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Old 06-13-2015, 11:58 AM   #1
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Jacking/Blocking & Brake Adjustment

Hey all you do-it-yourselfers, I seek your advice. I'm mechanically capable, but way out of good form. I want to kill a couple of birds with one stone so to speak, and need to jack up and support my trailer in order to pull all 4 wheels for tire replacement, and to adjust brakes while it is off the ground.
1) Should I incrementally jack and block each "corner" so I keep the unit fairly level all the time, or can I jack each "corner" 6 or more inches at a time? Not sure it makes a difference, but I wanted to ask.
2) I understand the concept of adjusting the brakes, and have found YouTube videos that are quite descriptive. I'd guess this is pretty basic stuff, but not having done it I'm wondering what input you may have.
Thanks!
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Old 06-13-2015, 01:09 PM   #2
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Guess if it was me, I'd drop the front to get the rear end up a ways, block under the rear, and then raise the front till it's up where I wanted it. Seems to work in my head at least.
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Hey all you do-it-yourselfers, I seek your advice. I'm mechanically capable, but way out of good form. I want to kill a couple of birds with one stone so to speak, and need to jack up and support my trailer in order to pull all 4 wheels for tire replacement, and to adjust brakes while it is off the ground.
1) Should I incrementally jack and block each "corner" so I keep the unit fairly level all the time, or can I jack each "corner" 6 or more inches at a time? Not sure it makes a difference, but I wanted to ask.
2) I understand the concept of adjusting the brakes, and have found YouTube videos that are quite descriptive. I'd guess this is pretty basic stuff, but not having done it I'm wondering what input you may have.
Thanks!
Subscribing: I don't have a good answer myself. I have jacked at each individual wheel but never attempted to do all 4 at one time. I might be concerned about the length of the frame with regards toward whether or not it would possible bow the frame doing as you prescribe.
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:30 AM   #4
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Would recommend lifting and supporting the trailer on the suspension or the suspension framework and NOT on the frame.
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:34 AM   #5
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I would do like in post #2 if you have torsion axles....

How do I jack up Flagstaff?
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:42 AM   #6
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I would do like in post #2 if you have torsion axles....

How do I jack up Flagstaff?
The only thing bad about your reference is he placed the jackstands on the axle which is a HUGE NO NO. Better to place them on the suspension framework.
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Just did mine except rotated tires not replaced. Used two floor jacks and 4x4 blocks between the frame and the jack. Set one up in front of the axels and one behind. Chocked the opposite side wheels. Lifted with the floor jacks simultaneously and did the brake adjust while the tires were off. Made everything easier to get to. I would bet you could use jack stands once the wheels are off the ground and simply jack the other side as before. Can't see why you wouldn't be OK putting the jacks under the frame as opposed to using the suspension. Felt solid as a rock to me. Suppose you could set the stabilizer jacks if needed, not for lifting or support just stabilize the unit while working on it.
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The frames on Rockwood and Flagstaff trailers are not designed for lifting the trailer, whereas the suspension framework (2x4 steel tubing) the suspensions are attached to are more than capable.
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I'll defer to OC on this one. My wildwood has a pretty strong frame and I didn't trust possibly screwing up the suspension on mine.
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The only thing bad about your reference is he placed the jackstands on the axle which is a HUGE NO NO. Better to place them on the suspension framework.
Agreed
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