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Old 04-08-2009, 08:36 PM   #1
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looking to improve on height with new axles

hello, have 73' sovereign, would like to put new axles on. are there new axles that will improve on the height. thanks
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:53 PM   #2
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If your axles are sagging, then installation of proper new axles will bring it back up to the design height.

If you are looking to lift it even higher, that would seem to be a poor idea. It would raise the center of gravity, resulting in unsafe handling.
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:57 PM   #3
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also will look a little odd if it sits too high.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:08 PM   #4
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I have a 2007 20' Safari so the axle is not in question but I did raise it 4" with a box metal beam welded between the axle and frame. Now looking "odd" is in the eyes of the beholder but extra clearance while on BLM land is in the bottom of the owner.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:18 PM   #5
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new axel height change

I like the extra height it gave the Caravel. Does not look bad to me and handles like a dream. The other photo is one of a resulting new height....see relationship of wheel wells to tires. I think it looks great...and I know it rides better.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:22 PM   #6
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hello, have 73' sovereign, would like to put new axles on. are there new axles that will improve on the height. thanks
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Our replacements raise the trailer typically 3 to 4 inches, when replacing bad axles.

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Old 04-09-2009, 07:39 AM   #8
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I changed axles last year. Mine were 31 yrs old. I opted for OEM which were HENSHEN . I gained about 4 inches in overall height. We went will OEM starting angle and raised the rating from the original 2800 lb to 3500 lb axles.Correct me if Im wrong Andy. I saw a difference in the handling and a softer ride both ends TV and Trailer.
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I changed axles last year. Mine were 31 yrs old. I opted for OEM which were HENSHEN . I gained about 4 inches in overall height. We went will OEM starting angle and raised the rating from the original 2800 lb to 3500 lb axles.Correct me if Im wrong Andy. I saw a difference in the handling and a softer ride both ends TV and Trailer.
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Correct and correct, except we changed the starting angle for you from 22 1/2 degrees to 35 degrees.

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The original axles had the torsion arms set at 22 degrees down angle. New axles are available with the original angle and also 35 degrees. I think there are 45's out there too but no one uses them.

New 22 degree axles should raise the coach an inch or 2 compensating for age related axle changes. 35 degrees will give you about 3-4 inches raise. You can also raise the height about an inch by changing from a low profile to high profile mounting bracket.

I put on new axles with the original 22 degree set and am satisfied. But, my trailer is 25' and I don't really have to worry about dragging it's but on driveways, etc. Another consideration is raising the coach raises the center of gravity and stands to reason changes handling. I have not really heard much on this aspect however. Maybe someone will chime in.
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I replaced mine with a Dexter with the same 22 1/2 down axle. The new axle raised it up approx. 4 inches.

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I replaced mine with a Dexter with the same 22 1/2 down axle. The new axle raised it up approx. 4 inches.

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Did you go with the 10 inch brakes, or the 12 inch?

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Hey Hey Hey Wait!!! Where are our manners? WELCOME Slvrbuilt = Duane it is great to have you here on the forum. Here you will find more answers than you want but most will be helpful! We just replaced the axles on our 72 31f SOV. and gained 3-4 inches of ride height.(we used factory replacements from Inland) The swap is EASY with some simple hand tools. Start soaking the bolts now!! When you get ready to do this let me know if we are not on the road I would come help as I am in Elkhart. Glad you have found this forum and good luck. See you on the road... MIKE
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Did you go with the 10 inch brakes, or the 12 inch?

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