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Old 05-10-2013, 01:11 PM   #11
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The book says to use the frame and I agree. My tubes have those rubber things in there and crushing one even a little bit could roll the rubber and ruin the axle.

Some 6x6x12 chunks from the home store (scrap or a short one cut up at the store) makes great blocks for lifting the jack to get high enough to change the tires.

I would not think about using any part of the suspension or the axle tube.
Frustratingly, my generic owner's manual didn't address tire changes + jacking up the camper at all. Or, if it did - I missed it:
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I couldn't find any paperwork for the axles themselves.

My concern with jacking up at the frame is the whole underbelly thing. I just don't know where to go with it and what damage that'll cause.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:15 PM   #12
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Frustratingly, my generic owner's manual didn't address tire changes + jacking up the camper at all. Or, if it did - I missed it:
Towable Owner's Manual

I couldn't find any paperwork for the axles themselves.

My concern with jacking up at the frame is the whole underbelly thing. I just don't know where to go with it and what damage that'll cause.
My point exactly.

I've never had an issue jacking under the axle where the u bolts are using a block between jack and axle.
Dealer does the same thing.

Leave enough room for a jack stand outside of where you jack you'll be fine.

Get the tires off and get them replaced already!
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I would do the axle and put a jack stand under the axle. Hope you're doing this on flat ground or I wouldn't do more than 2 at a time.

Edit. Looks like turbs is a faster typer while I read the whole thread.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:17 PM   #14
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Put a jack underneath your axle right where your ubolts are.
Put a block on your jack pad and jack it up.


You have leaf spring axles
Ok, so you're telling me to jack up against something that's ROUND. The bottle jacks that I've seen have a 1 to 1 1/2" diameter. So I put a piece of wood under that and start jacking it up.. what keeps it from slipping off?
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I would do the axle and put a jack stand under the axle. Hope you're doing this on flat ground or I wouldn't do more than 2 at a time.

Edit. Looks like turbs is a faster typer while I read the whole thread.
Yes, flat ground and yes, 2 at a time (both tires on a side).
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Ok, so you're telling me to jack up against something that's ROUND. The bottle jacks that I've seen have a 1 to 1 1/2" diameter. So I put a piece of wood under that and start jacking it up.. what keeps it from slipping off?
No issue as long as it is centered.

Remember, if you used the frame, you need a heavier jack because you're jacking the whole side. You need a long jack because you have to take all the movement out of the suspension, too. Jacking the axle, you just need to take the flex out of the tire... An inch or 2.
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Ok, so you're telling me to jack up against something that's ROUND. The bottle jacks that I've seen have a 1 to 1 1/2" diameter. So I put a piece of wood under that and start jacking it up.. what keeps it from slipping off?
Kiss effect.

Cut a notch in the board if your worried about it.

I'd use a floor jack not a bottle jack.

Don't forget to loosen the lug nuts a little before you jack it up or you'll be letting it all back downt again unless you have air tools.
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What Turbs said! Jack the axle. I've seen "cups" for bottle jacks, but a good block of wood will work fine. Break the nuts loose, jack one axle, put stand under, jack other axle(same side), place stand, remove tires. Reverse process for installation and move to other side.
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Kiss effect.

Cut a notch in the board if your worried about it.

I'd use a floor jack not a bottle jack.

Don't forget to loosen the lug nuts a little before you jack it up or you'll be letting it all back downt again unless you have air tools.
x2. If you are using a 4x4 it will have a nice indent from your axle after the first one anyway.

I would try to get as close to the u-bolts as possible.

Bottle are for Jack, not for jacking. Get a floor jack.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:34 PM   #20
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Kiss effect.

Cut a notch in the board if your worried about it.

I'd use a floor jack not a bottle jack.

Don't forget to loosen the lug nuts a little before you jack it up or you'll be letting it all back downt again unless you have air tools.
Ok, 2 questions...

1) which way is the board running? perpendicular to the axle or parallel with it? And how long should it be?

2) For the floor jack vs. bottle jack.. I was thinking bottle jack because I'd be able to take it with me and keep it in my camper tool box for road-side tire changes... Thoughts?

2a) Any idea how heavy of a jack I need? 3 ton? 4 ton? Less?
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