Jayco suspension

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  1. Family Travels

    Family Travels New Member

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    I purchased a used popup in October and it's warm enough that I went to look at it in storage. I was inspecting the tires and looked under it to check the suspension and noticed that it has no leaf springs. Is there any maintenance that I need to do to what I have? I've attached a photo.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xrnR_pYf9BLcV1Kp8yKcPxUgwdUYuP3h/view?usp=sharing
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    The axle has no maintenance. But the brakes and wheel bearings still do.
     
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    Looks as if you have torsion axles.
    Some love them, some not so much, I'm in the not so much crowd....
     
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    Thanks! I take it there's no suspension at all then?
     
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    Originally there was rubber inside and the twisting acted as suspension. The rubber is probably broken down by now so you probably are correct, no suspension left.
     
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    Is the PUP sitting close to the ground?
     
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    I know, probably dumb question but is it still safe to travel or do I need to replace the axle?
     
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    Depends what type and condition of roads you are traveling on. Friend with an 82 Coachman broke his frame it bounced so bad. Also when he replaced his ancient converter with a modern one, the electronics started falling out it rode so bad but these are Calif roads. He did use it that way for years until I built him a frame with leaf springs to sit the PUP on. Sill uses it.
     
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    It is Illinois here so... we only have winter and road work seasons.
     
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    Google search torsion axles.
    It doesn't look too low from the pic you posted.
     
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    I haven't opened it up since October and we haven't used it yet but when I was pushing on the roof today it was pretty bouncy.
     
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    Not the roof. The whole unit was bouncy like an unloaded utility trailer.
     
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    Can't see your pics as I can't access G drive from work. I have the torsion suspension axles on my '01 Jayco. It rides very nice and tows great. They could go bad over time. The Axle ID and information should be located on the axle itself if you were to need a new one. There was a thread recently on here where someone was replacing their torsion axle.
     
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    I have 99 Jayco with torsion axles. Still original on mine, no issues. Tows fine with minimal fuss.
     
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    Then you should be fine.... Camp on
     
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    Perhaps you exagerate? More likely the rubber has crept under load resulting in less ride height and a harsher ride. Which is why I prefer a regular axle on leaf springs.
     
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    I'll take that a step further, I would not own a trailer with torsion axles. Something about rubber bands holding the trailer up. Reminds of the saying "held together with chewing gum and bailing wire."
     
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    Torsion axles work fine, are durable and allow for a lower trailer step in height. It is a proven application used on many trailer suspension systems.
     
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