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Old 10-20-2015, 12:08 AM   #1
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Busted spring in Georgia

On the road with a busted leaf spring in Pine Mountain Georgia. Now to find one. Not sure how it broke?? Not carrying any cargo this time, not water no nothing... anyone near the Columbus Ga area that can recommend where I might find one. Any info on the spring would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:52 AM   #2
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LCI makes the axles so I would think they would have them.
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Now I'm no expert on suspension systems... but aside from length & thickness, I can't imagine there's that much difference in our leaf springs than those on any other vehicle.

If you can find those numbers, I'd think that a local mechanic could find & use leafs from almost any junkyard in the area. Maybe not for a permanent fix, but enough to get you back on the road for awhile until you can get new replacements.
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Old 10-20-2015, 02:55 AM   #4
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Thanks men..I'm gonna try and get it off tomorrow and take it to a spring shop in Columbus to see if they can match it up. I would think its pretty standard. My thought now is, will this happen again? maybe, probably. So, wonder if I could overkill on another set. I cant believe it broke under its own weight. I have no extra anything other than basic essentials.. I think it broke after I arrived at the campground I did hear a loud pop, but sometimes they pop when making sharp turns. Glad it wasnt on the interstate.
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:23 AM   #5
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Slim, Now that's one thing I wouldn't have to worry about, but now another thing to check, I would let Dutchman know about it, even if they won't do anything about it, but maybe if someone else has the same problem, it can add up, we all travel with a lot of weight, I know I am over 20K most of the time…..
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:41 AM   #6
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Look it sounds like a freak incident. There are custom spring shops in all major cities. On my last toyhauler I replaced springs after I noticed where the springs mounted to pivot point the bolt hole was elongated and as a result the rv was sagging on that side. I replaced all springs and replaced bolts with wet bolts, bolts with grease fittings. My rv at that point probably had over 60,000 miles on it. Sorry for your break down. Get to spring shop and I am sure you can get back on the road and not have to spend a fortune. I am sure the shop will inspect the rest of the running gear to give you peace of mind. Good luck!!!
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:07 PM   #7
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Found replacement In Columbus Ga. As expected. Not too bad of a job but wouldn't want to have to do it on the side of the road the spring for those interested is 25" eye to eye (center of eye) 6 leaf spring rated at 3500 lb. Part number shown.. not sure what caused it to break, I bought a spare just in case.
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:07 PM   #8
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Busted spring in Georgia

Way to go. Always like resourceful and problem solving folks . Always a lot cheaper and a bunch more satisfying!!! Cheers
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Nice going Slim. Glad you weren't moving fast when it happened. As you got it fixed while away from home you must have been a Boy Scout. " Be prepared"
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Old 10-21-2015, 02:47 AM   #10
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I am happy you found a replacement for your shackle. I had one I found broken a couple months ago. I just happen to look up at the springs and there was a broken shackle. I took it to a place here in town which replaced it with a thicker one. They said they see those broken shackles all the time since they are so thin..
Basically just cheap shackles vs the replacement I had put on was nearly double the thickness. Just be happy it didnt all come apart while driving.
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Old 10-22-2015, 01:28 AM   #11
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I am happy you found a replacement for your shackle. I had one I found broken a couple months ago. I just happen to look up at the springs and there was a broken shackle. I took it to a place here in town which replaced it with a thicker one. They said they see those broken shackles all the time since they are so thin..
Basically just cheap shackles vs the replacement I had put on was nearly double the thickness. Just be happy it didnt all come apart while driving.
Didn't have a broken shackle, had a broken spring. I do agree after looking closely at the shackles they are pretty thin. I plan on doing the wet bolt kit which supplies larger shackles, not that that would have prevented the break... but who knows.
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Didn't have a broken shackle, had a broken spring. I do agree after looking closely at the shackles they are pretty thin. I plan on doing the wet bolt kit which supplies larger shackles, not that that would have prevented the break... but who knows.
I used a Morryde wet bolt kit, the shackles are just under 2 1/2 times the thickness of the factory shackles.


The axle shop where I bought the kit, had put together a wet bolt kit with parts out of the bulk barrell. The shackles that they have in bulk were marginally thicker than the factory.

The parts guy looked up the Morryde kit and had one in stock, when we compared the shackles the kit won out.
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:35 AM   #13
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Made it back to Nashville without incident.. the new leaf worked out fine. It has me on alert now of course. When the weather clears up I'll add the wet bolt kit.
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:53 AM   #14
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Keep us posted photos whatever on wet bolt kit. Safe travels
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On my Victory Lane (tandem axle like yours) I broke a spring, shackles, spring hangers, several tires. I eventually replaced EVERYTHING between frame and ground with heavier parts and the problems stopped. That the reason I insisted my current rig be tri-axle.
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