Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
My tent trailer has the offroad clearance of a skateboard so I'm thinking of doing a spring-over axle conversion. Other than cutting the spring perches off the bottom of the axle and welding them back on top, is there anything else to doing a SOA I need to know about?
Jerry, if it's a straight axle can you just flip the axle over? I've done a couple of them like that. I did one for a buddy back 15 years ago and we didn't even unhitch the trailer. It took 20 minutes tops. Even with a drop axle sometimes you can just flip the axle. If it has brakes on the trailer the added leverage of the flip can cause issues though, especially if it's a drop axle. And if you can flip it and it does have brakes then make sure the brakes are on in the correct direction. Most trailer brakes can just be unbolted from the axle and swaped side to side if you flip the axle. I know nothing about camp trailers except the sink, stove, and toilet are usually all in the same basic area. One of the main keys in axle installation is to make sure the spring dowel pin
sets good in the axle perch. Many springs use a bolt type dowel and you may be able to clamp the spring, remove it, and turn it around the other way. The other advantage to a SOA on a trailer is in many cases you can add extra ground clearance by putting taller tires on as well. I'd say you should get a minimun of 3" lift from this with the stock tire size so the hitch angle may be all screwed up as well. Bob
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