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Posted 2017-01-26 12:26 PM (#169184)
Subject: Cost of "lifting" trailer


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 We recently purchased a 2006 Cherokee gooseneck 3 horse trailer. Unfortunately, there is only about 5 1/2 -6" clearance between the truck bed walls of our F-350, and the underside of the gooseneck. We looked into getting a kit and "lifting" the trailer ourselves, but husband says trailer does not have leaf springs, and kit won't work. We got a quote of $1300 from an auto repair shop to do the lift, but have no idea whether or not this is a reasonable price. Any opinions on what this should run? thanks!
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cajunmuleman
Posted 2017-01-26 12:43 PM (#169185 - in reply to #169184)
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I paid a little over $900.00 to lift mine 3" by a trailer manufacturing
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Posted 2017-01-26 1:35 PM (#169186 - in reply to #169184)
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I would say that is about correct, especially if they did not bolt the axles to the trailer like most horse trailer manufactuers do. 
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Remington77
Posted 2017-01-26 7:48 PM (#169188 - in reply to #169185)
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I had to lift my trailer 3" too. It has dexter axles [no springs] like yours. It took me about 6 hours to cut the old welds out ,grind it clean and weld the new 3 " square tubing in. It is not a big job. I suggest that you take your trailer to a good welder to get a quote. Doesn't need to be a trailer manufacture or a high dollar fabriction shop. I feel certain that you will have better welds from your local welder then you have from the factory.  
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Remington77
Posted 2017-01-26 7:50 PM (#169189 - in reply to #169185)
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I had to lift my trailer 3" too. It has dexter axles [no springs] like yours. It took me about 6 hours to cut the old welds out ,grind it clean and weld the new 3 " square tubing in. It is not a big job. I suggest that you take your trailer to a good welder to get a quote. Doesn't need to be a trailer manufacture or a high dollar fabrication shop. I feel certain that you will have better welds from your local welder then you have from the factory.  
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cajunmuleman
Posted 2017-01-27 7:18 AM (#169192 - in reply to #169184)
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I decided not to try it on my own because of alignment. It is hard to beat a man at his own trade
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AZgrulla
Posted 2017-02-04 7:39 AM (#169265 - in reply to #169184)
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We had our CM 3h GN lifted...by local guy who builds off road vehicles and does mods.....$500... 
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Remington77
Posted 2017-02-04 12:17 PM (#169267 - in reply to #169184)
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thats great, glad it worked out for you.
 
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lv2rde
Posted 2017-02-04 2:35 PM (#169268 - in reply to #169184)
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 We had a 2 1\2" lift put in ours, from a local welder, for $600 
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loveduffy
Posted 2017-02-04 10:38 PM (#169276 - in reply to #169184)
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how did the lift affet the ramp if you have one ?
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Remington77
Posted 2017-02-05 6:47 AM (#169278 - in reply to #169184)
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my trailer did not have a ramp , but it would change the angle a little. You could put some blocks under your tires ,same thickness as you plan on using to lift your trailer , then lower the ramp to see how it will affect it 
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AZgrulla
Posted 2017-02-05 8:15 AM (#169279 - in reply to #169184)
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Ours has a ramp...we did a 4" lift...a little steeper but it will be fine for horses and human use.

 
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jstods33
Posted 2017-04-04 12:44 PM (#169706 - in reply to #169185)
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cajunmuleman - 2017-01-26 12:43 PM

I paid a little over $900.00 to lift mine 3" by a trailer manufacturing

what truck and trailer do you have? do you mind sending me a few pics of your setup? did you need to add a ramp? I need to put a 3 inch lift in my trailer
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hosspuller
Posted 2017-04-05 1:37 PM (#169710 - in reply to #169184)
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The "auto repair" shop is padding their estimate. They have some uncertainty so need padding.

My axles were bolted on. New grade 8 bolts and 3x3 square tubing gave my trailer a 3 inch lift. It a bit of a step for the horses but they manage.

Take your trailer to a trailer shop or welding shop. You'll get more and better information.
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PaulChristenson
Posted 2017-04-07 3:44 PM (#169722 - in reply to #169184)
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I'm still an advocate of flatbeds for hauling...no need to modify the trailers...

Alter the pickup...:)  http://www.hillsboroindustries.com/product-types/truckbeds 
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cajunmuleman
Posted 2017-04-08 9:22 PM (#169729 - in reply to #169710)
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I did not have to add a ramp. If my mules can't go the extra 3" in the trailer they will never make it in the mountains. I pull with a Peterbilt with a western hauler bed.
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