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Old 12-01-2007, 04:40 PM   #1
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Leaf Spring problems on 2006 Forest River Work and Play Model 18LT Toy Hauler

I have a 2006 18LT with less then 5,000 towing miles. I purchased it
new last year for the specific purpose to tow with a 1/2 ton PU. The
dry weight is listed as 4,560 lbs. The trailer has two 3,500 lb axle's

I have recently had two separate incidents, one with the trailer
carrying 2 Harley's and one incident with the trailer empty except for
a few personal items. Two times the rear curb side leaf spring has
broken in almost the same spot about 3-4" from the rear connect point.

Was wondering if anyone else has had similiar problems with leaf
springs breaking or issues with mfg published dry weight specifications on Forest River products, and what the fix is?

My trailer is still under factory warranty and currently at the RV
Dealer waiting for repair for this second incident.

Any information or assistance you can provide will be appreciated.

Thanks, in advance, for your replys.
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Old 12-01-2007, 07:30 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum. I haven't heard of any...but maybe someone else will chime in....
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Old 02-17-2008, 07:28 PM   #3
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No problems yet.

We have 2006 Work and Play 26 DB. We have made about 4 or 5 trips and haven't had any problems yet. We go with the ATV loaded about half the time. The rest of the trips are just our stuff. I will keep an eye on it.
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Old 06-15-2008, 08:03 PM   #4
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Still having probems?

We have made a couple of trips and still looks OK. We went the Nebraska Nat. Forest for a weekend and hauled the toys. We just got back for the Rockiesí and I think we traveled about 1000 miles. We did not take toys this trip.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:55 AM   #5
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I have a 28 ft goosneck W&P,,, Which I pull allot, In about 6 months I had to replace all the shackle plates which wore through.I did find some wet (greasable shackle bolts for it) but thats the closest to your problem I have had. The trailers do seem very heavy.. Did you perhaps climb or hit curb?

Is the spacing for the spring mounting correct? Do both sides match, perhaps tht spring does not have room to flex,,, just a wild guess?
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Old 09-03-2009, 01:47 PM   #6
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Leaf Spring Problem

David...We have a new Work and Play 18LT. We broke the left rear leaf spring on our first trip out with the trailer being almost empty.
We waited nearly four hours for Forest River customer service to reply. They never did call us, so we purchased a new leaf spring at a local farm supply store.
I'm wondering if your dealer ever came up with a reason why the leaf spring failed.
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:31 PM   #7
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We have a 2007 32ft Work and play and had to replace leaf springs from 2500 lbs to 3500lb and just yesterday our rear axel broke and found out they dont even make that axel anymore becuase there is a problems with the spacing of mounting brackets,now they make the frames wider on trailer to put the weight in right place to correct position on axle, the axle we are replacing has to be modified to fit frame becuase the axle that fits our trailer is no longer manufactured.Cost for repair $2,400 OUCH!!
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:23 PM   #8
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Sorry for your troubles, and thanks for the info, but you jumped on a very old thread, one that was started Dec. of 2007.

As you may find one here, as we have, not many "work & play" owners on here. Ours has been virtually trouble free, and hope yours is too. Actually we're glad so few troubles are reported.
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