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plock40

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Posted: 01/10/18 08:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

hi everyone, I was wondering if I can put wet shackle on a 14 year old fifth wheel, I have had problems with the shackles cracking and breaking. I had them gusseted, but they did not change the bolts. thanks for any help. cardinal 29',2004


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Posted: 01/10/18 08:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you talking about shackles or spring hangers? When you say gusseted it makes me think spring hangers.

If you're talking about wet bolts and heavy spring shackles with metal bushings, you should be able to do that.

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Yes, check out eTrailer for heavy duty shackles and wet bolt kits.
When I installed them in our last TT, nothing ever wore again. The new TT came with them.
Just make sure the new shackles are the same length as the old unless you want to lift or lower your trailer a bit.


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Posted: 01/10/18 09:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm sorry, they maybe called leaf spring hanger, they are welded to the frame, a "u" shape, about 5/16" thick, and the spring fits inside. I guess all the sharp turns and backing into tight spots make the leaf spring hanger weak at the bend

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That's going to take some welding and fabrication to fix.

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Posted: 01/10/18 06:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, you should be able to get a wet bolt kit to replace the bolts. Try Etrailer.


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Posted: 01/10/18 06:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are writing about the hangers, the U shaped mount for the springs cracking, you will need more than wet bolts.

Hangers have a 9/16 hole into which the bolt locks into tight with Knurling just inside the head, same as a wheel stud. Knurling locks the bolt into the hanger, preventing it from turning in the hanger, so the wear action is in the spring eye.
Get a fab. welder to look at your rig.
Go to rednecktrailer.com for parts.

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Posted: 01/10/18 10:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

plock40 wrote:

hi everyone, I was wondering if I can put wet shackle on a 14 year old fifth wheel, I have had problems with the shackles cracking and breaking. I had them gusseted, but they did not change the bolts. thanks for any help. cardinal 29',2004

How about a Dexter EZ Flex kit with wet bolts? This will give you more flex in the center than a standard idler.

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Posted: 01/14/18 07:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2005 Cardinal that broke a shackle bracket two years ago. Learned at that time all the shackles and bolts were wore out. I bought the (improved over original) parts on Amazon and replaced them myself. I also installed wet bolts.

If you install the wet bolts, I would suggest you ensure the bolt hole is away from the load so grease can easily escape when you lube.

Looking back, I am surprised those plastic shackled bushings lasted as long as they did.

I have photos but dont know how to use this forum for that.

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Posted: 01/14/18 08:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

LIKE2BUILD wrote:

How about a Dexter EZ Flex kit with wet bolts? This will give you more flex in the center than a standard idler.

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KJ

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This is the type of suspension every trailer should have. The mickey-mouse suspension of most trailers is just incredibly poor in design.


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