Not all U-bolts are created equal, and treating them as such may shorten their lifespan and hinder your trailer springs’ effectiveness in the long haul as well. Are you using the right U-bolt for your trailer? Answer these three questions to find out.
Do you have the right bend?
Trailer U-bolts come in different fits, such as the square bend and the round bend. If the U-bolt is only contacting the center or the corners of your spring or hardware instead of the entire piece, you may need to take a look at a different bend. If you have the wrong fit, undue strain may lie on certain parts of your U-bolt, rather than being evenly distributed.
Do you have the right size?
Trailer U-bolts are sized differently to provide maximum clamping force. The diameter of the U-bolt leg, the distance between the legs, and the length of the legs themselves all play a role in how much stress is impacting your U-bolt. View our detailed explanation on how to measure your U-bolt for more information.
Is your U-bolt made to last?
Used U-bolts can rust and threads can become damaged over time. We recommend that you always buy galvanized or stainless steel U-bolts for your trailer for maximum lifespan, and replace them if they wear out. Do not reuse U-bolts, as stress may have damaged them over time and reuse will only further compromise their integrity.