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Old 09-04-2011, 08:54 PM   #15
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Well got bored on Sunday after sons football game and had a look at the spring set up under the Bigfoot,this trailer is a single axle model specs are Dry weight 2400 lbs hitch weight 400 lbs tires are 235/75Rx15. When i bought this trailer it was empty other than a few dishes and some pots, I was sitting real low but I knew the tow truck had a 4" lift on it, so it looked like the tail was sitting low anyways. Short story I pulled both wheels and dropped the springs out to find one with a broken leaf. I went to the local PA store they had springs close but not enough weight only rated at 2000lbs i will have to wait untill Tuesday and hit Casterland they have 3500 lb springs.....Now spring over for more height?? for the newer trucks any input????
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Old 09-04-2011, 09:13 PM   #16
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Yes, replace the springs on both sides of the axle, shackles and the bushings. See this recent topic by Cam for more info: Bigfoot 5th wheel springs
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:18 PM   #17
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Craig, don't believe that weight. We have discussed Bigfoot weight before and those weighs are underestimated.

Look on the bottom of the list in post #1 here;
Trailer Weights in the Real World

Our single axle is the first one at 4660 lbs. It was packed for the two of us for a four day weekend. The list does not identify single or duel axle but the dual axle models are heavier than the single.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:16 AM   #18
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WOW!!! If I replace the springs and axle maybe I should go with 6000lb rated
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:23 AM   #19
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If it weren't all disassembled, I would have suggested a trip to the scales to get a better idea.
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WOW!!! If I replace the springs and axle maybe I should go with 6000lb rated
At least now you can make an informed decision. Real trailer weighs are always a hot topic here because in general they are underestimated. That's why it is a good idea to actually weigh the trailer. With two adults and a couple of kids and their stuff and toys weigh can sneak up real fast.

P.S. hubby though a 5400 lb axle would be about right for a single axle because the hitch weight rests on the truck or landing gears.
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