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Riverside RV White Water Retro Custom Lift 3"
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March 16, 2017
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Kristopher
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I added a custom lift onto my 181b, it should be the same for any of the other models 177SE etc. 

The newer Riverside Retros have a small factory lift installed we cut that out and beefed up the steel and then attached additional 3″ lift to that. So far the lift has been great I can drive on dirt rocky roads now and not having to worry about breaking things underneath my trailer(My sewage pipes hang really low). I can easily upgrade to a larger tire now. I also have lifted SUV and getting a hitch with a long enough drop proved to be a problem but not any more!

 

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March 30, 2017
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Kristopher,

 

This is awesome!  How labor intensive is this type of project?  Is this a DIY type of thing or something better left to the pro?

 

I am a handy guy but have very little experience with welding though I have friends that do.

We are picking our trailer up on April 10th.  Do you think this is something the dealer could  pull off in that time span?  I may throw it out to them and see what they have to say.

Thanks for any advice?

A.J.

March 30, 2017
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I doubt the dealer would do anything like this for liability reasons.  I paid a shop $400 to do the lift. They quoted me about 6 hours of work plus materials. 

March 30, 2017
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Copy that.  $400 seems pretty reasonable. I may check around to see if there is anyone that does this type of work.  We are picking our trailer up a week from Monday in Michigan so it is a one shot deal with the dealer as they MI isn’t exactly close to CT.

 

A.J.

March 30, 2017
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Yes having the the extra lift is nice! Good luck with your trailer!

April 8, 2017
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Afternoon Everyone:

I have never looked under any of these RV’s so I don’t know what the original design was. 

My question, do these (Retro) trailers have leaf spring suspension or a torsion bar design ?

I don’t see anything like that in the photos.

April 8, 2017
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Yes no leaf springs. They are torsion bar design. 

April 8, 2018
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did you add 3″ to the factory lift kit? Or did the factory lift kit bring your rig up 3″ We had the factory lift kit retrofitted on ours as it wasnt included in 2014 but i would really like to have even more clearance. We scrape getting out of our drive.

April 30, 2018
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This is custom lift I had a shop add on. It is not the factory lift. I believe mine already was raised up higher as it was a newer year but it still was not high enough to pull out of my drive way without scraping. 

May 7, 2019
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I see you’ve had this custom lift kit on your trailer for 2 years now. Any problem with the welds holding/breaking? Any updated info on this procedure I would need to know about? I am trying to get some lift on my Whitewater 166 and I believe the factory offers a 3″ lift kit but think that isn’t going to do the trick so now I am looking at custom lift techniques. Thanks.

May 7, 2019
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I see you have had your custom lift kit on for 2 years now. Has there been any problems with the welds holding or breaking? I have a Riverside Whitewater 166 that the factory offers a 3″ lift kit but I don’t think that is going to do the trick and am looking at custom lift techniques. Any info or updates on yours would be appreciated! Thanks.

June 20, 2019
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Does anyone have bearing buddies on their hubs?

June 26, 2019
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Can a lift like this Torflex kit be bolted on?

I have a 2018 177se

 

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Dexter-Axle/K71-707-01.html

July 6, 2019
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That looks like it could possibly work. Looks just the one you get from the factory. 

July 24, 2019
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How can I tell if my 2017 177SE has the factory lift. There is a 2” square tube about 18” long welded on the frame above the axle. I scrap when backing up drive and would like more clearance. I appreciate any advice.

August 6, 2019
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I have a 2019 179 SE with the 2″ stock tube welded above the axle. I have damaged the lower side panels from bottoming out also. I am really surprised none of the plumbing has been damaged. Going to get at least an additional 2″. Hoping Riverside will agree and help with the cost. Will try to post pic

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s. Mark

 

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With additional height I will want a 2 step entry step. I have measured the width of the single step on my trailer and can not find a double step the same width. Does anyone have a suggestion or link to the step you have used?

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