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Old 02-20-2010, 12:36 PM   #1
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hi guys. i just brought home our new uhaul last night.
i'm afraid the suspension might be stuck. do these axles have metal torsion springs
in them, or do they have something rubbery in there? can they be dissembled and repaired?
does anyone have an exploded view of a torsion axle like this?
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Old 02-20-2010, 10:01 PM   #2
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Go to the document center on this website - there's 2 UHaul manuals there you can download(parts and repair). The original suspension of UHauls is a rubber torsion axle. I don't think you can get just the rubber part. Most people replace the entire axle with complete new one. Doing so gives you the opportunity to install electric brakes if you want.

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Old 02-21-2010, 03:10 AM   #3
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Go to the document center on this website - there's 2 UHaul manuals there you can download(parts and repair). The original suspension of UHauls is a rubber torsion axle. I don't think you can get just the rubber part. Most people replace the entire axle with complete new one. Doing so gives you the opportunity to install electric brakes if you want.

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thanks! that info will help a lot in the near future. unfortunately not much info on the axle.
i pulled the wheels off this morning and found the suspension not to be stuck. i fear it to be all tired out.
i would love to add brakes. how do i find out what axle will fit, and where can i get one?
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:49 AM   #4
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thanks! that info will help a lot in the near future. unfortunately not much info on the axle.
i pulled the wheels off this morning and found the suspension not to be stuck. i fear it to be all tired out.
i would love to add brakes. how do i find out what axle will fit, and where can i get one?
Sean, in the Helpful Links (left navigation bar) are several links about axles. Check out the information provided by Dexter. Click this link, you'll get there directly: Axles and Running Gear

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If you add a new axel, you do not have to be bothered about the biggest hassle of the UHaul, proprietary parts. You don't have to deal with Uhaul people who accuse you of have a stolen trailer in your possesion. You don't have to see if you can find a nice Uhaul dealer who will order new hubs for you. And you don't have to see if you can find a nice Uhaul dealer who will order new rims for you.


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Old 02-23-2010, 09:59 PM   #6
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I recently bought a 1984 13' CT U-Haul. I took it to a local hitch place (in TN) and had them put a new axle on it. I wanted electric brakes and they could not be installed on the old axle. The guy at the hitch shop ordered the new axle from Redneck Trailers in Alabama. It had to be custom made and took about two weeks to come in. New tires/rims also had to be added. It tows like a dream!
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:14 PM   #7
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Bruce Thomas is looking for a rim.

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Old 02-24-2010, 02:05 AM   #8
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how much travel should i expect in the suspension? i had a 300 pound friend bounce up and down inside with only about a 1/2 inch of travel.

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Old 02-24-2010, 04:26 PM   #9
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how much travel should i expect in the suspension? i had a 300 pound friend bounce up and down inside with only about a 1/2 inch of travel.

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The UHauls were built for heavy rental use, so you can expect them to not move much. I weight about 240 and my wife is about..., well she weighs something and we don't notice our 1986 UHaul VT moving much at all up and down when standing over the axle. Of course, when down at either end, you will get some more movement. I think they are all built pretty stiff!
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:17 AM   #10
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I want to sell the rims, tires, and hubcaps that were on the original axle that I replaced on my U-Haul CT 13'. As far as I can tell, they are in good shape. The tires look almost new. They just would not fit on the new axle. I don't have a clue about the price. Any ideas? Also shipping will be from SE KY.
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:21 AM   #11
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I want to sell the rims, tires, and hubcaps that were on the original axle that I replaced on my U-Haul CT 13'. As far as I can tell, they are in good shape. The tires look almost new. They just would not fit on the new axle. I don't have a clue about the price. Any ideas? Also shipping will be from SE KY.
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I would love to have the hubcaps. I have no idea what they are worth.
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Melissa:
You might want to clarify if the hubcaps are the real original ones. UHaul originally made hubcaps with UHaul scored into the metal. They found that renters did not adequately check the lugnuts on tires when renting these trailers, so they removed the original hubcaps and threw them away (as I understand it). Some of the hubcaps have, however, survived. We have a set that we found in ebay.

Are your hubcaps the ones that say UHaul?

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Melissa ,
I sent you a message on the wheels and caps......Bruce
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:16 PM   #14
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I looked at the hubcaps and they do not say uhaul. To see a picture of them go to the "Care And Feeding"forum and click on Gary P.'s post on October 19, 2009. I bought my uhaul from him. If anyone still wants them, even though they are not original, let me know.
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