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robsjo

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Posted: 09/26/11 12:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Could someone tell me what is the best way to jack up the fiver in order to change a tire, or inspect the brakes. I will be using a six ton bottle jack to do this but want to make sure I position it properly. Any help would be appreciated.

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robsjo wrote:

Could someone tell me what is the best way to jack up the fiver in order to change a tire, or inspect the brakes. I will be using a six ton bottle jack to do this but want to make sure I position it properly. Any help would be appreciated.


Get a second jack and put one on the frame just in front of the wheels and one just behind, if you want to do two at a time. Otherwise, just jack on the axle, right under the spring bolts, to do 1 at a time.

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My manual says to lift the frame, not the axle.


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Posted: 09/26/11 02:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have always drove the good tire up on a block and that raises the flat tire. Think that Camping World sells a commercial producrt just for this application.

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Making a ramp with leveler blocks works great on a dual axle.


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robsjo wrote:

Could someone tell me what is the best way to jack up the fiver in order to change a tire, or inspect the brakes. I will be using a six ton bottle jack to do this but want to make sure I position it properly. Any help would be appreciated.
DO NOT jack the fiver with it unhitched from the truck as the front legs will try to twist the frame at that point.
Regardless of what the manual says, I'm in the "jack under the spring hanger" crowd. That lifts the fiver a minimal amount and will leave the other wheel that side still on the ground.
The reason I suspect Manufacturers want to jack under the frame is to avoid bent axles for owners/repair shops who want to jack under the center of the axle. This will bend them.


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kaydeejay wrote;
I'm in the "jack under the spring hanger" crowd.

Count me in that crowd too.

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Read your owners manual. Most manufacturers recommend you place the jack under the trailer frame, not on the axle or any part of the axle assembly. I tried using part of the axle frame once, the spring hanger, and bent it. Ignore all of the personal opinions about not using the frame and using the axle or some part of it, if you damage your axle or axle assembly the people with the personal opinions will not pay for the damage and if you have a warranty the warranty will not pay for the damage.


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Posted: 09/26/11 06:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a extra wide base 12 ton shortie bottle jack that slides under the trailers axle tubes next to the U bolt. That way I'm just lifting one end of the axle instead of the whole side of the trailer. I don't/won't own a trailer with a torsion suspension system so those that use them may have some advise.

That Mountaineer is a heavy trailer and I wouldn't recommend ramping one tire to raise the other. That one tire sits with twice the weight on it. Thats not good.

Whichever method you use make a dry run at home as its much different on the side of the road and away from home.


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Posted: 09/26/11 06:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would first check your Owners Manual for any information. Ours says to jack from the frame not the axle and I would tend to think any model with a Lippert frame would have the same recommendation.


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