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Old 08-11-2014, 10:30 AM   #1
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Jacking Up Trailer to change tire?

I recently jacked up my trailer to take a tire to the shop for replacement. When I returned to my trailer, two individuals were discussing how I had jacked up the trailer to get the tire off.. I used a 5 ton bottle jack and it was placed directly under the steel plate that holds the spring to the axel (bolts) where the bad tire was.. I did this as it appeared as though there was little chance of damaging the axel. One of the individuals said that this was absolutely wrong and that I should have jacked it up using the trailer frame instead of the spring attachment plate. What is the correct way to jack up a dual axel travel trailer with leaf spring suspension to replace a tire??
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:11 AM   #2
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Sounds like you got the job done. Jacking frame would require additional blocks foe taking up the spring slack,witch would of had the trailer higher. There is always other way to accomplish the same task. I try to find the safe and (kiss) method.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:32 AM   #3
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You might be interested in this similar and recent discussion. I'm sure there are others out there if you do a search. This subject has about at many perspectives as "back bumpers" and "chinese tires". haha
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:32 AM   #4
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I had the same question a while back:
Jacking up MY fiver (sigh, again)

Ultimately, I jacked on the axles just inside of the u-bolts with no issues. I'm not saying you should- it's just what I did.
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Old 08-11-2014, 12:21 PM   #5
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If you had it on the plate like you said they and a team of engineers can't prove how you damaged or will damage a thing. That's directly where the load already is.

You can also jack on the axle tube within about two inches without concern, or you can place a jackstand there for safety.

You can jack on the frame but it's a long way up there and once you make contact you still need to raise the unit by several inches to relieve suspension travel.

The quickest, easiest, in my opinion safest way is to jack on the spring pad like you did then place the stand right next to it.
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Old 08-11-2014, 12:33 PM   #6
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Any recomedations on where to jack up if you have the torq flex axles?
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:30 PM   #7
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I have unfortunately had the opportunity to jack up my RV several times in the past week. I place my 8T bottle jack between the axles so the jack head is on the RV frame and the jack handle stickes out beteen the tires.
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:37 PM   #8
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I have unfortunately had the opportunity to jack up my RV several times in the past week. I place my 8T bottle jack between the axles so the jack head is on the RV frame and the jack handle stickes out beteen the tires.
That's where I jack mine up, but I put this homemade adaptor on the bottle jack to insure the jack doesn't slip off. It hooks on the back of the vertical pc of metal.
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Any recomedations on where to jack up if you have the torq flex axles?
You don't need a jack. Use a Andersen Rapid Jack instead under the good tire on the side with the flat. The Rapid Jack has a 6" lift to it. This probably wouldn't work well with spring axles, only rubber torsion axles.
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:40 PM   #10
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You don't need a jack. Use a Andersen Rapid Jack instead under the good tire on the side with the flat. The Rapid Jack has a 6" lift to it. This probably wouldn't work well with spring axles, only rubber torsion axles.
I have the trailer aid, (it is in use as I write this) because I am still hooked up, but if I am not hooked up it is much quicker to use my bottle jack.
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