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Old 08-26-2017, 06:00 AM   #1
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Using leveling jacks to lift the front of MH

I'm going to do my first oil change on my GT 300 and was considering using my leveling system to lift the front of my MH to get to the oil drain plug and filter. I'm not a skinny guy. I figure I could build a pair of 2 by 12 x12 multiple layers to fit under the retracted leveling thingys then extend them. Will that work? I don't know how much clearance there is between the retracted levelers and the ground (I've yet to use the levelers) so I'm wondering how many layers would I need to have to raise the front end up high enough to wiggle my bod underneath. I figure there's at least 1 ft of clearance so I'm pretty sure 12" of blocks will get me 2 ft of wiggle room which should be plenty I hope Should I maybe use all 4 levelers, or would the front two be sufficient? Any advice I can get from someone will be appreciated!
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Old 08-26-2017, 06:08 AM   #2
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Personally I feel that would be extremely dangerous and would not recommend it............... but only if you block up the MH (jack stands or...) after it was lifted.

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Old 08-26-2017, 06:10 AM   #3
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Never get under a rig that's raised on its jacks. If they fail you will be crushed. Blocks, ramps, or approved jack stands but never the jacks.
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Old 08-26-2017, 06:11 AM   #4
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Personally I feel that would be extremely dangerous and would not recommend it............... but only if you block up the MH after it was lifted.

I'd definitely use wheel chocks on the rear wheels! I guess that answers my question of using all four leveling jacks
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Old 08-26-2017, 06:17 AM   #5
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Never get under a rig that's raised on its jacks. If they fail you will be crushed. Blocks, ramps, or approved jack stands but never the jacks.
Yup, guess I'll use the ramps then, they're rated for 16,000 lbs. Thanks for your input!
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Old 08-26-2017, 12:42 PM   #6
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If it is a motorhome, there should be plenty of room without going to the trouble. good luck!
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Old 08-26-2017, 12:57 PM   #7
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If it is a motorhome, there should be plenty of room without going to the trouble. good luck!
It is, I'll have to try but what I see in the front is a pretty low shroud.
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Old 08-26-2017, 01:15 PM   #8
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I bought 6 ton jack stands at Northern tool for $39, Harbor Freight has them for about the same w/coupon. That is what I was planning on using. Once you get past the shroud there is more room but for some reason the room seems to be shrinking like my pants!
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Old 08-26-2017, 03:37 PM   #9
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I've read on these forums about tire dealers using the motorhomes leveling jacks to raise them up to change tires. But that is on them if something fails, and things do fail, and someone gets hurt.
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I saw a man get crushed to death when I was 5 years old, I would never get under anything without jack stands.
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Old 08-31-2017, 07:35 PM   #11
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Without jack stands too? .....nope, nope, nope
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