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Old 05-22-2017, 03:29 PM   #183
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I've decided to do the lift, as I am out of projects and have a major backroad trip planned. I sent a photo of my axel to Dexter and they informed me that my axels are #11, not #10 as many others have posted.

Others may think they are a #10 as Dexter has online ratings and #10 is shown as 2300 lb to 4000 lb rating.

However, the Dexter support guy told me that Airstream uses two #11 axels and derates them 3500. He even sent me the build PO of my unit showing it is a #11. The proper lift kit is thus a K71-724-02. Picture below.

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Trout, did you find someone to install it for you, or did you decide to go for it yourself? I'll do just about anything but the Youtube video where the guy had to weld some stops on the nuts because he couldn't access them to hold them while tightening scared me off. And the alignment issue you had mentioned on a different post.
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Old 05-22-2017, 03:33 PM   #184
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I also installed a solar battery charging unit so while they sit there, they get trickle charged.
What charger did you go with? I have been looking at this as well, I need a weatherproof one as it will be sitting outside the roll-down door at my storage place.
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Old 05-22-2017, 05:12 PM   #185
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Trout, did you find someone to install it for you, or did you decide to go for it yourself? I'll do just about anything but the Youtube video where the guy had to weld some stops on the nuts because he couldn't access them to hold them while tightening scared me off. And the alignment issue you had mentioned on a different post.


I'm going to try myself. I spoke with a fri me that has a farm and works on trailers. He gave me some tips about marking the axel and hardware with a paint pen, or other marker, that should allow me to realign to the way it was with the factory.

My big concern now is getting a Wrench on the bolts to,loosen and tighten, so I'll look that. I don't weld anymore, so if I have to weld anything, I'm out, and I'll find someone to do it.

I'll take photos and such, and let you know how it goes.....

Parts will arrive in a few weeks....
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What charger did you go with? I have been looking at this as well, I need a weatherproof one as it will be sitting outside the roll-down door at my storage place.
I went overkill and used a 15W Battery Tender charger. I cut a piece of plywood and screwed it to that so I could add straps/loops to it. I use a lock and cable to ensure the panel doesn't wander off while sitting in the storage area.

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As you all may know the wall in our trailers that the shower door hooks to is made out of wood with a laminate over it. We have not had any problems with our to date BUT..... I worry about the potential for this area being a problem down the road.
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Has anyone had a problem with this area and water damage. And if so what did you do to prevent or repair.

I was thinking of some sort of coating to prevent water from getting to the wood...
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OK, so I can't quit thinking about this (it's a curse, don'tcha know).

Anyway, everything looks good to me with one exception. That 'board' that the shower door is connected to (the one that is the subject of GMFL's original post) has no calking where it meets the 'board' that forms the narrow wall. Maybe the attached photo helps identify the place I'm talking about. All of this has me wondering "why" this isn't calked? Can water wick its way behind and beneath that board, and what would happen if it did? Is the subject board - and the one behind it - completely wrapped in the melamine laminate? If so, I guess the risk is minimal. And, what happens if I get all energetic and 'calk' that seam... if it ever became necessary to take off the shower enclosure door, could I get that piece off if I had calked it?

Ah, what to do?
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Well, Dang... I forgot to attach the photo...
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OK, so I can't quit thinking about this (it's a curse, don'tcha know).

Anyway, everything looks good to me with one exception. That 'board' that the shower door is connected to (the one that is the subject of GMFL's original post) has no calking where it meets the 'board' that forms the narrow wall. Maybe the attached photo helps identify the place I'm talking about. All of this has me wondering "why" this isn't calked? Can water wick its way behind and beneath that board, and what would happen if it did? Is the subject board - and the one behind it - completely wrapped in the melamine laminate? If so, I guess the risk is minimal. And, what happens if I get all energetic and 'calk' that seam... if it ever became necessary to take off the shower enclosure door, could I get that piece off if I had calked it?

Ah, what to do?
I caulked mine already
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Ronnie,

I ordered a lift kit and I'm going to try it myself......
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No project at this moment but thinking on one. Have a question for any '17 owner. Do the new 15" hubs have 6 lugs?
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Think they are 5 lug. The 3000 # axles do well with 5 lugs and I do not believe upgrading to heavier axles is necessary. However, if 16's would fit in the wheel wells that might be worth considering. Anyone measured the 2017 wheel well to see if they got enlarged with the addition of 15's? Pat
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However, if you think you need a project, how about disk brakes. Upgrade braking, go to 6 lugs, improve bearing capacity for reliability, and have great bragging rights as well. Pat
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No project at this moment but thinking on one. Have a question for any '17 owner. Do the new 15" hubs have 6 lugs?


6 lug nuts on my 2017 FC 23D

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The 23D thread

Thanks for the info Troutboy. I figured the new one was 6 lugs but wanted to verify.
Also, if you don't mind, next time you're under your trailer could you take photo of the axle sticker and post it here ?
I am researching costs of the new type axle. Gonna see if Dexter can guide me to the correct one.
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