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Old 10-30-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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increase ground clearance?

I have a 2004 Forest River Grand Surveyor that sits low to the ground. We drag going in and out of most parking lots. Is there a way to increase the ground clearance on this camper?
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:21 AM   #2
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I believe that your camper is equipped with torsion axles like the photo below.

You could have a fab shop install steel tubing 2" wide by whatever you wish to raise the camper by. The steel tubing would be welded in place between the axle mounting bracket and the camper frame. Some cross bracing should be added between the spacers both front and back to make it solid.

The other photo is the factory spacer installation on our Rockwood 5ver for comparison.

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Old 10-31-2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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Surveyors, along with some Jayco brands, are infamous for being so low.
they advertise that it helps with wind resistance but don't let new buyers know of the negatives of it being lower.

with the torsion axles, the only option is to have spacers installed to the axles, to raise the trailer up.
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No help, but commiserating with you - I have to move my sister's 1995 Terry camper this weekend and know that I'll be hearing unpleasant scrapes through many of the turns and dips in the road.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:33 PM   #5
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I have a surveyor 264 with torsion suspension and I love how low it sits, we have never had a problem as long as you are aware of how low it is and plan ahead.
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I have a surveyor 264 with torsion suspension and I love how low it sits, we have never had a problem as long as you are aware of how low it is and plan ahead.
What he said.

We have SV263, and have only hit the drag bars 1 time....a really deep dip out of a service station. I approached the dip at an angle, but still knew it was gonna hit. No damage to my drag bars, but probably left some grooves in the pavement beside of all of the others.
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What he said.

We have SV263, and have only hit the drag bars 1 time....a really deep dip out of a service station. I approached the dip at an angle, but still knew it was gonna hit. No damage to my drag bars, but probably left some grooves in the pavement beside of all of the others.
Man, I did it coming through a campground. And, the house where the camper is stored has a nasty bump getting into it. And, on a turn (following directions to get to a campground that I'd never been to before).

I just don't know how it's avoidable...
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I have a 2004 Forest River Grand Surveyor that sits low to the ground. We drag going in and out of most parking lots. Is there a way to increase the ground clearance on this camper?
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I should have asked the obvious question...is the camper sitting level?

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Old 10-31-2013, 05:50 PM   #9
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Back end of mine was/is kind of low.
Dropped the Pullrite as low as I can and may use the last hole on the pin box to level it out.
After reading this I wonder if a pair of metal crazy wheels will do the trick
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Back end of mine was/is kind of low.
Dropped the Pullrite as low as I can and may use the last hole on the pin box to level it out.
After reading this I wonder if a pair of metal crazy wheels will do the trick
Adding the wheels is going to decrease your clearance by several inches, depending on the size/capacity of the wheels you install, causing you to contact the road surface even more often.
While there doesn't appear to be any "good" answer to this problem, I'm wondering why nobody ever installed a skid plate similar to what off-road bikes, ATVs, trucks, etc. have. A sheet of aluminum, screwed into the frame can't add all that much weight.
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