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LITEPHIL

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SDcampowneroperator wrote:

Flipping axles adds cosiderably more side load torque to the spring pack, shackles hangers and frame. An added welded in X member like 2"x .188 square tube between the rear axle spring hangers would be my advice.

Please explain how


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Posted: 06/18/22 06:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

he may be thinking adding suspension blocks to gain trailer height...which isn't recommended for some of the reasons he mentions.


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LITEPHIL wrote:

SDcampowneroperator wrote:

Flipping axles adds cosiderably more side load torque to the spring pack, shackles hangers and frame. An added welded in X member like 2"x .188 square tube between the rear axle spring hangers would be my advice.

Please explain how

Leverage. The axles are now further away from the shackles and therefore have a larger “pry bar” acting against them. Picture the axle tube trying to slide side to side and what stops it.

I cannot comment on whether they are built for it. Obviously plenty of people do oth without issue.

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LITEPHIL wrote:

SDcampowneroperator wrote:

Flipping axles adds cosiderably more side load torque to the spring pack, shackles hangers and frame. An added welded in X member like 2"x .188 square tube between the rear axle spring hangers would be my advice.

Please explain how

Increased bending moment arm.


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Almost every trailer made today has the springs on top of the axles. Seems to me if it were an issue it wouldn't be so common. Think about it. A trailer is a box on wheels. All boxes are the same.
Only con is that you'd need a bigger set of steps to get in and out.

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I've done 7 flips over the years for myself and a few friends and none of us noticed any difference in handling.We did notice that we weren't dragging the trailer or plumbing over the rough stuff. Since 99% of the towing is on the highway with little lateral forces,the positive out weights the negative in my opinion. If the bushing were worn or if there are other suspension problems then maybe it could have an effect but a suspension in good shape with the flip done properly really shouldn't be an issue. My current trailer doesn't have a flip and it doesn't need one but some trailers are so low that where I camp in the mountains, you could have problems. Just have to figure out if you need it or not.

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Flipped ours this year. I finally got tired of dragging WDH bars in/out of parking lots. Biggest issue was I had to buy a two step entry, because the single step was to far from the ground.

Gained right at 5". I no longer worry about dragging. I have felt no towable difference.

Probably going to buy another 10pk of leveling blocks. The stabilizers are stretched out.

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Thanks for all of the comments.


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If you flip the axles remember the brakes are now upside down. Won't make any difference in function but it sure looks funny when you service them.


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mbopp wrote:

If you flip the axles remember the brakes are now upside down. Won't make any difference in function but it sure looks funny when you service them.


You don't literally flip the axle. It's simply moved from over the springs to under the springs. Only thing that needs to be done is a new spring perch needs to be welded on or a flip kit can be used.
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