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Old 04-19-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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axle flip ? please help

has anyone done a axle flip to lift the TT I have a 27' sportsmans and I want to flip the axle for more ground clearance, and to tow it a little more level with my 4x4. but I don't want it to start fishtailing,
any input is wanted if you have done this or owned one that was done.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:24 PM   #2
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You cannot just "flip" the axle, you have to put it under the springs to raise your trailer. If you flip the axle the built in arch will be the wrong direction. Dexter makes a kit, Measure your axle tube and you can get the kit at most RV dealers. If they don't have the kit they can order it for you. I have done many, it is not too difficult, just take your time because you want to do it safely. All parts needed are in the kit and 1 kit does 1 axle. I will see if I can locate a price and part # for you.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:38 PM   #3
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The Dexter part #'s are as follows: 71-384 for the 2 3/8" axle goes for around $40.00 and the 71-385 for the 3" axle for about $45.00.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:17 PM   #4
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thanks sr. I have the kits just wanted to make sure it would not start swaying.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:13 AM   #5
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So-called flipping the axles on a TT is never needed. You won't gain any ground clearance because the axle won't be raised any.

But you want the trailer level front to rear when hooked up ready for towing. If the front of the trailer is too high when hitched up, the fix is to adjust your hitch, not the trailer height. If your hitch is adjusted to the maximum drop and the front end of the trailer is still too high, then you need to spend your money on an adjustable shank with more drop.

Flipping the axles on a 5er is a common way to lift the trailer to get more clearance over the truck bed and still have a level trailer front to rear. As Camper33 mentioned, you don't literally flip the axle, but instead you move the suspension to over the axle instead of under the axle. Exactly how you do that depends on the type of axle/suspension you have. Dexter TorFlex axles require a lift kit sold by Dexter to getter done. Most ordinary spring and shackle suspensions such as Al-Ko can be flipped by cutting the spring perches off the bottom of the axle and welding onto the top of the axle.
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SmokeyWren: The kit #'s I supplied are for standard spring type suspension. Dexter actually supplies a new set of spring perches and adjustable spacers to raise the suspension without any cutting or welding. As far as gaining ground clearance, the advantage of raising the trailer is to gain ground clearance at the tail of the trailer when on uneven ground.
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What about it swaying more do to the increase in height?
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You should feel no difference, as long as you increase the height of your hitch the same amount you raised your trailer.
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mine towed fine after the flip, although I had plenty of truck(CC dually)
I flipped due to needing 16" tires/wheels as the factory installed 15"s were junk
Don't forget your step....the 6" I gained sure made the step useless
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What about it swaying more do to the increase in height?
No problem, provided you have

(1) a level trailer front to rear when hitched and on the road,

(2) with the load properly distributed in the travel trailer to result in 11 percent or more hitch weight, and

(3) a good weight distributing hitch with excellent dual sway controls, properly adjusted. (Preferably a ProPride hitch.)

I haven't towed a lifted TT, but once upon a time I had a small 5er that I had to flip the axles to tow it level behind an F-250 SuperDuty. The only ill effect was the stock door steps were no longer adequate for two old folks to get in and out of the trailer. That first step was a doozy! But that was an easy fix - Camping World sells trailer step assemblies with more steps, as well as a portable step you can haul in the doorway and place on the ground under the stock steps.

And the trailer looked sorta phunny, like a kid wearing high-water britches. But no difference in towing characteristics.

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flipping axles today. woohoo. wish me luck I'll need it! lol
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Don't think I have flip-able axle setup. Do I just add spacers?
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traveling not sure how you can do it but mine have leaf springs and mine are now flipped and all is great wish I knew how to post pics off my phone hear
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