I had a problem with the center latch on one side of my Trailmanor. It had come loose during transport before I received it. Because it was loose and the weight of the shell was moving it around, it tore the holes out of the bar it attaches to, and I had the choice of reinforcing the bar, or replacing it entirely. This is my first try at a reinforcement, using 1/16 thick 2 inch wide bar stock.
It works, but I will probably drill one that’s neater. I used a fiber saw to cut this piece out of a longer bar, and then drilled it in a drill press.
I think that next time I’ll try to install the latch between the original part and the reinforcing bar, rather than on top of the reinforcing bar. If it’s on top, the latch does not center properly on the bar it captures, and I had to push the shell a bit to get the latch to catch properly.