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Old 18-01-17
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Question Should I Flip The Trailer Axle??

Hi Everyone,

I have a camper trailer that is still very low and was wondering if flipping the axle is worth doing? I have dropped the tow hitch on the Paj and the trailer is still low. If it is worth doing how hard is it to do?

Thanks for any info

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It's easy to do but will your tent still reach the ground?
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Never thought of that, I don't think it would reach the ground. Thanks for the heads up
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An axle flip by itself wont give a massive increase in height. Perhaps jack up your trailer equivalent to the height increase you'll get and put jack stands under it and check to see if the tent will still reach. Easy way to find out.

Maybe another option to get a little more height is to use higher profile tyres. Won't be as high as a SPOA but might give you enough to level things out
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An axle flip by itself wont give a massive increase in height. Perhaps jack up your trailer equivalent to the height increase you'll get and put jack stands under it and check to see if the tent will still reach. Easy way to find out.

Maybe another option to get a little more height is to use higher profile tyres. Won't be as high as a SPOA but might give you enough to level things out
Another good idea, will give that ago on the weekend. Was thinking about bigger tyers aswell, the rims on there are 14 maybe if i go up in size it will help it out, thanks
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What about longer spring shackles,thicker and stronger to account for the extra length.

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Is the axle mounted under the spring or on top of the spring. If on top, mount under.
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Is the axle mounted under the spring or on top of the spring. If on top, mount under.
So what do you reckon the OP meant by "flipping the axle", if not exactly what you've just suggested?
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Is the axle mounted under the spring or on top of the spring. If on top, mount under.
If the trailer is too low compared to the tug now, doing this will make it even lower (usually by the width of the axle beam give or take)

I'm assuming the axle is above the springs at the moment (al-la land cruiser ute so spring under axle) and he's asking about putting the axle under the spring (al-la HiLux or SPOA [Spring Positioned Over Axle])



Depending on how much extra stretch is in the tent I think the easiest things to do to get some height might be
Extended shackels - if the trl has slipper springs, can't be done or at least will be a PITA
Higher profile tyres
Larger wheels and tyres (eg, from a 14inch to a 15insh with the same profile tyre) but this might bring extra concerns with wheel bearing strengths etc.
SPOA which if the trl is fitted with brakes, shocks etc will bring extra work and expense

Each method brings with it pro's and con's but I think the first thing that Vix needs to determine is can the tent cope with the extra height.
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So what do you reckon the OP meant by "flipping the axle", if not exactly what you've just suggested?
What type of axle is it, straight or stepped?? Overslung or Underslung. Flipping the axle could mean throwing it away.
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