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Re: [RC] Spring time in Springtime? - Ed & Wendy Hauser

Unfortunately broken trailer springs are very common.  The reason is that at the shackles and the equalizer there are bushings.  The older ones are brass the newer are rubber.  If the brass bushings are not greased at least 1 time a year, preferably two times a year, they eventually freeze.  If you live in a humid climate, rust can also happen between the pin and the rubber bushing, causing it to freeze.  If the bushings freeze, it is only a matter of time before a spring leaf breaks.  I never had a trailer with rubber bushings, so I don't know what the maintenance recommendations are. 
 
The good news is that most large cities have repair shops that can make new leaves and get you going down the road.  While simple machines, horse trailers do require periodic maintenance.  Lube the springs, if so equipped.  Repack wheel bearings every other year.  Inspect and repair brakes when repacking wheel bearings.  Inspect the coupler, and ball to make sure they are not worn at the same time.  Inspect the tires for cracks every year.  Check tire pressure monthly.  Have any tire that seems to be loosing pressure repaired.
 
Ed
Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875
 
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