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Old 08-29-2013, 12:18 AM   #11
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Have you checked the top of the wheel wells for tire rub?

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Yes. I did after towing. Just went out and checked now. No rubbing at all on any surface. I have much more clearance than jeepman has as well. Running 47 psi n filled in all tires as from FR, dealer subs out all tire work.


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Old 08-29-2013, 03:02 AM   #12
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Thanks for the link Dave_Monica.

gljurczyk, I am installing the lift kit because the clearance is limited and getting smaller. In the pic below you can see there is barely enough room for two fingers. This weekend there is barely enough room for one. I am taking it to Forrest River in October. At that time they can determine if I need new axles. I will like the lift kit because it sets a touch low on my truck anyway.
Well Thanks for the information. I went out to take a look at my unit. I have about the same as you do for clearance. I have over 11,000 miles towing it and never did I bottom out or rub the wheel well. Please keep us owners informed on what FR tells you. I assume you have the 4000 lb. alko axles. When I was in Goshen the plant is now installing dexter on all the units. Once again thanks.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:23 AM   #13
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I am going to use some 1/4x1 1/2 flat metal and drill and mount it to the bolts to help stabilize it laterally and drill the lift block on the bottom to bolt up through the axle mounting bracket and the lift block. This should help. I don't think it would be any more side stress than longer shackles on spring lifts. I would also think the axle is going to help in the way of a cross brace.
I was out looking under the camper this morning visualizing the mounting of the spacer kit. It may be a little overkill but I'd be adding either 1x3" steel tubing or 3" wide C channel vertically in front of the forward axle and behind the rear axle and welding on mounting tabs to be bolted to the new spacer block. It could be positioned such that the new cross brace could be tack welded to the existing 1x4" cross brace. As I said, I'm not a Structural Engineer...JMHO.

BTW, I have had a tire rub with both tires on the door side of the camper...more of a contact probably from a large bump/pothole than a rub as the contact spot is only 1x2" in area. Looks like I have 1 1/2 - 1 5/8" clearance between the tires and the top of the wheelwell.

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Old 08-29-2013, 11:02 AM   #14
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The Fac.spacers on the trailer are (Full length over Both Axles), you will have to (Lift the trailer frame off of both axles at the same time) to place the proper (lift kit) under your unit. Youroo!!
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:39 AM   #15
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Here's a link to the Dexter lift kit installation that 'Mac rv' referred to... http://dexteraxle.com/i/u/6149609/f/...x_Lift_Kit.pdf
YooRoo, This is in fact the unit that FR has sent. I have not seen it yet, it is due in today. According to the directions it is four seperate structures.

Dave, looking at the directions there really is no good way to add a cross brace to this lift kit unless you built something similar to what YouRoo has suggested. I do plan on adding some 1/4" strap on the inside mounting tabs to help tie things together. As far as making alot of structural changes I will wait until it comes home from the factory. They may change the axles anyway.

These are the Al-Ko 4000# axles. According to the tag on the axle they appear to be + 22.5. The trailer had about 2 to 2 1/2 inches of clearance when it was new and has been slowly relaxing with every mile traveled. I have weighed it fully loaded for dry camping both coming and going to verify I have not been overloading it.The weights are coming is 400 to 600 under 8000# on the axles. That is not much cushion. I talked with a trailer manufacturer here and asked them about 5200# axles. He didn't seem to think that was a good idea because these axles were rated for the weight the trailer seems to run closest to. I plan on installing the lift kit this weekend. I will post a pic of the finished job.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:49 AM   #16
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Jeep,are the axles now sitting on (2) members or (4)? Mine are on (2) full length! Youroo!!
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I see in the Dex.pics. that your axles rest on the Main Frame. My unit has a full length sq.tube spacer between the frame and axle perch. It came from the fac.that way. Youroo!!
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YooRoo, mike is just like Dave's.
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I'm a little surprised that the lift kit doesn't include any extra cross bracing between the axle spacers. I've attached a photo of the axle mounting/spacer arrangement of our 8280WS...I believe that your 8289WS will be the same. I'm no structural engineer but adding a 3" spacer below the existing ones and no extra cross brace doesn't seem right to me.

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YooRoo, mike is just like Dave's.


Is this how yours is set up?
Jeepman,ours has (2)spacers for a total stack height of (7)in. between the frame and Axle. We have (3) steps at the door. Our center jacks are mounted on the cross braces between the axles. Youroo!!
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I received the lift kit for my 5er last Thursday. Set everything up and installed it Saturday morning. The kit is complete and very simple. The unit that is in a previous link is not the same as the one I received. This one came with a spacer and flat stock that is about 6" wide and 20" long. You set the spacer between the axle and frame bolting up through the holes in the top of the axle bracket and the the flat plate gets bolted throught the sides of the axle braket and the frame bracket and the spacer. This is followed by adding an additional hole in the brame bracket to secure the added plate there. Overall I think this is more secure than the factory setup because there are now 4 bolts securing th axle, and three bolts securing every thing to the frame bracket. The total lift was more that I would have preferred. It lifted the trailer about 3" total. I towed it about 10 miles after it was done to see if I will notice the higher stance. It towed fine but I am sure it will be more noticeable in windy mountain roads or some of the Wyoming winds. I am sorry to say I didn't take any pics.
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