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    I can't tell you how frequently I see homebuilt trailers with a solid axle welded to the frame without spring suspension. This fatigues the spindle and lugs and can lead to catastrophic separation. Manufactured axles are not immune to this type of failure when installed incorrectly this way. Most of the time, it only causes property damage. Not today... it was 3 school kids.
    A tire ricocheted off the school building and into three students.

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    That is terrible news but from the report, I did not see or hear that it was a homemade trailer with the solid axle welded to the frame without spring suspension. Do you have more info on the accident?
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    • #3
      I don't watch someone read to me. Are there any written articles about it?

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      • #4
        I don’t think I have ever seen a trailer made that way. Why don’t you take a picture every time you see one and post it. I don’t even recall seeing one like that in the trailer fails thread.

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        • #5
          I’ve seen a few car haulers at the drag strip made like that. Guys want the deck dropped as low as they can so the ramps are shorter and it’s easier to load a lowered car without tearing stuff up.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
            I’ve seen a few car haulers at the drag strip made like that. Guys want the deck dropped as low as they can so the ramps are shorter and it’s easier to load a lowered car without tearing stuff up.
            That’s not too bad since the load is sprung on the trailer. I agree a solid axel trailer isn’t a good idea generally.

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            • #7
              Ya, purpose built trailers and those guys generally take pretty good care of their stuff. The last thing want is to break that expensive toy they’re hauling around!

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