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Old 11-05-2011, 10:52 AM   #1
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Broken leaf springs

Hi all. I crawled under my 10 yr old 28' TT to find both rear leaf spring packs broken with one spring remaining on each. I didn't notice it when it happened but I'm sure glad I caught it now. My rig is absolutely not overloaded and this is not something I ever thought would happen. Any input and/or improvement suggestions when I get it repaired? Thanks, Kel.
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Had it happen on my 27' MobileScout. Make sure you go ahead and replace all the spring at the same time. I would also recommend installing a wet bolt kit while doing the work. Wet bolt allows you to greese the system and has brass bushing instead of plastic. More than likely they are Dexter . I contacted Dexter and they worked with me on new springs and wet bolt kit at their cost and shipping even though my 5er was out of warranty. I did the work myself in the driveway. Helps if you have air impact wrench I borrowed my brother-inlaws.

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Old 11-06-2011, 12:05 AM   #3
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Forget repairing those springs, buy new ones. They are not very expensive if you shop around. You can buy a new axle complete with springs and brakes for <$200. You will find an RV surplus store near where you are in this list of RV surplus dealers.
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Put new springs under the rig and install a "wet bolt kit" as well.

It is not all that uncommon to break a spring. I would look at the spring rating and also how rough are the roads that you travel.

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Broken stock springs are common. The manufacturers simply put too light-duty springs under RV trailers. You can beat the averages by installing heavier-than-stock leaf springs. That's what I did and had no more broken springs.

To do that, get the specs for your stock springs (length, width, thickness, and weight capacity). Find a good spring shop and ask them to build you a set of springs of the same length and width but about 25 percent more weight capacity. That should do the trick.Or maybe cheaper to surf the internet and find leaf springs of the right size and save a few bucks. For example if your trailer springs are 25.25" long and 1.75" wide with 2500 weight capacity (each spring pack), you can order springs that length and width with 3000, or 3625 pounds weight capacity.

Never reuse U-bolts. Buy new ones that will match the thickness of your new spring packs.
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