Trucks & Trailers - When to change trailer springs
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03-01-2011, 10:29 AM
I'm kind of new to trailering a larger boat and never really had to change springs before. My question is when will I know it's time to change my trailer springs out due to rust other than the obvious breaking. It's 3 years old now and all saltwater use. I've just been putting CRC and open gear lube on them but still getting rust. Next time I will take better care and maybe paint grease all over them or something. Boat is a 23ft SeaHunt if it matters. Just don't want it to snap while going down the interstate or something. Are you pretty much done if a spring snaps? I've always had much lighter boats in the past. Any advice, thanks.
03-01-2011, 10:58 PM
If a spring snaps then you are in for an interesting ride, the spring is what holds the axle under the trailer...
I myself am very paranoid about parts such as springs and axles rusting out and breaking. For what they cost it is well worth the piece of mind to replace them if they look that bad, atleast to me its worth it. I just have visions of driving down I-275 and watching one of my axles get buried into my wheel well or something all of a sudden.
As far as when to change them it is fairly subjective, not sure if you have a single axle or tandem axle trailer but springs are about 30$ a piece last time I checked. So either 60 or 120 buys you piece of mind. If you don't tow long distances then the risk is greatly reduced but still there. Changing springs isn't difficult and if you have air tools it is a snap.