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Old 05-20-2016, 01:13 AM   #1
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Jacking My Cedar Creek to Change Tires

Hi Everyone,

There are not many threads on jacking the 5er to change tires. I read several threads and found this to be the one that worked best for me.

I got a 20 ton air activated bottle jack and a pair of 6 ton jack stands. I tried to jack with my TV attached but found that this made the jack unstable. I un hooked and leveled the camper. I tried jacking first where the spring attached to the frame. This was not acceptable because then there was nowhere to place the jack stands. I then tried jacking where the front and back springs meet between the axles. This was very stable and gave me the opportunity to place the jack stands where the springs in the front and back of the axles attach to the frame. I raised the jack after breaking the lug nuts loose till the tires were far enough off of the ground to take the tires off. I placed the jack stands under the spring mounts and lowered the camper onto them then took the tires to the tire shop to be replaced. When the rear spring mount was high enough to place the jack stand, the front ona was off of the front jackstand by about a quarter of an inch. I left it there just in case. While the tires were off, I greased the bearings, put the tires on and jacked the camper up to where I could remove the jack stands and then lowered the camper. I repeated the process for the other side. Here are some photos I took. I hope that someone finds this helpful.
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Old 05-20-2016, 05:04 PM   #2
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Looks good. I have the Level-up on my Cedar Creek

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Old 05-20-2016, 05:19 PM   #3
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Stupid question maybe.......but did you use a 12v air compressor like ViAir to power the power-jack? Or a pancake/similar air compressor running on 120V???
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:41 PM   #4
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Air Assisted 20 Ton Jack

The jack requires 90 - 100 pounds of pressure to operate. A 12V compressor will not deliver that kind of pressure. I have a 6 gallon 120V pancake compressor that I bring with me when we travel. Comes in handy for keeping tires filled and many other things.
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Old 05-21-2016, 03:15 PM   #5
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I'm not sure what you mean by "changing tires". If I was changing a tire I'd just drive one tire up on a 2/6 or some plastic pads and pull the other tire that way.

So I'm guessing you must mean you are "changing" both tires.
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:18 PM   #6
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I'd call that a very good and most of all safe job. I don't know how many bent axles I've seen from people trying to jack a trailer using an axle rather than the frame or spring hangers. Replacing two axles will run you between $600 and $800 plus the tires you had to replace, you know the ones that lead you to believe you had bent axles in the first place.
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Old 05-22-2016, 07:06 AM   #7
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Front jack Stress?

Doesn't this place extra stress on the off side front jack leg?

I have thought about removing my left rear tire to fix a slow leak but when I looked over the situation it appeared that I would be placing a lot of stress on the right front jack, which doesn't occur when the fiver is connected to the TV.

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Old 05-22-2016, 10:25 PM   #8
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Have a CC with auto level. Had to fix a tire already. Used the auto level to raise the entire side. Worked really good.
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:39 PM   #9
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It appears OP does not have an auto level system. In that case I would purchase a Jiffy Jack... Jiffy Jack | Hitches Online
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:51 AM   #10
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Jancing the 5er to change tires.

I used this technique to change the tires on each side and to also grease the bearings. I could only do one side at a time.

I tried to do this several times. I tried to jack with my TV attached. This did not work because the 5er was not level and the jack slipped off. Fortunatly the tires were still on and the drop was not far. The first time I tried to jack where the springs attached to the frame in front of the tires. That was not good either. The best place was between the tires as shown in my photos.

The jack stand in the front of the wheel was just there as a precaution as it turned out. There was about 3/16 of an inch between the jack stand and the spring mount. The entire side was supported by the rear jack stand. This happened on both sides which shows that the Anderson rapid jack system will work on the side of the road. For maintenance like bearings, break adjusting and such, I would use the bottle jack as you will save lots of time.


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