A very Greenhorn question, We purchased our first fifth wheel trailer, how do you jack up the trailer,or what do we use to raise the the trailer off the ground, we want to be prepaired for a flat tire if this happens, we have not taken posesion of our trailer as it is stored until springtime,does the trailer come with any type of jacks or are these purchased seperatly, Thank All who respond, again a ROOKIE question.
I bought a 20 ton bottle jack from Harbour Freight. The 5ver will not come with a jack. You will also want to carry some blocking. If your rig has a Auto Level system you would not need the jack. Some people have road side service and they will come out and change it. I have road side service but I carry one anyway. Hope this helps you.
Trailers do not come with jacks. I use a 6 ton bottle jack. I position it directly under the U-bolt that is closest to the tire, very carefully centering it on the U-bolt. Jack it up (loosen the lug nuts first), then jack up, remove the lug nuts, change tire and snug up lug nuts, then lower jack and finish tightening lug nuts.
I also carry a 20 ton bottle jack, wheel chocks, an impact socket with 3/4" drive breaker bar to loosen lug nuts and a good torque wrench.
I place the jack directly under the spring hanger perch to jack tire/wheel up just enough to remove/replace. (Mfg. recommends jacking up under frame but that requires a lot of cribbing---blocks to get jack high enough).
If I'm doing wheel bearing/brakes then I will jack rig up using frame and jack stands......but not for changing a flat out on the side of the road.
All of my trailers have had the std leaf spring suspension. I have a old truckers special wide base shortie 12k hyd jack that I simpley slide under the axle close to the U bolt or the U bolt itself and raise the end of the axle with the flat tire. Much safer and simplier as I'm nor raising the weight of a whole side of the trailer. Stories that this method will crush the axle tubes or bend the axle is internet myth.
I've jacked, loaded to the max, axles from 1800 lb up to 10k axles from the tubes while on the side of the road.
If you have a torsion type of axle then it may require jacking the side of the trailer till the torsion springs lifts the flat tire.
Which ever system you decide on do a dry run at home. Some folks with the ramp type found at their dismay the flat tire never came off the ground.
"good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment" ............ Will Rogers
'03 2500 QC Dodge/Cummins HO 3.73 6 speed manual Jacobs Westach
'97 Park Avanue 28' 5er 11200 two slides
Everyone else seems to prefer hydraulic jacks, but I like to use the jack from my Ford F350 truck. It has a long crank that I can use without having to lie down on the ground. It raises my fifth-wheel axle without much effort. And it has a U-shaped top which securely holds the axle. (With a hydraulic jack, I worry about the axle slipping off the flat top of the jack's piston.)