing the top section will have to come off the repair that area.
With that upper section rail splintered, is the trailer structurally sound to use and tow?
And thoughts on repair?
Thanks,
Tom
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Tom - I moved your post to its own new thread because it was not really related to the problem in the thread where you originally had it. You should get more interest in a thread of its own.

To begin with, I don't think you risk any additional damage by moving the trailer in this condition (with the top down of course). I don't believe it's structural at all - I think it's just cosmetic.

To repair it, I'd try to remove that trim strip with the top on, (possibly lowered just a bit to get it away from the "lip" on the lower half) and maybe remove the inner trim strip on the lower half to gain further access. As you work on it, you'll see how it was attached. It may be glued.

I've replaced an inner trim strip on my HiLo with a length of hardwood I bought at Home Depot that seemed a near perfect match, both for appearance and for width and thickness. I suspect you could do the same here. Again, it may give you better access to work on it with the top partially down.

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Well, I got a good look at the top rail and cap last weekend, the top rail is rotted away as shown in picture 3. (Black wood at the top of picture).
Does anyone know a way to repair it, looks to me like the top section will have to detach for the repair.
The wood appears to be a thick plywood, about 1.5” thick attached to solid core lumber. I’m thinking once the top is off, I’ll possibly find similar damage on other areas.
Would be great if someone could give me some direction.
Thanks, Tom
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