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Posted: 10/19/21 02:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

I will be changing out the flat leaf springs on my 2012 5th wheel on all 4 wheels. Was wondering if there is any advantage to doing it by axle (i.e. both wheels on one axle, then both on other) vs. just doing one side at a time (both wheels on one side, then the other). 2nd way would reduce some of the setup time I guess.

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Both on one axle. You will need to lower and raise it to change out the spring, then align it to the centering bolt.
While you are at it its a good time to replace shackles, bolts amd bushings.

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Both on one axle. You will need to lower and raise it to change out the spring, then align it to the centering bolt.
While you are at it its a good time to replace shackles, bolts amd bushings.


Shackles were all done 2 seasons ago (changed to the lubed kind)

I was under the impression I could lower 1 side of the axle at a time instead of both sides?

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Use a TrailerAid Plus and do one at a time.


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Make sure to have a wheel alignment done after the springs have been renewed. DAMHIK


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Good catch Don, I will!

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I put my entire trailer up on jack stands and did one side at a time. Seemed easier since I was replacing the equalizers etc that connect to both axles. A day to lift, day for each side then down made for three weekends.

Mine was out of alignment due to sagging springs so once replaced all was good.


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Nice to be able to lift up the whole thing one time but if that is not practical one side at a time. Leave it on the truck if doing one side at a time.

As suggested, while up there might as well replace & upgrade shackles etc. as well. Builders put on minimum spec hardware. I upped my spring pack from 6 to 7 leaf. No worries about breakage now.


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No worries on the shackles, I replaced them with heavy duty Moryde ones with the wet bolts 2 seasons ago. I added an extra leaf to the springs when ordering and will replace all the hardware on the springs.

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Is something broken, or preventative maintenance? My leafs are still good after 18 years - or at least they look and work fine! Youtube got anything?

* This post was edited 10/21/21 04:43pm by 2oldman *

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