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Old 10-18-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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Jacking up trailer

Really need a second opinion, need to take a tire in for repair called the guy who put on our tires to ask where to lift trailer and he said to put jack on the springs, does that sound right? Tandam axle back tire needs removing Thanks.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:19 AM   #2
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I put my jack where the spring meets the axle. If that spot can withstand the stresses of traveling down the road, it can certainly handle being jacked up.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:31 AM   #3
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I had this same question:
Jacking up MY fiver (sigh, again)

Basically, what I got out of the answers was:

First- never jack anywhere on the axles if it's torsion axles. No one argued this point.

Then, there were 2 distinct schools of thought:

1) Don't jack on the axles. Many manufacturers recommend against it. Doing so can damage the axles. Use the frame instead. But, do put a piece of wood to spread the load a bit.

2) Don't jack on the frame. Doing so can cause damage to it. Use the axles- manufacturers recommend against it because people will try to jack in the middle and break things. Jack the axles up closest to the U-bolt hanger because if it can withstand the stresses of traveling down the road, it can handle being jacked up.

So, there you have it- 2 answers, both certain that the other side is wrong and 100% opposite to each other.

Personally, I bought a 3-ton floor jack and jacked up on the axle as close to the u-bolt as I could get. I did ultimately start to use a piece of wood between the jack and the axle to try and spread the load a little- but I haven't seen any negative effects. But of course, as they say- your mileage may vary.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:45 AM   #4
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So I went through that thread my next question, trailer is at lot do we need to have tv hooked up or is it okay as it sits? We need tv to take tire to shop, i guess put on spare til we get back?
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:54 AM   #5
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I had this same question:
Jacking up MY fiver (sigh, again)

First- never jack anywhere on the axles if it's torsion axles. No one argued this point.

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I have a single torsion axle (VIBE 6504)and contacted the manufacturer about a year ago (Dexter regarding jacking the axle at the point where it meets the frame). They advised it was okay.

Here is the response they provided.

You could jack at that point as long as there is not a heavy load in the trailer. If you would jack on the axle tube that isn't supported by the frame you could cause the axle to bend.

Rick Kapsa | Product Manager
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:11 PM   #6
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So I went through that thread my next question, trailer is at lot do we need to have tv hooked up or is it okay as it sits? We need tv to take tire to shop, i guess put on spare til we get back?
I think the TV being hooked up help safeguard the camper from moving while you have the wheel off. I used my Hyundai get back and forth to/from the tire shop (trunk and/or back seat with a cover).
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:12 PM   #7
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We did it! Thanks for everyones help it was definetly needed
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:37 PM   #8
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Well? How'd you do it? Did you jack up the axle? Or on the frame? Inquiring minds want to know!
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:39 PM   #9
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yea, we want to know how u jacked it up, please.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:57 PM   #10
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Axle or Frame

My dealership gave us very specific instructions on that very important subject. Jacking of the coach so far has been accomplished by a device that I came up with for road side tire changing, only had to use it one time since 2003 on the Sunnybrook. Anyway, we use my tire elevator under the good tire and axle to get the bad one off the ground. When we had new tires installed back in 2010, the tire dealer would only jack the coach up from the FRAME, not the axle for fear of bending and knocking the alignment out. This coach weight 8870# and is a double axle. If and when our 5'er needs a tire change, I will use the same tire elevator.
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