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Old 04-23-2016, 01:14 PM   #1
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Lift kit or skid plate

Hi,

I am Lou and I have a 2007 Safari. The TV is a 2003 GMC Yukon. I very much like the combination. My problem is I live on 3 miles of very bad rocky bumpy dirt road. I have successfully gone in and out several times in the last 2 years until the last time. My Airstream is now in the shop getting the black tank and all the associated plumbing replaced. That started me to thinking about a lift or a skid plate of some kind.
I have spent some time on here reading about the lift kits available for the Dexter axle. I am not the guy who is going to attempt to DIY, but I totallly trust my dealer service dept in Albuquerque.
I need to do something or it is jut a matter of time before it happens again no matter how slowly and carefully i go, especially when it is muddy.
I would like some feedback from some of you who have lifted their trailer. Does it work well? How much does it affect the towing experience? Does it seem to affect axle life? Has anyone tried a skid plate or some sort of protection for the plumbing? Thanks,
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Old 04-23-2016, 01:20 PM   #2
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Lift kit or skid plate

I vote lift kit.

For me, the only affect were that I drag bottom a LOT LESS, and my bottom entry step serves a purpose.

For me there were NO negative consequences what so ever.

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Old 05-12-2016, 10:24 PM   #3
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Having my lift kit installed tomorrow. Will post later how it works out. Dave
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Old 05-12-2016, 11:04 PM   #4
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Old 05-13-2016, 07:21 AM   #5
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I just did a lift kit and I am happy with the result. They are not always the answer but it did just what I needed. Here is a good thread on the subject.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...it-102393.html
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Old 04-11-2017, 09:51 PM   #6
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We had the 3" dexter kit installed on a 30' FC and happy with the result. Can't tell a difference when towing but now have 4'' of clearance coming in and out of our driveway approach instead of 1''. As stated before the bottom entry step is more comfortable to use. I anticipate this mod will prove valuable during future boon docking trips.
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I did a lit kit and I am happy with it. I do not like the idea of a skid plate. I am not a expert but it seems to me a skid plate would but pressure on the trailer in an unhealthy way.
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