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Bert Ackerman

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Posted: 09/04/19 05:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Huntindog wrote:

Bert Ackerman wrote:

We already have such a thing in the US but it has a small issue.

It's built on a garbage LCI frame. How long do you think it would take until those long spring hangers twist off if you took it true off roading? Then again you may not make it to the trail as you might twist them off hitting a pothole on the highway or turning out of the gas station LOL. Even if the suspension lasts a trip or two after the first time the staples will pull through the siding and it will start falling off.

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That is not a spring hanger. Is is the shackle. One end of a leaf spring needs to be free to move as the spring flexes. As the spring compresses, it lengthens. That is why it looks like that. With it being a single axle unit, there will be no sideways thrust on the spring attachments during turns.
Not a thing wrong with it. Good and solid, even if it is low tech.



Go see the Optometrist. It's not a slipper spring which went to the museum about 1940. It's a standard hanger welded with little penetration by a toddler at LCI, and a bolt with nylon bushing through the spring eye the same as the other end of the spring.

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Posted: 09/04/19 06:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No slipper springs didn’t go to the museum.

You can order them on the front of a Kenworth C500 twin steer this week. Probly run you around $20,0000 for the option.

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Posted: 09/04/19 07:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bert Ackerman wrote:

Huntindog wrote:

Bert Ackerman wrote:

We already have such a thing in the US but it has a small issue.

It's built on a garbage LCI frame. How long do you think it would take until those long spring hangers twist off if you took it true off roading? Then again you may not make it to the trail as you might twist them off hitting a pothole on the highway or turning out of the gas station LOL. Even if the suspension lasts a trip or two after the first time the staples will pull through the siding and it will start falling off.

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That is not a spring hanger. Is is the shackle. One end of a leaf spring needs to be free to move as the spring flexes. As the spring compresses, it lengthens. That is why it looks like that. With it being a single axle unit, there will be no sideways thrust on the spring attachments during turns.
Not a thing wrong with it. Good and solid, even if it is low tech.



Go see the Optometrist. It's not a slipper spring which went to the museum about 1940. It's a standard hanger welded with little penetration by a toddler at LCI, and a bolt with nylon bushing through the spring eye the same as the other end of the spring.
I have my glasses on. I also have my mechanical apptitude hat on. I also had a 75 Prowler which had a slipper spring on the rear axle.

What is pictured IS NOT a slipper spring.

Any time a leaf spring on a TT is used, there HAS to be a provision on one end to enable it to lengthen as it compresses.. If the springs are simply bolted to hangers on each end, then it would not be able to flex much if at all... You might as well just bolt the axle directly to the frame... BTW automobiles with leaf springs also have shackles on one end... It is standard fare.

I can get you the contact info of a good optometrist... But I cannot do anything about the mechanical apptitude issue.
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Posted: 09/05/19 05:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bert Ackerman wrote:

We already have such a thing in the US but it has a small issue.

It's built on a garbage LCI frame. How long do you think it would take until those long spring hangers twist off if you took it true off roading? Then again you may not make it to the trail as you might twist them off hitting a pothole on the highway or turning out of the gas station LOL. Even if the suspension lasts a trip or two after the first time the staples will pull through the siding and it will start falling off.

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No it would disintergrate in very short order

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rbpru wrote:

The issue is not that the TT makers wont make it, there is not enough of the public willing to pay for it. The TT makers simply do not want to bother with a limited niche market. What they make sells very well.

Now if you are one of those that are willing to pay for durability, there are numerous custom TT builder in this country that will build what you want. The Travel Channel has featured many custom shops that rehabbed vintage units and custom built RVs.


There really is not a lot of room to complain. If you have the money, they have your product.

Where in Australia it is about 40% of the market

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