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Hi Folks,

I have a 2015 Gulfstream (Ameri-Lite) Kingsport 198BH travel trailer with a broken leaf spring. The trailer is several hours away and I don't have a way to get measurements on the spring to find a replacement part. I have already left a message with Gulfstream, who is unfortunately experiencing 'unusually high call volume'. I haven't had much luck with finding dealers that can answer my question, either. What I need is specifics on the spring, such as length, number of leaves, etc. so that I can locate a replacement. I know the axle has a 3500 lb rating, and I have the VIN and SER# for the trailer, as well. Anyone out there have this trailer, or know of a resource for finding this info?

Thanks,

 

Jason

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Jason, don't know if this will help, but. Go to www.etrailer.com and hit on leaf springs for 3500 lb. axles. If the trailer is close to Tractor Supply or a place similar, I'd chance it. Or get one locally with the ability to be able to return it. 

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Some spring mfgrs. sell individual leafs for springs, you need the same information + the length and thickness of broken spring. The downside is, when the leaf broke, the rest of them were probably over-stressed.

Pages 25-26 of this Dexter catalog explains how to measure and order springs: https://www.dexteraxle.com/user_area/content_media/raw/2020.05_LIT-122-00.pdf

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AS a minimum, change the total spring pack for both side of that axle.  Personally, I'd change the springs on both axles if it is dual axle.  But first, I would get the weight on the axles to make sure you are not overloaded.

Ken

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Thanks for all your responses.  The biggest problem is that I don't have the measurements and can't get them without a 5 hour round trip drive.  I have had no response from Gulfstream as of yet, and their dealers have not been able to help either.  

I do plan to change both sides.  Makes complete sense to me.

I have heard some suggest installing a spring with a higher weight rating for better ride.  I would be concerned about this creating a stiffer ride, more vibration, and hence more wear.  Anyone have thoughts on this?

Thanks,

Jason

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I agree, a heavier spring rating might cause a very rough ride for dishes, TV's, etc. inside.

I did that with the MorRyde suspension on a 5er we owned; uprated to a higher load rating. The rough ride, IMO, contributed to a broken aluminum frame wall weld near the top, just aft of the rear axle. I should've stayed with the factory design.

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I upgraded the 3 leaf 3k springs on my fiver to 6 leaf 3500# springs.  IIRC, I got the spring measurements off the Lippert web page and ordered the springs from Amazon.  Lippert customer service had no problem with upgrading the springs by 500#.  As far as it providing a rough ride, no difference than unloading 500# of cargo.

As long as you're doing springs, you might consider the Morryde shackles - huge improvement.  I also did disc brakes, a one size tire upgrade, Roadmaster shocks, and a Morryde X brace.

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Thank you all for your replies.  I finally heard back from the manufacturer who indicated a 26", 4 leaf, double eye 2200# spring.  I've got springs and installation hardware on the way.

Thanks again,

Jason

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