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Old 09-04-2015, 02:43 PM   #11
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May just bypass the lift kit (which Dexter recommend against using) and upgrade the axles to start with. The upgrade being the same load rating, but starting angle of 45 degrees to lift the trailer about 2 1/2 inches. Heavier axles start a whole new chain of events. I guess it depends on the price of the axles. We don't load heavy or do long trips and the trailer fits our needs.
Mostly Rv parks and will try to move some of the stuff forward.
I'm curious about lowering the front axle a bit to take more of the load with the trailer sitting as is.
I agree, an axle upgrade is the better approach, side bonus is you can sell the old axles basically in pristine condition.
I would not lower the nose of the trailer any further if I was you, the recommended minimum clearance is 6", better 8".
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:17 PM   #12
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I just looked up the specs. of your 5er, I like it
Flagstaff Classic Super Lite Fifth Wheels / Travel Trailers by Forest River RV
I'm a little surprised they get away with 4,000 # axles, you're already at over 90%, better to keep a close eye on axles, bearings and especially the tires.
Leveling the load (trailer) would definitely help with distributing the weight better between both axles. Looking at your pic., I don't see how you could lower the front end without risking some nasty mishap sometime down the road. If I had to do it, I would get the lift kit and plan for an axle upgrade down the road. I know it's expensive, but you'll be a lot happier in the long run.

Edit: Kudos for paying attention, some folks just hook up and go and then complain when something goes wrong.
Exact same floor plan as my 8289WS with 4000 pound axels.
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