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    Just when I think I have seen it all, this came in to my shop. As you can see by the attached photo, this was a Class IV receiver intstalled on a motor home at the factory. The guy had just hitched up his boat and was pulling out of his drive-way when it failed. Click image for larger version

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ID:	529788 Can you imagine if he had been on the Interstate at 70 mph!? Look at the bead on the last pic. Gives a whole new meaning to "MIG-Maybe It's Good."

  • #2
    120V machines,,, hahaha But,,, there were also those safety chains.

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    • #3
      I always thought they should give real welding shops a break in insurance rates vs penalizing them, seems it would be an incentive to get it done right.

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      • #4
        That is scary!
        Caution!
        These are "my" views based only on “my” experiences in “my” little bitty world.

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        • #5
          Thats why a lot of the DIY crowd doesn't scare me, they seem a pretty conscientious bunch, especially if they come on a forum to ask.

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          • #6
            My response out loud when I looked at the first pic. Oh $hit.
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            • #7
              It's hard to tell, in the first picture looks like there is no penetration in the receiver plate at all.
              Caution!
              These are "my" views based only on “my” experiences in “my” little bitty world.

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              • #8
                Trailer hitches are "load baring" That's why they should be welded at a certified shop. Factory weld or not the guy should be certed. That is scary though
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                • #9
                  I guess that's why my insurance company will NOT cover welding of any type on any hitch system. Spelled out in the policy. Stuff like this must be happening all over the place.

                  Leefy


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                  • #10
                    Penetration

                    Originally posted by Sonora Iron View Post
                    It's hard to tell, in the first picture looks like there is no penetration in the receiver plate at all.
                    If you look real close, you can see a spot the size of a pencil eraser at the palm of Mikes hand.
                    We use to call them bubble gum welds.
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                    • #11
                      bumper

                      Originally posted by Leefy View Post
                      I guess that's why my insurance company will NOT cover welding of any type on any hitch system. Spelled out in the policy. Stuff like this must be happening all over the place.

                      Leefy
                      I took the bumper off my new-to-me truck to pound out the dents and straighten it up a bit.
                      You should have seen what these pro's had for welding, what a mess, not as bad as Mikes, but I had to redo most of it.
                      Good Luck,
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                      • #12
                        any old monkey can point a gun, squeeze a trigger and wiggle it around a bit.... but it takes a welder to make it stick.... it takes a talented welder to make it look good and stick at the same time.....
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mikeswelding View Post
                          Gives a whole new meaning to "MIG-Maybe It's Good."
                          Scary for sure.

                          However, I've seen stick welds with the same lack of proper preparation and just as much penetration. This is a clear case of it ain't the process - it's the process operator.

                          Not that it matters, how old a rig is it? Did it survive in this condition a year of ten years?
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                          • #14
                            wow

                            thats a factory job and still cant get it done right, this type of failure is typical of the mig process improperly used, when i try to teach some one to use the mig, i point this mistake out, the arc was touching 1 side of the joint but on the other side of the joint the operator has been welding to the weld, just rolling it onto the weldment. it is so obvious that this is happening if you understand the process, but for the guy just starting out, he cant see this yet in the puddle, not enough experience. i can bet that the person who welded that actually thought that he did a good job. where are the qc dept or the welding inspectors, or at least the shop foreman, to let that go down the road, i sick and tired of paying high premieums because of this type of work. felt good to spout kevin

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                            • #15
                              A guy I know Just lost his 5 WEEK OLD daughter in an accident here in N. Michigan Due to a similar failure when the boat and trailer came off with the hitch....... Downright scary. But hey that $3/day mexican labor "saves money".......

                              Rudy
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