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Old 07-14-2009, 09:39 AM   #1
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Hello,

Last summer I purchased a 1979 Sovereign that I have parked in my backyard. I use it as a studio.

Since I'm not towing it anywhere, I'm thinking I need to get it up off the wheels.

I bought four jack stands. Here's my question:

Where should I put the jack stands? Under the main frame rails somewhere I assume, but where?

Please advise.
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:54 AM   #2
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Under the axles is the best place, close to the frame rails. However, unless you have a perfectly level place to put the jack stands, you might stand a chance of twisting the frame. There are places marked (usually anyway) under the frame to put jacks, but if you put jack stands there for a long period of time, I think you still might twist the frame.

Other than the deterioration of the tires (which is going to happen no matter what you do), I think it's better to leave it on the wheels and just put the stabilizers down.
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Old 07-14-2009, 11:07 AM   #3
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Hello,

Last summer I purchased a 1979 Sovereign that I have parked in my backyard. I use it as a studio.

Since I'm not towing it anywhere, I'm thinking I need to get it up off the wheels.

I bought four jack stands. Here's my question:

Where should I put the jack stands? Under the main frame rails somewhere I assume, but where?

Please advise.
For a 31 foot trailer, you will need 6 jack stands.

2 at the rear, just forward of the bumper.

2 forward on the backside of the A-frame.

2 on the axle mounting plates, between the wheels.

Make sure the base of the jack stands are on a solid surface.

CAUTION DO NOT, under any circumstances, place a jack on any part of the axles. To do so, can ruin the alignment.

That's as per the axle manufacturer and Airstream, and years of experience.

Andy
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Andy is right, don't put the stands under the axles.

What I meant to say was, put them under the frame near the axles, not under the axles near the frame. However, I'd still be concerned about twisting the frame and body.
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:22 AM   #5
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Hmmm...

The surface is not very solid.

I think I'm going to leave it on the wheels for now.

Thanks so much for your input!
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