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  1. Walking beam would be great, but since there arent any available, leaf also has built in anti roll bar characteristics, unlike torsion or IS.
  2. Thanks Darryl&Rita.. Can you tell me the advantage slipper springs have over shackle springs? Seems to me, the shackle adds side load strength because there are two bolts instead of one with slipper..
  3. Hello people! I was wondering if there is a better tandem set up then I'm about to mention, short of independent suspension. I want to install two 7k 8 lug straight axles (to use trailer spare for both trailer and truck) but use 4000# leaf springs because the trailer is only 7x16 and might weigh 8K wet. The reason is, I'm envisioning crossing many washed out ruts and gullies, creek crossings and baby head size boulder's along the way in colorado, so I need to prepare both axles to see the majority or all of the weight occasionally when one axle drops into a low spot. The equalizer will be important and the best Ive found so far is the morryde CRE3000, but I doubt any equalizer will prevent loading one axle with most of the weight traveling on forest service roads. And then venturing off to find a secluded camp spot could become very rough. I found another equalizer from Lippert called the Centerpoint equalizer.. It uses air bags instead of rubber. Ive also read I should consider slipper leaf springs.. Does this sound like a good plan? I know some of you would suggest torsion axles, but Ive read dirt gets into the rubber and tears it up and also, why do most of the serious off trailers use leaf spring? I'm guessing so that it can be repaired instead of replaced like torsion would require. Suggestions? Thanks!
  4. I'm going to mix and match 4k springs on 7k axles .. Ive heard I should consider slipper leaf springs..
  5. Thanks TLRam1. Can I double post like that?
  6. Ive read and seen how people reserve primitive sites.. They squat. I watched a site that looked like it was taken with a tent and a lawn chair, but no one was there for a few days but then they showed up on the weekend. Heck of a way to hold or reserve a primitive spot..
  7. Good morning people! I was wondering if there is a better tandem set up then I'm about to mention, short of independent suspension. I want to install 7k 8 lug straight axles (to use trailer spare for both trailer and truck) but use 4000# leaf springs because the trailer is only 7x16 and might weigh 8K wet. I'm envisioning crossing many washed out ruts and gullies, creek crossings and baby head size boulder's along the way in colorado, so I need to prepare both axles to see the majority of the weight when one axle drops into a low spot. The equalizer will be important and the best Ive found so far is the morryde CRE3000, but I doubt any equalizer will prevent loading one axle with most of the weight traveling on forest service roads. And then venturing off to find a secluded camp spot. Does this sound like a good plan? Suggestions? Thanks!
  8. I talked to pace setter who was going to make my narrow track live stock trailer. But using angle iron for most of the trailer leaves no space for tanks under it. Tom was very helpful until I asked if the ramp door could be raised 6" for a raised floor, or space for tanks etc.. Since then I found Jensen trailers, but I haven't heard anything after I asked about how much space between the frame rails for the tanks. This is how it goes when you ask to many questions I guess.
  9. Wow. Yeah with a vision and money anything is possible.. I called Jensen Trailers here in Iowa and Walter said they have no problem building exactly what I want. 7x16 narrow track with 7' ceiling, single axle extended tongue V nose with RV door/screen and two RV windows for $9750. Very tempting, since I'm only 3 hours away and can specify everything.. Like no silicone, special joist spacing for tanks etc etc
  10. Most of the shorter airstreams werent 8' wide but I cant remember how wide, maybe 7.5' ? But I need a ramp door. As far as a horse trailer, its not a bad idea but converting it, or swapping narrow track axles in would be a project requiring extensive modifications. Most horse trailers were less than 7' wide. But if I could find a worthwhile trailer under $2k, I would consider it mainly because of the roof.
  11. Ive visited colorado plenty of times, but the last three were with my 24' featherlite toyhauler towed by my old 1wd cummins E350. First time solo and stayed at pitkin campground the entire week. I kept scouting for better camp spots up cumberland and will use it as a benchmark goal road because I was wanting to tow the featherlite to the top lol as that was one of the few turn around spots for a 50' rig. Looked doable from google maps lol. Second time I ended up at almont cg and then a few nights at lottis creek cg. Last time was at clearcreek res cg. which is when I decided to sell and replace my rig after a mariachi band played next door one night. I'd visit again but was thinking about checking out mancos state park idk.. Problem is, I should have held onto the big featherlite because I have yet to find a trailer I feel could replace it and my new truck is 4wd. I take that back.. There have been a few narrow track enclosed trailers I found on CL, but couldn't talk the owner into holding them while I traveled or couldn't agree on price before I traveled. There was a closer one in des moines a couple hours away that sold hours after I questioned a hole in the roof.. So Ive let a few slip through my fingers, but now after reading your comment about clearance being on of your major hurdles, Im second guessing my decision to buy a cargo trailer tall enough to stand in..
  12. Thanks Randy. Great to hear from someone who has experience traveling to similar locations. Your comments validate that I need to continue looking for something narrow, as my trucks wheel track is 80". I just sold a 6bt 5spd E350 btw and bought the truck in my sig mainly because the van wouldn't fit in my garage especially if I converted it to 4x4. Anyway, as far as clearance. I have a ladder and saw. Seriously, sounds like I need a poptop enclosed trailer for colorado. because I want to haul all sorts of glamping gear as far in and up as I dare. But simply getting out of the campgrounds would be enough.
  13. No, I'm talking about the total width of your trailer. If there's two tree's 8' apart, the trailer wont fit through because total width including the fenders/wheels is 8'
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