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Old 08-05-2018, 01:42 PM   #1
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Mono leaf spring suspension

Hi Guys, Just bought a 2016 Bullet ultra light 3 weeks ago. Pulled it home from the dealer. Last week we got it loaded up and headed out for the beach on Thursday. It's about a 245 mile trip from home that we have made for 15 years with our other campers. We made it just about 35 miles when both mono leaf springs on the rear axle broke right behind the axle. Has anyone else had this problem and do you know of any upgrades on this leaf spring design. So far not a fan of the mono spring suspension.
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How much weight did you put in the trailer? I have not dealt with mono springs so no clue about longevity but the fact that both of them failed in the same manner suggests they were used past the design limits either from overloading or some large force acting on that axle such as locking up the brakes or hitting a curb. 2016 seems too soon for corrosion to have been the sole cause.

If you did not overload it or remember any impacts perhaps the damage was done before you purchased it.
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Definitely didn’t overload it. We did cross over a bridge right before our daughter called and told me to pull over but I didn’t think it was to rough of an impact when we crossed it so I don’t know what happened.
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Which model did you buy and what capacity axles are under it?
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It is the 309BHS. It has 3500lbs axles under it and dry weight is 6340.
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It is the 309BHS. It has 3500lbs axles under it and dry weight is 6340.
So max is 7K lbs on the two axles. Wet that will be moderately overweight which could vey well be the problem.

Remember dry weight is without any options and no water, no propane. Many mfg's also cheat on that dry weigh number as there seems to be no standard.

If you have a CAT scale near you, go get it weighed. Even a scrap yard has scales.
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would it be worthwhile to have higher rated axles installed?
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