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goodluckman60

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Has anyone raised their trailer to inspect underneath for any reason? I bought a jack stand and a jack. I've never done this before. I must see where these mice have entered and plug up the holes.

I plan to raise one side at a time crawl underneath with my flashlight.
Is it better to raise it from the frame or the axel?
Any helpful hints is very welcomed. I am not a natural fix it kinda guy............but I must do these things myself as I do not have the funds to pay an RV dealer!

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Its better to have two stands rather than one and four would be ideal. I've used the jack to raise the TT in the middle and have placed the stands under each axle. Using one stand and a jack is pretty unstable.

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SWD wrote:

Its better to have two stands rather than one and four would be ideal. I've used the jack to raise the TT in the middle and have placed the stands under each axle. Using one stand and a jack is pretty unstable.


So are you saying 4 jack stands is smuch safer? If so where do I place 4 stands? 2 on the axel and 2 on the frame? I just want to jack up one side at a time. I've never even looked underneath before. At the risk of sounding very stupid..............do I have one or 2 axels.........I should just poke my head under and see.

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At the risk of sounding very stupid..............do I have one or 2 axels.........I should just poke my head under and see.
If you have only 2 trailer tires total, you have a single axle. 4 trailer tires total and you have two axles.

You could also run one side of your trailer tires on some boards and that should get you enough lift to see/crawl inder your trailer..

When I jack my trailer up, I put the jack in the center of the 2 axles I have on the frame and jack it up. I'll place a jack stand on either end of the axles for a total of 2 of them.

This shot does not show my jack stands, but they are on the frame both fore and aft of the axles on the frame as well. But, this is where I put my jack..



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So are you saying 4 jack stands is smuch safer? If so where do I place 4 stands? 2 on the axel and 2 on the frame? I just want to jack up one side at a time. I've never even looked underneath before. At the risk of sounding very stupid..............do I have one or 2 axels.........I should just poke my head under and see.

How many tires do you have on each side of the trailer? If only one then you have one axle. If two then you have two axles.

Instead of trying to lift up the trailer from the sides, why don't you try raising the tongue via the tongue jack as far as it will go and crawl under the front of the trailer to look for mouse entry spots. Then lower the jack as far as it will go until the coupler is touching the ground. This will raise the rear of the trailer allowing you to crawl under the rear to look. This should be easier than raising it from the sides and using jack stands etc.
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That's a great suggestion Barney! I've done just that when I've needed to work on either the front or the back of the trailer.. K.I.S.(S.)!!

Mitch

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Or you could just pull up on top of some planks/lynx levelers and then get under the TT.


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MitchF150 wrote:

That's a great suggestion Barney! I've done just that when I've needed to work on either the front or the back of the trailer.. K.I.S.(S.)!!

Mitch

Great suggestion Barney!
Must I take up the 4 feet on each corner that stabilizes the trailer?

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Yes.

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