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Old 04-17-2016, 06:47 PM   #1
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Leaf spring Broke driving down the road,

Had a leaf spring break going down the road. Is this a normal problem . Had to jack it up and put a block between the axel and the frame to limb it to camp. Thinking about replacing the other side. It was a real pain replacing out of town on a weekend and trying to find parts.
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Old 04-18-2016, 12:54 AM   #2
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I've seen it happen in areas where the camper is towed off road in order to get to teh boon dock camping sites.
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:28 AM   #3
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I broke a leaf on my popup last spring on the first trip to Moab. Changed both when I got home. I was lucky, only a leaf broke, not the entire assembly.
And when I lived in Moab, I off-roaded the trailer, so I was not surprised.
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Not normal, but certainly not unheard of. And, I would personally replace both sides (well, have someone replace both sides).
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:06 AM   #5
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I've heard of it happening on occasion. You're fortunate the axle didn't move out of alignment and do some damage. The trailer shop guy who replaced my boat trailer springs informed me there's a significant difference in price and quality between Chinese and American spring steel. Chinese-sourced springs last about three years in a saltwater environment where American springs last much longer. I suspect there's a parallel with towed RVs because I would think the mfgrs. are sourcing the cheapest springs.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:10 AM   #6
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Your Lucky, a boat trailer broke a Leaf spring and the Axle Pivoted and went Under the Trailer! The BAD part was it Happened on the I-75 Bridge that Crosses the Ohio River in Cincinnati, at "Rush Hour on Friday Night"! It can happen! Youroo!!
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I would replace all the springs and if you do not currently have them, consider replacing all bots with "Wet Bolts".
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Old 04-18-2016, 12:35 PM   #8
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I've had two springs break on our Cardinal. Make sure you replace with exact match or better change both sides.
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Contact a spring shop and get new springs from good steel. Same with spring shackles and bolts.
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Old 04-18-2016, 05:38 PM   #10
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I feel real lucky !! We had been out on highway doing 65 miles per hour. We were real close to the campsite when it broke. Might of been going 25 miles per hour. Got a little damage to the fender well . I replaced with the only leaf spring could find on a Sunday. Attwoods and Tractor supply was cheap but it lined up and right length. But got me home and seems to track good. I will never buy a single axle trailer again. Will post some pictures later. Thankful for beer !!!
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