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Old 10-15-2016, 05:49 PM   #1
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Lift a new 17.5 ft Bigfoot?

I'm looking for some first hand knowledge about lifting an 17.5 bigfoot.

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 10-15-2016, 06:02 PM   #2
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Lift Bigfoot

I just replaced the drop axle by a straight axle, is the best thing I did on the RV, This lift the trailer 4 inches and does not change the behavior on the road
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Old 10-15-2016, 06:55 PM   #3
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I just replaced the axle of falling straight axle, is the best thing I did on the RV, This lift the trailer 4 inches and does not change the behavior on the road
Do you have pics or a post ??
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Old 10-15-2016, 07:16 PM   #4
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Pic of my new axle
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Old 10-15-2016, 07:41 PM   #6
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I'm looking for some first hand knowledge about lifting an 17.5 bigfoot.

Any help is appreciated.
Do you have a straight axle or a drop axle ?
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:44 PM   #7
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I also replaced the stock drop axle with a straight axle for a nice lift. At the same time I replaced the brakes and bearings. I think it's an excellent upgrade. Here's a good "after" picture.
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:58 PM   #8
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Did you use a Dexter axle as the replacement axle? Or a Standen which is my original axle?
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If your question is directed to me, I don't recall the axle manufacturer. If I can find the paperwork I'll post a better answer.
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the axle manufacturer is Fenco, a canadian manufacturer , he use dexter parts, i replace at the same time brake assembly and drum , a complete kit
The dimension of my axle, is 85 " drum face to face and 66" center of spring , axle over the spring
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Old 10-16-2016, 09:54 AM   #11
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I had an older BF 17-footer but count me among those who swapped the drop axle for a straight and never looked back. Best thing I ever did to the trailer, especially with a wet shackle upgrade.
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I had an older BF 17-footer but count me among those who swapped the drop axle for a straight and never looked back. Best thing I ever did to the trailer, especially with a wet shackle upgrade.


Same thig for me, also easy connect sewer and drain easy

I have no fear of breaking the sewer valves in the slope and still a very good handling
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Old 10-16-2016, 12:32 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the feed back!

I'm buying a new bigfoot in March, I'll have the new axle installed at the same time. That way I can drag it into the mountain with a bit of confidence.
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Thanks for all the feed back!

I'm buying a new bigfoot in March, I'll have the new axle installed at the same time. That way I can drag it into the mountain with a bit of confidence.
If you are buying a new 2016 or 2017, 17.5 it should have a straight axle from the factory. The 17.5 started production in 2005. Many owners of the older 17 foot model, built up until 2004, including me, have changed the drop axle to a straight axle and have been very happy with the change. I believe later 17's had the straight axle as standard and all the 17.5's did as well.
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