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Old 05-23-2016, 11:48 AM   #1
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Going to lift my 2013 25FB this week

After too many years of dealing with my sharp driveway incline approach with ramps and assorted crafty methods to avoid bottoming out, I decided, after getting an email from airstreamsupply.com to lift my trailer using the Dexter lift kit.

http://airstreamsupply.com/Airstream-Axle-Lift-Kit

I read ALL of the many very colorful posts here on this topic and they pretty much cemented my decision to do it, rather than deter me.

Anecdotally, and the reason for my post, is that I also went in person to the local Airstream dealer to ask them what they thought about the idea and to see if they could do the work.

The service guy at the dealership actually suggested I weld those steel rollers on the rear, as an option to lifting it. Which I thought was fairly shocking.

When we had our 19' Bambi, I did in fact have a welder add those rollers, and later, when I told the AS guy who sold us the 25FB about it he blanched since that is apparently not a great idea. It never damaged my rear panels though. With the additional weight of the larger trailer, I am leery of the steel wheels and have opted to lift it instead. I don't see a downside and it is actually pretty economical to do.

The tandem axle kit is about $200 landed, and I noticed that etrailer.com actually has free freight right now and a lower cost than airtstreamsupply.com....for anyone thinking of doing this too.

Based on the dealer's steel wheel advice and since he has no experience lifting them, I found a mobile trailer service company that knows all about doing the work and quoted me $400, which seems really fair...if I can get my act together, I will document the work with pix.....

Anyway, I wanted to add to the conversation on this topic.
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Old 05-24-2016, 01:21 AM   #2
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The More We Explore posted a video of installing these lifts

Here is the link. http://youtu.be/lsdveR_gPIA
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Old 05-25-2016, 08:32 AM   #3
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I recently did the grunt work on this job on a 30' rig, one suggestion figure out how to maintain the axle alignment as your installer lowers the axle. Just something to go over with your installer.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:31 PM   #4
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thanks...I saw that video!

I watched that video and knew I wasn't gonna do it myself....but The More we Explore is my hero because he made it look easy and had a really easy and natural way of going through the steps...that is a great video!





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The More We Explore posted a video of installing these lifts

Here is the link. http://youtu.be/lsdveR_gPIA
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:35 PM   #5
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great tip---thank you

one quick update....seems like this kit is pretty popular at this moment becuase no one has stock and Dexter is quoting a mid June ship date as of this moment.... etrailer.com has the lowest cost and free shipping btw....I think I said that once before on here...also...if you have not tried etrailer for any thing, consider them...for a webstore they have the best customer service I have experienced...a real live person has always called me to communicate any shipping delays etc etc....they are good people!




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I recently did the grunt work on this job on a 30' rig, one suggestion figure out how to maintain the axle alignment as your installer lowers the axle. Just something to go over with your installer.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:54 PM   #6
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Is 2 1/2" to 3" additional clearance enough to go to the bother and expense?

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Old 05-25-2016, 02:26 PM   #7
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The downsides would be higher center-of-gravity and a little loss of stability in emergency lane changes, a little higher trailer pushing more air going down the highway using a bit more power and fuel, higher side profile catching side winds and semi bow wave.

The driveway issue is a pain and if dragging probably not great for the trailer. Sometimes you've got to balance the good with the not-so-good.
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Old 05-25-2016, 02:34 PM   #8
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Is 2 1/2" to 3" additional clearance enough to go to the bother and expense?

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Yes.

3" makes a HUGE difference regarding dragging issues both in incidence and severity.

I could tell no difference whatsoever with towing manners or towing effort/fuel consumption.

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I gained height when I put on 16s. I have not encountered need for more. I am careful of gas stations with drainage curbs tho.
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I have a similar driveway transition problem with my 30 Serenity. I had the dealer put welded rollers in the back and when I leave or return, I don't engage my Blue Ox hitch, allowing the front of the trailer to ride low. Going slow, I engage the rear casters for about 2 or 3', and I have not noticed any effects on the trailer. After all, the casters are welded to the main structural steel support for the trailer and the trailer wheels are still carrying part of the load.
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Please keep us updated on how it turns out. You might want to take height measurements before and after to determine the actual lift attained.
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Old 05-26-2016, 07:54 PM   #12
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Had mine installed on my 23 fb Intl about a week ago. Total including parts was just a tab under $400.00. Solved my driveway problem.

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Got any before and after profile photos?

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Sorry, did not take pictures. I don't notice the difference, however I have only had my trailer for a couple months. Still easy to get in and out and no problems with driveway issues. I have only towed it about 150 miles since the modification and I did not notice any difference in towing.

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