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Old 08-19-2009, 01:43 PM   #13
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Removing the Wieght distribution bars May lower the front/raise the rear of the camper enough to give you the clearance you are looking for when entering a sloped drive. The skid bars on our Surveyor are V-shaped so I'm not sure how rollers would work and then again that would give you even LESS clearance by adding rollers to the bottom of the skid bars. I've gone over some pretty high speed bumps and raised drives and never hit my tank drain valves on them, which is always my concern
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:49 PM   #14
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I was concerned about the lower profile on our Surveyor also. I had even put a lift kit on my Trailmanor because of a concern with that. So far, I haven't drug anything, even though I have encountered dips and rises in my travels. I still cringe when entering steep grades into gas stations and such. But I really have come to like the low profile of the Surveyor, both for the sweet towing down the road, and that little extra clearance above while in the tight areas of forested campgrounds.
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:22 PM   #15
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Never dragged the skid bars on the trailer once. PLENTY of offroad and onroad challenges. I am interested in the lift kit though, as I have even rougher ground I want to pull it onto.

And I too LOVE the lower profile of the trailer.
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Collapsed the right skid bar the first time towing my SV291. Don't remember how I did it but have not had any problems since. I have had the 291 since May of 08 and have put over three thousand miles on it without a mishap. The only gripe I have about the low clearance is when dumping the tanks at a station with curbing around it because the dump outlet is below the level of the curb. You have to lift and dump the remaining gallon or so of waste out of the flex hose. Other than that I like it. That being said, I am planning on installing the three inch lift kit and will see how I like it. If however I notice any difference in towing in regards to sway etc the lift kit will come off. I absolutly love the way this puppy tows, no sway at all and I am using a Quality S brand wd hitch with 1000 pound bars and a single, friction anti sway. I have also towed without the friction control by accident and did not observe any sway at all. I tow with a 2001 Z71 but when we first bought it we towed it home with a 2004 Expedition and noticed some pretty decent sway. Coil springs on the Expedition verses leaf springs on the Z71 plus the added wheelbase length of the Z71 makes all the difference. We have been from Fl to Va and all points in between to include the Carolina mountains. Hope this helps.
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Collapsed the right skid bar the first time towing my SV291. Don't remember how I did it but have not had any problems since. I have had the 291 since May of 08 and have put over three thousand miles on it without a mishap. The only gripe I have about the low clearance is when dumping the tanks at a station with curbing around it because the dump outlet is below the level of the curb. You have to lift and dump the remaining gallon or so of waste out of the flex hose. Other than that I like it. That being said, I am planning on installing the three inch lift kit and will see how I like it. If however I notice any difference in towing in regards to sway etc the lift kit will come off. I absolutly love the way this puppy tows, no sway at all and I am using a Quality S brand wd hitch with 1000 pound bars and a single, friction anti sway. I have also towed without the friction control by accident and did not observe any sway at all. I tow with a 2001 Z71 but when we first bought it we towed it home with a 2004 Expedition and noticed some pretty decent sway. Coil springs on the Expedition verses leaf springs on the Z71 plus the added wheelbase length of the Z71 makes all the difference. We have been from Fl to Va and all points in between to include the Carolina mountains. Hope this helps.

Great point on dumping Bill... while we haven't had any issues with dragging... we have had a few issues finding the right "fall" to drain the black tank over curbs.... None at campsites, just a few at dump stations.
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Old 09-18-2009, 06:18 PM   #18
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My 294 is low and I have scraped the bars a couple times. But the height helps the towability. It sits nice and low and almost hugs the road!
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