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Old 03-24-2015, 09:55 AM   #11
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I used some scrap 2" x 8" and made them step up about 5 1/4 " last piece s 2"x 8" x 8" connected all together with carriage bolts that are a bit longer than needed so they bite into the ground and it does't slide that way.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:57 AM   #12
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While I know that everyone says don't jack the axle, I have zero qualms about putting a jack on an axle directly under the spring mounts (leaf spring axles, naturally).

I have done it for years and haven't bent one yet.

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Old 03-24-2015, 11:19 AM   #13
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I used some scrap 2" x 8" and made them step up about 5 1/4 " last piece s 2"x 8" x 8" connected all together with carriage bolts that are a bit longer than needed so they bite into the ground and it does't slide that way.
That's a good idea! I wish my trailer would do that, it would make things a lot easier.
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Old 03-24-2015, 11:55 AM   #14
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Don't think it would harm anything as long as you don't leave it there over 10-15 minutes. Not any different than driving up a curb, etc. Would break the lugs loose and have the spare ready to go on to minimize the time.
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Thanks OC, I agree in the need to be quick. I plan on using the jacks to raise a wheel also in order to pump the grease through when the time comes. I have the Dexter EZ lube hubs and need to spin the wheel while greasing.
So...I decided to get a answer from the Horses mouth so to speak

I sent this email:

We were having a discussion in our RV club about the Rapid Jack. The
question came up on how long you could safely leave an axel jacked up?

The thought here is, you have a flat and no spare and it might take
several hours to get the tire repaired.

Would it cause any damage to the axels by leaving the rapid jack in place
for this length of time?

Thanks for any info you can reply!

And Andersen replied:

Thank you for contacting us in regards to our Rapid Jack and the use of it for an extended period of time. As you know the trailer is designed to be supported by all the axles or the frame of the RV to prevent any damage. The safe answer is to not leave the trailer suspended and supported by just the Rapid Jack for a long time as it can damage the suspension of the axles to have all the weight transferred for a long time to one axle. It would be very difficult to understand how a few hours could do any damage and the main reason is that the trailer would be the static weight of the trailer and not the abusive pulsating it gets while towing and hitting every bump in the road.

I wish I was able to give you a better black and white answer but unfortunately each axle manufacturer would probably have a different opinion also.

Good luck and let me know if I can assist in any way.

Thanks,

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Old 03-24-2015, 08:12 PM   #15
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While I know that everyone says don't jack the axle, I have zero qualms about putting a jack on an axle directly under the spring mounts (leaf spring axles, naturally).

I have done it for years and haven't bent one yet.

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Mine has the torsion axle and your not suppose to put a jack under the axle.
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Mine has the torsion axle and your not suppose to put a jack under the axle.
As does my Roo. Look, at some place, the axle tube is attached to the frame. At that point, IMHO its ok to jack PROVIDED you use a spreader block or saddle so you don't kink the tube. The axle is designed to accept the weight of the trailer at that point.

What you cannot do is just throw your floor jack under the middle of the axle and pump away. You will wind up with a lot more camber in your wheels that you would have thought possible. Manufacturers always scream DON'T JACK UNDER AN AXLE, because someone will surely screw up their axles, and then expect warranty replacement.

I'm not stating that it's always the best choice. but if you understand where the loads are applied, and don't kink or dent the axle tube, you can jack under any axle.

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