Originally Posted by vhord
I towed it 40 miles last week and the hubs stayed cool. I feel comfortable with that although I may still check out the bearings & etc. I have helped build many trailers in the last years but have never worked with torsion axles, just leaf spring and straight axles. Are torsion axles designed so that if the rubber totally gives way the inter axle will not totally spin? That would be my main concern. May be a dumb question.
The rubber rods when good, they keep the starting angle good, so that the trailer has adequate ground clearance as well as other things.
When the starting angle goes bad, then the trailer will bottom out.
In may last post, I said that a gutted trailer will bottom out even worse, assuming bad axles (rubber rods).
When the trailer payload has been greatly reduced, then the combination of stiff axles, and not much weight, will make the trailer bounce around on the road.
As an example, if a 26 foot trailer had 2600 axles that were bad, then bouncing and bottoming out will happen.
To haul a gutted 26 foot trailer, perhaps the axles should be 1200 pounds.
Therefore since the axle rating will not change, a gutted trailer will bounce all over the place, and even more so with bad axles.