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Lifting Trailer?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by brandob9, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. Jul 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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    brandob9

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    Hi -

    I know this isn't a Tacoma topic per se, but it still relates to towing and I'm hoping one of you knows the answer.

    I'm looking to raise the clearance between the deck and the axle by 3" to remove the interference between my raft and the fenders, which I'll later remove.

    It seems that the normal arch for a 3500# axle spring is 3". Do you know of a 4, 5, or 6" version out there?

    Another option is to go from sprung under to sprung over, but I'd prefer to be slightly more engineered than that. Has anyone had experience with this approach?

    Option #3 would be some work on the spring mounting points with a welder.
     
  2. Jul 9, 2010 at 10:51 AM
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    Pics of your trailer suspension setup?

    I replaced the entire suspension on my car hauler using parts from etrailer.com. Depending on your setup, it might not be too tough to do.
     
  3. Jul 9, 2010 at 10:51 AM
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    steve o 77

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    could you possibly make some longer shackles?
     
  4. Jul 9, 2010 at 10:56 AM
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  5. Jul 9, 2010 at 10:57 AM
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    On my trailer the shackles are inverted. Longer ones would lower the trailer.

    We really need to see pictures of his setup to provide any useful advice, so...
    :worthless:
     
  6. Jul 9, 2010 at 11:03 AM
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    oh ok, then like you said, lowering the mounting points would be easiest.
     
  7. Jul 9, 2010 at 5:20 PM
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    on my 5x8 utility trailer, I just remounted the axle spring over. Helped out a lot getting my wr250f out to my favorite riding spots.
     
  8. Jul 9, 2010 at 11:10 PM
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    Go to your local leafspring shop, thay can re-arch or over arch your springs 2-3".

    Spring over is easy too: new leaf perches are cheap and only requires 4 short beads to weld.

    A shckle flip/extension would be cool but probably the most difficult/expensive alternative of them if you can't do it yourself.
     
  9. Jul 14, 2010 at 10:16 AM
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  10. Jul 14, 2010 at 10:29 AM
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    I lifted my travel trailer ~4" by flipping the axle.

    Older trailers had shorter tongue heights because back in the day, trucks had lower hitches. Now, trucks have higher hitches, and on top of that, I have a 3" lift. I didn't want a 6" drop hitch ball, so I lifted the trailer to I only needed a 2" drop ball. So far its been holding up great!
     
  11. Jul 14, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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  12. Jul 14, 2010 at 10:36 AM
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    alot of the fifth wheel guys, with lifted trucks flip the leaf springs upside down..
     
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    Flip the axle!^^^
     
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    Flipping the axle seems to be the most economical answer.
     
  16. Jul 14, 2010 at 11:03 AM
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    Be careful though if your going to flip the axle. We had our rv place do it and they forgot to measure the shocks and brake wires. Ended up busting all for shocks(bottomed out) and the left side brakes wire almost got cut
     
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    Flip the axle or if you want something more engineered, do a 4 point setup w/ airbags and shocks.
     
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