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Old 10-06-2011, 08:48 AM   #1
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How to jack up trailer

I have posted a few messages on several forums about the proper way to jack up my trailer to change a tire. I have gotten several different opinions (jack up axle, jack up frame, use ramps, etc). I finally emailed Forest River and asked the question. Here was their response. My trailer is a 2012 SV-264.

The correct place to jack your unit up is behind the backing plate on the axel.

I have not been to the trailer since I got their response but I am still confused. Not sure what the backing plate is but it sounds like I should jack up on the axel? Anyone know how to decipher this?

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Old 10-06-2011, 09:24 AM   #2
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The backing plate is the square plate at the end of the torsion arm.

That is a pretty small target and you need to worry about buggering the bolts that hold the brake plate.

Disregard the yellow circle. It is from a different post.
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If and when I need to jack mine up for tire service it will be on the axle . Close to the wheel as I can get.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:19 AM   #4
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I would use the metal circled in yellow resting on a wood block.
As an alternative, jack it up on the I beam frame either side of the axle mountings with a wooden block.

Do Not jack it up on any part of the axle tube as your camper is a torsion style axle and could be damaged.

The use of jack stands is always a could safety practice.

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Old 10-06-2011, 11:03 AM   #5
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If and when I need to jack mine up for tire service it will be on the axle . Close to the wheel as I can get.
This is prohibited in the manual for the axles. Page 5

Disregard my comment in post 2
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:13 AM   #6
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As stated before, the only for-sure safe way to jack up a camper with torsion axles is to place the jack between the wheels and jack on the subframe that the axles are attached to. NEVER jack on the axle tube.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:14 AM   #7
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This is prohibited in the manual for the axles. Page 5

Disregard my comment in post 2




I says don't do it but yet doesn't say why?
Lol btw its page 4

I jack under leaf mount.

Automotive manuals say the same thing but we all jack on the axle.

I'm sure someone will say they never have. That's your choice
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:35 AM   #8
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"I jack under leaf mount."
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That's the beauty of having leaf springs, it is obvious where to put the jack!
On torsion axles, there is no obvious jacking spot, and trying to jack on the axle tube can easily bend the tube and ruin the axle.
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As an update to my post #7 I stopped at my local dealer to pick up a fitting and low an behold there was a tt up on four jack stands which were mounted under the axle tube. For wheel service.
So I asked the service mngr how they jack units.
he stated since most tt and 5ers have skirting to the frame they cannot jack or stabilize there so not to dent or mar skirting.
They were told to jack under leaf spring pad on leaf suspension and next to torsion mount on torsion axles.
I said the manual page 4 says not to do this.
he said the warning was in place so that uneducated owners wouldn't jack in the center of the axle to jack whole unit up or atleast that entire axle to remove wheels or for brake service

Fyi just sayin
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f1100, from what I have experienced with RV dealers, I don't think I would be taking their advice on much of anything!
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