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Old 07-25-2013, 01:20 PM   #1
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riser kit / lift kit

I have a 2008 flagstaff 27bhss travel trailer. The ground clearance is very low and have a slanted driveway. Every time pulling in or out I hit my skid plates, getting really old.
I have read you can add a riser kit to the axles which will give you about another 2-3 inches which should work. They are around $300 buck, has anyone used/installed this kit?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:50 AM   #2
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I would like to ad one to my 2011 surveyor 295, same issues a couple of inches
would make a big difference.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:15 AM   #3
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I have the same driveway as you described and my 2014 Salem Lite 261BHXL scrapes the triangle by the clean outs. For now I use a 2x6 under the wheels on that side when backing into the driveway. This gives me enough clearance. I have received a quote from the dealer this week for $120 for the lift kit (qty 2 as I have tandems) and $450 for install. I usually do work myself but the labor charge seems adequate for the work involved.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:17 AM   #4
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One quick thought is to not out weight distributing bars on until out of the drive. The bit more sag on the tow vehicle may be enough to get the rear if the camper up enough.
Just a thought
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:56 AM   #5
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I have the same driveway as you described and my 2014 Salem Lite 261BHXL scrapes the triangle by the clean outs. For now I use a 2x6 under the wheels on that side when backing into the driveway. This gives me enough clearance. I have received a quote from the dealer this week for $120 for the lift kit (qty 2 as I have tandems) and $450 for install. I usually do work myself but the labor charge seems adequate for the work involved.

If you get it done, please update us.

Thinking of doing the work myself, anyone put this kit on themselves?
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:14 AM   #6
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I will gladly post an update (and photos if I can figure how to do it) and a report of the benefits of this expense. I feel it may be cheaper to do the lift than to replace the plumbing when I tear it off.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:35 AM   #7
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Can you put a lift kit in even if they are leaf springs?
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Can you put a lift kit in even if they are leaf springs?
The common practice to raise a camper with leaf spring suspension is to either drop the spring mounting to a lower hole in the shackle (if it have more than 1 hole) or remounting the axle tube from on top of the spring to mounting on the bottom of the spring.

If there are no other mounting holes in the shackle and the axle is already mounted on the bottom of the spring, you could add a spacer with a cross brace between the shackle mounting and the frame.

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I have the same driveway as you described and my 2014 Salem Lite 261BHXL scrapes the triangle by the clean outs. For now I use a 2x6 under the wheels on that side when backing into the driveway. This gives me enough clearance. I have received a quote from the dealer this week for $120 for the lift kit (qty 2 as I have tandems) and $450 for install. I usually do work myself but the labor charge seems adequate for the work involved.
You don't happen to have the part number for the riser kit do you? My dealer is telling me this does not exist
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The dealer did not supply the part number to me, but you can give them a call and they may give it to you. The dealer is Hemlock Hills Rv in Southington CT. The parts department has been very helpful. I usually deal with Missy. Feel free to mention that you talked with Darryl about this. I will definitely be doing this mod once the trailer is winterized this year as the damage that can occur getting into my driveway is will be more than the kit and labor. Let me know how you make out.
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