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Old 08-10-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
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why ground clearance is important

Took my 145RB down the same forest service road that I've been down a number of times before. There are several large depressions along the way which I can easily navigate. Unfortunately, this time there were filled with rainwater, enough to cover a large rock that bent the step unit.

Looks like a trip to the dealer will be in order once the season is over.

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Old 08-10-2013, 03:55 PM   #2
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I hear ya there....if for nothing else, to make the dumping easier.

On my 184bh, the dump outlet is so low that often there isn't enough slope to let the hose drain properly. I have to manually manipulate the hose to get the "stuff" flowing.
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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did you install the axel flip?....the kit is about $30 and you will gain about 5" clearance....
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Hook a 4 wheeler winch to those steps and pull them back into place. A 4 wheeler winch moves slow so it is easy to control how far you go.
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had the same thing happen to me except it was a curb hop. just unscrewed/bolted the two side mounts a bent back into shape on the bench vise.
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:27 PM   #6
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I hear you about the difficulty in dumping. It's always interesting.

I do not have the flip. Is it something I could do or dealer? Pointers/links appreciated.

I don't have access to a winch but thought about a sledgehammer, either on or off the trailer, assuming it will come off. It looks like it should but because it's bent, who knows?

Too bad it's so danged hot here in the summer. Any outside work is miserable.
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I jack the opposite side by running up on a couple of Lynx level blocks prior to dumping. It works great.

Azjerry, unbolt the step then try to straighten it out.
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I do not have the flip. Is it something I could do or dealer? Pointers/links appreciated
See the following video....it's not the best instructional video....but you'll get the idea....



The manufacturer makes an axel flip kit (Dexter Axel) as do other aftermarket suspension suppliers... (check e-trailer.com)

Of course...you'll need to re-set your hitch height and there may additional cost there as well...

Good luck!
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Why would you want to catch 6 more inches of wind while towing?

If you need the clearance for rough roads, you should not be there. Clearance or not, on roads that bad you'll be shaking your rig to pieces.

Just my opinion.
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Why would you want to catch 6 more inches of wind while towing?

If you need the clearance for rough roads, you should not be there. Clearance or not, on roads that bad you'll be shaking your rig to pieces.

Just my opinion.
The 145 and 154 are engineered to be towed with minivans and they have a 6'-1" interior ceiling height. They drag in the rear or bury the tongue jack pulling out of normal driveways. Even with the axel flip - his 145RB will STILL be 6" shorter than your 17Z.....trust me - the F-150 he's towing it with wont notice it!
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