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Strength of Steel Fender to Withstand 200 lb Utilizing as a Step

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What is the weight load rating on this fender? I need to be able to stand on this to access my boat. Your plastic fenders just buckle under my weight I need it to be able to withstand 200#. I understand I will probably have to weld it onto the bracket, but will the steel itself handle the weight without deforming?

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The Single Axle Trailer Fender # HP56VR is made of 14 gauge steel and has one edge that is a 90 degree angle to weld it to your trailer and the other has a more rolled edge. The strength of the fender and ability to hold 200 lbs is based on your mounting. To stand on this fender, you will need to not only weld the edge but also as you stated add brackets which will support the weight. The steel is strong, but I recommend using brackets that can hold the weight on their own to ensure you won't have any deformation on your trailer fender when you step on it. You wouldn't have any issue on the welded side, but the further you move to the outside edge the more risk of deforming without proper bracing for that purpose.

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Thanks...note this is a boat trailer so there's really not much room to weld. Do you sell a fender that you would recommend for standing on? I understand the bit about brackets, but they will be only on the bottom edge.

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We have the plastic fenders with step like the Fulton Single Axle Trailer Fender with Top and Side Steps # F008595 rated for 300 lbs.

Another option is to use a separate step like the HitchMate Boat Trailer Step - 5" Wide x 9" Long - 400 lbs # HE4036. This is designed for this use and mount directly to the frame.

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