Please bear with me... I now feel as though I've tried to read as much as possible and, unfortunately, I'm still just as confused as when I started. The logical answer is - take the camper to a tire shop and let them deal with it. There's 2 problems with that: a) there are no tire shops near me that can handle my size unless I go out to the truck stop and b) I'd really like to be able to handle a tire change out on the road.
I've tried the ramp method and it worked once and failed once. I'd like to not try this again.
Here's the underside of my camper/axles:
The axle itself:
A "block" in front of my axle on the bottom side of the frame:
Looking upward into that axle hanger thing (the underbelly support could be cutoff - it is just hanging inside of that block in front of it):
The entire drive's side axles:
I currently own:
- 1 pair of 6-ton jack stands
- 1 jack of some sort that came with my truck (4x4/3500 so it's pretty tall)
Here are my questions:
1) Is this a torsion axle?
2) Where would I put a jack to lift the camper? Being mindful of my underbelly (if you say frame, do I have to remove the underbelly?).
2a) Do I need wood spanning anything and what?
3) Once lifted, where would I put my jack stands to save me (and everyone in the neighborhood) from eminent death and dismemberment?
4) What jack should I get (links are preferred- cheap ones from Harbor Freight are fine)?
- notes: it's a 14,000 pound camper with 12,000 pounds on the axles; each axle carries just less than 6,000 pounds
- from the ground to the bottom of the axle itself is 12 1/2"
- from the ground to the bottom of that axle hanger thing (where the "leafs" (is that the right name?)) is 18 3/4"
- from the ground to the bottom of the square-thing in front of the axle on the frame is 23"
- ground to the bottom of the frame is 24 3/4"
5) I have to change all 4 tires. I need to take each wheel off, take it to the tire place, have them mount them and then re-install with the new wheel. My plan is to do this 2 at a time (each side at once). Round-trip from the tire place to home will likely be an hour or so. The camper is parked on the road in front of my house (low traffic). If the camper is on the jack stands, do I have any worry of it tipping, falling off, etc?
Thanks in advance.