Broken caravan springs or even damaged caravan springs should be discovered at caravan servicing. In fact, caravans should be re-weighed and coupling head weight reviewed during this service.
Imagine driving down the highway, listening to Russell Morris on the radio when you notice your caravan feels a little different.
Upgrading your rig is not for everyone and certainly not for later model caravans on the roads today.
This fellow in America pulled into the nearest RV repairer with what seemed to be a good repair job or was it?
American yes, however, some Australian dealers and repairs are performing the same ritual when replacing broken caravan springs.
Incredibly, the RV springs broke, and the repairer put the same size spring back into the RV suspension.
This RV or caravan was 100’s of Kg overweight.
Have a look at the finished job and have a look a the spring camber. There is no room left for compression.
Springs must compress to perform correctly. Springs do not compress when at full load.
This poor bloke got all this work done and is still unaware. (4 min video). Following the video is the procedure Couplemate would follow when replacing Jayco caravan springs.
I have a few thoughts on what should be done by registered repairs. What do you think?
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How should I upgrade a broken spring?
Decisions from small upgrades to significant upgrades need to be made at this point to protect your investment.
You would think I own a weighbridge I recommend them so often, but that should have been the first port of call.
Next port of call is the bearing limits.
- Ford or Slimline 1450kg
- Parallel 1600kg
- Dexter 1800kg
If I were broken down with 1450kg bearings with a weighbridge certificate of 1650kg, I would be looking at 1800kg spring replacements.
Springs should be purchased to match the weighbridge certificate. So now I have selected springs that suit my weight.
Now I have to worry about matching my axle and bearing sizes to my weight load. I can do this when I get home.
The other option is to lighten my load and save my wallet because I am on a budget.
However, if you do have a budget to upgrade, then call the experts at Couplemate. We can certainly help you through the options from replacement springs to DIY axle upgrades.
If you suspect your van is at its limits, haul it down to the weighbridge and get a certificate.
Then ring one of my staff or send us a message with a few photos and some ideas on what you want to achieve.
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