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Posted: 02/12/21 08:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would say not necessary for preventative unless maybe you have a single axle trailer that you load near GVWR often.

One of my 4 (tandem axle) springs broke either at the campsite or on drive home about 200 miles away. I had tire clearance when the suspension dropped so no rubbing. I'm sure the things inside bounces a little more than usual, but I do not have shocks anyway. I changed all 4 with higher spring rates before the next trip as I do load near GVWR every trip.

Springs are cheap from eTrailer.


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keep them. but if one brakes? change both.

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Posted: 02/12/21 08:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My '97 11200 lb 5th wheel trailer has over 150k miles on OEM 5200 lb axles. Bushings/pins replaced and brakes in the 100k range.

I've had GN trailers in commercial service with over 250k miles using the same axles the rv industry uses.
'course @ 70k-80k miles a year they don't "time out" and sag like RV trailers can.


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Posted: 02/12/21 10:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

you need to rotate the light bulbs in your tow vehicle too.

lol, is this a serious post? those springs will go millions of miles with no issues. The bigger issue with leaf springs is that they tend to sag over time, so storing the trailer on blocks where the wheels do not touch the ground (the springs are fully extended and unweighted), is something you could do for taking care of it. Still this is not necessary

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ajriding wrote:

you need to rotate the light bulbs in your tow vehicle too.

lol, is this a serious post? those springs will go millions of miles with no issues. The bigger issue with leaf springs is that they tend to sag over time, so storing the trailer on blocks where the wheels do not touch the ground (the springs are fully extended and unweighted), is something you could do for taking care of it. Still this is not necessary


In less than two years I had one sag and one break, a third one was off in center pin location. With cheap Chinese steel, this ain’t your fathers world. I bought replacements at a farm supply store.





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Posted: 02/12/21 02:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would just keep an eye on sag. If one spring looks flatter than the other, I would replace both.


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Posted: 02/13/21 10:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As an older couple, my wife and I have been camping and pulling trailers nearly 50 years now.

In thinking back over the years, I believe the number one failure we have seen on trailers/fifth wheels are tires.

Next it seems broken springs rank number two, along with wheel bearing failures, when it comes to towing travel trailers/fifth wheels.

Perhaps others can mention other failures that we can use as preventive measures; not only for our family's safety, but for others traveling as well. We can all benefit from safety knowledge.

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I have 2 new spare spring sets and 2 spare wheel bearings on board.

I always travel with tools and a floor jack....important when you boon dock in the middle of BFN.

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TECMike wrote:

Is it necessary to replace leaf springs on a travel trailer as preventive maintenance?


No.


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