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    There won't be much flex in the suspension because it will just pivot the whole trailer at the coupler, so all you have to account for is sag from loading it down and shock from hitting bumps. But, I don't know how to questimate that.
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    We aren't trying to reinvent the wheel are we... With as many of these trailers that have been built over the years for on road and offroad use there ought to be a standard to go by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meaders View Post
    We aren't trying to reinvent the wheel are we... With as many of these trailers that have been built over the years for on road and offroad use there ought to be a standard to go by.
    Many people swear leaf springs are not what you want. Some say use the torque flex axles but they have a short life on something like this. Also, most teardrops are not made for bombing dirt roads and the ones that are use independent suspension. That's out of my price range currently so I'm looking at ways to make leafs work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LBarr2002 View Post
    There won't be much flex in the suspension because it will just pivot the whole trailer at the coupler, so all you have to account for is sag from loading it down and shock from hitting bumps. But, I don't know how to questimate that.
    I agree, that's where I'm at currently.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LBarr2002 View Post
    I think you've already ordered your axle, so too late, but:
    http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index....f064af074c3da4
    I haven't ordered my axle, but from my research these don't last long when used off-road. Like a 3 year shelf life.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 97TJGUZZY View Post
    I haven't ordered my axle, but from my research these don't last long when used off-road. Like a 3 year shelf life.


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    Are they rebuildable? That would be pretty sweet if the elastomer element could be replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 97TJGUZZY View Post
    I haven't ordered my axle, but from my research these don't last long when used off-road. Like a 3 year shelf life.


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    You mean 3 years from age or from use? Does it harden up or break down if it's just sitting?
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    My Featherlite has torsion axles and has seen years of use and abuse with no issues, plus, my Airstream camper has torsion axles and is 30 years old. No problems. Even my military trailer uses torsion axles.

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    I would just go with normal trailer springs since independent with triple bypass is out of the budget. Simple, durable, and readily available. You aren't really looking for flex. Offroad with a trailer isn't going to be bombing through anything. The trailer should be pretty darn light so it is just going to roll on the coupler before it flexes the springs. If you lighten up your springs enough for it to flex you are going to be rocking and rolling all over the place at highway speeds. If you want something different go with mono leafs from a minivan or a reduced XJ leaf pack. The problem there is your springs get a lot longer and you will need more shackle to take up the difference as it compresses.

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    If it were me, in the interest of getting it done on time, I'd let the builder do whatever he normally does and change it later if you don't like it. Your tires are outside the tub so height doesn't matter for tire clearance. I know you're shooting for the max height of 6', but if it's a little taller than that it's not the end of the world, and once you have it in your hands you can decide if it needs to be changed.
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