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Old 08-08-2017, 08:58 PM   #57
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Well, I finally installed the lift kit on my 2012 22FB. Not an easy task for an old man to squeeze into tight places and torque bolts at 150ft/lbs, but very pleased with the outcome. Wouldn't recommend this without the right tools, which I found to be an impact wrench to remove the old bolts, a good jack and stands, and a good torque wrench.

I couldn't lower the axle with the gas line running through the existing bracket, so I had to cut it (couldn't slip out through the bracket due to the size of the fittings), and replace. That turned out to be a fairly easy task, copper tubing (Type L) and a flaring tool from HD for about $50.

Overall, I like the look of the trailer. The extra clearance at both the tail and the tongue should be a great help on rough roads, off-level campsites, and gutters between the streets and gas stations. Just took a short drive and it rides nicely. Looking forward to a longer trip.

Like others, I know have a left-over 1/2 kit to lift your single axle trailer. Dexter K71-724-04 for sale - $80 + shipping (15lb) or free pick up in Seattle. PM me if interested.
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Old 08-08-2017, 10:35 PM   #58
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Well, I finally installed the lift kit on my 2012 22FB. Not an easy task for an old man to squeeze into tight places and torque bolts at 150ft/lbs, but very pleased with the outcome. Wouldn't recommend this without the right tools, which I found to be an impact wrench to remove the old bolts, a good jack and stands, and a good torque wrench.



I couldn't lower the axle with the gas line running through the existing bracket, so I had to cut it (couldn't slip out through the bracket due to the size of the fittings), and replace. That turned out to be a fairly easy task, copper tubing (Type L) and a flaring tool from HD for about $50.



Overall, I like the look of the trailer. The extra clearance at both the tail and the tongue should be a great help on rough roads, off-level campsites, and gutters between the streets and gas stations. Just took a short drive and it rides nicely. Looking forward to a longer trip.



Like others, I know have a left-over 1/2 kit to lift your single axle trailer. Dexter K71-724-04 for sale - $80 + shipping (15lb) or free pick up in Seattle. PM me if interested.


Iím in Seattle, but donít have a Sport 22 (yet), so if nobody else buys this off of you in the next month or two, I may take it off your hands.

Also, if youíre able to, post a photo of your newly lifted AS.
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Old 08-13-2017, 02:23 PM   #59
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Before and After Pics

Before (desert and mountains) and after (lot) pictures with lift kit installed. Doesn't look like much, but 3 inches should make a big difference.
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Old 08-13-2017, 05:21 PM   #60
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Before (desert and mountains) and after (lot) pictures with lift kit installed. Doesn't look like much, but 3 inches should make a big difference.


Nice! The difference is noticeable. I presume the towing characteristics havenít been affected?
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Old 08-17-2017, 09:52 AM   #61
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Absolutely NO DETECTABLE CHANGE (despite what some know-it-alls-who've never done this mod theorize.)
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:28 PM   #62
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Absolutely NO DETECTABLE CHANGE (despite what some know-it-alls-who've never done this mod theorize.)


Now you've done it, the know-it-alls will now have to tell you how unsafe it is now that it's lifted and to make it worse you tow with an inferior tow vehicle, a 4X4 pickup. Of course that can all be made right if you use the magical PPP hitch!
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:35 PM   #63
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Just bought a 2013 22' Sport, but it rides too low to get in and out of everywhere I go without dragging the skids and the gray/black water outlet drain. I'm considering buying a #12 Torflex Lift Kit. Anyone every tried this? There's another post about it, but no one saying they've actually done it.
For anyone else wanting to do this, keep in mind that it will void your Airstream warranty if you have any left.
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:43 PM   #64
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For anyone else wanting to do this, keep in mind that it will void your Airstream warranty if you have any left.


So you think by putting on a lift made by the axle manufacturer they won't fix say an AC unit under warranty? Not likely...
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Old 08-18-2017, 07:24 AM   #65
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Lift Kit and AS Warranty

1) There is no warranty left on my 2012 AS.
2) Does anyone really think that AS is going to cover the damage to the sewer plumbing or bent frame and sidewalls that may occur from the very common bottoming out that are inevitable with the factory set up? No, they'll just say you shouldn't have driven your trailer in that spot.

Bottoming out with this trailer is so common, AS should redesign this at the factory and lift them all.

Choose your evil, deal with a low rider or protect your warranty.
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Old 08-24-2017, 05:27 PM   #66
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Like others, I know have a left-over 1/2 kit to lift your single axle trailer. Dexter K71-724-04 for sale - $80 + shipping (15lb) or free pick up in Seattle. PM me if interested.
Do you still have this leftover 1/2 of the kit? I just bought a 2011 22FB and want to avoid dragging tail everywhere. My problem is made worse that the Airstream dealer had installed a 2" receiver tube for the original owners bicycle rack...
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Do you still have this leftover 1/2 of the kit? I just bought a 2011 22FB and want to avoid dragging tail everywhere. My problem is made worse that the Airstream dealer had installed a 2" receiver tube for the original owners bicycle rack...
Tales abound of the evils of rear bike racks.
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:15 AM   #68
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Tales abound of the evils of rear bike racks.

Yeah, I've read many of them...but they aren't as terrifying as the more dense/massive items that people have been shown to strap to the back. In our case the original owner didn't have it for very long, and the couple we bought it from never used it. The original owner did have some sway/control event that required several panels being replaced, unknown the status of that bike rack at the time. Seems many people forget the basics of physics and levers we learned in the school playground.
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:29 AM   #69
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WTB 1/2 Kit

Looking to buy 1/2 of the Dexter 3" lift for a 2017 19CB Bambi.

If anyone still has a half kit available please PM me with details. I'd rather not buy the full tandem kit.
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:40 PM   #70
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i also have half a lift kit
i did it in the summer on out 22FB
it makes a HUGE difference at the back on hills and backing up

im in canada. waiting for the spring to come to get my unit out of storage
im ok with $80 plus shipping, let me know
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