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Posted: 08/08/21 04:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm thinking I'd move the rig to a level parking lot somewhere before tempting gravity.


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Did this exact thing last year. No worries about the trailer falling when removing the motor and gearbox. Easy swap out.


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fj12ryder wrote:

Tyler0215 wrote:

What do you think is holding the fiver up? Of course it will fall. Hook up the truck and support and chock very well so the truck and trailer does't move.
Not true.


I believe a few misunderstood the OP. He's replacing the gear box, and motor, those landing gear legs won't move, unless the motor turns. He said he's on a slope, so I am sure he has it chocked well.

I have worked on the gear box ,and motor more then once never had to do anything with supporting the trailer, as said those landing legs can't go anywhere if the motor is removed from the drive side .

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Hey guys, just wanted to touch base you all. I did change out the gear box and motor and the fiver didn't fall. It turned out to be the switch was bad. Glad I did it myself as now I have a spare gear box and motor. Thanks, for all the replies.
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shadows4 wrote:

Hey guys, just wanted to touch base you all. I did change out the gear box and motor and the fiver didn't fall. It turned out to be the switch was bad. Glad I did it myself as now I have a spare gear box and motor. Thanks, for all the replies.
John


Cool! Glad it worked out for you, and thanks for the update!

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jdc1 wrote:

On a slope, I would skip the jackstands.....use the truck.


Having removed legs myself more than once or twice & also having the trailer slip, the safest way to remove a leg is to do it on level ground & hooked to the truck.

Transferring weight to stands or blocks of wood is fine however the truck is a fail safe insurance device should something slip. It won't drop far.


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I agree attached to the truck is foolproof and is ultimately the safest method.
However the truck is in the way and limts my access to the leg.
I don't believe I can raise the front hatch attached to the truck either.
while I agree using the truck is the safest method but it also makes the job more difficult.
On flat ground heavy duty jackstands are safe enough for me.


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