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Old 03-30-2004, 02:58 PM   #29
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John,

Very sorry to hear about the Classic. You know the labels you mention I thought were just for mounting the stabilizer jacks. I had no idea that you could jack up the coach from there.

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Old 03-30-2004, 09:59 PM   #30
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I had the same questions in regards to raising the unit to grease the bearing. Our unit does not have the attached riveted location plate & only has one sticker on the far rear cs. I e-mailed A/S tech & they findally sent me some photo's on where to place the jack. The location they picture was the frame where the shock absorber is fasten. Not any where close to the belly frame. I'm still not convinced it's the right area. I'll try to attach the pics if I can figure out how to load them with the new set-up.
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Old 03-30-2004, 10:23 PM   #31
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I am with Andy, at least on teh vintage trailers.
I did put a jack unde the frame section rearwwart from teh axles, where the red arrow idicates a jack position. It deformed the outside skin, and caused the trailer to creak and groan like U571 at 500 meters.
I immeditely backed off the jack, and could see the skin pop back into position. Lifting at the axle plates did not cause any problems at all.
Maybe newer trailers have real frames? Mine has a puny gauge frame, and bends and flexes already when making semi-tight turns.
I guess it would not take much of an effort to bend the rearmost frame section as shown in the pictures.
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Old 03-30-2004, 10:58 PM   #32
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It deformed the outside skin, and caused the trailer to creak and groan like U571 at 500 meters.
LOL!!!!
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Old 03-31-2004, 08:35 AM   #33
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Just received a reply from Airstream

This conflicts with the info provided by Inland Andy on the link I posted earlier and that surprises me. I'm sure that Andy's opinion is based on his many years of experience. I have never known him to provide incorrect information and there must be sound logic behind his opinion on this topic. Perhaps he will read this and share more of his wisdom with us.

Here's a copy of the email:

Roger All trailers are provided with a 3" aluminum pad to indicate the proper jack placement position. It is located on the frame rail behind the rear tires.
Airstream does not recommend placing the jack under the axle or axle mounting plate.

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Old 03-31-2004, 08:55 AM   #34
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Trailer damage due to improper jacking

O.K , going to try to post a pic of the location A/S tech sent me via e-mail. We have no 3x3 pad attached under our unit & the location that this photo shows DOES not relate to the location I have seen on other units. I can't understand A/S confusing messages on this problem.
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Old 03-31-2004, 09:01 AM   #35
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It worked. the silver strip showing is the start of the wheel well. According to A/S & the way I understood their e-mail that the jcking point was under the bracket where the shock is attached. You can see that the bracket appears to be about 1" wide. I really aim concerned raising the unit with only that much area.Most jacking locations I've seen is right behind that silver strip, however iI'm not sure of what's under the skin & if it's strong enough to raise the unit.
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Old 03-31-2004, 11:26 AM   #36
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Thumbs up Just got good news

The RV rep showed up shortly after my last post. He did not admit to any liability but he was very courteous and agreed to tow it back into the shop to be repaired at no charge.
I guess you won't be seeing me on Judge Judy's show.

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I discovered that my trailer has added in jack plates. What a bonus!
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Rog...shocked you didn't give them this (sorry to shamelessly steal!):

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LOL Eric. As it turned out I didn't need my shootin' iron after all.
The guy was quite nice and the trailer is repaired and back home already. Not quite as good as new but good enough. I don't know what kind of tools they used but the whole job only took about 2 hours.
You can bet I'll be asking about their jacking methods before I ever leave the trailer in an RV shop again.
Hopefully they learned somthing from this experience also.

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