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Old 02-16-2011, 07:23 PM   #1
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proper way to jack up Roo to remove tire?

I purchased a 2006 Roo with dual axles last month and this weekend is supposed to have some nice weather. So, I was thinking of looking at the bearings to see if they need to be repacked or not. Which in turn got me to thinking...what is the proper way to jack the trailer up to remove the tires. I figure I could remove the tires on either side of one axle at a time?
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:51 PM   #2
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Good question.

I too plan on doing the same when the weather gets better.

I think you do one side at a time. I was planning on using a bottle jack to lift one side, then putting 2 jack stands under the frame. Removing both wheels on that side, doing what needs to be done, reinstall said wheels and go on to the other side.

As a side note, I wondered how I would install the spare in the event of a flat tire ... I read that if you raise one wheel the other will also go up too. So driving over a raised something would work...
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:38 AM   #3
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I have had a flat tire or two on trailers with independent torsion axles. My advice is to place the jack, either bottle or floor, under the axle of the wheel you are working on and then use jack stands on the frame close to the wheel. The other wheel on the same side will go up, but it will drop some as they are not tied together.

I don't have my Roo yet, perhaps there are specific jack points. I use the axle itself on my boat trailer because it is designed to carry the load in a specific area. I am not sure how the ROO frame is designed as the it is possible the jack could bend the frame or dimple it in a specific area. Did you get an owners manual when you bought it? Maybe it says where to place the jack.
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:52 AM   #4
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I know the axles on my 2k Roo are made by Al-Ko and when I looked up their user manual, it says specifically ".... 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....".

If yours are made by Al-Ko as well, here's the user manual for reference - http://www.al-kousa.com/pdf/alkobrochure.pdf
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:20 AM   #5
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Wow, that is great to know!!! I am curious, does your Roo manual list jack points on the frame?
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:28 PM   #6
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Unfortunately, no. I received quite a bit of paperwork for just about everything that's on my Roo and there was nothing that came out directly to say, "if you have to lift the trailer, lift it from here". I've looked under the trailer several times to try and determine the best possible lifting point for me and the only thing that I can see would be to lift it from the main outer frame rail. That's probably the strongest portion of the trailer that would be the least likely to cause damage to the inside or outside.

You know, I think I might contact Forest River and get their opinion on the matter, just to see what they say. I'll post back what I find out.
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:43 PM   #7
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Just use a piece of 2 by 4 or 4 by 4 and install it on the frame close to the axle.use your jack ( floor or bottle) floor jack is preferable and raise your trailer one wheel at a time. Secure the other side with wheel stops so the trailer dont move. This is the way i do it.
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:05 PM   #8
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There have several threads here concerning where to lift a dual axle travel trailer. The general consensus was to use a bottle jack with wood blocking both above and below the jack between the 2 axles. Use jack stands close by for safety.
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:24 PM   #9
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Just to add a few words to my tread above. I use a 3tons and a half Michelin floor jack with a 4 inches square rubber pad that fits perfectly on the trailer I beam frame. With this I dont need any piece of wood shims because the rubber pad on the jack is 4 inches square. Of course if you are on the highway and have a flat you will certainly not carry a jack like this that weight 100 pounds.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:44 PM   #10
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The official word from Rockwood is:

You can use a jack placed carefully under one of the axles; it’s best to disperse the weight with a block of wood between the jack and axle. You can probably surmise by looking at the frame where the strongest connection point from axle to frame.

Another option a lot of campers use is this:
Trailer-Aid. It’s a wedge that you drive one tire onto and it lifts the other off the ground, leaving it accessible to change the tire.

Mike Anglemyer | Rockwood & Flagstaff Warranty

manglemyer@forestriverinc.com


I did respond to his email and mentioned the reference I found about NOT lifting by the axles, but I have not received a response back as of yet. So...there it is folks, straight from someone involved in warranties, (according to his area title).

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