I bought all the trailer supply stuff from San Diego trailer supply. They were a little farther away from the house than I needed to go but they answered all my questions. Little things like how far should the leaf mounts go in relationship to the spring length, how much clearance do you need for spring movement. Just basic questions that some of the local shops seemed to busy to answer so I drove down there. I have also called them during this build to ask questions. I even emailed them photos and they went over options with me to get the best results.
I am running the lightest trailer springs they had. Which are 1600# total weight together trailer springs. They are only 26" long with little flex. I have learned a lot about trailer suspension since I started this. If it rides really bad when I'm done I am going to look at building my own trailing arm/air bag set up. Not sure how yet but it may not be even needed. I have found tons of trailer info though just by spending time searching the web. On another note here is a web site to figure out tongue strength. Not sure if I found it here or where but I love it!
Thanks that's pretty cool from the guy that started this whole deal. Yeah you have caused me to stay awake and think about how I going to do things on this build. I really like though, thanks for posting this from the beginning. If I wouldn't have looked at this post I wouldn't have started this. I really like it and am enjoying building it!
Finished the hitch tonight, or at least the "on road" hitch. I will use a lock & roll or something similar for the trail. The tongue is long enough to do a full 90* plus to access the rear of the Jeep. The challenge to make the tongue strong enough plus clear the 37" spare tire while still be recessed in the frame 1 1/2". I also put a doubler plate on both sides of main support bar that the tongue is recessed into. The tongue is also long enough for me to go back to having a spare tire on the Jeep if I want too. A single bar tongue just wouldn't have been strong enough for this size trailer. The last thing I wanted was to have that part fail off road.