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Old 06-21-2015, 12:35 AM   #11
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So you do not agree with what the FR tech said to do? He said to jack on the frame as close to the tire as possible? As I said earlier I have read a half different methods. Just trying to find the correct place.

Please don't take this wrong, just trying to find out what is correct. I am half tempted to call them again and hope for a different tech and see what he suggests.

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I think you misunderstood my reply, There is a framework that the axles mount to behind the tires. If you look under there you will see a metal tab sticking out from that framework that is you jack point. I never said to jack on the axles themselves and would never imply to do so.

If I remember I'll post a pic of it tomorrow.
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Old 06-21-2015, 12:55 AM   #12
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I think you misunderstood my reply, There is a framework that the axles mount to behind the tires. If you look under there you will see a metal tab sticking out from that framework that is you jack point. I never said to jack on the axles themselves and would never imply to do so.

If I remember I'll post a pic of it tomorrow.
Thank you, will look at it tomorrow if it dries up enough.

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Old 06-21-2015, 12:33 PM   #13
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For wheel or bearing service, forget the jack; pull one wheel up onto blocks high enough to lift its mate off the ground. Then you don't need to worry about jack placement or damage to frame or axle. Keep it simple.
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Old 06-21-2015, 02:45 PM   #14
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For wheel or bearing service, forget the jack; pull one wheel up onto blocks high enough to lift its mate off the ground. Then you don't need to worry about jack placement or damage to frame or axle. Keep it simple.
At home that is fine and is what I do. Got tons of 2X6 blocks I can use. There may become a time when I don't have access to blocks so want to know where it is safe (safest?) to jack the trailer.

Maybe there isn't a safe location to place a jack and this is why no trailer comes equipped with a jack? In fact can't remember ever seeing any literature supplied by a manufacture suggesting a jack placement location. Almost all axle literature states somewhere

"Follow the trailer manufacture's recommendations for lifting the trailer"

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"Never use the axle or any portion of the suspension to lift or support the trailer. This will damage the axle and lead to premature failure."

These are direct quotes from my AL-KO owners manual.

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Old 06-21-2015, 02:57 PM   #15
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There is a 2x4 steel tube framework that goes completely across the trailer in front of and in the rear of the axles. Does the lift kit also span from side to side likewise?

I jack between the axles and lift both tires at the same time and put jack stands at each end of the suspension framework, NOT on the frame itself.
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Old 06-21-2015, 04:14 PM   #16
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There is a 2x4 steel tube framework that goes completely across the trailer in front of and in the rear of the axles. Does the lift kit also span from side to side likewise?

I jack between the axles and lift both tires at the same time and put jack stands at each end of the suspension framework, NOT on the frame itself.
The Dexter lift kit includes 4 pieces of U-Channel with holes drilled in the right places and the required nuts and bolts. You jack up the trailer take the axle loose form the frame and place the U-Channel between the frame and the axle, and bolt it up. Do this for each axle mounting point.

The installation instructions for the lift kit.
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Old 06-21-2015, 04:18 PM   #17
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Is the OP asking for help with a lift kit or just wanting to know where to put a jack to jack it up? Or has the thread been hijacked?
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Old 06-21-2015, 04:21 PM   #18
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Is the OP asking for help with a lift kit or just wanting to know where to put a jack to jack it up?
The link to the instructions for the lift kit shows pictures of a trailer being jacked up and jack stands placed to support it during the work.
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Old 06-21-2015, 04:23 PM   #19
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The Dexter lift kit includes 4 pieces of U-Channel with holes drilled in the right places and the required nuts and bolts. You jack up the trailer take the axle loose form the frame and place the U-Channel between the frame and the axle, and bolt it up. Do this for each axle mounting point.
Thanks for the info.

Being the cheapskate that I am, I am afraid I would go get some 2x3x3/16 tubing and make a rectangular frame similar to the factory one and bolt/weld it to the existing framework.
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Thanks for the info.

Being the cheapskate that I am, I am afraid I would go get some 2x3x3/16 tubing and make a rectangular frame similar to the factory one and bolt/weld it to the existing framework.
If I had the tools and equipment, I would too. I guess I could have a shop make that for me but it would probably cost me more than the $123 the kit cost me.
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