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Posted: 07/15/19 10:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Veebyes wrote:

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.


Well pushed hard sideways at back corner, didn’t budge.
I believe you might consider the the height width ratio and rotation resistance. A 2X4 is twice as wide as it is tall, a 4x4 is as tall as wide easier to roll.
This is the second 5er I did the with both solid as as rock.


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You can do most any maintenance with this simple device. I serviced my 07.5 DRW with truck attached. Simple safe method.

Even great for roadside repairs.

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rhagfo wrote:

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 use 4x4's staggered as you have the 2x4

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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.


Thanks for this info, I am considering doing this to our 2017 Vilano. How hard of a job was it overall? What tools did you need? I have jack stands for the frame. Did you do the wet bolt kit at the same time you did the SRE4000 and the crossmember? I was given a tip to use a pair of HD Ratchet straps around the Axles to pull them closer together so the SRE units could be put into place easier.

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When I switched out my axles, I used 4x4 fence post cut down to 12 or 18 inch pieces for the cribbing.


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