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Old 07-15-2013, 09:16 AM   #11
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Thanks for the replies. I gave this a lot of thought before I modified the drain line. I am not worried about the jog in the plumbing. It is only grey water. Water seeks its own level so I don't have a problem with draining. In the winter I always flush the water system with antifreeze and run it down the drains, so the jog will end up with antifreeze in it for the winter.

It took me a couple of hours to do. Hardest part was breaking loose the bolts and then re-torquing them.

The lift kit was from Dexter, part # K71 707 02. They only sell the spacer in sets of 4, to do a tandem axle. Since I only needed one set, I am selling the other set in the classifieds. The set of 4 was just under $150 with the shipping.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:19 PM   #12
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Anti-freeze down the drain will do the trick, just make sure you use enough to displace most of the grey water. If it is 1-1/2" pipe as most are then it wont hold more than a couple cups of water so double that and it should push enough out. Make it the last thing you do after the potable water is winterized and other traps are done then dump it all at once down the last trap into the grey water tank and you should be good.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:51 AM   #13
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Just installed the spacers Mike sold me and it was a piece of cake.

The only problem was one of the compression nuts was pressed to tight and we couldn't get it on the bolt, even using a torque gun (which by the way made the job super easy). So we used one of the old nuts and torqued it down real well.

These make the trailer sit at a height that I am much more comfortable with. The grey/black drains are not in as much danger of bottoming-out. The WDH now functions a little better as the difference in height between my truck and the trailer is now MUCH less than it used to be. Still thinking 14" wheels would be nice when the time comes. That would add another inch of height.

I jogged the grey water pipe, like Mike, however I added a cleanout Tee right in the middle, just in case I feel like draining that low spot. Odd thing though, the pipe coming out the of the grey tank was aimed slightly upwards. So the top of the jogged pipe section is butted up against the bottom of the axle. We ended up putting a piece of rubber between the two pieces and things seem to fit OK. The very worst that happens is that section gets mangled up and I have to do more plumbing work.

Pictures later. Thanks Mike!
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:10 PM   #14
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Good job Jeff.
I almost bought those too, but just had too much on my plate at the moment.
May be a mod I do later.

Looking forward to pics.

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Old 08-08-2013, 02:56 AM   #15
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Jayco 165 lift - Torflex#10 axle

I'm putting together a 6 inch lift over the next month or so.

I wanted the drain above the axle and it takes a lot of lift to do that. Some of my camping spots are miles down dirt roads.

Before anyone predicts my death in a fiery crash let me post some pics when I get going. There are a number of trailers out there with a "Baja" version that have a lift of this scale.

My tow rig is tall enough that with the wdh all the way down the trailer is not quite level. This will fix that too. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-17-2013, 09:06 PM   #16
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Jayco 165 lift - Torflex#10 axle

Done. Click image for larger version

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Added structure weighs about 60 pounds. Cost about $110 in materials, half of that was nuts and bolts.

Now I have about 11" below the dump connection.
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^^^ WHOA! Nice! I have not measured the height below the drain on mine.

However we did get out for the first time since installing the 2.5" lift and I can tell you that the ride was much better than when I went to NorCal in June.

Here are before and after lift photos of the rig and a couple shots of the lift spacers and the drain pipe jog with the cleanout Tee.




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Old 08-18-2013, 03:09 AM   #18
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Jayco 165 lift - Torflex#10 axle

I had to cut my gray water line but I put it back together with couplings and no jog. It runs over the axle and below the added cross member.

I still need a solution for extending the stab jacks and and tongue jack.

The axle was side mounted and the bolts on both sides were rubbing on the back of the swing arms. It's like the axle needed to be 1/2 inch wider. Bad call by the factory I guess.

Just need a full speed shakedown run and then check all the bolts tight again.

The lift is 2x6 tubing with a gusseted 2x2 tube connecting the sides. Behind each bolt is a larger hole to access them. The ends are boxed to keep the tubing from turning into a parallelogram. Click image for larger version

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^ Dang, nice job!
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:14 AM   #20
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I have a 2013 x17z that I want to add a lift kit. What are the steps to place the risers on the axle ?
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