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Old 03-16-2017, 04:20 AM   #1
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The axle, to flip or not?

We just purchased the Coleman 17FQ. We have been on a couple of weekend trips and love it. I already added a couple of jacks to the front and that has made a big difference.

The big issue I have now is clearance. It is only 6 to 6.5 inches in the back and a very small hill will cause it to scrub. I have heard that flipping the axle could give me 4 or 5 more inches clearance.

Is this a good option or is there a better one?
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Old 03-16-2017, 04:43 AM   #2
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Last Summer I had to flip mine on our Coleman 15BH. Ours did the same as yours and the drains were too low for anything but paved spaces. I bought a Dexter kit for less than $50 and welded the perches myself. We gained about 5-1/2" and love it, tows perfect. We camp in some areas with bad roads and haven't scraped anything yet. One thing to consider is the axle on mine had the brake wiring inside the axle. The wires exited the axle right in the center of where you install adjusting nuts so they can't be used. I had to reroute my wiring but it's easy. The whole thing took me about 3.5 hours and I'm and old geez.
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Old 03-16-2017, 04:56 AM   #3
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I flipped mine and added bigger off road tires as we camp off the beaten path. It has worked out great. Kodiak 201QB. Clears 12".
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Old 03-17-2017, 02:48 PM   #4
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Hey Jordi,
Just wondering how you like you 201qb, I ordered one about 3 weeks ago. Any major issues?
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Hey Jordi,
Just wondering how you like you 201qb, I ordered one about 3 weeks ago. Any major issues?
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We have had ours for about 7 months and it has been great. No real issues. Lots of little fit and finish stuff but it is cosmetics. Seems to be a nice size for getting places yet roomy for 2 people. The storage is awesome for this size trailer and that bathroom is pretty generous as well.
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Old 03-17-2017, 04:41 PM   #6
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Flipping the axles on our Aspen Trail 2710BH raised it about 4" I'm not that mechanically handy and paid the RV shop around $400 to do it for me. We did it pretty much right off the bat because the rear scrubbed on the first trip home from the dealer while trying to park it. So I don't really have a before/after comparison. I can say that I don't note any towing problems related to it though. We do need to tote around a little step stool to serve as a bottom step because the camper step is now quite high off the ground.
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