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Old 11-15-2015, 05:27 PM   #1
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I remember a thread with pics from sometime back of someone raising their trailer by adding blocks between the frame and axle mounts(torsion bar suspension, no springs). I've tried a search for that thread to no avail. Anyone aware of that thread?

I need to raise my 2001 Kiwi 17A like that.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 11-16-2015, 05:22 AM   #2
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Here is a "how to" thread with pictures from the Trailmanor Owners Forum: Retrofitting the lift kit - in words and pictures - TrailManor Owner's Forum
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Old 11-17-2015, 09:34 AM   #3
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Here is a "how to" thread with pictures from the Trailmanor Owners Forum: Retrofitting the lift kit - in words and pictures - TrailManor Owner's Forum
Thanks for posting that. Unfortunately, it's not the one I was looking for.
I know I saw it somewhere.
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Found it:
http://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...-26l-6569.html
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Thanks for the help. Unfortunately, that's not the one. The one I'm looking for used some nice custom machined aluminum plates. Dang, I do remember seeing it somewhere!
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:58 AM   #6
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This is the one! Finally found it.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:27 AM   #7
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Not sure why people do this. It just raises the center of gravity and the trailer catches more wind. Can someone explain the advantages?
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:46 AM   #8
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Mike the Jayfeather hybrids are built to tow much closer to the ground than other trailers, much lower than the your Jayflight's profile is. My previous hybrid, '03 Kiwi 17a's dump tube was probably only 3 inches from the pavement. Hence in the early 2000's Jayco offered (and still does) a 2" lift kit on some Jayfeather hybrids.

A 2" lift is negligible when considering center of gravity and drag.

I personally had almost no issues with the low towing profile but it can cause the skid bars to get dragged on even relatively flat driveway entrances. Some folks have reported having their dump tubes damages or torn off. It takes a bit of getting used to towing a trailer running that close the ground.

They are building them higher now. Our current X20E is about 2" higher than our 17a was, but still fairly low. It doesn't not have the lift kit though it was an option. Just the way it is it's a world of difference in ease of towing.
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Not sure why people do this. It just raises the center of gravity and the trailer catches more wind. Can someone explain the advantages?
The main reason I would like to do this is the fact that the trailer is just too low. I have to back it into a sloped driveway and it drags when I do. Also,
the plumbing is very low as well. In fact, at one RV park we go to, the receptacle for the hose end is higher than my dump hookup. Also, I intend to do some boondocking and just need more underside clearance.
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Not sure why people do this. It just raises the center of gravity and the trailer catches more wind. Can someone explain the advantages?
It appears from the picture in your signature line your jay flight rides high enough that sewer pipe dragging is not an issue for you. I have on more than one occasion not been able to use CG sewer hookups because my sewer drain was too low, it also drags the ground too many times at business entrance exit ramps.

I'll take the extra 300 square inches of wind drag to be able to use my sewer drain like most other campers do!
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