A few years ago I bought a Snowbear 5x10 landscape type trailer. While it turns out this was a mistake because this is one whack-ass trailer, I'm determined to make lemonade out of lemons. Short story is the left inner wheel bearing grenaded and took out the outer in the process (yes, it had grease and wasn't overloaded). The spindle was toast and I never really cared for hubs that didn't have the lugs in them. So, I decided I was going to swap out the axle for nicer one with hubs with lugs. First thing I noticed when pulling the original axle was that the spring seats were flat pieces of steel with the relief hole for the spring offset about 2 inches from the center of the axle. The trailer dealer where I got the new axle said he had never seen this before. The other interesting thing is that there is no shackle on the rear of the springs. Springs are bolted directly to the hangers front and back. Not sure how this arrangement is supposed to work without stressing the spring hangers. I also noticed that the springs themselves don't have the bolt that holds the leaves together centered. It is offset to the front of the spring the same amount that the axle was offset to the rear. I've never seen something like this and what I have now is nice sturdy axle with proper spring seats. I installed the new axle and it looks ok except my tires are a few inches forward of the original position. This puts the tire sidewall about 1/4" from the front fender bracket bolt. The nut is on the outside, so I can get more clearance by flipping the bolt around and putting the nut inside. Anyway, long post just to say I just don't get why this thing was designed the way it was. I do know I'm not buying another Snowbear anything because their customer service absolutely sucks and after seeing how this trailer was built not so sure about their design abilities either.