Originally Posted by hilltop_yodeler
Some folks have mentioned that the torsion axle is better than the standard axle with leaf springs. I've owned a few trailers and they all had leaf springs, so I guess I did not know that there was an alternative.
I am wondering what are the pros and cons of a torsion axle vs. a standard axle with leaf springs? Is one better than the other?
From what I have been reading, it sounds like the torsion axle works well with trailers that are heavily weighted, and that they are too rigid when the trailer is empty or has a light load. Here are some people's opinions:
torsion axles vs. leaf springs
Also, something that worries me about torsion axles is that apparently there are "four rubberized cords" inside of the axle that control suspension capabilities within the axle. I live in CO where the climate is dry and am wondering how long rubber cords will last before dry-rotting and breaking. The Torsion vs. Spring Axle Debate Demystified | Complete Trailers Blog
I would love to hear the opinions of those who own the Sawtooth trailer and have used their trailer for a wide variety of things. In addition to hauling my raft gear, I plan to also haul yard waste, compost, wood chips, and other things in the trailer when needed, and I'm assuming that the trailer will be driven empty from time to time when in route to a pickup.
Based on what I have read so far, I am leaning towards leaf springs, but I'd love to know what your experiences are. Thank you in advance for your advise, opinions and knowledge.