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So I don't think I'm mechanically inclined enough to flip my axle (but where could I find out more to see if it's possible?). That being said, other than an RV repair shop, who else would be able to do this? I'm very interested in this mod.


Years ago when I had a welding shop I did this for several customers. You might try your local welding shop. Most of them do lots of trailer repairs. They will have a lot better understanding of what will work than most RV dealers.


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This is simple stuff... Any welding shop should be able to do this for you for about 6 hours labour.

It takes me about 6 hours to flip 2 axles and I only do one every year or so..


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sherpaxc wrote:

So I don't think I'm mechanically inclined enough to flip my axle (but where could I find out more to see if it's possible?). That being said, other than an RV repair shop, who else would be able to do this? I'm very interested in this mod.


Many welding shops within one's local region can re-position leaf spring suspension systems. And, they can add height spacers to torsion axle systems as well. Simply look in your regional phone book under "welding & fabrications" commercial ads. And for stuff like this, always best to hire shops who use certifiled welders.

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Thanks for the info. I'm going to look into this.


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sherpaxc wrote:

Thanks for the info. I'm going to look into this.


Dexter makes a bolt on kit that allows you to do this without welding.
Last I heard it's around 100.00.
Just another option to consider

Oh yeah, I have done all three of my TTs with no handling issues.


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Wow thanks all!!!!

This is a great forum, such quick feedback!!!

Glad to be part of the club now with the new trailer.

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The axle flip seems to have hurt my mpg slightly -- it may have gone from 11 mpg to 10 -- not sure -- due to increased wind resistance. But the extra clearance is priceless -- here we are in a ditch while boondocking on a dirt road up in the Eastern Sierra. This ditch cut right across the road -- no way to avoid it -- maybe a foot deep. My old trailer, with unflipped axles, could not have handled it. My new one had no problem -- check out the huge distance between the ground and the sewer valves:





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No noticeable problems on the two that I have done. If you have leaf springs on your axles first look and make sure that they are in fact mounted under the axle tubes. If they are mounted under the tubes then an axle flip AKA spring over conversion, will gain you about 5 1/2 inches extra ground clearance. But it will also lift your trailer steps by 5 1/2 inches and make your stabilizer jacks have to extend an additional 5 1/2 inches.

All negatives aside I will do the same for my next trailer if and when I finally buy one.

The Dexter kit is about $50 per axle, so if you have two axles you will need two kits.


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Another option is to invest in some ramps (4x12 beams or railroad ties) to fill in the dip in the driveway.

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the bear II wrote:

I actually noticed a better stability, especially when trucks go by.

I think it's due to the larger space under the trailer for the vacuum created by trucks to dissipate quickly. Same thing in a crosswind more room for the wind to go under the trailer so less push.

I've been on some very winding mountain roads and haven't had any extra sway or rocking due to the higher center of gravity.


Interesting point....the 5th I'm hauling now is quite high and I don't even notice 30 mph cross winds...big trucks don't even make blip on the radar...

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