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Old 10-15-2021, 07:08 PM   #1
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23 ft toy hauler front axle over loaded

I have a 23 ft Ragen extra light toy hauler, and the design is very poor in regards to weight distribution, it has a front kitchen and bath room, and all the tanks 70 gallon water and both 40 grey and black tanks, the generator batteries and propane tanks are all forward of the axles, the onlt weight in the rear is the dual bunks and a 30 gallon fuel cell.
Problem is the equalizer between the axles is fully loaded and touches the frame on the front axle with little or no load on the rear axle, I recently replaced all my leaf springs and upgrade from 1750 pound springs to 2,400 pound springs on both axles and installed new equalizers and wet bolts, but the front axle is almost touching the frame at the equalizer end shackle, I am considering heavier springs than the new 2400 pound springs on the front axle to get the equalizer back to center position, even fully loaded with my sidexside and a my water 70 gallons along with 30 gallons of fuel the front is heavily loaded with not enough weight in the rear to move the equalizer to center and distrubute the weight over both axles, which are 3,500 pounds dexter axles. maybe 3,000 pound springs on the front would help to center the equalizer, any help would be appreciated.
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Old 11-18-2021, 02:51 PM   #2
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that is an interesting problem. i looked at pacific coach works sometime back myself. went with a genesis instead.....not sure i will do that again.

so , imo, even if the front half of the toyhauler is loaded heavier then the rear, if the trailer is level then the axles should be equally loaded. what your describing would be what i would expect if somone set the tongue on the ground. thats an over exageration but you get what i'm saying. so heavier leaf springs, air bags etc etc wont fix the problem. you need to figure out how the front axle has been loaded heavier than the rear or i shouls say, how is the equalizer sending more load to the front axle while sitting level?
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Old 11-19-2021, 09:14 AM   #3
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I agree but still confused as to why

When I lift the trailer front with the electric tongue jack, really high the equalizer's with flip to load the rear axle with a large bang, they flip instantly to the rear, when I lower the jack so the trailer is level they flip to load the front axle again with a large bang, I measured all the mounting points and compared them to all the tandem axle charts and spacing of hangers is correct, I replaced all the worn bushings with bronze greased bushings, also the equalizers and replaced the whole set of springs on both axles removing the 1750# springs replaced with 2,400# springs so each axle has a carrying capacity of 4,800# way below what I would load the trailer at, I am now thinking of putting heavier 3,000# springs on just the front axle to try and get the load equalized some what.................Thought?
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When I lift the trailer front with the electric tongue jack, really high the equalizer's with flip to load the rear axle with a large bang, they flip instantly to the rear, when I lower the jack so the trailer is level they flip to load the front axle again with a large bang, I measured all the mounting points and compared them to all the tandem axle charts and spacing of hangers is correct, I replaced all the worn bushings with bronze greased bushings, also the equalizers and replaced the whole set of springs on both axles removing the 1750# springs replaced with 2,400# springs so each axle has a carrying capacity of 4,800# way below what I would load the trailer at, I am now thinking of putting heavier 3,000# springs on just the front axle to try and get the load equalized some what.................Thought?
i can follow what your saying but shouldn't be when the trailer is sitting level. i do not believe it should be anyway. can you post some pics and/or video? you can put them on a site like https://postimages.org/ then copy and past the Thumbnail for forums: link and paste it in your message. lol... like this.....
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