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Gray Fox

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Posted: 09/23/19 06:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After coming into the campground the other day I noticed a sang on one side of our 5th/W. I found out I had a busted leaf spring an shackle. I was able to get a jack to raise it high enough to put a 2x4 between the frame an the axel. Question is can I drive home 175 mi at a slower speed an make it home.


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Gray Fox wrote:

After coming into the campground the other day I noticed a sang on one side of our 5th/W. I found out I had a busted leaf spring an shackle. I was able to get a jack to raise it high enough to put a 2x4 between the frame an the axel. Question is can I drive home 175 mi at a slower speed an make it home.


I would not try that at any speed... As much as it may be a pain, I would find a place close to get it fixed and drive safely . .The first bounce will bounce that 2x4 right down the road


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No way I would even consider it.

You will lose that 2x4 in the most remote location, during a driving rain storm.

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If the board comes out it could easily injur or kill someone.


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Gray Fox wrote:

After coming into the campground the other day I noticed a sang on one side of our 5th/W. I found out I had a busted leaf spring an shackle. I was able to get a jack to raise it high enough to put a 2x4 between the frame an the axel. Question is can I drive home 175 mi at a slower speed an make it home.

Crawl under and look things over. Is anything going to rub? Is anything going to hit a tire and cause a blowout? If everything looks good to you, you can try it. I did it 2 years ago in my old 5er, the nearest place to get it fixed was a hundred miles down the road. The shop said next time to jack it up and put a 2x4 or 2x6 between the axle and the frame, just as you mentioned. When there is no suspension, they don't pop out. Honestly, I didn't even think about it.


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No Problem. We did it last year with our 13k fifth wheel after a bearing failed and rim and tire went bye bye, never to be seen again. Went 150 miles in the middle of no where South Dakota on three wheels, with 2x4 between frame and spring pack. We went around 50mph no problem. LT Tires. We have the TST tire monitor. The single tire stayed around the same temperature as the other two.

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Posted: 09/23/19 09:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Google up...axle crutch
But dont disregard load on remaining tire.

Square tube and chain. But you could probably get parts overnighted and wont need an axle crutch.

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The axle is centered by the spring. You could cause a lot more damage than you want to pay to fix if everything doesn't go perfectly. Where is the spring broken, middle or an one of the eye bolts?


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bucky wrote:

The axle is centered by the spring. You could cause a lot more damage than you want to pay to fix if everything doesn't go perfectly. Where is the spring broken, middle or an one of the eye bolts?

Yeah people do the dumbest things and some even get by from doing so.
Std leaf spring suspension are held in place at the ends which keeps the axle in place. When one spring end...side link... hangers breaks this places strsses on the other end especially whem backing/turning corners or hiting a pot hole unless its chained in place.
In my former hauling business we see this time to time. One end of the axle will swing around under the trailers frame or the trailing axle. A big rig wrecker with a rotator is needed to raise the trailer with its load and get it off the highway.

Do it right and keep your speeds down should get you home


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