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Old 01-20-2010, 12:23 AM   #11
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As for torsion axles, there is no such thing.
I have torsion axles. Two 1350 lb ALCO axles. See them at http://www.al-kousa.com/prod_rubsus.htm

I think this is a good thread. I recall when I first started out, I couldn't get a straight answer on lifting wheels. In my experience I learned the best way is on the driveway with a floor jack and a piece of wood to lift both axles at the same time. That way, I could remove both wheels on one side at the same time. Since I have storage tires, traveling tires, and air tools, I can bust out a tire change in five minutes per side. Please use wheel chocks. The jack stands can be placed between the jack and the wheel wherever convenient. It won't hurt anything as long as you support both axles at the same time.

Also, brake work, bearings, and seals are easy to work on for the DIY'er and encourage anyone with available tools and some experience to do it. That is what this forum is supporting. Just do one wheel at a time, match parts, and never rush.

I have been refering people to the nice videos at etrailer.com:
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:55 AM   #12
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:55 AM   #13
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The problem with jacking up torsion type axles is that the part you can get a jack under is the tube. A thin metal tube. The danger is that the jack head concentrates tremendous force in a very small area thereby bending the tube. That's why they caution against jacking under the axle. If you employ some device to spread out the load forces it's perfectly safe to jack under the axle.

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Old 01-20-2010, 10:00 AM   #14
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I do as Mike does in post #10. I also made up a piece of wood for the top so it distributes the weight some on the belly covering. To keep the jack from cutting into the wood, I use a piece of metal between them.
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[QUOTE=windrider;37586]1st question, if you're not sure about how to jack up the trailer, are you sure about doing you're brake work? QUOTE]

Just because I don't know how to jack up a rig with this type of suspension doesn't mean that I have no mechanical skills, It just means that I have never jacked up a trailer like this before. And, I am not working on the brakes, just adjusting them and then I'm going to grease the wheel bearings.


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I have torsion axles. Two 1350 lb ALCO axles. See them at http://www.al-kousa.com/prod_rubsus.htm

I think this is a good thread. I recall when I first started out, I couldn't get a straight answer on lifting wheels. In my experience I learned the best way is on the driveway with a floor jack and a piece of wood to lift both axles at the same time. That way, I could remove both wheels on one side at the same time. Since I have storage tires, traveling tires, and air tools, I can bust out a tire change in five minutes per side. Please use wheel chocks. The jack stands can be placed between the jack and the wheel wherever convenient. It won't hurt anything as long as you support both axles at the same time.

Also, brake work, bearings, and seals are easy to work on for the DIY'er and encourage anyone with available tools and some experience to do it. That is what this forum is supporting. Just do one wheel at a time, match parts, and never rush.

I have been refering people to the nice videos at etrailer.com:
http://www.etrailer.com/tv.aspx

They even have a newsletter!
Thanks for the reply.

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I use a traileraid for lifting mine, works great. http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...iler-aid/10867
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