Captn Sharpie
Early in my research on Retros I ran across a blog of a couple who owned a 177.  On the blog other folks had written in describing that their rigs were low to the ground.  Some rigs had suffered (expensive - is there any other kind) damage to drainage pipes and other bottom components when going over rough, uneven surfaces or from excessive pavement angles such as between a gas station and the highway.  My rig has two inverted triangular "crash bars" on either side of the frame in the rear, one of which was slightly bent.
Apparently the Riverside factory responded this design flaw by inserting a 3"x 4"x maybe 18" section of box frame between the axle and the trailer frame on newer models.  They also offer a lift kit, available thru dealers, for older models.  The kit costs about $100 and charge maybe 1.5 hours of shop time.  Since no welding is involved and all that is needed is some jacks and wrenches, I plan to do this myself.  I thought I might take photos of the process and post them in a later entry.  Has anyone had this done or done it themselves?  If so, any suggestions?  Thanks in advance.
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Tom
Any luck locating one of these kits?  
Riverside customer service must have me on ignore
and our local dealer is equally useful.  
[smile]
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mikes

177SE Lift Kit, Riverside p/n L270682. Dealer orders only.

Pictures are in this thread.

Mike
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Tom
Thanks Mike,
 That part looks like something one could fabricate
from some 2 or 2 1/2" square stock
if you can't get the kit from Riverside.

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mikes
Here's a reasonably priced lift kit, but it's for Dexter #10 (3500 lb) axles. I don't know whether the mounting holes are the same or different than our Lippert axles. But, the same could be easily made with some 2x3 or 2x4 steel tube.
Mike
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Tom
That's a really nice kit with the hold-in-place nuts and bolts.  I'd pay $100 for that.
Wonder if you could just re-drill the holes to fit our configuration.  Hmmmmm.   

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Trent
For my 155XL, ordered thru dealer. Looking at web for installation hints, I found a video for installation that was for a Forest River trailer. Some good advice. Hardest task was the alignment afterwards. Took about half hour just to get axle into less than 1/32" diff. Also noticed the Forest River lift kit was an exact copy of that received from dealer. Vast improvement.
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mikes
1/32" differential measured from where to where?
Mike
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Trent
we used a center mark on trailer jack frame and a mark on both hubs centered. Seemed to work, my advisor was a retired owner of a well known front end shop. Took his advise at will.
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Bevwhite99
We had a lift kit installed a couple of months ago on our 177. In talking with Riverside we found that they will ship the lift kit only to a dealer...we had ours shipped to a Camping World in Spokane WA and they did an excellent job of installing. It made a huge difference! We now will get a larger size tire which will increase clearance even more.
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Captn Sharpie
It took a couple of weeks but the factory finally shipped my lift kit to my local dealer.  I think it was $94 plus sales tax as both I and the factory are in Indiana.  Doubt if I'll have time to install before our next camping trip on Friday.  Here is a photo of what the factory kit consists of: two 3" sections of channel stock with pieces of flat stock IMG_0922.JPG  welded at ends, 4 grade 8 nuts, 4 bolts and 8 washers.
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mikes
The 5/8 fine thread hardware they use is torqued pretty good - 180 ft lbs is the usual. You'll need a 15/16" socket and beefy breaker bar or good impact, and similar for the other side (I used a 24" "Crescent" wrench). Make sure it's well supported (I used 4 jackstands, the 4 stabilizers, the tongue jack and a jack under the rear bumper). You'll want another jack to support the axle, it's heavier than it looks.
Mike
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Mustangjewelie
Hi all. I have a 2018 177SE and am curious how the lift kit affects how everything sits when hooked up to the tow vehicle. Am I correct in thinking that the kit lifts the trailer body while the axle clearance remains the same? And that larger tires would provide more axle clearance? If larger tires are added, does that cause any issues with not being level when hooked up to the tow vehicle? Thank you in advance for your responses!
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Tom
Yes, you're correct and you'll need to get a different drop length for your hitch.  I did the factory lift and 13" to 15" wheel change on a 155 and the drop for the hitch went from about 7.5" to 3" to get it level.   It makes a difference.  

Enjoy -

Before and after pics here - you can see the difference in height that you'll need to take up.  
https://www.riversidervowners.com/post/155-with-lift-and-15-wheels-9883262?pid=1305810699&highlight=lift
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Mustangjewelie
Thank you for your reply Tom, and my apologies for my delayed thanks. 🙂
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