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    allan5oh is offline Senior Board Member
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    Default My East step deck is toast

    6 years old

    5 year warranty

    Frame is cracked right at the neck. Never overloaded or abused by me. I can't say that about the previous owner.







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    Pretty sure the last one is the death sentence. The other four are fine because it's along a weld.

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    I would still try talking to East. If the trailer has never been abused the frame should never brake. They may be willing to work something out with you.

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    That is already in the works. We'll see what their response is.

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    I've seen worse than that fixed over at Mac trailer..............but at what cost I couldn't say

    Labor at Mac in Alliance Ohio is $72 an hour or was in May when I had some work done there on my lift axle

    Labor at Ravens in Dover Ohio is $65 an hour, as of 1 month agon when they replaced the crossmember above my forward axle, after all the hanger bolts sheared off and pulled thru the holes, around 15 hours

    I would post pics if I could figure out how to get them out of my new phone.

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    Going to hear back from East on monday. In the mean time I'm going to add a couple boxes to the truck and pull a company trailer. I have to hit the road.

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    I'm no expert though I have done quite a bit of welding. Doesnt metal crack on the side of the weld? it seems pretty weird that the welds themselves all cracked. I'm thinking there is something quite wrong with their welding process.

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    Yes that sucks. I would say those welds are crap also...not going to do you any good though six years after the fact. I could be worse though. You can fix that. Here's my story. It may help.

    Approx 5 years ago we had a 1995 Reitnouer step that cracked all the way through both main beams directly forward of the 1st axle. It was cracked through one flange and the web. I thought the trailer was scrap. We took it to a Reitnouer certified repair shop on Appleby Line in Toronto. They charged us a boatload of money to weld it and the repair lasted a week.

    This time we did it in our shop. Gouge out the cracks with a die grinder to create a good weld joint...this is important. MIG weld (or GMAW same thing) it back up (this is likely to require a pretty good size machine and some preheat). Then for some insurance against a bad design, we bolted some big fissure plates on both sides of the web using stainless bolts. Then welded around the fissure plates. Can post pics if you like. Judging from what you've posted on here before, I know you and your dad can handle this.

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    Kinda makes me glad my step is weld-free. It obviously can be fixed and those cracks in the middle of the welds... shameful. East should hang its head in shame. Best of luck.
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    Sorry that happened! I feel your pain! I have a 1999 Raven that cracked on me! Those cracks can be welded but you will have to baby sit that trailer until you finally get rid of it!

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    Thirteen thousand ****ing dollars to fix this!

    I will never again buy a ****ing bolt from east manufacturing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musicman View Post
    Kinda makes me glad my step is weld-free. It obviously can be fixed and those cracks in the middle of the welds... shameful. East should hang its head in shame. Best of luck.
    Weld free? How'd you manage that?

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    I have done some welding and watched many a trailer reparid, It should not cost any where near thatprice to repair.

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    East has agreed to fix it for free due to "defects from the time of manufacture".

    I have to flatbed it 1250 miles each way, no big deal really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allan5oh View Post
    East has agreed to fix it for free due to "defects from the time of manufacture".

    I have to flatbed it 1250 miles each way, no big deal really.


    At least they are standing up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allan5oh View Post
    East has agreed to fix it for free due to "defects from the time of manufacture".

    I have to flatbed it 1250 miles each way, no big deal really.
    Leave Friday night>most scales closed or go around>Be there Monday am

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maniac View Post
    At least they are standing up for it.
    What he said!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgfg View Post
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    And him too!
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    put it on a flatbed, not worth something going wrong(bad) or you showing up and they not covering it becouse you made things wores bye running it after cracks notised.

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    can i get one of them too!!!!!

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