Gas Springs Installed on an Older A-Frame Trailer
I just wanted to let you know that a couple of us have added gas springs to our older A-Frame trailers. The founder of the concept published his article on the Australian A-Frame Club website a year ago and now you are seeing these on factory releases.
I wrote up a similar article on how we added these locally to our older A-Frame trailers (with both Aluminum and Fiberglass walls) using the placement location devised for Flagstaff trailers. It cost less than $200.00 to do each of the trailers for the springs and hardware.
If you are inventive and creative and willing to risk your installation skills, etc. you might benefit from seeing a write up of our experiences before diving into doing it yourself.
I am happy with my installation but would like to see review of some of the advanced concepts suggested in my article for future inventive people choosing to do this.
If you are not technically inclined I would not try doing this. It would also be helpful if you are an engineer with an understanding of the concept of torque, stress and forces. If you don't have an engineering background you may prefer to replace the factory springs with the same as they age.
I would say that Flagstaff has lead the way in properly placing gas springs for maximum lifting torque with the lowest possible force gas springs! I thank Flagstaff for refining the process of adding gas springs. I would only buy a new trailer using the procedure that they are using.
Contact me if you are interested in my findings and investigation.