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Old 02-13-2018, 06:46 PM   #11
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I agree , that being safe is number one . But also I want to share, even though my manual also reads to jack it from the frame, I place my heavy duty floor jack under the u bolts, and raise it up. Never had any problems at all with the axles. I mean think about what Texas said, about having to use all the blocks just to get a bottle jack under the frame, that seems dangerous to me. I place my floor jack under the u bolts close as possible to the inside of the wheel, and up it goes. Hope that helps.
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:52 PM   #12
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As long as you place jack on or between the u bolts you shouldn't have any problems. Yes your manual & others here will say do not do so, but I've done it for the last 40 years on every trailer/rv I've owned without any issues. You'll have to have a tall bottle jack &/or lots of blocks to get a wheel off the ground jacking from frame. IMHO the more blocks the taller the distance the more dangerous it gets.
If by chance you have the auto hydraulic levelers you don't need the jack, just push the buttons. Yea the manual & others here will say don't do that either, but mine sat for 4 days on the levelers only while waiting on 4 new brake backing plates & we stayed in the 5er at the time.
The fact is you choose how/where/with what you get the wheel off the ground , but do it as safely as possible, regardless of what I or anyone else on here suggest . SAFETY is the main thing!!
I agree. I’ve jacked my trailers this way for 20 years.
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:11 PM   #13
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I’ve done both the frame and under the U Bolts. I use a 6 ton bottle jack (on wood 2x6 when necessary) and jack stands. I use 5 o 6 ton jack stands. I’ve read LCI techs at Rallies jack up under the U Bolts even though the manually says to use the frame.
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Old 02-13-2018, 08:21 PM   #14
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I usually bring my 8 ton and 12 ton bottle jacks when I travel amd used them both when I got a flat. Last year I also cut a 4x6" to 18" sections to raise said jacks. And I jack from the frame.
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Old 02-14-2018, 06:42 AM   #15
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Tim, everybody has their own method and opinion on what is the best way to raise their trailer. Just remember, what is best for one person might not be the best for you.
Also remember, Lippert isn't going to issue any warranty reimbursement checks to you or anyone else for a caved in axle where the jack was placed.
So, it all boils down to who's advise or method you decide to follow.
You will just have to sort the chaff from the oats.

The main reasons I have the angle iron on my jack, is to cradle the axle and distribute the weight out, jack isn't quite as likely to be able to slip out, and it's out far enough from the back of the brake drum so I can get in there to adjust the brakes. Which is pretty hard to do if you place the jack under the U-bolts.
Stay safe, and good luck.
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First of all, it’s Ted not Tim. Exactly that’s my opinion and how I’ve always done it. I use wood between the Ubolts and the jack. Would I try to jack it on out on the axel? No. Go to a RV repair shop and see how they jack up a unit. My opinion yes. He ask our opinion and that’s what he got.
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First of all, it’s Ted not Tim. Exactly that’s my opinion and how I’ve always done it. I use wood between the Ubolts and the jack. Would I try to jack it on out on the axel? No. Go to a RV repair shop and see how they jack up a unit. My opinion yes. He ask our opinion and that’s what he got.


Whoa whoa whoa there my good friend. Don't get excited. I was talking to the op, whose name is Tim. Not you.
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My apologies. I had just woke up and had an email that said you had responded to my reply. Evidently I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Lol
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My apologies. I had just woke up and had an email that said you had responded to my reply. Evidently I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Lol

I understand Papa-T. We all misunderstand a post at times.
I Thank You for the apology.
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With my triples, I always carry 5-6 2x6's for leveling, jacking, etc. I use my alum 1 1/2 ton floor jack that I keep in my truck bed for easy access. I run the trailer up on 2x6's enough to lighten the load on that axle (usually at least 2-2x6's high), and then easily lift the floating axle up, under the u bolts.

Never a problem and I feel safer then lifting the frame with bottle jacks. No way, especially a flat tire on the side of a sloping road.
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