Hi folks....I'm looking into to replacing the leaf springs on my '56 Terry.  The previous owners thought it was too difficult to change a tire because the camper is low, so they had the leaf springs put on top of the axle.  Now the camper is about 2.5 feet off the ground.  I'd like to switch and lower the camper, but not sure if current situation is a good one or not to keep?  I just brought my camper home from sellers and didn't quite master backing it up into the storage spot perfect, but for a woman, I didn't do too bad.  Coming to you from sunny Spokane.  

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Comment by Lakota Wolf on August 10, 2013 at 10:59pm

Remember if you lower the unit, your plumbing and holding tanks are lower also. In my travels, I have pulled out of a fuel stop and have scraped the rear end on the driveway dip. So imagine what the possiblities are when you lower it and on average how many DIPS have you encountered on every day driving. Iv'e had friends have me lower their trailers only to come back and want *roller wheels mounted on rear bumper. Rule of thumb and safe advice, Your trailer should be the same height or just under the lower height of the tow vehicle. That way your tow vehicle isnt rear nosed dived down and trailer jacked in front.

Comment by Ron Buckner on July 26, 2013 at 10:30pm
Some things to look for.
1st. Check your brake drums for the brand name "Hadco". If you have them, the axle(s)/brakes/springs should be completely replaced. Period. They're WW2 stuff and although they're well built, they're only rated for 35 mph and totally obsolete. The good news is your spring spacing s 26" on center and Dexter stuff will fit easy
Comment by Pat Daly on June 30, 2013 at 2:56pm

Hi Patti!  It's a pretty easy procedure to swap the leaf springs from bottom to top, or in your case top to bottom.  I would first MEASURE your ground clearans, triler frame and hitch height as if the springs were on the bottom to make sure you have adequate clearance and a level frame and hitch; very important to towing so you do not get dangerous trailer sway.  If you still want the trailer height lowered I would take it to a local spring or axle shop where they will support the frame, drop the axle and ubolts and resinstall them below the axle, thus lowering the trailer frame.  Have them replace any questionable (rusted) parts at this time... costs are usually minimal. Also, they may as well grease the axle bearings too.Do make sure the the axles are perfectly aligned under the frame so taht there is no uneven tire wear and that they have properly tighted and torqued every nut and bolt; you don't want bits coming off as you go down the road.

Many dry campers put the springs on top of the axle like the trailer you have to gain additional ground clearance over rough terrain or to better align a higher trailer hitch.  

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