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|08-06-2019 10:26 PM|
One thing I've been messing with on the trailer are the springs. All have been purchased from Stengelbros. I started out with 26" long two-leaf springs rated at 575lbs each. Which was fine, until I started adding even more stuff to the trailer. Then I thought they might be a little too soft when the trailer's fully loaded and all the gas and water cans are full. So prior to this 3000 mile pre-run I switched them over to their 26" three-leaf springs rated at 850lbs each. A little too stiff for me (even though I could see them flexing a little out the side view mirror). So now I have on order their 28" long three-leaf springs rated at 740lbs each. Hopefully these will be "just right". I'm having to move the rear shackle back 2" (can't move the front spring mount), and I'll have to re-drill the axle/spring mount hole on the U-bolt plate about 1.5" back to keep the tires centered under the fenders.
So 3000 miles on the trailer in July, and I'll be putting another 5000 miles on the trailer later this month going to the Arctic Ocean and back. So that's 8000 miles on the trailer. Oh - I've got new tires on the trailer for starting out on this Arctic Ocean Trip (the Goodyears were about wore out). Same size (235/75/15) but in an "LT" series and a six-ply (vs. the four-ply Goodyear tires that were on there). I also repacked the bearings.
Then... when I get back, I'm driving from here (WA) to Florida to visit my parents/family/friends, and planning on driving Route 66 on the way back (been wanting to do Route 66, and now's the time while I'm unemployed). And I plan on doing it with my... 2008 Toyota Yaris (what???) since my credit card will be loaded up with all the gas purchases from my pre-run and actual trip. So I'll be packing light (still want to camp along the way and I won't have the trailer).
Unless... I get selected to participate in this trip:
Then in that case I'll be driving the Jeep and trailer to Florida (minus the kayak), do the linked event, then Route 66 back to WA to my ever patient loving wife (figure another 7000 miles on the trailer round-trip if I get selected). Then it's time to find another job to pay off my credit card and such (I am racking up the Cabela's points though).
So that would be like 15,000 miles on the trailer over the course of a couple months From northern Canada to Florida... and back. This trailer gets used. They were designed to go on adventures. Build one and take your Jeep on an adventure.
|08-06-2019 09:00 PM|
I'll be watching for the updates and the pictures! Have a great/safe trip!
|08-04-2019 04:49 PM|
Originally Posted by littletoes View Post
On 16 August (less than two weeks from today) we've leaving Bellingham, WA and taking the Jeep and trailer up to the Arctic Ocean and back via the Dempster Highway. 5000 miles round trip. No way I would I want to do that trip with just the gear I could put in the back of my TJ. But with the trailer... life is good.
|08-04-2019 09:42 AM|
This may just be my next project..!
|07-26-2019 10:34 AM|
|armyRN||Once again showing these little HF-based trailers can take a beating. I just got back from a 3000 mile trip pre-running part of the 5000 mile trip we'll be taking next month to the Arctic Ocean. It performed flawlessly just following along behind me. There's no way I could have brought all the gear I wanted in just the back of the TJ.|
|06-17-2019 11:01 AM|
|armyRN||Looking sharp! A little HF 4' trailer frame and some T&G boards make for a nice trailer.|
|06-16-2019 07:03 PM|
|05-17-2019 11:55 AM|
|05-15-2019 04:48 PM|
Speaking of swapping out springs, here's a link from a previous post that lists the parts needed to do the suspension swap (with pictures!). It is a bolt-on affair with just a little bit of drilling involved. And it isn't that expensive. It really made a difference with my little trailer both on and off-road.
And I just checked the links in that post - they still work.
And there is a table of contents on the first page/first post that might help people find other things that have been done over the years (my this thread had gotten long!). Sometimes I'll tell a PAGE number (in which case you'll have to go to that page and scroll down to the applicable post - there are 15 posts per page - this is page 223, post #3344), and sometimes it'll mention a POST (then again - 15 posts-per-page; you'll just have to advance pages till you find it).
|05-13-2019 03:40 PM|
|05-13-2019 02:15 PM|
|05-13-2019 01:22 PM|
These would work perfect on your little trailer.
The new ones they shipped me cost $20-something to ship. Give me a zip code and I can find out.
|05-13-2019 08:44 AM|
How much do you think shipping would cost to NC? Kind of an awkward shape to ship!
|05-11-2019 10:27 PM|
My trailer has gotten heavier over the years - I either keep bolting things to it, or adding stuff inside the tub. Years ago I replaced the factory overly-stiff slipper springs with longer springs with an eye at each end (so a shackle at the back end). I used these 2-leaf springs (rated at 575lbs each):
I've been very happy with them, and with the added shock absorbers (all written up previously) it had plenty of flex. And good flex helps keep your trailer's contents from getting beat-up, and keeps stuff from breaking on your trailer.
However, come August (16 Aug - 2 Sep) a group of us are going to go on an 18 day/5000 mile trip from Bellingham WA up to Tukyokatuk (northern Canada) running the Dempster Highway up and back (and do a little kayaking in the Arctic Ocean), and then back to Bellingham (PM me if you're interested in joining us). My trailer will be fully loaded (to include fuel, water, food, and everything else). So I decided to try out these 3-leaf springs (rated at 850lbs each):
I swapped them out today; easy swap (lengths were the same from eye to eye - 26"). And I still have flex when I push down on the fender. I also gained a 1/2" in height measured from the center-line of the tire to the top of the fender (we'll see if it settles a bit over time). Hopefully they won't be too stiff.
If space permitted on my trailer frame, I'd have gone with these 28" springs (rated at 740lbs each):
Top picture: old 2-leaf spring and new 3-leaf spring.
Bottom picture: the two old 2-leaf springs.
Anybody want the old springs? They'd be perfect on a trailer like the one posted above on a HF 4' trailer frame. I'll give them away. Mounting hardware (spring brackets, shackles, spring bolts, etc.) are not expensive (and this swap has been written up previously in this thread - it is a bolt-on affair).
|05-06-2019 08:36 AM|
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