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Old 03-12-2007, 07:04 AM   #1
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5200# axle on an 18 ft Pacer?

I got the frame POR'd this weekend...and noticed the axel was rated to 5200#? I have leaf springs that need to be replaced. Should I go ahead and replace the axel while I'm at it? 5200# seems a bit exessive?

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Old 03-12-2007, 07:26 AM   #2
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The rating for the axle only, at 5200 pounds is not a big concern for your trailer. That is the max load that the AXLE will carry. What you need to pay attention to is the rating of the springs. To high a load rating and you will jar the trailer apart, and to low a rating the axle will bottom the springs out. Replace the leaf springs with a load rating applicable to the loaded weight of the trailer

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Old 03-13-2007, 06:42 AM   #3
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Since your axle does not contain the springs like a torsion spring axle the biggest area to look at is the spindles on the end of your axle. If they look good, then just replace the leaf springs and you will have a very good running gear set up that will last you for quite some time.

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