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Old 01-19-2013, 11:59 PM   #1
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I am going to lift my trailer (5er) an inch or two so I can put some slightly larger Lt tires on, and I have a couple questions for those that have lifted thiers.
#1- how much has the extra heighth hurt getting in and out?
#2- we have a outside kitchen and grill, have you noticed any negitive issues with dealing with outside fuctionability?
#3- any other pros or cons from lifting it?
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:46 AM   #2
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on my last trailer, i moved the axle from above the spring to below. i needed more clearance at the truck bed. sense i wasn't wearing tires much, i didn't mind that the arch was wrong when i turned the axles over.

center of gravity changes. mine seemed to be a little more bouncy.

getting and out really changed. the steps lifted more than i thought. wound up getting a small stool to make getting in and out easier.

consider the extra stress on ur frame.

how r u planing on doing it? my (current) trailer has a sub frame welded to the frame. came from the factory that way.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:16 AM   #3
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Is there a reason for going to a larger tire? You will also have to consider the distance between the tires. While a tire that's an inch taller overall, is only going to raise the trailer a 1/2 inch, the gap between the tires will decrease the full inch.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:51 AM   #4
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Ok, on the larger tires- I already have them. My trailer has the 225-75-15 -8 ply, about 6 months old, but I bought some 245-75-16 -10ply tires for my tv thinking that I would put the stock size tires on when towing further disrances(I have 35" tire on truck right now).needless to say the tires were to small, so I have a brand new set of 245s with 200 miles on them and they have to be better than the Westlake tires I have now. And I was going to upgrade rims anyhow.

On the lift. My springs are already above the axle, so I am making a 1" block or spacer from extra leafs I bring home from work. So I'm only going to be out new center bolts, and some u- bolts, and I usually get those at our Fleet Pride dealer- they can bend em while you weight.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:05 AM   #5
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You can raise your trailer by adding taller (4") leaf spring Equalizers by approx 1.5"-2".

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If you decide on blocks, from what I've read they are highly discouraged due to the twisting nature of our trailers when turning tightly.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:16 AM   #6
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Have you considered, having the spring mounts dropped instead of spacing axel? I think that would help in taking out some of the rotational forces being applied to the springs from the flipped and spaced axle. Adding shocks should help lessen the bounce.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:29 AM   #7
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TTrost- I'm not flipping the axles they are on top of the axle factory.

Rattlen- I believe a taller equilizer would change the caster of the hubs with the axle rotation.
And with the spacers I am making they would be built into the spring pack and only be 1" or so added to it, so little to no extra axle/ spring stress.
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Providing you have plenty of clearance between the tires, sounds like it should work.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:44 AM   #9
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I just went and looked, have about 6-7" between tires.
I don't know I may just look around at tires and see if I can find any smaller 10 ply LT tires. But then again the 245-75-16 are real common so if I had a problem on the road, they would be easy to find.
Just need to decide.

Anybody else- feel free to chime in on any pros or cons you have experianced!
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That should be plenty of space for the taller tires. I know my 5er only has about 3 inches between tires, and that would have been too close for you.
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