RAISE YOUR CARAVAN
Modern caravans seem to be built lower to the ground. They certainly look nice and streamlined but is this really practical?
6 REASONS TO RAISE YOUR CARAVAN
- IMPROVED CLEARANCE UNDER YOUR REAR JACKS WHICH STOP THEM SCRAPING
- INCREASED CHASSIS STRENGTH
- EASIER TO GET THE WHEELS OFF TO CHANGE A TYRE
- LESS GOUGING OF LEVEL RIDE BARS IN DRIVEWAYS OR SPEED BUMPS
- OPPORTUNITY FOR OFF BITUMEN TRAVELING
- NO LOSS OF TOWABILITY OR NOTICEABLE CHANGE TO FUEL CONSUMPTION
Swift Caravan Services have become experts at raising caravans to achieve more sensible ground clearance. It is a job we are doing more and more often. Once completed the noise you hear when you go down the steep driveway leaving our premises is the customers’ sign of relief! Contact us for more information.
What is involved?
By cutting the front and rear spring mount fittings off the chassis, attaching a 50mm, 75mm or 100mm long steel beam and refitting the springs we will lift the van by exactly the thickness of the beam.
What is the suitable amount to raise our van?
We recommend 50mm or 75mm. This gives effective clearance without altering the appearance of your caravan. 100mm usually exposes the top of the tyres in the wheel arch and this can look a bit ‘odd’.
WHAT ISSUES DO WE NEED TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN WE RAISE YOUR CARAVAN?
Stepping up higher into the caravan can be physically difficult for some customers.
Raising more than 50mm can create a problem if you have annexe walls. The draft strip and side wall flap may not reach the ground.
Lifting the van 100mm could make it difficult for the wind down corner steadies to reach the ground.
The towball height on the car needs to be adjusted up by the amount we lift the van. This is necessary to ensure the van travels level on the road. In cases where a Hayman Reese Weight Distributing Hitch is used this is a simple job done by Swift Caravan Services when you pick up.
And the old “Someone lowered the carport roof” trick! Just because there is 50 or 75mm clearance above the roof when the van is parked doesn’t mean the same clearance when you are backing it in. Dipping driveways and variable paving can bring you unstuck. Best pin some 50 or 75mm card board onto the lowest point of the roof beam and watch as the van comes in and out.
Is there already a high centre of gravity which may be further effected by raising?
If clearance of your caravan is a concern, contact Swift Caravan Services today to talk about the options. With the job done, customers’ tell us how pleased they are when they are back for their next undercarriage service. We can’t ask for anything more than that!
If you have a low carport or a van with independent suspension, Call us anyway. We still have some options for you!