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Axle for Utility Trailer- What cars?

Post in 'The Gear' started by RegencyNS, Oct 24, 2008.

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  1. RegencyNS

    RegencyNS New Member

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    I am looking for an axle from car or van that I can use for an axle on a utility trailer to save some dough. I have heard a rear axle from a dodge caravan will work. I am then going to go with the 3500lbs springs and shackles. Anybody know of any other cars?

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  2. kevin j

    kevin j Minister of Fire

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    I have an 88 caravan. They have solid rear striaght axle and leaf springs, but I would not put 3500 lb springs on them. Don't know about newer ones.
    Plus, you would have issues hooking up brakes.
    If you are just making a homeowner light utility trailer, I'd use the car parts and springs.
    Anything heavier, I would bit the bullet and buy the new axle, with hubs and brakes. That could be 1/3 of the cost of a premade trailer though.
    I have a 1 ton pickup box and frame cut down as trailer, used for 25 years. Ugly, cheap, rugged, but can't store it in the city..... I also have a 5x10 enclosed trailer for motorcycles that is 'city acceptable'.
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