I have a much beloved 1981 13' Scamp trailer. I had a recent tragedy that I really need some help and guidance on. The trailer frame broke. The break is on the main exterior frame portion, a few feet behind where the fiberglass front meets the frame. About a year ago, there was a small crack on the opposite site, just below the door, and I had that welded firm and that held. This is a clean break as you can see in the photos.
I recently moved to Fort Collins, and I took this to two places immediately. One is a high quality trailer manufacturer and welder and they said they would not touch the repair and did not recommend it because it would not be possible to give it back the strength required to safely handle the weight of the trailer and the use on the road, and they didn't want to have the liability. The other place was an RV repair place, which has done work on scamps, but they said they didn't have the capacity to do the work. I have an appointment on Saturday with another trailer place to take a look. They don't think they would have the skills/capacity to lift the actual trailer/floor off the frame, and they are concerned with welding close to the wood/fiberglass so without looking they didn't sound super hopeful, but they come with recommendations from the other two.
I called Scamp and talked to Mike in service, and he said he has definitely seen repairs on the frames done successfully but hasn't seen a clean break through like I was describing. They definitely are willing to take the trailer off the frame, and put it on a new frame - but because it is a safety concern to tow it in the current state, I would have to ship on flatbed, and he estimated $2500 for the frame and probably around $2000 in time/labor because it is intense.
So, i am seeking input and guidance. If anyone has seen or worked with this type of break or issue, please let me know. If anyone knows of a local place in northern Colorado to try or talk to, that would be great too or if there is someone out there in my area willing to take this on as a project, let me know.
I have taken this beloved trailer with me nearly everywhere I have gone since I had it - putting tens of thousands of miles on it! I am completely in love with it, and my dog Grumpy is too - it has been our home away from home for years now, so we are really seeking a good solution because we do not want to part with our scamp!