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Old 04-21-2016, 05:43 PM   #1
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Can you rotate an axle 180 degrees?

I have a Coachman 17FQ and need to get a little more clearance for 15" tires. So I know that the axle needs to be under the springs, and a new perch needs to be welded on the top of the axle as that is what everyone seems to do.

But I was laying under the trailer looking at the axle setup, and it seems like all that needs to be done is just rotate the axle so the spring perches are on top.

That just seems too simple, what am I missing?
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Old 04-21-2016, 05:53 PM   #2
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Typically axles are bent upwards to allow for the weight to "straighten" it. You need to weld the new perches. Now a lippert kit I had seen said they did not need to be welded but recommended a tac weld.

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Typically axles are bent upwards to allow for the weight to "straighten" it. You need to weld the new perches. Now a lippert kit I had seen said they did not need to be welded but recommended a tac weld.

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Ok, that makes sense. I knew I was missing something.
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Old 04-21-2016, 06:47 PM   #4
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There is no need to weld the saddle on either the Lippert or Dexter kits since the new saddles brace against the existing ones welded on at the factory. Just take careful measurements so the new saddles are parallel with the old and once you torque the u-bolts it ain't gonna move.

That said I did weld mine since I have a welder and it only took a second or two after I had everything "right" where I wanted it. The part that took me the longest time was jacking up and supporting the trailer.
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Yeah, DO NOT use the stabilizer jacks to hold things up... That will end badly for you.
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:25 PM   #6
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You also need to rotate the brake assemblies.
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Old 04-21-2016, 10:32 PM   #7
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Why? If the axle is just moved under the springs, nothing is rotated. Nothing to rotate. The hardest part is jacking the trailer.. I know I did it the swap.

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It's called an axle flip. Wheels stay in same position axle just gets moved above or below springs. I gained 3-4"s. Looked a little goofy with the smaller tires but it gave me the clearance it needed. Back skids were dragging on driveway apron prior to flip.


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Yes it does. Have 14" rims and the little 27" tires. I gained prob 5" of lift!

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Why? If the axle is just moved under the springs, nothing is rotated. Nothing to rotate. The hardest part is jacking the trailer.. I know I did it the swap.

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Correct, OP was asking about turning them over.
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