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    My trailer sits too high

    Hey everyone, I have a converted motorcycle trailer that sits too high. I need to put my back wheels in the water to launch and I only have 2WD and depending on the ramp, can be fun pulling them out at the end of the day. I was thinking of flipping the axle and putting it on top of the springs. Anyone know if this is safe? I know axles and finicky. I have a straight single axle and want to make sure this axle can be flipped without compromising integrity.

    Thanks in advance.

    Here is a picture of it (the best I have at the office).

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    flipping the axle is easy and safe assuming you do it properly (my axle is above the springs)

    My main concern would be with the tire clearance once you do it but it would appear you have some room. I would also look into extending the trailer tongue as this would probably be more beneficial (very possible you need to do both)

    Do you have a picture of where the axle and spring meet?

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    My suggestion is that you find a better watercraft trailer and sell this one.

    Moving the axle up will gain you a few inches, but then the fenders might get too close to the tires. I suspect that even with the axle moved the hulls will still be rather high up at the launch ramp.

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    Or..,

    you could extend the tongue.

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    Those are small ski's as long as you can get the back 1/2 of the bunks in the water I'd just deal with dragging/winching the skis on and off the trailer. I'd just spray the bunks with liquid rollers and call it done. I definitely wouldn't move the axle but I would consider extending the tongue. Since you already went through the hassle of converting the trailer and having a dual purpose trailer is nice I won't mention an actual PWC trailer is the way to go. Post a pic of the front of the trailer I'm curious how it's set up.

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    Why would you not move the axle?? This is a very common practice in almost every trailer industry.

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    Forward to back? Cause the fenders are like made into the trailer. Do a spring under if your wheels can clear your fenders

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivespeedsteed View Post
    Forward to back? Cause the fenders are like made into the trailer. Do a spring under if your wheels can clear your fenders
    I don't think anyone is saying to move it forward or backwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r33pwrd View Post
    flipping the axle is easy and safe assuming you do it properly (my axle is above the springs)

    My main concern would be with the tire clearance once you do it but it would appear you have some room. I would also look into extending the trailer tongue as this would probably be more beneficial (very possible you need to do both)

    Do you have a picture of where the axle and spring meet?
    From the Dexter Axle web site;

    How can I change the height of my trailer?
    Dexter offers an over/under conversion kit for leaf spring axles. The two different kits available are K71-384-00 for axles with 2-3/8" diameter tube and K71-385-00 for axles with 3" diameter tube.

    Please note that these conversion kits CANNOT be used with reinforced spring seats.

    Additionally, changing the spring mounting from underslung to overslung (or vice versa) will change the trailer frame height and change the center of gravity of the trailer. This may affect the towing characteristics of the trailer.

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    Yup like I said it can be done. And a lot of brands do not need any different hardware including a lot of the dexter products

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