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Dexter Trailer Springs Over-Under Conversion Kit

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Dexter Accessories and Parts - K71-385-00


  • Allows moving leaf trailer springs to top of axle
    • For use with double-eye springs only
  • Fits 3" axle
  • Includes:
    • (2) Spring Seat
    • (8) Nut
    • (4) Steel spacer nut
    • (4) U-Bolt
    • (2) Tie Plate

K71-385-00 Dexter Axle Over/Under Conversion Kit

Customer Reviews

Dexter Trailer Springs Over-Under Conversion Kit - K71-385-00

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (23 Customer Reviews)

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by: Chuck T06/16/2014

Received the package on Friday afternoon. Reviewed the instructions and postings @ E-Trailer. Pulled the trailer up in front of the house at 0930 Saturday morning and drove it away about 4pm. The biggest time killeer was as others have mentioned getting the 11,000 pound trailer up high enough and safe enough to do the job. Thanks for checking up on me. 135664

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by: K71-385-00 Ken C.11/15/2013

After buying a new truck I discovered that my 5th wheel was going to be too low to pull level. after doing some research I found your product which was what I was looking for. I ordered it and in 2 days it was delivered . Every thing went well in installing . The only problem I encountered was the plates did not contain a place to mount my shocks, after doing a little modifying I was able to use my old plates on top of the new ones and mount my shocks. Perhaps you could provide a plate that would have the hole for shocks. 107458


Very well no problems

K71-385-00 K - 11/15/2014


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by: Dan alandar02/07/2014

Haven't installed yet but looks good in the box and I know anything from dexter is good stuff so I'm not sweating it.... 116030


Very happy with the product. Trailer toes so much better not that its level with my truck. The extra clearance helps a lot to when towing off-road to the remoter camp spots we like .

Dan a - 02/07/2015


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by: Matt B07/01/2013

Easy way to get more ground clearance for things like mounted jacks. Easy to install. Good product. Raised my travel.trailer 5 1/2". Enough to stop the rear from dragging. 86965


Working out as intended.

Matt B - 07/01/2014


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by: Doug Stuart04/13/2013

Just what I needed. Very easy to install. We spent more time figuring out how to get the camper high enough to get the wheels back on then we did actually installing the flip kit. The super fast shipping and great customer support is what put on the top of my list. This is my second order but not my last. Keep up the good work! 75764

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by: Matt H03/01/2013

Etrailer has my business for any trailer part I need. When I purchased my over under conversion kit for my camper I was expecting it to be delivered in about a week. 3 days later a etrailer box arrived at my door! The part fit like a glove and is great quality. When a business sells Dexter parts they deserve good business! Thanks etrailer! 68269

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by: Jim08/12/2013

Received the lift kit in good time. Installed on my dual axle 5th wheel camper in a day. Once the camper was elevated enough to remove wheels and room for the 5" of drop the kit was easy to install. Did weld the top bracket to the axle tube as suggested in the instructions. Nice product. 94506

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by: Jim06/26/2014

Very quick and self explanatory to install. No need for instructions mounts very solid and gave me a 4.5" lift it looks awesome and now I will be able to go anywhere I want. Will definitely use this product again when I upgrade to another RV. 137819

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by: Chris S.12/12/2012

The price & quality of this kit is unbeatable. When faced with the option of gaining more ground clearance got my trailer I had two choices - fabricating my own or buying this. It's a no-brainier. Thanks again etrailer! 61239

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by: Chris S.06/27/2013

Would like to see a way to install the OEM shocks back into place the old spring plates has the holes in them and are just a littel wider to make this hapen 86348

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by: Jeff G11/01/2013

Product very easy to install. Took three hours with a helper and that included getting the trailer blocked up and secure. Product is very strong. 105958

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by: David P.09/15/2014

Parts arrived quickly and fit perfectly. E Trailer will have my business from now on. Thanks for the great service. 151124

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by: DONNIE03/13/2013

fit on top axle as they should. etrailer has my business from now on fast shiping and reasonable price. 70482

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by: Olaf10/25/2013

Have not installed yet, but everything looks ok and I am impressed by the quick service and good price. 105071

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by: RICK BECK09/30/2014


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by: clay08/13/2014

Shipped same day as ordered. Great price, fit perfect. will order again 146537

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by: John D.05/22/2013

Excellent product. Very easy to install and the kit was very complete. 81502

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by: Jose M.07/19/2012

Good product fit perfect.Made for an easy install,would recommend. 48600

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by: Oliver Jones09/10/2014

The quality of the product is great. The shipment was timely. 150488

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by: derek03/11/2014

easy install, great set up and i love the added four inches. 120233

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by: Mac05/12/2014

Great do-it-yourself kit. Worth the mon ey. 130056

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by: Stephen06/03/2014

Fast shipping , packed well 133966

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by: Chuck D03/09/2015

Good quality,and fit 177695


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