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Old 05-09-2016, 02:02 PM   #1
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Jay Feather 29N Axle Lift

Has anyone tried to lift the axles on the 29' Jay Feather?
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Old 06-25-2016, 05:44 PM   #2
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Axle Lift Jayco 29 N

I'm in the process of lifting mine now. I've had it with the low sewer drain and dragging the road every time I pull into a business.

I've searched and read numerous websites about what appears to be the most common complaint with the Jayfeather.

It is so common Jayco offered a lift kit for the year model following mine. I contacted Jayco and asked if the kit would fit mine, no was the answer. I've read where several people paid welding shops and machine shops to fabricate lifts for the camper.

I will post pics of the process after I decide which photo url to use. It is not an easy process. My camper has a complete liner for the bottom. I was going to remove it completely until I discovered that would require removing all the propane gas lines too.

I cut the liner just in front of the axles and removed the rear half. This liner holds all the heat ducts and wiring up. There are 1" angle iron cross braces about every 6-8 feet. The liner is screwed to those cross pieces. I will be adding more to my camper.

When I replace the liner I will place a strip of sheet metal over the joint.

The axles on mine are Dexter torsion axles. I will be adding 3" of lift because my sewer pipe is 2.5" off the road stock. I bought a dump tank to use at campgrounds without full hookups. I can't even dump into the tank because the flange on it is 1.5" above my drain.
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Old 06-26-2016, 12:14 PM   #3
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What year is your 29N? I bought a 2005 25Z last December and have the same problem with my sewer drain. On one recent trip I pulled into a gas station and the cap was on but when I arrived home the cap was missing. I think it came off when I pulled out of the gas station. I called Jayco about this problem and I was told the trailer was only to be towed on pavement. I called dexter axle and talked to them about there lift kits and I was told I needed to get the number off the tag they put on the axle. But like you my under belly is completely inclosed.
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Old 06-26-2016, 12:20 PM   #4
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I cant remember if it is an 03 or 06. Jayco will give you an answer for everything. How many campgrounds are completely paved? How many business entrances have sloped drive entrances?

Bottom line is in their, Jayco, quest for ultra light feather weight they built a camper too low to the ground, no way around that. I'm trying to post pics now and am having a heck of a time. I dont have these problems with pics on other boards?
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Old 06-26-2016, 01:54 PM   #5
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29N[IMG] [IMG]Finally was able to load some pics. I have the camper frame sitting on top of two concrete blocks and a 2x6. I have six of these piers like a mobile home setup to allow minimum room underneath to access and work with. The frame gets its lateral strength from the axles. I'm going to weld in some additional box tubing for lateral strength.

These pics are for informational purposes only, if you choose to copy my mods, you do so at your own risk. My camper is long since out of Jayco factory warranty.

I read of a shop that lifted one for $500, I can tell you that would be the material cost alone. I would not do it for $500, I have $250 in steel and I'm just getting started.
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The first pic loaded upside down, that is the view of the ducts and wiring harness from the rear of the camper forward with the liner removed. Second pic just turn your head from upside down sideways LOL. The axle slots have plate welded in them now. The top axle flange bolt holes will be lowered three inches, then additional frame rail will be added to catch the lower flange bolts. I'm adding 2"x2" box tubing across the frame to increase the strength lost from the axle.
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:57 PM   #7
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Thanks for the pictures. They are a great help.

When I talked to the people at Dexter they informed me that on some axles Jayco supplied them with a bracket and dexter welded it on for Jayco. I believe the bracket in your pictures is that special bracket. I looked at my set up and it is the same as yours.

It looks like you can do the work your self so that will save you some money. I can't do the work myself so it is going to be expensive.

Please keep posting pictures. They are a great help.
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When Jayco put "NO STEP" on the rear bumper cover they were very serious! When I removed the cover to take out the last 29 screws, (joke), LOL holding the bottom liner up, I discovered there is "NO BUMPER" behind the bumper cover. I'm glad the NTSB doesn't require travel trailers to have rear crash protection because this might survive a rear impact from a golf cart driving in reverse. I guess the rear bumper was an option that original purchaser did not choose? There appear to be bolt holes at the rear of the frame where at least a piece of channel steel should have been bolted. The last frame crossmember is approximately 6" from the rear of the frame. The "plastic bumper cover" covers air. I'm going to fabricate a rear bumper and add a 2" receiver tube for a cargo hauler. I'll use the cargo hauler to haul the black water pump out tank and lawn chairs. I would not even consider triple towing due to the weak frame construction. I'm going to repaint the trim covers as they all faded really bad.
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Welded in additional frame crossmembers today and repaired a couple of mistakes I made. One bracket I made warped the frame from welding without cross support, my fault from getting in a hurry! First two pics loaded sideways turn your head or laptop and enjoy, I'm done trying to rotate and post! Some rotate, some don't! I think Bill Gates hates Apple and Adobe!

That is a ceramic fiberglass welding blanket wrapped around the 12v and 120v wiring to protect it from the sparks and heat!

Oh yeah and that Jayco/ chrome wheel is rusted really bad on the rear side, all four of them are. They are also rusted on the chrome side, they look like crap. I have new aluminum rims and new tires ordered. I'll top that off with a serious cleaning wax and roof seal!
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Progress is slow it has been hot enough to fry eggs on the driveway and the humidity is horrible. The second pic should be first showing the 3" of drop in the top axle flange bolt holes in the frame. At least Jayco used some high quality steel in the frame construction. It is light but is a high tensil strength steel, tough to drill. The first pic is with the axle temporarily installed to get measurements for lift blocks, which will be 4" more frame welded onto the bottom of the existing frame. This will catch the lower axle flange bolts.

This has been a trial and error correction project. I did not realize the Dexter torsion axle tubes are arched upward. After I bolted the axle back in place the top of the axle cross tube is within an 1/8" of my 2"x2" box tube cross frame reinforcement. This will not allow the bottom liner to slip back over the torsion axle tube. I'm going to have to weld in more liner support angle iron and install the liner back in four pieces instead of two. If I would have known this I would have welded the box tubing 1/2" higher up the frame. Oh well if anybody ever needs to access the underside it will be easier for them instead of having to remove the whole liner!

I'm still not thrilled with finding out I don't have a rear bumper. The plastic crap cap which is faded real bad is a bumper cover that covers the fact there is NO REAR BUMPER! NO STEP! NO JOKE! When I finish there will be a rear bumper that can be stepped ON!
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