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Old 09-11-2019, 02:47 PM   #1513
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Lift kit drama

Well, this is interesting. I'm now up to page 63 on this thread and got curious about the lift kits. Decided to take the advice of sending a picture of the axle sticker to Decker to get a price on the right kits. The response was quick but surprising:

DEXTER PARTS ONLINE
1:52 PM (52 minutes ago)
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Only way to add Lift Kit, is to do away with the shock mounts/ shocks.


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Old 09-11-2019, 04:58 PM   #1514
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Well, this is interesting. I'm now up to page 63 on this thread and got curious about the lift kits. Decided to take the advice of sending a picture of the axle sticker to Decker to get a price on the right kits. The response was quick but surprising:

DEXTER PARTS ONLINE
1:52 PM (52 minutes ago)
to me


Only way to add Lift Kit, is to do away with the shock mounts/ shocks.


Thank you,
Justin Isom
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Dexter Parts Online
(864) 263-3170

Input?
Shocks are still on my 23FB with the Dexter 2-3/4" lift kit. There seems to be enough free travel in the original shocks, but some members have relocated the shock mount. Maybe I should check it out closer. It wouldn't be that hard to rework the mounts. Most trailers don't even have shocks, although I am sure they help.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:16 PM   #1515
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From axle full down position, shock needs 14.5" of travel. So, that is the measurement you are shooting for from bolt center to bolt center (axle to frame shock bolts) From memory, which isn't as good as it was, I had 14" and figured that I didn't need to do anything, but as they say YMMV
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:04 PM   #1516
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I'm not planning on doing the work myself. I tend more toward over estimating my mechanical abilities on my motorcycles than the AS. I just found it curious that with all of the folks on this thread that have done the lift that the guy at Dexter would make it sound nearly impossible and not mention a kit number. Since Portland is only about 600 miles away (a hop skip and not even a jump in this part of the country) we'll probably run down there if I decide to go for it. Could someone give me some more details on who does the conversion in Portland?
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:34 PM   #1517
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On our road trip I noticed that the curbside and street side windows in the bedroom of our 2018 23FB, when set on the lowest of the three "open" settings, will close all the way. Very inconvenient when your camping in Montana and want just a little air through the room overnight without having to run the fan. I can find no adjustment and, of course, the other two settings work just fine because they have a little more wiggle room.

Before I go back to the dealer in Salt Lake City (whom I highly recommend) to get a couple of other things fixed before my two year warranty runs out in the spring I thought I'd see if there's an easy fix.
Thanks in advance for any help.

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Ours does that too. I found that cutting up dollar store pool noodles the width of the windows and putting them on the bottom of the window keeps the window open enough for a bit of air to get through Plus it keeps you from bonking your head when they are open
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Old 09-12-2019, 04:51 AM   #1518
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I'm not planning on doing the work myself. I tend more toward over estimating my mechanical abilities on my motorcycles than the AS. I just found it curious that with all of the folks on this thread that have done the lift that the guy at Dexter would make it sound nearly impossible and not mention a kit number. Since Portland is only about 600 miles away (a hop skip and not even a jump in this part of the country) we'll probably run down there if I decide to go for it. Could someone give me some more details on who does the conversion in Portland?
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Craig,
I received this information from “No Results” a member here on the forum. I believe he’s moved on to a 27’ AS, but I think he still gets over to this thread occasionally. Here’s his reply to me.

“My trailer is exactly like yours. I had it done as it was about a 4 hour job. I went to a truck and trailer repair place that is a dealer for Dexter axle the type we have. My total cost installed was 378.00 which was very fair. We have no sales tax in Oregon.

My purpose in doing it was to get enough clearance to back up my new driveway to park the trailer next to my home.
This gave me the clearance I needed. I can not tell any difference in towing and recently cokmpleted a 2000 mile trip.

I had McKay Truck, Trailer, & RV Repair & Service in Albany, Or do the work for me.
Their phone #(541) 928-3331

They are a division of Potter Webster Company out of Portland, Or and are an authorized dealer of Dexter axles.

They did a good job and considering that they had to reroute the gas line I felt I got a good job at a good price.

I found them through Dexter Axles dealer list.

Dave”

I hope this helps. I’m planning on going by there next summer. Our plans are to drive the pacific coast highway from Seattle to Santa Barbara.
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Old 09-12-2019, 06:32 AM   #1519
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The Ventrifrigo refrigerator is an Italian Marine (boat) unit. The 8.1 cubic foot was around $1,245 and the 5.3 cu ft was around $1,430. The freight was around $374 from the dealer in Seattle, WA to near Dallas, TX.

The vendor was Sure Marine Service, Inc in Seattle at 206-784-9903. This prices were on 16 March 2016.

The units come with an inverter so it can be plugged into 120Vac and auto switch to battery when the 120Vac power is unavailable. The Dan Foss compressor itself is 12Vdc and draws around 58 watts when running.

Starting the fridge while hooking up at the storage unit, it is cold by the time I drive the 10 miles to our home to start loading it for a trip.

The doors have replaceable panels so we put in magnetic stainless steel so the wife has room for lots of magnetic signs and badges.
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:00 AM   #1520
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On our road trip I noticed that the curbside and street side windows in the bedroom of our 2018 23FB, when set on the lowest of the three "open" settings, will close all the way. Very inconvenient when your camping in Montana and want just a little air through the room overnight without having to run the fan. I can find no adjustment and, of course, the other two settings work just fine because they have a little more wiggle room.
The trick we have always used is to pick up two sets of bicycle grips, and use one in each of the side and rear windows as needed. Just put them in the frame with one end on the label at the bottom of the window, and the window will stay open about 4 inches. You can get them from your local bike shop, Walmart, or Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/OUTERDO-Handl...dp/B0129GOQKC/). They're easy to store in the window frame when not in use, and cheap. The only downside is that on a windy day they can pop out and roll under the trailer, but you can secure them to the window latches with a little bit of cord if that's a problem.

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Old 09-12-2019, 08:02 AM   #1521
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The Ventrifrigo refrigerator is an Italian Marine (boat) unit. The 8.1 cubic foot was around $1,245 and the 5.3 cu ft was around $1,430. The freight was around $374 from the dealer in Seattle, WA to near Dallas, TX.

The vendor was Sure Marine Service, Inc in Seattle at 206-784-9903. This prices were on 16 March 2016.

The units come with an inverter so it can be plugged into 120Vac and auto switch to battery when the 120Vac power is unavailable. The Dan Foss compressor itself is 12Vdc and draws around 58 watts when running.

Starting the fridge while hooking up at the storage unit, it is cold by the time I drive the 10 miles to our home to start loading it for a trip.

The doors have replaceable panels so we put in magnetic stainless steel so the wife has room for lots of magnetic signs and badges.
58W running is fantastic. Not to mention its quick cool down times. Running the Dometic on AC via inverter is somewhere around 1000W and takes many hours to reach desired temps. I have an Engel MT35 and it is awesome. 35L.
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:48 AM   #1522
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Thanks Jeff. I'll check locally and if that's not possible I'll put it on the "to do when the credit card is paid off" list. Enjoy your trip down the coast. It's beautiful. But, put on your Zen like countenance because things move slowly during that season and make your reservations in January - literally. Finding a place to tent camp, let alone a place to park the AS, is almost impossible that time of year.
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Window can rest on the latches.
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Window can rest on the latches.
They can, but on a breezy day will bounce and bang and keep you up at night.

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Craig,
I received this information from “No Results” a member here on the forum. I believe he’s moved on to a 27’ AS, but I think he still gets over to this thread occasionally. Here’s his reply to me.

“My trailer is exactly like yours. I had it done as it was about a 4 hour job. I went to a truck and trailer repair place that is a dealer for Dexter axle the type we have. My total cost installed was 378.00 which was very fair. We have no sales tax in Oregon.

My purpose in doing it was to get enough clearance to back up my new driveway to park the trailer next to my home.
This gave me the clearance I needed. I can not tell any difference in towing and recently cokmpleted a 2000 mile trip.

I had McKay Truck, Trailer, & RV Repair & Service in Albany, Or do the work for me.
Their phone #(541) 928-3331

They are a division of Potter Webster Company out of Portland, Or and are an authorized dealer of Dexter axles.

They did a good job and considering that they had to reroute the gas line I felt I got a good job at a good price.

I found them through Dexter Axles dealer list.

Dave”

I hope this helps. I’m planning on going by there next summer. Our plans are to drive the pacific coast highway from Seattle to Santa Barbara.
Jeff
$378.00 to install is a GREAT PRICE! yes, there is rerouting of the gas line involved. Absolutely worth it!!!
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