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Old 04-01-2015, 11:44 PM   #1
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17FQ Axle flip

Hello, New owner of 2015 17FQ. Doing walk around in 3 weeks. Does anyone have any anything in particular we should keep an eye out for? Also, has anyone flipped the axle for added clearance? We plan on doing some back roads camping.
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:16 AM   #2
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What kind of axle is it?
leaf springs, yes
Torflex, no
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:47 AM   #3
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:47 AM   #4
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There's lots of info in the forum on what to look for during a Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI). There should be water in the fresh water tank and a full bottle of propane so you can operate all faucets, flush the toilet, make sure the water heater and furnace work, etc. The refrigerator takes awhile to cool down so hopefully they either plugged it in or put it in gas mode. Open all cabinet doors and storage doors checking for loose or missing hardware. Check all lights and switches. If this is your first camper it's best to have two people listening to what the dealer is saying and take notes.

I did an axle flip on a pop-up to increase ground clearance. But as a result it also caused the stabilizer jacks to max out where I had to carry blocks to place under them. So far I haven't had a problem with clearance even on dirt roads. But obviously you could drag the bottom - as with any trailer.

Looking at my 17FQ I'm more concerned with damage to the drain point if something was kicked up from the tire. I'm considering adding a plate (or even a heavy mud flap) just behind the tires.
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:49 AM   #5
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I did a 16FB. The 13 inch tires looked a little odd and the axle was still low. I changed to 15" tires and rims which gave me another inch and a half and look like they belong. Right now I am using a box step as the single step is quite a reach! I plan to add a double step soon. If this is a new trailer will it affect your warranty if this is done? Mine is used and since I needed to replace the axle I had it made with the perches on top.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:27 PM   #6
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Looking at my 17FQ I'm more concerned with damage to the drain point if something was kicked up from the tire. I'm considering adding a plate (or even a heavy mud flap) just behind the tires.

I added some flaps to my 17FQ for that very reason.
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I did a 16FB. The 13 inch tires looked a little odd and the axle was still low. I changed to 15" tires and rims which gave me another inch and a half and look like they belong. Right now I am using a box step as the single step is quite a reach! I plan to add a double step soon. If this is a new trailer will it affect your warranty if this is done? Mine is used and since I needed to replace the axle I had it made with the perches on top.

Any chance we could get a pic of this? You have me curious. I'd like to get a more standard size tire....


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I would really like to do an axle flip on my 2015 310 BHDS, but in the opposite direction you guys are talking about. I noticed that most all of the new units at the dealers were sitting way up high. This 310 unit has some serious wind resistance as compared to my former Grand Surveyor GS29. I looked at the possibility of lowering mine but I would have to reduce the tire outside diameter a lot to clear the inner tire wells.
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We did it on our 17FQ and now have 15 inch tires and wheels. The way we had it done is the spring perches were relocated on top of the axel and then the springs go on top of axel. We really like the added clearance.
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Have you done anything yet to adjust for the step being a lot higher off the ground ?
We made a 7 inch high box step that is also used as a box when we travel for now.
I'm watching and will hopefully find a double or triple step that fits in the opening or will break out the welder and move things over so the ones I have found so far will fit.
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