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Old 04-02-2015, 04:18 PM   #1
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Question Jacking up the Rv

Besides using the jack aid that you drive onto, how and where would you position a jack to raise the Rv to remove a tire, or both tires, for maintenance and repair.

Specifically:
  1. What type of jack
  2. Where do you position the jack
  3. Where do you position the jack stands
  4. If you have a 5th wheel, should the Rv be hooked up to your TV
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Old 04-02-2015, 04:33 PM   #2
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I use a bottle jack under the "affected" axle near the wheel and only take enough weight off the wheel to raise it. I have not had any reason to raise more than one wheel at a time. I suspect you could use a floor jack and blocking if you needed to raise both wheels....
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:08 PM   #3
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be careful when jacking the axle , they a thin walled and could dent or bend.
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:57 AM   #4
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Agree

Agree- I use a piece of 2x4 across the top of the bottle jack to distribute the weight of the axle across a larger area. I place the unit next to the u-bolts, and only lift enough so I can get the wheel off.

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be careful when jacking the axle , they a thin walled and could dent or bend.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:39 AM   #5
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Hopefully this is close enough to the topic to ask here:

I've read about jacking the trailer/5er up while in storage to prevent flat spots/damage to the tires.

For years I had heavy 5ers with 125 psi Goodyear trailer tires and in my ignorance left them right on the ground for months or even years between moves with no problems. I will grant that the tires were somewhat overkill but still trailer tires which I tend to equate with general sorriness.

My current light Carriage Aire CAF27RL was upgraded to 80 psi Goodyear light truck tires on larger rims for peace of mind before I drove it off the dealer lot.

Is it advisable to take some/all of the weight off these tires in storage?

If so, how does one do it without the equipment of an auto shop?

I would think the LT tires would be less prone to damage from sitting than trailer tires and are a major quality and a somewhat weight bearing improvement over the wimpy 60 psi oem trailer tires that came on my unit.

What does everyone else do?
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:26 AM   #6
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They say it's not recommended to block the trailer and take weight off the wheels for storage. I've never done it and have never had any problems with the two trailers we have owned.
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Old 04-03-2015, 01:55 PM   #7
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I ALWAYS put jack under the frame of the trailer to do bearings or rotate tires. Like harley said you can dent the axles
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I use a floor jack, and position it at the axle spring mount; Only lifting affected wheel.
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Old 04-04-2015, 01:19 PM   #9
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I have always driven the same side tire or tires up on 2-2x6's to raise the trailer so accessing bad tire doesn't take much floor jack to get it off the ground.
I too raise it under the shock bracket welded to the axle sleeve to avoid damage.
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