Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-21-2015, 07:08 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
amaier7771's Avatar
 
2013 25' FB Flying Cloud
Vintage Kin Owner
Colorado Springs , Colorado
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 103
Images: 1
How to gain more clearance

Has anyone installed one of these Dexter Lift Kits on a late model Airstream? This one would give us about 3" more clearance. Seems like low cost way to gain more clearance which we could use when going to some out-of-the way dry boondocking places we would like to go try.

Here is the link to the Dexter kit.

Dexter Axle - Trailer Axles and Running Gear Components - #11 Torflex Lift Kit (K71-724-02)

What would be the downsides??

AL
__________________

amaier7771 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2015, 08:05 PM   #2
2 Rivet Member
 
2013 22' FB Sport
Wichita , Kansas
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 71
Yep. Been there, done that on our 22' sport. Love it. There's a post somewhere on here with photos. Only downside is a bigger 1st step into the trailer.
__________________

tallen5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2015, 08:43 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
2015 23' FB International
2007 19' International CCD
Steamboat Springs , Colorado
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 544
I installed the lift kit on my 19' Bambi. I'll post picture tomorrow. The extra height along with the 16" tires/wheels allowed the installation of two-folding steps. The new steps are Tread Lite aluminum and are so much more substantial than the stock steps. Made by Kippers. Again, I can post pictures if interested.
Steamy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2015, 03:12 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Currently Looking...
Sioux Falls , South Dakota
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 856
Pictures, please!
__________________
David Lininger, kb0zke
TAC SD-6
AIR 54240
Heartland mpg 181 (sold)
1993 Foretravel U300 (for sale)
kb0zke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2015, 11:33 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
2015 23' FB International
2007 19' International CCD
Steamboat Springs , Colorado
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 544
Pictures!
Attached Files
File Type: pdf Before Lift Kit.pdf (4.13 MB, 768 views)
File Type: pdf After Lift Kit.pdf (4.86 MB, 1055 views)
File Type: pdf New Step.pdf (6.10 MB, 497 views)
Steamy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2015, 11:37 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
2015 23' FB International
2007 19' International CCD
Steamboat Springs , Colorado
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 544
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steamy1 View Post
I installed the lift kit on my 19' Bambi. I'll post picture tomorrow. The extra height along with the 16" tires/wheels allowed the installation of two-folding steps. The new steps are Tread Lite aluminum and are so much more substantial than the stock steps. Made by Kippers. Again, I can post pictures if interested.
Not Kippers; Lippert!
Steamy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2015, 11:39 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
AWCHIEF's Avatar
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 8,283
Images: 33
Steamy, thank you. I have this fear of ripping the exposed plumbing out. Care to go into your install process. Difficulty level, issues, etc.
__________________
MICHAEL

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
AWCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2015, 11:43 AM   #8
Master of Universe
 
Gene's Avatar
 
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 10,919
I like remote places too, but, a higher trailer is a less stable trailer. It would increase air resistance, thus lowering gas mileage. How much difference it makes at highway speeds I can't say, but it must have some effect.

Calling all engineers—am I right?

Gene
__________________
Gene

The Airstream is sold; a 2016 Nash 24M replaced it.
Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2015, 11:44 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
TinTin's Avatar
 
2009 23' FB Flying Cloud
Canmore , Alberta
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 1,762
Images: 6
Regarding axle lift kits, has anyone installed a lift kit on a tandem axle trailer? I can envision a couple of problems.

With single or tandem axles: the higher centre of gravity would affect towing characteristics. Significant? Has the process been vetted by Airstream?

With tandem axles: the need to adjust the ball upwards three inches to maintain trailer at level may require new hardware and interfere with operation of tailgate etc.
__________________
Bob and Nancy
http://www.rwcphoto.smugmug.com
Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out!
TinTin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2015, 11:58 AM   #10
Master of Universe
 
Gene's Avatar
 
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 10,919
Quote:
Originally Posted by TinTin View Post
With tandem axles: the need to adjust the ball upwards three inches to maintain trailer at level may require new hardware and interfere with operation of tailgate etc.
That too.

A high quality extension for the hitch receiver to raise it will cost around $150. This will lengthen the hitch assembly and make the assembly less stable. It is better to be closer to the axle than further away.

If you are still within warranty, there may be a problem with that too.

Gene
__________________
Gene

The Airstream is sold; a 2016 Nash 24M replaced it.
Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2015, 12:03 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
AWCHIEF's Avatar
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 8,283
Images: 33
Spoil sports! Some folks can find the negative in everything.
__________________
MICHAEL

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
AWCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2015, 12:07 PM   #12
Rivet Master
 
2015 23' FB International
2007 19' International CCD
Steamboat Springs , Colorado
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 544
A few comments;
  • The install was fairly straight forward; just make sure to use proper jacking points. There is a previous thread with pictures but I think he may have used the stabilizer jacks to hold the body up, which should not be done. I jacked up one side at a time, removed the wheel, then supported the frame with jack stands; removed the two bolts connecting the axle to the frame, lowered the axel with the hydraulic jack, inserted the lift spacer, bolted it to the axel, jacked up the axel until it met the frame, and bolted the spacer to the frame. Not really too complicated, but it was work.
  • Have traveled to Moab, Yellowstone, Glacier NP, Maroon Bells, since the install, and no concerns about stability.
  • I believe there is sufficient mass below the center line of the trailer that it is just not a problem, including the weight of the propane tanks on the hitch.
  • the extra lift is useful when going to National Park campgrounds, removing wheels, particularly if you have 16" wheels.
  • this upgrade, in my opinion, ranks right up there in one of the better improvements we have done. One of the reasons I am reluctant to sell it.
hope this helps.
Steamy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2015, 12:22 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
2015 23' FB International
2007 19' International CCD
Steamboat Springs , Colorado
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 544
Also, look at the lift that others have done to SOB box and fifth-wheel trailers. I just do not think 3" is a problem.
Steamy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2015, 12:28 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
TinTin's Avatar
 
2009 23' FB Flying Cloud
Canmore , Alberta
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 1,762
Images: 6
I've crawled around under our trailer enough to know that another three inches of clearance would be wonderful. I'm hoping I can be convinced that it's a totally safe upgrade!!
__________________

__________________
Bob and Nancy
http://www.rwcphoto.smugmug.com
Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out!
TinTin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
See more. Do more. Live more...? Mike91208 Airstream Lifestyle 2 01-26-2012 06:56 AM
Elec. brake gain setting xo1rider Tow Vehicles 8 11-16-2011 12:39 PM
2.0 - 2.5 MPG gain 4 free ROBERTSUNRUS Tow Vehicles 67 05-23-2008 05:57 PM
Polishing and Solar Gain dryan Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 2 08-11-2006 11:23 AM
Weight Gain Cedars Our Community 1 11-28-2005 05:21 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:09 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.