Raising 2003 Freedom

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 19:54
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I need to raise our 2003 Freedom by about 55mm to make it level.
It has a 50mm square axel with stub axels welded on top. Can I turn the axel so
the stub axels are on the bottom of the main axel ???. It will give me the 55mm
that I am looking for.
I have tried to get a lower tow hitch, but witout any luck.
The Hayman Reece adjustable hitch is still too high.

Bill Madsen
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Reply By: Otherwise - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 20:08

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 20:08
Why not?

It will raise the van to the required level and there should not be any issues

I have just done a springover(axle underneath springs) on my trailer and it works well
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Follow Up By: pojo - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 20:57

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 20:57
no problem in swinging your axel uunder your springs i have done it on an Olympic caravan and towed it around Australia with no hassles. I also checked with the makers engineers so it would not interfer with warranty
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Reply By: awill4x4 - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 22:25

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 22:25
One thing to be aware of is if you already have awning walls made for your roll out awning they won't fit the same as before as the angles have changed. This includes the "fill in's" that attach to the side of the van to block out the breeze from underneath in the annexe area.
Another thing to consider. Are your caravan stabiliser legs long enough to reach the ground if the van is raised?
Regards Andrew.
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Reply By: Dave ....Adelaide - Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 23:51

Thursday, Feb 16, 2006 at 23:51
Hi Bill

I have a 2003 freedom as well, i asked Jayco about turning axle up the other way , and their reply was you cant do it ..apparently the axle is slightly cambered to compensate for when the van is loaded, i asked about doing axle under springs and they said no probs , apparently they do it for customers all the time. My b/inlaw also has a freedom 2004 model he bought brand new , and he had his axle fitted under the springs by Jayco in Perth from where he bought the van , this has been discussed on this forum before , with a few saying not to do it , but believe me i have it done and i know a few others who have it done. If your in doubt at all call Jayco themselves , if you want to see a pic of mine done email me and i'll send ya a pic ...email is borgy052002athotmaildotcom Cheers DAVE
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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 08:48

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 08:48
I think there is a problem with ball height, with modifications suggested, and when I checked with Jayco to do my 2004 Freedom they said it would breach compliance plate and they would not do it.

Insurance might be in doubt with a noncomplying van.


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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 08:54

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 08:54
Some axles have a little toe in to help with stability while towing.
If you flip the axle, which should be OK, also turn it around side to side to keep the same toe in.

Had a friend do a similar thing, but he did a axle under conversion as previously mentioned. Helped a lot, especially on departure angles from creek crossings.
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