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Old 01-24-2015, 01:29 PM   #15
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Spoil sports! Some folks can find the negative in everything.
Is that post a double negative?

Here's another potential problem様ow bridges or other things like tree branches. Most of the newer trailers are about 9.5' high葉his makes them 9.75'.

Give me time悠'll come up with something else.

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Old 01-24-2015, 01:37 PM   #16
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I have the question submitted to Airstream via the dealer if the installation of a lift kit on the 23FB will affect warranty. I would just as soon have the dealer do the install before we take delivery.
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:40 PM   #17
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I have the question submitted to Airstream via the dealer if the installation of a lift kit on the 23FB will affect warranty. I would just as soon have the dealer do the install before we take delivery.
Let us know AS's response Steamy1!!
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If it was a good idea it would be a factory option.

The TT is as low as possible for good reasons, resistance to lateral sway highest among them.
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:51 PM   #19
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Let's see, the tow vehicle threads always come to "Have you got a certified endorsed letter from your insurance company, the manufacturer, state police stating this modification or misuse of the product is authorized?" And "You're threatening the life of your family and all those around you." Might as well get that out of the way.

Personally I wouldn't install a lift kit because I don't need it. If I did need it I would be prepared for the extra cost of install, and probable reduction in stability under adverse conditions and extra fuel use.
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:08 PM   #20
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Let's see, the tow vehicle threads always come to "Have you got a certified endorsed letter from your insurance company, the manufacturer, state police stating this modification or misuse of the product is authorized?" And "You're threatening the life of your family and all this around you." Might as well get that out of the way.

Personally I wouldn't install a lift kit because I don't need it. If I did need it I would be prepared for the extra cost of install, and probable reduction in stability under adverse conditions and extra fuel use.
This line of thought could be extended to virtually any alterations, additions or upgrades to the original equipment. Please keep in mind that the lift kit is made and offered by Dexter, the manufacture of the axle. By the way, Dexter said it is the #10 Torflex Lift Kit for the 23FB axle. For those that have an interest.

Disclaimer: although I am an owner of an Airstream, the opinions and comments posted on this website are my own and should not be considered as expert advice on any particular subject. Anyone contemplating similar modifications should do their own research and evaluation of the products and consult with experts as they deem appropriate to make their own decision.
Hope this satisfies the attorneys.
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Hope this satisfies the attorneys.
The disclaimer should be in 25 point type in red with large fluorescent green arrows pointing to it. If all the recipients have not signed the disclaimer in black ink, they will be deemed to not be covered by the disclaimer. It should also state that each recipient should consult independent counsel. For this legal advice, I shall be submitting an outrageous and opaque bill. Please remit certified funds by yesterday or further action shall be taken.

I'm here to help.

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Thanks Gene! send me your engagement letter.
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Old 01-24-2015, 04:26 PM   #23
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Let us know AS's response Steamy1!!
The response from AS was something along the lines of it would not have any effect on the overall warranty except for the area that was modified would not be covered. In other words, (help me out Gene) it there were a failure at the trailer frame and the axle connection, it would not be covered.

So there you have it, but don't take this as absolute fact.

I want to do this but will go and talk to the local trailer shop about it before ordering the kit.
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This line of thought could be extended to virtually any alterations, additions or upgrades to the original equipment. Please keep in mind that the lift kit is made and offered by Dexter, the manufacture of the axle. By the way, Dexter said it is the #10 Torflex Lift Kit for the 23FB axle. For those that have an interest.

Disclaimer: although I am an owner of an Airstream, the opinions and comments posted on this website are my own and should not be considered as expert advice on any particular subject. Anyone contemplating similar modifications should do their own research and evaluation of the products and consult with experts as they deem appropriate to make their own decision.
Hope this satisfies the attorneys.

I sure do appreciate your sense of humor, Steamy, with your disclaimer! Wonderful.

I look forward to reading more of yours and others experiences on this and other topics.

Love this forum for everyone's thoughts and opinions! Then each person makes up his/her mind. So valuable. Really fabulous.

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Has anyone done the lift kit mod to a 35' Classic. It would sure help when backing up on to a high crown road at an intersection or, when boon docking, for that matter. All I know is that when you drag a rear frame a quarter panel repair job costs $6,000. And, that doesn't help. The LT tires are one inch taller so a lower kit might be better. If that is the case. I would think with the right metal they could be locally fabricated. Sounds like a simple spacer to me. Is it?
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Great looking install. The only other possible consequences worth considering might be the additional roof height if stored inside and leveling jacks or tongue jack extension ranges. Three inches of tongue height wouldn't be difficult to adjust the shank for.
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The response from AS was something along the lines of it would not have any effect on the overall warranty except for the area that was modified would not be covered. In other words, (help me out Gene) it there were a failure at the trailer frame and the axle connection, it would not be covered.
Of course, a claim under Airstream's warranty might be denied and then you can go to court, or threaten to. But if Dexter is selling this, then Dexter has a responsibility too and they would be the ones to make a claim against. Product liability is in addition to any warranty (Dexter may have a warranty on this, but they probably try to limit it substantially as most manufacturers do). If you were to sue, then you sue Dexter, Airstream, the installer and your mother-in-law (maybe she once said "that trailer looks too low"). The good thing about multiple defendants is they fight each other and may prove your case for you.

But more important is that you don't want to have to make any claims, so it is up to you to decide whether this makes sense.

Someone above said LT tires add an inch. This is a very common misunderstanding of plane geometry. Not all LT tires are 16", but if they are, and the OEM tires were 15" (some OEM's on smaller trailers are 14"), they add approximately 1" to the tire diameter, but raise the trailer only 1/2" nominally. But, the OEM Marathon 15" tires do not have as deep a tread as the 16" Michelin LTX Load Range E tires usually used for the conversion. Marathons have 10/32" tread and the Michelins are 15/32"葉hus add 5/64" to the 1/2". That's the hard way to find out the answer. The easy way妖iameters of tires that fit on a standard wheel are not always the same葉he wheels are 15" and 16", but the tires can be a bit different. So the best thing is to check tire diameter (then you can forget tread depth) on manufacturer's websites.

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