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Old 08-06-2017, 04:30 AM   #1
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Voltage 3605 leaf springs

Has anyone replaced the leaf springs on their voltage or had problems with them ?
I've had my 3605 now 4 weeks just returned from a trip to the Bighorn mountains in Wyoming and I've got flat leaf springs 2 of them are actually slightly beyond flat I hinkle one may have a broken leaf I'm thinking these springs are not heavy enough for the trailer took it across the scales today on the way home it is under the GVWR of 16,800 lbs not by much at 16,600 but it is under .

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Old 08-06-2017, 03:24 PM   #2
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Yes, twice actually. I've told this story a few times so sorry to the folks who’ve heard it before.

Rig was still quite new and we were in the Black hills intending to explore points southwest when I noticed the right rear tire worn badly on the outside edge, other three were ok. Decided to return home (1,400 miles) after talking with the dealer & Keystone.

I was of course accused of being overloading and denied warranty coverage. We were carrying food, clothes, lawn chairs, hoses, required household items, many empty cabinets, 30 gallons of fresh water, and a 900 lb. golf cart (about the weight of one full dress cycle). It was useless trying to explain to Keystone that overloading does not wear one tire on the outside edge.

I contacted LCI and they requested pictures of the under carriage to try and determine what could be wrong. The unit was unloaded when the pictures were taken. Axles still had the proper arc as shown with a long straight edge, but they immediately noticed the springs had failed, and were concerned with the overall installation of the suspension. They denied making the suspension installation statement the following day. During a three way phone call with Keystone and LCI, it was suggested we were carrying too much food in the kitchen (let that sink in for a while).

After six weeks of “negotiations” LCI agreed to replace all four springs. Some weeks later after taking it in for the repair I picked it up and brought it home, it's about a 50 mile drive from the dealer completely empty. Got home and looked to find the springs were again flattened out. Having grown weary of the fight I took it to a spring & axle shop and had it repaired correctly. They installed another leaf just below the main leaf that also backs up the eye bolts, fixed the Equiflex mount allowing it to move freely, and did an alignment. Springs look good now with an arc and it actually lifted the unit about 2”, no problems ever since.
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Old 08-06-2017, 03:45 PM   #3
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Well that's what I figured thank you for your reply guess I will just fix it on my own the right way

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Old 08-08-2017, 01:31 AM   #4
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I ended up ordering a set of 4000 lb springs online to replace the originals we are fultimers and can't be jerking around with them on warranty claims so I will just fix there short comings my self kinda use to it by now lol

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I ended up ordering a set of 4000 lb springs online to replace the originals we are fultimers and can't be jerking around with them on warranty claims so I will just fix there short comings my self kinda use to it by now lol

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Good call, I was in a hurry to get it done so we could get back on the road. It was in the shop and on jack stands so we got er done that way.
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I could not find a local spring shop where I'm at so I ordered them online need it fixed asap so I can hit the road I will have them Thursday

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Old 08-09-2017, 04:36 PM   #7
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The RV industry is pathetic. They knowingly put out inferior products and continue to do so, but this crosses the line. Yes it sucks that we regularly have to repair fit and finish items inside of our RVs, but when they deny safety issues such as this, it is outright negligence. What is it going to take for them to become responsible like the automobile industry has had to become? I'm guessing a few unnecessary fatalities due to faulty frames/suspension/etc.
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:28 PM   #8
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Voltage 3200 leaf spring shackle

Have not had actual leaf spring issues on my 2013 Voltage 3200 but did have the passenger side shackle completely tear out. The repair shop said they had never seen anything like it as one end just completely ripped out as to the usual elongated holes which will eventually fail. Said must have hit the mother of all pot holes or something, which of course we never felt! Amazing that they would make such a critical part out of aluminum!
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:34 PM   #9
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The industry as a whole is pathetic. The quality of workmanship and inferior parts is ridiculous. Need a couple of good class action lawsuits to wake them up I guess.
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:09 PM   #10
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I never had any spring problem on my V3605 that I had for two years. One difference could be that I was 1,000 lbs below the 14,000 lbs rated axles.
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