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    Triton trailer bent tongue - fixable?

    Hi,

    Is a Triton trailer with a bent tongue fixable and worth purchasing?

    Here's a pic of one listed for sale in my area:

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    One problem with aluminum....it's light but does not like to bend (compared to steel). It needs to be carefully heated but will lose strength. Also depends on the grade of aluminum.

    My .02....buy it as is...cheap....and if you are just using to sit at the house and run to the launch short distance. Otherwise, not so sure.

    Another option would be to cut it off and reweld a new tongue. Also probably not a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaterDR View Post
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    Another option would be to cut it off and reweld a new tongue...
    You can cut away the damaged tongue section, then install a bolt-on Fulton trailer tongue hinge.

    You can purchase a replacement section of straight 3x3" tongue material if the original cut off section is too short. Trailer repair shops would be able to supply it, as would some of the online trailer parts stores. Does not need to be aluminum, galvanized steel tongue section would be fine, just a little heavier.

    I use the Fulton hinge on my own Triton aluminum trailers, both are double PWC trailers.
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    Another option is to just leave it bent. It will tow straight.

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    Sure it's fixable. But, you will need to find someone that knows how to fabricate and weld aluminum and that won't be cheap so you better get a good price. Depending on how far back the bend is, you may be able to do what K447 suggested.

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    If you leave it bent, tires will wear premature

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    You can cut away the damaged tongue section, then install a bolt-on Fulton trailer tongue hinge.

    You can purchase a replacement section of straight 3x3" tongue material if the original cut off section is too short.
    I actually have a replacement that I bought from Triton. My plan was to put in the hinge and extend the length for those difficult to launch areas. But I never got around to it. So I still have the piece. For sale.

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    agree with boudin


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    I've had worse repaired.

    you need an absolute certified expert for this repair. Expect to pay $150+ for that kind of welding expertise

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    Cut out the bent tongue section at an angle ( not square) then get a square tube that is the I.D. of your tongue. slide the id tube in the cut off section, insert your extension tube to lengthen the tongue ,put another I.D. section inside then put on the rest of your tongue.....you will have a straight tongue which is longer, with inside reinforcement...then TIG weld some nice beads on the two angle cuts and your trailer will be perfect....if you were in Dallas I could fix this at our shop with my Miller Aircrafter 330 tig...about 60 bucks if you have it pre fabbed or around 150 if not....we have to pay around 5 bucks a pound for new aluminum..sheet or tube...good luck.

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