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  1. Eugene
    January 28, 2019 @ 10:53 AM

    Hi. Nice article, helps me a lot on my project. I am thinking of the triple axel set up and was wondering what the spacing is on the axels? Thanks

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  2. Nickolas Lockard
    May 9, 2019 @ 1:27 PM

    Why no analysis or discussion on air bag suspended trailers? Intuitively, I’d think they suffer some of the frame loading stress concentration issues as torsion axles, for maximum deflection bumps (hitting the hard-mounts).

    On the other hand, if I’m right in my intuition there can be solutions for that. And, there should also be the advantages that airbags have:

    1. variable ride height
    2. variable spring rates
    3. some natural damping effects of the rubber
    4. suppression of a wide band of vibration frequencies, which protects both trailer and it’s load from fatigue loading stresses

    Downsides are: if you develop a leak or have un-repairable rubber tears, cracks, or rots, then road-side repairs are made more difficult, and you may not be able to safely limp home on a jerry-rigged repair.

    I mean virtually all OTR trucks have gone to them. And they’re no more expensive than other systems really. What’s your opinion and analysis?

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    • The Mechanic
      May 9, 2019 @ 6:32 PM

      Good comments and good observations. Thanks for the questions. Unfortunately I don’t have much experience with them. The trailer axle kits available for DIY are more expensive with a lot more going on, so they don’t appear much. I like your intuition, and I don’t have much to add either way. Maybe a comment on required monitoring and maintenance.

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  3. Thomas Pietsch
    September 2, 2019 @ 9:17 AM

    I making a 16′ double axle trailer with slipper springs and I would like to know the proper positions to put all three brackets for the springs. Center pivot and the 2 outside brackets. The springs are 26 1/2″ from center hole to end with 3500# axles and the A frame tongue is 54″ out from the front frame. Thank you in advance for your response, Tom.

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