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Old 05-03-2011, 11:13 AM   #15
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That is kinda crazy Kip, considering the crown of the road is the street side of the trailer. The Boler American has everything except the fresh water tank on the street side.
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:35 PM   #16
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So you're telling me.......

Thanks for all the info; though, it appears that I'm pretty much to my own devices on getting additional ground clearance. That is, I remove the torsion axle and add a solid axle with leaf springs or equivalent. Also, go up in tire size, if the wheel wells will support it. Ouch, by the way.

Any manufacturer's kit or aftermarket availability of such a set-up? I would certainly think there would be a little demand for such a product.

Wow, maybe I just invented a new business, eh?

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Old 05-04-2011, 07:21 AM   #17
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Thanks for all the info; though, it appears that I'm pretty much to my own devices on getting additional ground clearance. That is, I remove the torsion axle and add a solid axle with leaf springs or equivalent. Also, go up in tire size, if the wheel wells will support it. Ouch, by the way.

Any manufacturer's kit or aftermarket availability of such a set-up? I would certainly think there would be a little demand for such a product.

Wow, maybe I just invented a new business, eh?

Thanks.
JimBob
Right after getting our Casita, I had the wheels and hubs off to repack the wheel bearings. It appeared to me that the spindle arms on the Dexter axles were at an angle allowing the trailer to sit a couple of inches lower than when new.

A local cargo trailer dealer carries all sorts of trailer suspension parts and also works on them. Dexter is one of their main brands. The guy broke out his parts book with pictures, and as it turns out the arms on mine match (pretty close) to one of the choices. There were other choices (angles) that would raise the trailer frame several inches. Replacing the axle, with brakes, would cost about $500 with them doing the work.

Another less expensive idea would be a thick spacer (of your desire) such as "I Beam" or square beam could be welded to the bottom of the frame and the axle attached to the bottom of that. Or a truss could be built and installed to raise it even more.

Seems to me that our FGRVs are sitting as low as possible, to push as little wind as possible, keep the center of gravity low, and still be able to drain the gray and black tanks. Raising the trailer could have both good and bad consequences.

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