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Old 07-31-2016   #1
 
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Trailer worth restoring?

Hello,

New to the forum and also new to trailers, or restoring them at least. I just picked a 4'x7.5' trailer on CL and want to build a raft trailer like this one:



After purchasing I realized it didn't have leaf springs and wonder if I made a mistake. So debating about use my just purchased trailer frame or trying to sell this one and start with one with springs. Maybe there is some other option I haven't considered that takes care of the springs issue (if it even is an issue.)

Pros about this trailer:
Heavy duty steel tubing
Tires with good tread and 14" wheels rated for overall weight of about 2700#
Long tongue
Good lights
I drove it home and at freeway speeds with no load it handled fine.

Cons
No springs?
Some of the welding on the angle iron looks shotty but I'm not sure I'd use it anyway.
Not quite 8' but I can use lumber to handle that.
Tongue seems to have some wiggle where it meets the frame (is that normal?)
Low speeds it bounced a bunch but there was zero load.

Here's a bunch of pics.

Thanks!
Justin
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Old 07-31-2016   #2
 
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Maybe ask your local high school welding teacher if a class needs a project and have it fixed up?
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I can't tell from the photo, is it a torsion axle? A trailer should either have leaf springs or a torsion axle. If its a torsion axle you are already good to go.
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How do I know if it's a torsion axle?


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There would be a bolt on either side that you could use to stiffen or loosen the torsion bar. it's not looking like a torsion axle to me. looks like somebody just welded something on... I have a friend that uses a trailer like that... she hates it with a passion. consequently her boat is typically stacked on top of mine and I yank hers around for her.
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Dosent look like a torsion axle, if it were don't think it would work as the "arm" is extending vertically. Torsion axles have a little trailing arm that pivots.

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In all seriousness, if you can't tell if you have a torsion axle or not, I would seriously rethink your ability to rebuild the trailer.
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The axle is welded solid to the frame. With a load on that set up it would bounce so bad that it would literally fall apart. If you know a welder that can cut off the axle, flip it and weld on some springs and spring hangers for some leaf springs you would be in pretty good shape. All of that stuff can probably be purchased for under $100 online or at an RV/trailer retailer.

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Not weld on springs... Just hangers.

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Not weld on springs... Just hangers.

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