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Leaf spring vs Torsion

I'm in the market for an enclosed trailer.
I looked at a few yesterday at Advantage trailer in Carol Stream.
One that I looked at was in my price range had most things I'm looking for (size 7x16, flat 1-piece roof, 6'+ roof height...) But as I was driving away I forgot about suspension. So I stopped and checked and it has leave springs.

I searched the forum and saw some opinions, but it was more about trailers in general.
Those that have had them, are they really that bouncy that you would stay away? Or Torsion is a nice option?
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You want a torsion spring axle for better ride and control of the trailer.

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you want a torsion spring axle for better ride and control of the trailer.


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my open trailer has leafs, with 2 bikes its pretty well settled over bumps

with 1 bike its bouncy thats the limit of my experience though

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I have a 5x8 with leafs and it goes airborn at times!
I have a 7x12 tandem with torsion that tows like soft butter. never sways or jumps around
If you can swing it-get torsion-all the cool kids are doing it!

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Torsion is the way to go. did anyone mention that yet?




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another big advantage to the torsen axles is that you can run 3 tires if you have a flat. On leaf sprung axles, you have to have both wheels on each axle.
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You know all these posts and no one has said torsion. Another issue and correct me if I am a bit off but I believe torsion is rated at approximately 3,500lb per axle and spring is about 1,250lb. This has part to do with the bouncy bouncy. You'll thank yourself later.

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Forget these guys. You need torsion springs on the enclosed trailer.

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Thanks for all the input everyone.

I ended up with this 7.5x16.
Its got leafs, so I'll have to live with that for a bit.
It pulled ok while empty.
We'll see how it pulls on its trip up to Road America tomorrow night.
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nice trailer, check your bearings before pulling out if you can

Id recommend bearing buddies if you can get em on there

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