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Old 02-10-2015, 01:20 PM   #1
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Changing the shackles oneself

Its soon time to get the TT out of storage. One thing I do every year is pick a project I want to upgrade/repair. This year I want to replace the shackle links(?), bolts and equalizer to the TT suspension. I can't see anything wrong with them, but I suspect they're original...I know I never replaced them in 9 years. I'm able to fix about anything, but sometimes its best to leave things to a pro. It seems to be a one day job.

So, has anyone done this themselves? Would you do it again? And, any tips or suggestions? How about lifting the TT off the ground? One side at a time?
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Old 02-10-2015, 01:32 PM   #2
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I've done this.
Not a real tough job at all.
Do one shackle at a time and make sure you get a "wet" kit that is grease-able. You'll need a floor jack and possibly a bottle jack to align as you go.

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Old 02-10-2015, 03:09 PM   #3
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Wet bolts are on the list. Did you lift the whole camper?
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Nope just one side at a time.
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Good! Although I have 2 floor jacks, 3 different sizes of bottle jacks and a slew of Jack stands, I really didn't want to lift the whole camper up at once. I see a bent frame happening there.

I've been wondering about using the Dexter kits. Is it really worth it on an old TT? We travel on rough roads often. Their kits should have anything I need for a complete job.
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Good! Although I have 2 floor jacks, 3 different sizes of bottle jacks and a slew of Jack stands, I really didn't want to lift the whole camper up at once. I see a bent frame happening there.

I've been wondering about using the Dexter kits. Is it really worth it on an old TT? We travel on rough roads often. Their kits should have anything I need for a complete job.
As long as it's a wet kit you'll be fine!
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What's a Dexter kit? We travel on rough roads frequently too, though we haven't had any trouble since we had our Rockwood HW276 lifted after severely injuring one of the stab jacks, luckily on the way home.
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What's a Dexter kit? We travel on rough roads frequently too, though we haven't had any trouble since we had our Rockwood HW276 lifted after severely injuring one of the stab jacks, luckily on the way home.
Dexter is a axle manufacturer.
A dexter kit would be a kit they supply.
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Check out etrailer.com for parts. Very good pricing.

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Old 02-10-2015, 07:38 PM   #10
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Etrailer also has good videos on trailer maintenance.

Review on the Dexter axles are mixed. All said there was some improvements but some said the improvements were minimal. I'm going to get a price comparison together then determine if its worth it. If not much of a $ difference why not. But I'd like to hear others opinions first.

Edit: I'm referring to the Dexter Easy-Flex system vs stock.
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