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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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A.J.
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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. 

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