Thanks to all those who offered perspectives and insights to my earlier posting.
I have spent a lot of time reading other posts about axles. There seems to be a wisdom that suggests that torsion axles give more stabilty and maybe a smoother tow than leaf springs. There has been some who think that adding a torsion axle
to the frame of a compact Junior would involve more work than practical. It would appear that the frame of our compact junior has already experienced some strengthening. A lower profile of a trailer, is a lower centre of gravity, and maybe a smoother ride and less profile above the tow vehicle,means more fuel economy while a lower trailer may mean, more wheel rub and more bumber rubs over dips etc.
All of this is to inquire what questions should I be asking the dealer as I weigh the pro's and cons of replacing present axle
with leaf springs with a new axle
with leaf spiring and brakes
or a torsion axle with brakes
? If a torsion axle with brakes
what degrees should I be considering for the trailing arms? At what point is the extra cost, I am assuming torsion is more money, not worth it.
I want to be informed before I go to ask the questions of the dealer, who I know deals with Standen's in Calgary.