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Old 07-28-2016, 12:01 PM   #1
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Jack Placement on 2004 Classic 28

I need to jack up each side of the trailer to put new tires on the wheels. I want to take off the wheels one side at a time to take them to the tire shop. There is a heavy-duty frame piece supporting the (Tandem) axles on each side of the trailer. Is this a good point to use with a 3 ton floor jack? Is there a better point?

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Old 07-28-2016, 12:52 PM   #2
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Dave, I have used the frame piece you describe with a bottle jack and a floor jack. The problem I now have is that with 16" tires the floor jack doesn't leave enough room to remove the tires. My '02 has a sticker on the belly pan indicating where to jack on the frame several feet behind the tires. There is an aluminum "diamond" where the jack is to be placed so as to be on the frame.

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Old 07-28-2016, 12:55 PM   #3
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I use the axle mount plate...

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Old 07-28-2016, 01:10 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. The picture shows exactly what I was thinking of doing. The good thing with the axle mount plate is that it does not put any torsional stress on the frame.

Ironically, the driver side "jack point", a few feet behind the axle, has an electrical line mounted to the area. Looks to be factory installed. I am starting to learn some of the nuances of this trailer (and this is just my first year with an AS ).

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Why not use ramps (2"x 8") under the tires on one axle. Then reverse to the other axle. It is still 2 tires going to the tire shop per trip.
Using ramps is far more safe than a jack. It is virtually impossible for the coach to fall off of it's tires.
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If you do use a floor jack, don't forget the jack stand. (as you can see I remove the wheels for Winter)

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Thanks Bob. Good point. And now that I know this is a good support point, I can do all five wheels at one time!

I raced cars in the SCCA for 20 years, so I have plenty of jack stands, floor jacks and tools. As a matter of fact, I sold my car and trailer last fall to buy the AS. My wife figured I might live a bit longer this way...

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Thanks Bob. Good point. And now that I know this is a good support point, I can do all five wheels at one time!

I raced cars in the SCCA for 20 years, so I have plenty of jack stands, floor jacks and tools. As a matter of fact, I sold my car and trailer last fall to buy the AS. My wife figured I might live a bit longer this way...

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Ahhh yes....old "things" sold to make room for new "things".

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Thanks guys. The picture shows exactly what I was thinking of doing. The good thing with the axle mount plate is that it does not put any torsional stress on the frame.

Ironically, the driver side "jack point", a few feet behind the axle, has an electrical line mounted to the area. Looks to be factory installed. I am starting to learn some of the nuances of this trailer (and this is just my first year with an AS ).

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That is where I used to jack our Classic 30 with a trolley jack until I started using ramps made from Lynx levellers - now that is my preferred method.

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If the axle mount plate is the best place to set the jack, why does AS identify the Jack point behind the rear wheels? I nearly had a cuss-fight with the service manager of our local tire store about this. I and my owner's manual prevailed, but he still grumbled that it would warp the frame! It didn't.

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If the axle mount plate is the best place to set the jack, why does AS identify the Jack point behind the rear wheels? I nearly had a cuss-fight with the service manager of our local tire store about this. I and my owner's manual prevailed, but he still grumbled that it would warp the frame! It didn't.

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Really can't answer that question...why did they install two 3500lb axles on a our 25' 7300 GVW Classic.

I use the the plate because it's closer to the fore/aft center....less stress is good.

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Don't forget about 1,000#'s of your GVW is on the hitch. The wheels are only supporting 6,300#'s.
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Bob,

Cool car! I always wanted a Volvo P1800. This was my poison.

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Cool car! I always wanted a Volvo P1800. This was my poison.

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Now thats' some serious stuff!!!

Looks a bit like a Vette? custom body, rear/mid engine?

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