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Old 09-11-2016, 01:19 PM   #141
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Anyone know what # Dexter axles the 2015-2017 Classic's use?

I'm going to put a lift on mine.
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Old 09-11-2016, 04:38 PM   #142
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Zybane,

Not sure. Might look at your axle tag. It should have quite a bit of info on it.

If you are going to do it, it can be a DIY job if you're up to it. The only installation suggestion I have other than bandaids is to scribe a line from a reference point up on to the frame. This ref will help you out the axle back in the same place, hopefully.

Been there, done that. ONCE!
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:05 AM   #143
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I didn't use the lift kit this thread is meant for. But here is how mine sits today.





I think it is too tall. I asked the shop to put it at 19.5 to 20 inches. I got 21 and some change. I am going to ask them to bring it lower about 2 inches.
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Old 09-16-2016, 05:27 PM   #144
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Imho, in time you will not regret leaving it right where it is.


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Old 09-16-2016, 11:04 PM   #145
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J. Morgan I appreciate your encouragement. I had them drop it down. I asked for 2 and they gave another 1.5 without cutting the frame rails. My inside coupler height is now 20.5



I wish it were a touch lower, but I will load it up tomorrow with water and other stuff and see where it sits.
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Old 09-18-2016, 05:46 PM   #146
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oh wow, that looks very high, but compared with regular trailers, it's still low probably. I had new axles installed and had them come with max lift possible, but I'd still like another 1.5 2" I think .... still want to retain the classic look but with more flexibility for awkward gas stations etc ... !
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Old 09-18-2016, 05:49 PM   #147
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The biggest concern for me, is the weight distribution set up, it just seems so low to the ground ... I haven't had any issues but then again haven't really put it to the test ... ! I'll snap a pic next time ...
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:42 PM   #148
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It does look high. I am getting more used to it though. I wish it were one inch lower.




The trailer body is just about dead level with the rocker panels. The Airstream probably still hold the lower COG because of the water tanks. I have only towed short distances this far.
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Old 09-20-2016, 11:11 PM   #149
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I think it looks great.
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Old 09-21-2016, 09:13 AM   #150
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i think you could really get used to that look, and super handy for off-roading etc .. how many inches from the ground now? I'm going to see if i can do same to mine, but not quite as much ...
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:05 PM   #151
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After all this body jacking around, remember the lowest part that can be only changed by larger diameter tires is the distance between the ground and the bottom of the axle(s).
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That'd be true if the lowest point were the bottom of the axle tubes. However, from the factory, the lowest point are the tanks, which sit about 3" below the bottom of the axle tubes.

This lift raises the tanks (and everything but the axles) 3", so they sit about even with the bottom of the axle tubes.

You are correct that you won't gain any clearance under your axle tubes, but those are the least likely points to hit the ground on any trailer anyway. This is especially true of dexter axles, that already are raised in the middle, to improve ground clearance. Plus, the entire trailer pivots on the axles.

Even if you were to drive straddling your tires over a bowling-ball size rock, it'd hit your tongue/jack/spare area before it ever got back to the axles. In my experience, you want to put your tires ON the biggest obstacles on the trail, not straddle them.

Bigger tires are the only thing that will increase the distance from the ground to the axles, but in my experience, that's not the problem; I doubt anyone has a problem with their axle tubes hitting obstacles - it's the tanks, tail, and tongue that need to be raised. And the 3" dexter lift raises all of these 3" out of harm's way.
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As per Explore More above. That is the reason I put the dexter lift kit on my trailer and also went from 14 wheels to the 15. This solved my hitting the back bumper and some times the hitch because of a dip in the driveway approach. It probably will help in travels are all approaches are not nice and level.

Don't notice any difference in towing.

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Old 09-22-2016, 06:04 PM   #154
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Hi Thiss! How did you raise your trailer and then lower it back a little? What kit or just square stock? I could really use your first ride height!
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