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Old 05-13-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
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SV264 Drags

Our new SV264 drags in the rear when entering the long (and steep) access road to our house. It looks like the main place it drags is the pads on the rear power stabilizer jacks. I guess they are designed to take the weight of the camper, but I can't help thinking I'm doing some damage. I wonder if the chassis can be raised like a car? Any advice?

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Old 05-13-2012, 02:19 PM   #2
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Rick does your trailer have something like this near the back ??

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If so, those skid bars should be the 1st thing to hit the road. I think that repeated rubbing of your power stabilizers is not good.....something is gonna give.

As a quick fix, you may be able to take your spring bars off before attempting the road to your house. Of lower the the head assembly 1 notch if the trailer is now riding a little tongue high.
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:41 PM   #3
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Surveyor used to advertise, that they have a lower profile, for less wind resistance.
the negative is that the trailer sits lower than other brands.
Jayco and Surveyor are well known for clearance issues. many owners complain about the same thing you are.
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Don't they make a riser kit for Surveyors?
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These are in my driveway - not that steep! I'm in contact with the dealer!

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"I wonder if the chassis can be raised like a car? Any advice?"

The axle mounting brackets can be removed from the frame and a spacer welded to the frame. Then mount the axles to the spacer. Many people with single axle popups have done it.

Mtnguy, the skid bars are much closer to the rear axle than those in the pic.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:34 PM   #7
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Yes they do make a lift kit and I had it installed on mine after having the same problem as you experience. Search the forum for "lift kit" and user nowait and you should find the thread. It worked fine for me.
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We had the same problem on our old 76 Golden Nugget and I added two 6"dia steel wheels on the bottom of the frame rails right at the rear. It would still drag, but it hurt nothing.
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One thing you have to watch for on these new light weight campers is to not have any weight carried at the ends of the frame rails, either by dragging on the jack pads or by intentionally adding wheels. The frames will simply not support that type of load. And adding wheels will actually make the situation worse by decreasing the clearance even more.

But primarily, you do not want to be dragging on the jack pads, as you will most likely rip the whole assembly right off the camper. If you look at how the jack assembly is "welded" to the frame, it will scare the heck out of you!
Those jacks are most definitely NOT designed to carry the weight of the camper, but only a small fraction of it.

Lifting the camper is probably your best bet. Raising a spring suspension is very easy, torsion a bit more work.
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If you manage to raise it what would that do to your warranty,this has torsion suspension I can't see it being an easy task,I have the same trailer and the same problem but my drive is wide so I can back in at an angle and get a wheel on before it touches.
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