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Old 11-13-2020, 10:41 AM   #1
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Dexter Lift Not Available - 2021 Classic 33FB

Just got off the phone with Dexter who reported to me that they do not make or recommend a lift for the axels on my new Classic. They sent me the build sheet for my axels (via serial number) that indicates it has “Top Shock 149” brackets. She told me that she had an internal memo that stated lift kits would not be possible with that bracket configuration.

Anyone else encounter this or have a solution? I am convinced that it is likely impossible to tow this coach without dragging and already need to replace one of my drag plates.

Thanks!
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Old 11-14-2020, 06:30 AM   #2
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Not sure what is different on the 2021. I know others on the forum have installed the lift kit and I have seen it installed on a 33 at JC this past spring. Curious as to why Dexter said no. On a side note I have been trying for the past month to get an answer from Dexter about taking weight off the axles for winter storage. I have not been able to talk to anyone in tech Dept and they do not respond to emails. At one point the lady who answered the phone said lifting the trailer to remove weight off the axles would not make a difference on torsion cord life. Very disappointed with Dexter.
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Old 11-14-2020, 07:29 AM   #3
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I’ve lifted 3 2021 trailers none of which were a Classic though. I did lift a 2020 Classic yesterday and it was the same as any other airstream I’ve done.
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I’ve lifted 3 2021 trailers none of which were a Classic though. I did lift a 2020 Classic yesterday and it was the same as any other airstream I’ve done.


Ready for you to lift mine in January too! I’m an 18 though.
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Old 11-15-2020, 06:48 PM   #5
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The dealer installed the lift kit on our 2020 Classic 33FB. Sounds like Dexter changed the axle design.
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Old 12-23-2020, 01:32 PM   #6
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Dave - did you end up getting this done? I was just quoted $1,500 for both axles from AS of Tampa. I am getting a 2021 Classic 33 FBQ too.




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Just got off the phone with Dexter who reported to me that they do not make or recommend a lift for the axels on my new Classic. They sent me the build sheet for my axels (via serial number) that indicates it has “Top Shock 149” brackets. She told me that she had an internal memo that stated lift kits would not be possible with that bracket configuration.

Anyone else encounter this or have a solution? I am convinced that it is likely impossible to tow this coach without dragging and already need to replace one of my drag plates.

Thanks!
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Old 12-24-2020, 05:50 AM   #7
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AnnaBelle33,

Thanks for the note. I have not yet found anyone that can do it. My dealer here in Dallas/Ft Worth initially said they could and quoted $1,300 but later backed out when they could not order a lift kit from Dexter. Please keep us updated with your outcome...might have to drive to Tampa!
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Old 12-24-2020, 06:04 AM   #8
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Thanks for the reply. Merry Christmas!!

When did you last speak to AS DFW? I called them yesterday to get a comparable quote to use as negotiation in Tampa. The service manager told me $1,000 and it would take a half day. I emphasized it was a 2021 Classic 33 three times and he said no problem.

He did say I needed to send him the numbers off the axle so they could order the parts but acted like that was no big deal.

I pick up my AS this Sat, I’ll keep you posted. Thanks.
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Old 02-11-2021, 09:54 AM   #9
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AnnaBelle33,

Did you get your lift? I am still out of luck due to there being no compatible kit from Dexter to go on the axels I have (based on their serial numbers).

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Old 02-11-2021, 04:22 PM   #10
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I’m on Ronnie’s (GMFL / Airstream Nuts & Bolts) April schedule. eTrailer says there is a 2” lift but I’m going to have him do a 3”. I’m hoping there is a Dexter 3” in the next three mos, if not - I’ll let him work his magic with his 3”.
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Old 02-15-2021, 06:34 AM   #11
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Dave - an update.

I sent my serial number to Dexter and they sent me back this:
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Old 02-20-2021, 04:14 PM   #12
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Dave - an update.

I sent my serial number to Dexter and they sent me back this:


Thanks! I sent another email to them asking if anything had changed and they sent that to me as well. While my hopes are up and I have ordered that kit from E-Trailer, the text on their site warned it would not work with axels that have top mounted brackets... fingers crossed!

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Old 02-20-2021, 05:35 PM   #13
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Keep me posted with your success. Good luck!!!
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Just got off the phone with Dexter who reported to me that they do not make or recommend a lift for the axels on my new Classic. They sent me the build sheet for my axels (via serial number) that indicates it has “Top Shock 149” brackets. She told me that she had an internal memo that stated lift kits would not be possible with that bracket configuration.

Anyone else encounter this or have a solution? I am convinced that it is likely impossible to tow this coach without dragging and already need to replace one of my drag plates.

Thanks!
Maybe you could post pictures....as the shock mounts can be moved...
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Old 03-01-2021, 05:35 AM   #15
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The kit Dexter suggested for my #11 axels is now installed. It took 9 hours but mainly because I’m not as young and spry as I used to be. Additionally, if I could weld, I would have put tabs on 8 of the screws as getting a wrench on them was next to impossible. That would have cut about 3 hours off the timeline. Dexter should offer a “tabbed” option. A nice impact wrench would have helped as well...for some of the bolts. A few are right behind a wheel drum and don’t have clear access. While I saved ~$1,200, I spent $400 on the proper jack and jack stands. (If your in The Dallas area and want these, let me know.). Thankfully, I already had the other tools, including a heavy duty torque wrench.
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Old 03-01-2021, 05:39 AM   #16
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Thanks Dave. Congrats!! Do you have a before & after pic? Is it 3”s or 2 3/4”?
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Old 03-01-2021, 10:26 AM   #17
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Unfortunately, I forgot to take pics! However, prior to the install, the tops of the tires were recessed into the tire well and were not visible when standing to to the side of the trailer. Now, you can see the tops of the tires. The lift blocks were exactly 2 7/8ths tall (so almost three inches).
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