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Old 10-17-2011, 06:43 PM   #1
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Raising tires off ground

I have a Georgetown 330, what is good practice relative to raising tires off ground during leveling.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:18 PM   #2
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My 337 will do it if necessary to make the chassis level. For class A's I think it is fine.
For travel trailers and 5ers, the stabilization jacks are not designed to lift the weight, so lifting the wheels should be avoided.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:59 PM   #3
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Don't do it!!!

Just try to imagine IF the rig were to roll off the jacks for whatever reason. How much would it cost, and what kind of emergency vehicle would you need to get your rig lifted up off the crumpled jacks..........and then to cut what remains there would be of the jacks to drive your rig to get replacement ones. $$$$$$$$

They are there to assist in levelling the rig with the tires, not be a substitute for the tires. I'm pretty sure you'll never see it in print to lift your tires off the ground. If you can't level the rig with the tires on the ground.........move to somewhere, where you can.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:23 AM   #4
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Our 378 will lift a tire almost every time we level. Does it hurt it, no. Will it roll off the jacks, no, if you set the emergency as you should. I see tires lifted on class A units all the time, it is a fact of life. Our book says to not use the jacks for changing tires, etc., as it can torque the frame if it is in an unlevel position such as a road side breakdown situation. It also indicates that raising a tire in the leveling operation is aqcceptable.
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:49 PM   #5
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We've been places where we have had to raise the front wheels of the ground. I don't believe that should be a problem. But...I'll never lift the rear wheels off the ground! Transmission in park and you can lay on the parking brake all you can but if the rear wheels off the ground you are flirting with disaster. There is nothing to keep it from "rolling" resulting in extensive damage to the leveling system. Front wheels off the ground, do it all the time.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:08 PM   #6
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Did someone's RV roll off of a hydraulic post when a wheel was off the ground?
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:28 AM   #7
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I've had occasions, when leveling my rig, that the front wheels were up in the air. I found the rv to wobble a bit on the jacks. Not good. So I usually carry a couple of boards with me to put under the wheels in these cases.
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:41 AM   #8
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I've seen both front and rear tires off the ground. Personally I would not do it. Rear tires off the ground, no parking brake. Front wheels are probably acceptable but I'm sure there will be more movement of the coach when walking around inside. I always have the Lynx Levelers to drive on to and then level the coach when needed. For the small amount of time it takes to set them up, I'll take that safe feeling every time.
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I've had occasions, when leveling my rig, that the front wheels were up in the air. I found the rv to wobble a bit on the jacks. Not good. So I usually carry a couple of boards with me to put under the wheels in these cases.
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X2- If I can't get level with all wheels on the ground I will either put blocks (I carry 1'x1' pieces of plywood) under the wheels or ask to be moved to another site. I don't like having my wheels (front or back) off the ground because I feel it is not safe. JMHO
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X2- If I can't get level with all wheels on the ground I will either put blocks (I carry 1'x1' pieces of plywood) under the wheels or ask to be moved to another site. I don't like having my wheels (front or back) off the ground because I feel it is not safe. JMHO
I definitely would not raise my tires off the ground with my jacks. Either carry blocks to raise the rig or move to another site. Getting up in the air with the tires off the ground can result in some major league damage and is just not worth the risk.
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