How to Gain Clearance on Camper Trailers

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Gaining clearance on a camper trailer when hauling it over rough terrain sometimes requires repositioning the axle. This increases the distance between the top of the axle and the bottom of the trailer. If a trailer is too low to the ground, it can potentially bottom out on the axle and damage the underside. You can correct this with an axle relocation kit that will reposition the axle on your camper trailer.

Things You'll Need

  • Axle relocation kit
  • Car jack
  • Jack stands
  • Air gun
  • Felt tip marker
  • Socket wrench
  • Torque wrench
  • Move the trailer to a flat area, such as a driveway or a garage.

  • Place the car jack under the frame behind one of the wheels. Raise the trailer up off the ground. Place a jack stand under the frame and then lower the trailer. Repeat this step on the other side of the trailer.

  • Loosen the lug nuts on each wheel with the air gun. Remove the lug nuts from the studs and keep them in a safe place. Take the wheels off and set them aside.

  • Mark the top of the axle with the felt tip marker so it can be easily oriented when it is reattached.

  • Loosen the nuts on the U-bolts securing the axle to the leaf springs with the socket wrench. Pull off the U-bolts and take off the U-bolt tie plates.

  • Find the spring eye bolts that are located on each end of the axle. These bolts secure the leaf springs to the mounting brackets on the trailer. Loosen the eye bolts at the front using the socket wrench. Remove the bolts to move the spring and slide it down the bracket. Pull the axle out of the springs with a helper if needed.

  • Orient the top of the axle using the mark that you made in step 4. Attach the spring pad from the axle relocation kit to the top of the axle. The spring pad needs to be aligned with the original pad. Set the axle into position under each spring and tighten the adjusting nuts with the socket wrench.

  • Find the spring bolt in the center of the pad and align the spring with the axle. Secure the axle with the U-bolts and tie plates. Tighten the nuts on the U-bolts with the socket wrench. Torque the bolts to 55 foot-pounds with the torque wrench.

  • Set the spring eye bolts back into position and tighten with the socket wrench. Torque the bolts to 40 foot-pounds with the torque wrench.

  • Place the wheels back on the trailer and tighten the lug nuts with the air gun.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not support the trailer with only the car jack.

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