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Discussion in 'Taking Your Camper Off Road' started by plug ugly, Jun 7, 2011.
an extra 5.5 inches
Looks good. Does it ride any better/worse?
Did you do this because you go off-road?
Just like our Niagra....way better than stock. Rides and pulls much better also for us. Now when I get a flat I can get the tire out easier out of the wheel well (yes I had a flat and it was a bear to get out until the lift).
I lifted it beause I need more clearance. I dont know if fire trails to my favorite fishing spots count as offroad, but I certainly wont bounce it through the rubicon.
Departure angle was my biggest concern. It seems to ride the same or better. It certainly affords me a lot more room to wire, plumb, etc, which I am used to between my pickup and rock crawler.
Next on the list is to add extensions to the stabalizer jacks, skid plate for the black tank and maybe a "nerf Bar" for the water drain. Might lift it more in the future, well see.
Plug Ugly make sure you post pic of the nerf bar idea...I never thought of that one...great idea though! Skid plates are also a great idea, but to attach some that would not puncture would sure add some heavy weight to the pup.
What's a "nerf Bar"?
The simplest solution, I thought, would be to raise the tank, but Im not sure how that would affect draining into the black tank. In order to do a god skid, I will have to make some new cross members. Im not looking to support the weight of the trailer, just make sure some pointed rock doesnt gauge it.
A nerf bar is sorta an old school name for those tubular side steps pickups had in the 80/90's? While they offered very little protection while 4x4ing, hey looked "uber-cool". The plan would be to bend some 1.75 or so, in a "U" shape and place it around the drain piping. Then just burn it onto the frame. Cant take the credit for the idea, my buddy thought of it.
I have the same exact model as you (year too). How long did this take you to complete? I am also assuming you have gained clearance on B/W and G/W discharge ports (always been a problem for me especially when using a portable tank).
Great job. You definitely have me motivited to learn more about this.
Any unanticipated hurdles after you began the project?
Looks good. I also moved the axle on mine. I didn't remove my axle, just rotated and welded the new spring perches on.
I ended up with a 22 inch coupler height, which sets level with a zero drop hitch.
no hurdles, its really easy. Took like 2 hours start to finish with some help from a buddy.
yes, it gave quite a bit extra clearance at the bw/gw drain.
I am sooooo doing this. I don't do what I would consider any major off roading, but I do boondock and am usually down some fire road or something. I've been OK, but a little extra clearance would do me good.
we took it out for the first time a few weeks ago. It towed great loaded, and really removed a lot of the worry going in/out of driveways, down the road, etc. Well worth the effort.
Im also making some stabalizer foot extensions.
My "off roading" consists of washboard forest roads. My reason for wanting a lift is for the last 50 feet of travel. There are lots of great sites that I don't consider because of either a rut or hump at the edge of the forest road.
Our front jack is fixed in a vertical position. It is the first thing to hit the ground when going over the hump or rut. I haven't had any problems (yet) with the rear bumper hitting anything.
PU how did you do it? 2 hours seems like a mod I should concider.
lifted and supported the trailer
pulled the tires
undid the ubolts and plates
pulled the front pin/bolt of the springs.
dragged the axle out from underneath
put an angle finder on the lower purches to match the upper perches to.
placed the upper perches in place, got the right angle and welded them on.
while the weld was cooling, pulled the center pin out of the leaf springs, flipped it and retightened the bolt.
painted the axle
mounted the springs in place
slid the axle in place, mounted it with the same ubolts (springs are now on top of axle)
put tires on
put trailer back on tires under its own weight.
Its pretty easy, especially with a second set of hands.
An easy 2 hr job. I didn't have to replace the centre pin as the nut fit my new perches perfectly. I now have a 22 inch couple height, which matches my truck