I just acquired a 17' 1984 Bigfoot
Trailer. It has decent clearance and there's not a lot hanging down under it. Everything has at least the clearance of the center of the tires
except for the drop axle
, which is probably only 3-5 inches off the ground. So I'm thinking of updating the old axle
and leaf springs for clearance, if not getting a little extra lift while I'm there.
If I was only planning to go off-road I could comfortably lift the trailer way up and use tall, soft suspension. If I only planned to take it on the highway and stay in paid campsites and RV parks I'd probably want to keep it about the same as it is, definitely not lift it and risk flipping it over on an unexpected 60mph corner.
Problem is I'm planning to use the trailer in both extremes; long distance highway driving followed in many cases by off roading to a free camping spot in the middle of nowhere on roads maintained accordingly.
Does anyone have any experience with an axle/suspension for this kind of situation? Maybe adjustable height? I've looked a little into Flexiride because height can be adjusted but I can't find out how easy it is to adjust on the fly. Looks like at least you'd need to jack each wheel off the ground. Airbags and compressors doesn't seem like it would work because more lift = more pressure = stiffer, which is worse for off-roading.