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Old 06-14-2015, 10:19 AM   #1
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Jacking up a 5th wheel

What is the proper way to jack up a wheel on a 5th wheel? I have a 2013 Crusader and would like to check the bearing situation, just in case. I know to block the other side but should I jack the frame only? If so, should it be hitched to the truck? Can I safely use the jack at the attachment point of the suspension and each axle? Inquiring minds want to know. There is absolutely no consensus on this, even including shop managers.
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Old 06-14-2015, 10:35 AM   #2
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:00 AM   #3
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My mechanic advises to jack on the axle, as close to the wheel as possible, but never on the frame. The frame isn't strong enough to support the jack without bending. I've used that spot without problems. Good luck on your decision!
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply. I just found the info that came with the camper - it has Dexter axles and they don't want you jacking anywhere around the suspension. By the same token, it's not at all clear that the frame can support a point load of 4000+ pounds. You advice matches what I got from one shop manager.
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:57 PM   #5
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If the frame strength is that marginal and the "book" says not to jack anywhere on the axle or suspension,where IS the jack (s) supposed to go? Wouldnt you think that FR (who has so many warning and advisory stickers at their disposal anyways) would mark the proper place to jack on it?
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Old 06-14-2015, 01:03 PM   #6
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If you have springs, you can jack on the springs between the U bolts. If you have torsion axles, you can jack between the axles on the steel framework the axles are attached to.
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Old 06-14-2015, 01:05 PM   #7
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I jack between the wheels. I have a two in high cross member between the frame and the axles and this is where I place the jack.


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Old 06-15-2015, 10:38 AM   #8
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What is the proper way to jack up a wheel on a 5th wheel? I have a 2013 Crusader and would like to check the bearing situation, just in case. I know to block the other side but should I jack the frame only? If so, should it be hitched to the truck? Can I safely use the jack at the attachment point of the suspension and each axle? Inquiring minds want to know. There is absolutely no consensus on this, even including shop managers.
Having owned several 5ers and TTs I have always just jacked from the U bolt area on axle close to wheel and then just enough to lift tire from ground. Maybe wrong, but I figure the connection point for the springs to axle is where most of the weight already is so jacking at that point would seem to me to be the strongest. I know the jack placed under the U bolt could allow the trailer to roll off, but then again I'm not jacking that high and I'm certainly not laying under the axle being jacked up. Now if you trying to jack the whole side to remove both wheels or entire trailer that opens a whole other can of worms. I would jack the same way then use jack stands under each axle mount, not round part of axle itself. One thing I was told regarding 5ers is to connect to truck. This not only gives you an additional secure platform but can prevent possible damaging the 5th wheel landing gear due to applying an extra load on the opposite side landing gear. Makes sense so I just hooked to truck.
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Scotty: Do you put a block across the two u bolts and jack on the Block? or do you put the jack directly on the axle?
I was also concerned on blocking the frame, I have the covered underbelly that attaches onto the frame flange and would destroy the underbelly cover if I jacked on the frame.
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:05 PM   #10
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I carry a 3 ton jack and jack it up directly on the ubolts
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