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Old 07-22-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
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Lifting Trailer w/ Tongue Jack

I have a Roo19 and park on my steep driveway prior to leaving for camping. I try to level the camper so that I can cool down the refrigerator. Even when I crank the tongue jack out all the way I am not close to level. The last time I tried putting blocking under the jack in the raised position and then extending the jack. The trailer was closer to level but it seems like I am starting to lift the front axle of the camper off the ground.

I was going to make a stand for the tongue or the camper and raise the front end with a floor jack but can I damage my frame if I raise the front end too much, taking load off the front axle?
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:00 PM   #2
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Simply put... Yes you can damage the frame by doing this... More technical answer is it would be hard to believe that you can actually damage the frame by doing this... ultimately by lifting the front axle completely off the ground you would be shifting the pivot point of the camper from 2 axles to one which is farther back creating a larger span of frame that is supporting the weight of the front of the camper.... This distance isn't going to be very much... a foot... maybe two depending on axle spacing...

The biggest concern you may actually run into is bending the axle under the extra weight shifted from the front to the rear... I'm sure it probably wont hurt anything... but... it could at the same time...

long story short... my answer is yes and no...
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:06 PM   #3
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Could you build a ramp for the front axle to pull onto? Let that lift it vs. the tongue jack?
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This is sort of a chicken or egg thing. I could support both axles level but, then it seems like I would be picking up the tongue of the trailer and the TV in the process. I will never be able to get off the weight distributing bars and, it seems like I could use the tongue of the trailer as a catapult when I released the ball!
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This is sort of a chicken or egg thing. I could support both axles level but, then it seems like I would be picking up the tongue of the trailer and the TV in the process. I will never be able to get off the weight distributing bars and, it seems like I could use the tongue of the trailer as a catapult when I released the ball!
(Hangs his head sheepishly) Oh yeah, that would raise the nose of the camper up, wouldn't it?

I know on popupexplorer.com forums there is/was a guy name Oz and Us who posted pictures about getting leveled in his driveway:

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In fact, I found the thread on it that talks about it:
Leveling on a steep driveway.
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