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Which trailer suspension

Hello,
On a trip from UK to Cape Town, Atlantic route.
I have been reading with interest that there is a liking to pulling a trailer on an over-landing trip.
Simply to share the load.
Now,
Would a person go for a sub 750Kg that has no requirement for brakes, or would one consider brakes on a trailer up to 750Kg essential.?
What would you consider to be the heaviest you would be prepared to tow.
Next question.
Trailers can either have leaf spring suspension, coil spring suspension, or the plain and simple solid rubber block with a square shaped axle running through it.
Which does the informed consider the better suspension and why.
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hi not sure about trailers but would love to have your web site details for the camp sites and gps info of your trip
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I quite like having the trailer braked. I don't know all the options but ideally I would like something fairly solid and robust if for going on one of these journeys which probably means its probably relatively heavy which means I want the brakes. I find keeps the trailer more in line under braking. As to maximum weight, I don't have an exact figure but I would want to minimise it as much as possible because dragging large weights is going to put extra strain on the vehicle. Also I'd ideally like something that I can move about by hand so if I got really stuck, I have some options. If you end up getting really heavy then its going to make it quite difficult. I guess to try and turn it round a bit, why do you need to take things that weigh so much. I guess if you are trying to do something like support a motorcycle tour or something then it makes sense but if its purely to take expedition supplies then do you really need all the things you are planning taking?

On the suspension, yes I would go for some rather than just the blocks. Leaf springs have traditionally been associated with load carrying but I think either can work. My sankey uses leaf springs, I think some of the more modern ones use coils. I'd be happy with either.
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