Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Chevy Chase, MD
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I'm currently having a teardrop built. The builder offers torsion axles for less extreme off road use and coils and shocks for more extreme use.
To keep bouncing to a minimum and in anticipation of lots of washboard roads - of which we have few here, but I'm looking to use the trailer a lot out west - I went with the coils and shocks.
BTW, I have two M101 military trailers, one an A1 and the other an A2/3 conversion with drop axles and 37x12.5's for the Humvee. Both have full width axles with leafs and shocks and they bounce a bit when empty, but I think its the tires bouncing and not the springs and shocks since they don't bounce when they have even a modest load.
We do off road for fun, the military does it for real. And they test their stuff extensively. If you're going to spend a lot of time off road, I think the military set up is the one to emulate. On the other hand, I'd bet that most trailers, like most Jeeps, spend more than 90% of time on roads that range from super highway to decent dragged and graded gravel. If that is how your trailer will spend its time, I'd think the torsion axles will be fine. In fact, for my use I think they would be fine, but I want to avoid any bouncing to the extent possible.
I would stay away from the air bag suspension myself. Too may reports of failure for my taste. For example, I was looking at second hand trailers and more than one or two Adventure Trailers with the air bag suspension offerred for sale listed as part of the equipment included in the sale a set of spare air bags. When was the last time you saw a leaf sprung, coil sprung or torsion axle trailer for sale with a set of spare springs or a spare torsion axle included in the sale?
Last edited by JPK; 03-28-2011 at 09:51 PM.