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Old 06-16-2012, 12:52 AM   #1
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The only issue with my new Rockwood Ultra Light?...........Need more clearance

We just bought a new 2012 Rockwood Ultra Light model 2702SS. It's a great trailer with many nice upgrades from our previous tent trailer. The only issue so far is that we didn't realize when we bought it, how low the plumbing hangs, giving us concerns about clearance when we travel to one of our favorite places to camp. The axles are torsion axles, so flipping them is not an option. Anyone have any suggestions on how to either gain more rear clearance or alter the plumbing? I have even wondered if there is a way to have some protective tubing fabricated to offer some protection, but this model has the sealed underbelly, which conceals the frame. I'm hoping we haven't seen the last of our favorite campground.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:15 AM   #2
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You might need to visit a welding shop to custom make a skid plate for the plumbing that hangs below the frame.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:53 AM   #3
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The low clearance of the RW Ultralights is also sometimes a challenge when dumping. A slight grade change to the sewer dump, or a "lip" around the dump sometimes make dumping by gravity less effective.... On several occasions, I'he had to use a macerator pump when a higher TT would have dumped effectively.

That said, having only two steps in, vs. the three or four on the higher unit is also a blessing when carrying things in or out.... Plus a good friend has the identical truck, and a comperable size Jayco, except that his stands almost 10" higher off the ground, and almost 20" over in overall height. I consistantly get better mileage when we travel together, likely only because of less wind resistance!
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:47 AM   #4
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this could be an option provided the factory has the kit for your model.

One of the guys (teamgl - Darren) here bought a Flagstaff 23LB Micro Lite and needed more ground clearance also so he contacted the factory and they sold him a lift kit for a reasonable price - I do not remember the details or who he called but maybe thats an option to call the factory and see if they make a lift kit or block kit to lift the trailer higher - he has torsion axles also.
maybe you could send him a PM and ask him what he did to lift his trailer to get another idea. He's a nice guy and am pretty sure he will respond pretty quick

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Old 06-16-2012, 09:28 AM   #5
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MrClean - If you find out that there is a "factory" lift kit, please let us all know, as that's a modification that might be of interest to many of us!
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I found the thread where he posted the info

it was called a "riser Kit"

Riser Kit on 23lb (same as 2306)
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What would switching to "slightly" larger tires and/or rims do?

I have a Mini-Lite TT with only 1 step. It has 13" rims w/ dual axles...
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What would switching to "slightly" larger tires and/or rims do?

I have a Mini-Lite TT with only 1 step. It has 13" rims w/ dual axles...
the mini lites have an option for 14" tires

the larger tires give you more load carrying capacity and peace of mind that the more weight the tires can carry the peace of mind of a less likely hood of a blow out due to being overloaded.

also check the load range - mine are C and when I upgrade tires I am going to D.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:05 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Forrest River said hey did not carry a kit to raise them and referred me to the manufacturer of the axles, Dexter, which I believe is part of or has been purchased by a company called LCI. I contacted LCI and they do not make a kit. However, I am sure I can have someone put a custom made riser on the axles, but I was hoping someone had seen a way to either change the location / angle of the plumbing or put something around it to protect it. I'll keep you posted on my progress. Thanks again.
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