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fireblot
Kids??  I asked my wife if we were acting like kids and she said,....... well, never mind what she said! 

Let’s face the facts: Aqua is pretty, but Red is Fast.  Did you ever see an aqua Ferrari? Nope! A turqoise Ducati? No way!  How about that famous song by Prince, 
“Little Aqua Corvette”? Not! It’s “Little Red Corvette”! You can’t argue with science!

Peter & Terri
2018 181b
Red ‘Retro Rocket’ (you know..... the fast one!)
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A.J.
Mike, I too would love to hear abut your Alaska trip.  We had Goodyear Endurance tires put on our 181B last week for our 7 to 8 week cross country trip planned for this summer so I am glad yours held up well in the Great North.  I have thought about adding a lift kit however as the trailer now sits an inch and a half to two inches lower since we switched the tires out. I am concerned with the sewer hitting some rough spots.

A.J.
Mystic, CT
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Retro-Active
Does anyone know of any tires that will fit the 177SE but are bigger and stronger, but not too big so they rub against anything?  When I had a Nissan Pathfinder I got big, nubby off-road tires which elevated the car a little. What I especially liked about them is I got many less flat tires from nails.  The extra rubber helped.
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AJ
[QUOTE username=mikes userid=4468783 postid=1304088639]Which tire, exactly? 

Those whitewall Coker tires that came on my 2015 177se were 4 ply polyester. I took really good care of them (I check tire pressure before every trip) and I've read that you have to be careful with that with those tires. I still feel much safer at high speeds with the new tires. Thanks!
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retro195man
Does anyone know of any tires that will fit the 177SE but are bigger and stronger, but not too big so they rub against anything?  

You might have to lift the trailer. But you take the chance of being top heavy. You should be fine with 205s and steel belts. Just stick to ST tires. 

The only other possible thought was military surplus. 
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amxpress
Go to the Maxxis website and checkout it their trailer tires. They are a proven quality ST tire that has been around awhile. Here’s a link:
http://www.maxxis.com/catalog/tire-122-129-st-radial-m8008
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Retro-Active
Thank you retro195man and amxpress. I looked into installing a lift kit and was told the manufacturer does not recommend it.  I think that is something to consider for later once I get past the warranty period. The dealer talked about flipping the leaf springs over. I never heard of such a thing and wasn't in a hurry to do so.  Does anyone know how often we should be repacking the wheel bearings?
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amxpress
I do not know who makes the axles for Riverside RVs, but with my Lippert axles, I have had success inspecting and repacking the wheel bearings, along with new seals, the first year, and then every 2 years there after. I never understood why some require this annually. I figure if I do it right with new seals, it should be good for a few years just like we did for rear wheel drive cars years gone by.
As for flipping the springs, do you mean flipping the axles or positioning the axles under the springs instead of above them? If so, that will really raise the center of gravity which could be unsafe.
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fireblot
Retro-Active:
I just ordered (and received) a lift kit from Riverside through my dealer. I’m not sure why the factory would sell me one if they don’t recommend installing it! Also, I think all the Retro trailers are fitted with torsion bar axles, which do not have leaf springs. My 181b has a Dexter Torflex axle. 

Several members of this forum have successfully installed lift kits and posted pictures of the process. It is just a simple spacer with longer mounting bolts that fits between the axle and the the mounts on the trailer frame and lifts the body several inches higher. As long as the bolts are tight, I can’t see any safety issues at all. I plan to install my lift kit in a couple of weeks and will post pictures.
Peter
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amxpress
Factory probably says that so if anything should happen they could say, “we don’t recommend performing the modification.”
I’m glad to hear they use Dexter Torflex suspension as it is much smoother than leaf springs. 
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