Originally Posted by ptt87
Was wondering if anyone had any advice on the advantages/disadvantages of independent torsion axles vs. leaf spring axles.
I'm looking at either the SP280 or the SV264. Love both models, but don't know if one axle configuration is far superior to the other or not.
The floor plan will be the most important thing when making your decision. The surveyor "selects" come with torsion suspension - lower ride height (which makes for a smaller sail behind your vehicle), each wheel is independent of one another and because of the rubber sandwich a bit softer ride (i.e. car trailers and horse trailers along with airstreams generally have torsion suspension).
As you've figured, the torsion costs more. I would also like to mention that there are less wear parts (IMHO) to torsion suspension than leaf spring (shackles, springs etc.). Better dealers will install shocks on a leaf spring setup to get rid of the bumps, making the trailer have much better handling characteristics. Imagine driving your truck with leaf springs and no shocks...
The "sport" model surveyor offers a lower entry point (money wise) and a few less features but are still a decent trailer. Not sure of the the price difference in your area but you'll have to decide if these things matter to you.
happy camping (in the future),