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TomC1216

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I posted this on another forum, but didn't get much of a response. I have a 2011 Open Range fifth wheel. I just purchased the Morryde wet bolt kit and will be replacing the original tires with GY Endurance as well. As I plan to do this in my driveway, what did others use to support the fifth wheel frame once its jacked high enough to work on? The front of the unit is already 3 feet off the ground! That's a lot of cribbing!
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Done that. Left it on the truck & lifted the frame aft of the rear axle. Don't forget to loosen lug nuts before wheels come off the ground.

Do the wet bolts one side at a time. You may need to do some creative jacking & wedging to get holes to line up but it gets done.


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Posted: 07/14/19 08:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I bought four 12 ton jack stands at Harbor Freight.

Used my floor jack with cribbing to do the lift.


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Well when I put wet bolts and the 1/2" shackles on our 32' Copper Canyon, I made cribbing out of 1' sections of 2X4. I also added extra support at the landing gear as an extra safety measure. I did NOT leave it attached to the TV, and my driveway had a slight slope I needed to shim the low side to be level with the high side.
Once it was full supported on the cribbing, I put a hard shoulder push on a back corner and it didn't budge.

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I jacked mine up one side at a time. You don't need to get the whole trailer jacked up all at once, but have to get all the weight off the axles to get the bolts swapped out. I also upgraded the suspension to the SRE4000 equalizer with the crossmember if you haven't done/considered that yet. Made a world of difference with bumps and wind and not too costly.


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Do you have Level Up or another hydraulic leveling system?

I just use Level Up in manual mode to lift the whole rig off the ground. I put some 12 ton jack stands on blocks under it for additional safety but the actual lifting and most of the support was provided by the rams.


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Mbiviano wrote:

I jacked mine up one side at a time. You don't need to get the whole trailer jacked up all at once, but have to get all the weight off the axles to get the bolts swapped out. I also upgraded the suspension to the SRE4000 equalizer with the crossmember if you haven't done/considered that yet. Made a world of difference with bumps and wind and not too costly.


I found it easier to get the entire 5er off the ground as I was also installing a Correct Trak system.

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I left ours hooked up to the truck, then raised all 4 tires off the ground and added jackstands under frame just like a couple others said. Easier to do bolts w/ tires off and to move axle around to align bolt holes up. Takes some doing, but can be done.


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I go to a bunch of industrial auctions for work, I picked up a 20 ton pneumatic jack, and 2 10 ton Industrial jack stands..

Now I use my 6 point system to do that work for me...


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rhago, all of those small bits to make up worked but looks highly unstable. Much better to use more substantial wood like 12X12, 6X6 & such.

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