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Old 05-31-2012, 12:30 PM   #21
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At Camping world you paid for an installer, not a mechanic. You would be hard pressed to find one of them guys to understand axle geometry never mind to diagnose it. You had a pre-existiing condition and as I diagnosed in a previous post, it's time to replace the leaf springs. Personally, I would not get a factory spring but instead go to a trailer repair shop and have them replace the leaf packs (using combined measurements and trailer weights to design the proper rate springs). Keep us posted.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:42 PM   #22
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I would ditch the leaf springs entirely and go with a pr of Alko torsion axles and have shocks mounted on them also.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:10 PM   #23
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I would ditch the leaf springs entirely and go with a pr of Alko torsion axles and have shocks mounted on them also.
$$$$.$$

The cost difference may be the deciding factor on that one.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:15 PM   #24
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$$$$.$$

The cost difference may be the deciding factor on that one.
But the ride and the tire cost might make up the difference. Would not go back to a leaf spring suspension now that we've had 4 with the torsion suspension. Every thing just rides smoother, including the tow vehicle.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:21 PM   #25
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$$$$.$$

The cost difference may be the deciding factor on that one.

not if you got good money out of your old ones !
I bet they wouldnt last a few days on craigs list or ebay !
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If considering a conversion to torsion axles, the cost of getting someone to construct and weld on the necessary subframe assembly would have to be added.
New springs sounds a heck of a lot cheaper!
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:44 PM   #27
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If considering a conversion to torsion axles, the cost of getting someone to construct and weld on the necessary subframe assembly would have to be added.
New springs sounds a heck of a lot cheaper!
2x4x1/8 wall steel tubing and 2x2x1/8 wall tubing is cheap. Only need about 30' of 2 x 4 and 10' of 2x2.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:50 PM   #28
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This post is going the wrong way. The OP had shocks installed by camping world, I'm thinking he is not capable of fabricating a subframe for new torsion axles. Let's hold off and see his response instead of getting way off topic. Just my opinion.
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This post is going the wrong way. The OP had shocks installed by camping world, I'm thinking he is not capable of fabricating a subframe for new torsion axles. Let's hold off and see his response instead of getting way off topic. Just my opinion.
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2009 246RLBS Wildwood LA 5'er--dealer is telling me that all 4 wheels are rubbing underbelly of trailer when I hit a hard bump--said I have about 2" of clearance above tires--factory sized tires on unit--they recommend changing shackles for additional clearance--told them will advise---any suggestions,anyone with same problem---Thanks,Chuck


Chuck, I'm having the same problem with my 5'er. I noticed that the tires had rubbed holes in the fiberglas covering on the bottom of the trailer. I have a 2009 Sierra 356rl with a GVW of 14,000#. I have never overloaded the trailer and Forest River is telling the mechanic that the springs "appear" to be worn out. I bought the trailer new. It's only 3 years old. There's no way the springs should be worn out. I do have the equaflex suspension on the trailer. If the springs are wore out then they put the wrong springs on it from the factory.I'm not sure what's going to happen yet.
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