Leaf springs

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    Family Travels New Member

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    I hear leaf springs can break and ruin a vacation. I've googled looking for replacement springs but can't find it for my model. What's the best way to find them?
     
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    Measure eye hole to eye hole. Tractor supply or similar store usually keep a decent stock. Honestly it is something that just doesn't happen that often. There are many other other things to worry about before leaf springs.
     
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    I was just thinking with the age of my pup it wouldn't be a bad idea.
     
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    I had one break on my way back from the North Carolina rally.
    Cost me a lot of money because they had me by the short hairs.
     
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    My buddy had the front eyes break off both springs on a utility trailer this summer. The trailer was empty when it happened.

    I have a 1976 and a 1995 trailer. I have other things to worry about than their springs possibly breaking.
     
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    If it is old then preventing a mishap isnt a bad idea. I read your post as you wanted to keep on in the camper as a spare in case one broke on the road.
     
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    My autocorrect goofed that up. My question is whether its needed since I keep reading about people having them break and if so where to find them.

    I know bearings are needed every so often and tires every couple of years. I'm just looking at preventive maintenance. I bought my pup about a month ago and put it right into storage. It's old and I know I need to do some work. I just want to get out ahead of things that can kill a long distance trip.
     
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    Here is a good quick read on leaf spring measurements. If you have a tractor supply or trailer supply nearby then they should have something that works. Price is fairly cheap.
    https://www.sdtrucksprings.com/how-to-measure-leaf-spring
     
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    one of my Dexter brand springs broke on my 2000 Lb Dexter axle but I will bet that such incidents are more rare than hen’s teeth.

    Utility trailers are more likely to be way overloaded than a PUP, so that’s a poor comparison
     
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    Tell that to Toyota Tacoma owners.
     

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