After towing about 10k (without wgt dist hitch) in my 03 excursion today, i crawled under the truck just to see how everything was looking/running. I noticed on the drivers rear, the front clamp that holds the leaf pack was bent outwards and appears to be broken. I know very little about supensions but would assume that this is clamp is pretty important for the leaf set.
So, I have a dilemma because I have to delivery the building supplies that are in the trailer weighing 10k on Monday. Is there anyway I can just limp with the clamp bent like that? Obviously I could squeeze the clamp back together but I am nervous it is just going to do the exact same thing once I re load the trailer on. How vital is the clamp to the leaf springs?
As I mentioned, I do not have a weight dist. hitch and fear this load is a bit tongue heavy. I put the same trailer/load behind my stock 00 f250 and it was very close to being maxed out (about 1/2" from bump stops just sitting). So I am reluctant to use that truck as I would hate to burn it out overloading it.
Anyway, any advice and input would be greatly appreciated as I am on a time crunch and have to have something figured out by Monday morning. Worst case scenario ill rent a box truck but would like to avoid spending that $$
Thanks in advance.