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ShrimpBurrito posted 05-28-2002 11:00 AM ET (US)   Profile for ShrimpBurrito   Send Email to ShrimpBurrito  
Has anyone been able to find galvanized springs and hubs for your trailer? Anyone know why trailer manufacturers skimp on this detail?
bigz posted 05-28-2002 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
http://www.championtrailers.com/index.html

On the springs, might be made but have never seen any!

tuna1 posted 05-28-2002 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for tuna1  Send Email to tuna1     
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.
jimithing posted 05-28-2002 03:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimithing  Send Email to jimithing     
not to mention that everytime the springs flexed under load the zinc coating would crack and pop off.
lhg posted 05-28-2002 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
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.

FISHNFF posted 05-29-2002 12:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
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.


FISHNFF

vdbgroup posted 05-29-2002 12:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for vdbgroup  Send Email to vdbgroup     
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.
ShrimpBurrito posted 05-30-2002 07:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
Thanks for all the suggestions. I like the idea of spraying the multileaf springs with Lanacote.

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