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Old 03-09-2014, 05:46 PM   #1
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Camco RV Trailer Aid

I have a 2012 Palomino Sabre 32RCTS-6 and need to lube my Super Lube wheel bearings. Instead of using a jack to do the job I'm thinking of getting the Camco RV Trailer Aid. I've read a lot about jacking on the frame only and not the axle tube. I only have a 6-ton bottle jack and it will not reach the frame without a bunch of blocks underneath it which doesn't seem like a good idea. I know that different trailers have different spacing between the wheels and would like to know from those who have this exact Sabre model and using a Trailer Aid if it will lift high enough to free the opposing wheel for spinning. They have two models, regular Trailer Aid that will lift 4 1/2" and the Trailer Aid Plus which is supposed to lift 5 1/2". Which one do I go with or will either one work?
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If you have the trailer aid use it, if not use the blocks under the tire instead your jack it will work the same.
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No. Don't have it yet. I'm wanting to know if it will properly lift my specific taiiler high enough before I get one. I have read on some forums where it doesn't provide enough lift on certain trailers.
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Do you know what type of suspension your trailer will have, spring or torsion bar?
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I have a spring suspension.
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Trailer aid claims 5 1/2 inch of lift, should be MORE than enough.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:56 PM   #7
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You may need to block under the Trailer Aid - my EquaFlex suspension defeated my 5 layers of blocks:


I had to add wood to it:


For what it's worth- I read the warnings both ways (never jack the axle vs. never jack the frame). I went for the axle with a piece of wood between it and the jack. BUT- I did go out and buy a floor jack for the purpose.
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You may need to block under the Trailer Aid - my EquaFlex suspension defeated my 5 layers of blocks:

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My 32 RCTS does the same. I also use a bottle jack under the axle
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Old 03-10-2014, 03:44 PM   #9
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I have a spring suspension.
If you have springs, you can jack on the axle where the spring mounts to the axle. If the springs go under the axle, put the jack there. If the springs are on the top of the axle, just jack on the axle. You are not going to hurt it. The torsion axles will collapse the tubing and mess up the torsion inside.
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By driving it up a ramp I only wonder if putting all the weight on one side of the trailer on 1 tire will damage the axle or bearing. That could be twice the weight it was designed to carry. Any thoughts.
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By driving it up a ramp I only wonder if putting all the weight on one side of the trailer on 1 tire will damage the axle or bearing. That could be twice the weight it was designed to carry. Any thoughts.

I think for the short time that it's done and that you're not driving on it, it's not an issue.
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You're probably right. I' try and call the mfg. today just for the heck of it. Sure they'll say NO!
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:22 AM   #13
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I just bought the Trailer Aid and used it to lube the bearings. It worked well and I could remove the tire if needed, which is why I bought it. It did not raise my wheel anywhere near 5 inches. The wheel came off the ground about 1 1/2 inches, which is all I need.

I worried about how I would change a tire in the middle of nowhere. I was looking up changing tires or something on this site and read about trailer aid. For about $30 and only 5 lbs, I am happy with it. .
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Just talked to Lippert. They said no problem at all using the trailer aid to change tires or lube. Happy Happy
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I think the 4 1/2" or 5 1/2" that is advertised for the two models refers to the height that it lifts the good tire of the ground. That then leaves the bad tire dangling somewhat lower. I just want to know if it will lift the bad tire off the ground enough for rorating the wheel to lube the bearings on my 32RCTS.
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I did mine with a trailer aid plus, the five and a half inch one, I have torsion suspension, works great.
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Im still looking for the best way to jack my unit.
Unfortunately the trailer aid wont work on my lacrosse.
Thought I would share a couple of things I found online while looking for the best way to jack my unit. Dont think these products are available in the USA.


This is what the folks down under have / use on there units.

http://www.purpleline.com.au/kojack-...ravan-jack.php
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I did find this interesting too.
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Platokidd,
When the trailer aid did not lift my trailer high enough I still drove the good tire up on it and used a small bottle jack on the axle with the flat. Since most of the weight was off the axle and it was almost hanging, there was very little pressure on the axle to raise it and very little chance of damage to the axle. And it was a lot safer. Just a thought.
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When the trailer aid did not lift my trailer high enough I still drove the good tire up on it and used a small bottle jack on the axle with the flat. Since most of the weight was off the axle and it was almost hanging, there was very little pressure on the axle to raise it and very little chance of damage to the axle. And it was a lot safer. Just a thought.
I did think of that too. I might try that since it worked for you.
My axle is below the leaf springs, thinking my truck jack could lift the axle.
Thanks for the info!
What kind of unit do you have?
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Platokidd,
When the trailer aid did not lift my trailer high enough I still drove the good tire up on it and used a small bottle jack on the axle with the flat. Since most of the weight was off the axle and it was almost hanging, there was very little pressure on the axle to raise it and very little chance of damage to the axle. And it was a lot safer. Just a thought.
I have the trailer aid too that worked fine with my TT but now have the Crusader with the EZ-Flex suspension. I'll have to try that, glad I didn't give the trailer aid away.
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