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Ltrip

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I took our trailer to a shop for a wheel bearing repack. They have done work for me before and have good ratings. I think I can trust them.

As part of the service, they checked the springs. They said the springs were sagged out of spec and need to be replaced.
The trailer is 2 years old and I have about 10,000 miles on it.
I am skeptical.

I have a 2018 Arctic Fox 25Y TT. GVWR = 10,000lbs. Net carrying capacity = 3147 lbs.
No, I have not weighed it loaded as we normally load it.
It is my wife and I...no kids or pets.
I find it difficult to imagine that we load 3000 lbs into the trailer.

Does this sound possible? Sagging springs after 2 years and 10k miles?
I have an extended service contract. I have not asked yet, but is something like this normally covered?

Thanks!


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Posted: 05/10/20 02:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, it is possible. Posting a photo and let us see the springs in question. If a spring has a noticeable flatness or reverse bend, it is bad. The quality of suspension components on trailers is poor.





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Sounds unusual. I looked the Artic Fox years ago but considered it way too heavy for my needs.

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I've been around Northwood forums for many years and have NEVER heard of springs sagging.

Never heard of it on Dexter Axles either.

I honestly wouldn't worry about it. I'm guessing the shop is trying to make more money off you.


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I would be skeptical too, very skeptical.

Arctic Fox is a good brand and known for quality.

However, having said that, they don't make the springs themselves, they likely outsource them from who knows where.

2 years old, I would contact Arctic Fox and explain the situation to them and respectfully request input before just going with one shops diagnosis. At the very least, get a second opinion.

No way I would just put new springs on a near new trailer.


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Posted: 05/10/20 07:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Yep, my springs on a nearly new Coleman, since traded. After a 5200 mile trip last year I found damage to the bottom above each tire. Local tire shop ordered uograde springs, made in the USA, from these guys. Raised the trailer, more curve, so I had to adjust the WD hitch. Search the "Bottom damage" thread.

http://www.aaaspring.com/


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Lwiddis

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“I honestly wouldn't worry about it. I'm guessing the shop is trying to make more money off you.“

I would. Guessing can get expensive. Have your extended warranty provider check it. That “covers” you should something happen since you now have knowledge of a possible issue. Keep the paperwork!


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Posted: 05/10/20 08:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This issue has become more and more common with both Lippert and Dexter suspension systems. The cause is rooted in the use of inferior quality steel for the springs (possibly from China). If the springs have anything other than an elliptical shape, there is an issue. If the springs have flattened, you certainly want to replace them (with something other than Chinese steel) before you have one break and do damage. This has nothing to do with Northwood quality as they are vendor-supplied parts.

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AF is a great brand with a lot of carrying capacity. Unless you have been collecting rocks and bringing your tools, get another opinion.

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"US MADE" sure but where is the metal coming from to make those? Willing to be China as there are less and less

Call AF and see what they say. Never heard of that on an AF product...


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