Warning to all trailer owners
Check your suspension regularly, it could save you from a catastrophic accident.
Checked mine last summer and found 6 of the 18 nuts loose on the leaf spring to axle mount U clamps, one I could spin with my fingers.
Right on, Ray!
On a trip to Alaska this summer I had a bearing failure that caused a fire in the right rear hub of my small 5th wheel travel trailer. The hub broke and everything inside was burned to a crisp. I managed to find parts in Achorage and did the repair on the side of the road along Turnagain Arm. This happened even though about 8,000 miles before I had had all new backing plates, drums, bearings, etc, replaced at an RV service shop! Needless to say I was very surprised when this happened. So I've added another routine maintenance check to my list. I now jack up each wheel and check the bearings for looseness every 1000 miles, usually at a nice paved rest area. I also carry 4 sets of replacement bearings, seals, races, and grease on-board. And once a year I check the torque on the trailer spring shackles and u-bolts and the 5th wheel hitch mounting bolts. I was lucky that the hub didn't come completely off the axle, and that the axle was still usable. I'm now having two new axles installed on the trailer. I have already replaced the springs, and also the spring shackles and bolts with Mor-Ryde heavy-duty greasable versions. Hopefully this will be the last "adventure" of this kind!
We had this happen coming into Yellowstone this past spring - welds held but metal fatigue fractured - was able to get a mobile welder in and help him repair.
With out regular inspection, things can go terribly wrong in the most inconvenient places. Thanks for sharing your story.
Last year had nuts on one bolt that holds axle to leaf spring come loose which shifted axle on passenger side of trailer back about a foot. On highway 55 mph in New York state. Luckily 1 mile from rest area. Had truck repair shop come and put back in place. 3 hours later back on road. Could have been worse. Check axle bolts now before every trip.
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