Today we decided to finish the installation of the new suspension system on the trailer. After somewhere around 50-60,000 miles (at least) the suspension was just worn out. This new system by Dexter will smooth the ride and make the trailer last longer. It was a bit spendy but I think it will be worth it in the long run. We plan for this to be our last trailer.
The suspension attaches to the springs and acts as a pivot point when going over the bumpy roads throughout the United States.
As you can see, the rubber equalizer is cracked and deformed. There are plastic bushings inserted into the three bolt holes that were worn out and replaced with much stronger brass bushings that are also lubricated using what is known as wet bolts. The bolts all have zerk fittings so that grease can be inserted, increasing their longevity.
A comparison of the old and new items. Also note the change in the shackles-the two old ones on the lower left beside the much beefier new one next to them. Also note the deformation of the bolt holes on the old ones.
And here it is, installed and ready to have the wheels hung back on and hit the road. Also note that we put new shock absorbers on as well. Can't wait to pull out now.