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Old 08-13-2011, 05:44 AM   #1
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Lift Kit

Hello Experts!

I am over here because I just saw an Airstream for sale on Ebay that stated that it has a '6" Lift Kit' - here is the quote: "a 6 inch lift kit for the deep dips in Mexico".

I am interested in this.....I'm constantly worrying about dragging the back of the trailer......

Do you have anything to say? Can you explain what and how this works?

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Old 08-13-2011, 06:23 AM   #2

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Your trailer is equipped with the Torflex style axle.(torsion).

The D80 style is what most other's are equipped with.

Unless your planning on some serious off road traveling modifying the AS axle to gain height isn't very practical.

If you look at the diagrams in the PDF you can get a better idea of how different the two styles are. The torsion, (AS) style would require much more fabrication for the mounts/brackets.

Now look at the leaf spring diagrams, notice how much easier it would be by just increasing the distance between the leaf spring and axle tube.

Lets get you LEVEL first, I think we can keep your "tail" off the road.


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"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 08-13-2011, 07:11 AM   #3
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Greetings Liz!

There are a number of issues to consider when raising an Airstream. Towability is one of the most frequently cited plusses of towing an Airstream and much of this relates to a low center of gravity (rides comparatively close to the road), comparatively aerodynamic shape, and balance. Makine substantial changes to any of these factors can negatively impact the trademark towability.

Should you find that your axles are worn out or approaching that point there are some things that can be done to gain a modest increase in ride height of approximately 3". When ordering new torsion axles, it is possible to specify a greater "down-angle", and that when combined with new axles can increase ride height in the neighborhood of three inches. You can also order new torsion axles with slightly increased capacity (up to 500 pounds additional per axle is usually the maximum increase), this can help to limit some of the settling that happens as weight is added to the coach - - when I ordered a new axle for my Minuet, I specified the maximum down angle along with 500 pounds of additional capacity -- resulting in a 3" higher ride height than the well-worn original axle.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 10-12-2012, 06:18 PM   #4
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Airstream height

My 54 Safari has experienced a loss in clearance height after installation of modern tires and rims.(still 15"). My axle is in OK shape but the clearance loss is causing some problems.
Anyone have any thoughts on the idea of using spring helpers or air lifts?
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:21 PM   #5
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Collapso, do a search for dropping the axle under the springs, the other more expensive alternative is to replace your original drop axle with a new straight axle. Advantages here include lighter weight and new modern brakes and the cost is much less than replacing a torsion axle.
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