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Old 06-09-2019, 10:33 PM   #1
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Raising a voltage for more ground clearance

Just curious if anyone knows why just putting maybe and inch or two spacer between the axle and the leaf spring is not a good idea to raise the camper up. From what I have researched the suggested method is to weld tubing to the frame to space the spring mounts farther down. I have a broken spring and am going to replace them all which should help some but was thinking about spacers and longer u bolts also. Would be much cheaper than welding tube on frame. I am working on 2013 Voltage 3200, axles are already under the spring and I have already raised the pin box up as far as it will go. I almost feel the gap between camper and top of pickup bed is to close at 6" but also have read that 6" is ok. Any ideas or suggestions greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-10-2019, 07:53 AM   #2
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New heavier springs with more arch is the best way to lift it but if you do use blocks under springs make you only use cast iron or steel blocks aluminum is NOT strong enough and will crush
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Just something to keep in mind when raising the rear of your rig. It's not a big deal for normal RV's... but for toy haulers, solving one issue ends up creating a different one.

That is, as you raise the rear of the rig higher off the axles, your ramp angle increases almost exponentially in proportion... making for a very STEEP entry & exit
when loading & unloading your toys.

I found this out when I installed the Correct Trac system on my axles a few years ago. Installing it raised the rear of my rig about 2", but the unintended consequence was that higher ramp angle.

Now, that can be mitigated somewhat by simply raising the nose with the landing gear each time you load & unload... but it is a factor to consider.
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Hmmm good point. Never thought about that.
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New heavier springs with more arch is the best way to lift it but if you do use blocks under springs make you only use cast iron or steel blocks aluminum is NOT strong enough and will crush
Do you feel like this method is just as good as going with the welding the tubing under the frame to raise it? Would for sure be cheaper but someone shared with me that he knew of one that had stronger springs put on and the frame broke.
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Yes the springs that come on them are not heavy enough to begin with I bought my rig brand new drive it 275 miles from dealer where I bought it back home and on first trip out broke one factory spring and other 3 were bent they were 6 leaf springs and were flat on the trailer with hardly any weight in it I replaced them with 8 leaf 4000 lb springs they raised it a good 4 inches
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That is exactly what I wanted to do to mine until I read that someone did that and ended up with a broken frame.
How long ago did you do that to yours?
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Anything you add to the bottom for more clearance equates to less clearance above. Eleven feet and some inches already has a pucker factor so adding a few more inches will increase that as well.

Just another thing to consider along with the increase in ramp angle.
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I did it in July 2017 literally 2 weeks after buying the unit after 400 miles on unit 275 of which were the ride home from the dealer. The factory springs are not even close to heavy enough when they are completely flattened after one trip with hardly anything in the trailer and putting proper springs to carry the weight can not cause frame damage it had to be something else .
I have since had the Moreryde independent suspension installed on my unit and would never own another trailer without it it's far superior!
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Since it appears you're still searching for a remedy... as I mentioned, I installed the Correct Track system on my rig a few years ago to do just that. Although it's main purpose is for axle alignment, my purpose was the added height.

If you want a pre-made kit that's relatively inexpensive, and can be installed pretty easily (provided you have the space & tools required)... then this is it. I've had it on my Voltage 3200 for over 3 years now, and have had no issues with it.

Here's a link for it on the Lippert website... and although it can be purchased through them, I'm pretty sure I bought mine for a bit cheaper on Amazon.

https://store.lci1.com/correct-track...sion-alignment
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