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Galvanized trailer springs & hubs?
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posted 05-28-2002 11:00 AM ET (US)
Has anyone been able to find galvanized springs and hubs for your trailer? Anyone know why trailer manufacturers skimp on this detail?
posted 05-28-2002 11:14 AM ET (US)
On the springs, might be made but have never seen any!
posted 05-28-2002 12:14 PM ET (US)
The process of HOT dip galvanizing adds heat to the object,and changes the temper / hardness of the material and would result in weaker springs and softer surfaces on the hubs.
posted 05-28-2002 03:41 PM ET (US)
not to mention that everytime the springs flexed under load the zinc coating would crack and pop off.
posted 05-28-2002 07:26 PM ET (US)
I have galvanized hubs on both of my trailers, one without brakes, and one with.
Tie Down Engineering's SS disc brakes come with galvanized hubs, so they may be a source.
posted 05-29-2002 12:31 AM ET (US)
I ordered my 1999 Pacific trailer with Monoleaf springs. This is a single spring which is thicker in the middle, tapering thinner towards the ends. It is cold galvanized so not to mess up the tempering. I found that thet tend to oscillate (poor dampening) at highway speed, so the trailer company installed the next heavier set. Very little rust for 2 years, then a recall by the spring manufacturer sent me back to the trailer dealer, who recommended putting on the tried and true multileaf springs. Installed greasable bolts and coated springs with Lanacote spray. So far OK. In several years when they start to rust together and the springs stop flexing, maybe there will be something new out.
posted 05-29-2002 12:41 AM ET (US)
You can order galv. hubs from Steelco Inc. d/b/a Sportsman Trailers in Santa Fe, TX
Hubs cost $45.00 complete with bearings and bearing buddies.
posted 05-30-2002 07:35 PM ET (US)
Thanks for all the suggestions. I like the idea of spraying the multileaf springs with Lanacote.
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