Squeaky Off Road Camper

Submitted: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 13:11
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Hi all,
Just wondering if anyone has a solution to stopping the squeak from the leaf springs on on an off camper trailer. Has anyone had the same problem and what did you do about it?
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Mike
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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 14:21

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 14:21
Years ago we used to spray them with brake fluid to solve issues with squeaking springs.

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 14:36

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 14:36
Have used a mixture of metho and graphite powder years ago, Mike.

These days silicon/teflon spray would be the go.

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Follow Up By: CSeaJay - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 14:42

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 14:42
Bob
Wont the silicon just attract the dust?
CJ
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 19:38

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 19:38
The brands I've been using seem to dry pretty well CJ, and only pick up up a light layer of dust, at the most. Could always let it dry and wipe any residue off outside of the spring packs?

Stuff like WD40, CRC etc seem to attract layers of dust.

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Follow Up By: CSeaJay - Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 16:25

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 16:25
Thanks Bob
i must say the suggestion of metho and graphite mix is a genious one. The it is easier to get the graphite into those hard to get places, and then the metho dries out leaving the graphite and nothing for the dust to stick to
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Reply By: duck - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 16:40

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 16:40
I have the same problem with my 2014 NPS 300 4 x4 with the parablotic springs (ATW conversion) & the best thing I have found is Castrol chain spray works great it does collect a bit of crap but now & again I wash it out & spray it again as the squeak was so bad I was ready to make an expensive signal fire & burn the thing
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 17:18

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 17:18
Mike

Do the shackles have grease nipples? If not that may be the problem, rather than the leaves.
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Follow Up By: Evan 1 - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 19:24

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 19:24
Agreed, I had ungreased shackles and it sounded like someone jumping on an old spring bed!!!
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 20:04

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 20:04
G`day Mike,
You don`t say if they are slipper springs or eye to eye springs.

To the best of my knowledge the following is the case, someone more knowledgeable than me on the subject will correct me if I am wrong.

(1) Slipper springs will squeak because of the dry steel to steel setup on the slipper end.

(2) Poly bushes with geaseable shackles should stop the bushes/pins from squeaking, but they don`t last very long in rough conditions.

(3) Genuine rubber bushes should not be greased, they don`t squeak and will last longer than poly.

(4) Another important thing that a lot of people don`t know about, or choose to ignore, is the "Separation Discs" that are between the leaves of the springs to prevent the leaves from rubbing together, there are holes in each leaf to enable the discs to be greased, the hole is usually along just a bit from where the adjacent leaf ends and in the centre of the leaf.
The discs have grease grooves radiating outwards from the centre hole for grease distribution.
This is the vehicle manufacturers design, so I accept that they are to be greased.

I hope this helps,

Scrubby.


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Reply By: Member - mike g2 - Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 03:37

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 03:37
Could try 'dry lube' stick - ?graphite or wax base. Are interleaves avail ?
try auto shops / suspension works.
MG.
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