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Old 07-02-2018, 10:45 PM   #1
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Squeaking Noise Going Over Bumps

I was wondering if anyone is familiar with hearing a sweaking noise coming from campers single axle when driving over speed bumps or any bumps in the road. I was told it was the springs...so Camping World greased them and said the more I drive it the less and less I would hear the noise. Is this normal? It only happens when Im going slow as far as I can hear. I dont store store anything in my trailer so its not a weight issue..thanks!
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Old 07-03-2018, 04:48 PM   #2
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Itís a camper not a Cadillac. They all make noise.
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Old 07-03-2018, 05:57 PM   #3
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Actually is wasnt making noise until recently.
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Old 07-03-2018, 06:15 PM   #4
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"Greasing" springs is a good way to end up with a broken spring. Leaf springs are supposed to have "pads" at the end of each leaf which helps prevent squeaks.

A quote from a spring company

Starting in the mid 50’s the steel used to make springs began to change over to SAE 5160 which does not like petroleum based products, grease/oil/etc.

Petroleum based products deteriorate the steel causing premature failure.
In the 40's and early 50's springs packs were actually designed so they could be greased but they used an entirely different steel and today's spring packs actually rely on friction between the leaves to prevent them from sagging, even to the point of having a reverse arch.

If the squeaking annoys you then do as the old-timers do, turn up the radio. Or make sure your next tt has torsion axles.

If they just started making noise this means that the dust/dirt has dried out. When it rains the squeaking will go away.
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Old 07-03-2018, 06:22 PM   #5
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Never had a trailer, especially an RV, that didn't have squeaky springs. Some sqeaked right away, others waited a bit just to mess with me

You can oil them and it might abate for a bit, or you can do I like I did and just wait until your hearing goes south. What you can't hear, doesn't bother you one bit
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Old 07-03-2018, 06:42 PM   #6
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We installed a heavy duty, greasable suspension kit from Dexter Axle. Greasing about every 2,000 to 3,000 miles provides a very quite leaf spring suspension.

K71-358-00: Heavy Duty Suspension Kit

The part number on the Dexter site will vary depending on your particular axle size. Of course it must be a Dexter axle. Ours cost all of $65 dollars. Best of luck.


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Old 07-03-2018, 06:46 PM   #7
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spray the rubber bushings and the slides in the other end with wd 40.
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Old 07-04-2018, 12:40 PM   #8
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Mine used to squeak at slow speeds especially driving through campgrounds. I replaced the shackle bolts with bolts that have grease zerks and the squeaks are gone.
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