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Old 04-07-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
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Jacking a single axle AS

I have been following the discussion on where to jack an AS to get the wheels off the ground. Many have said not to use the jack points recommended by Airstream. Most of the discussion related to tandem wheel trailers. How about us single axle owners. Getting ready to take a major trip and thought I should know before I need it. Thanks

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Old 04-07-2013, 03:26 PM   #2
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I have been following the discussion on where to jack an AS to get the wheels off the ground. Many have said not to use the jack points recommended by Airstream. Most of the discussion related to tandem wheel trailers. How about us single axle owners. Getting ready to take a major trip and thought I should know before I need it. Thanks

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Bruce.

Each axle is mounted to an "axle mounting plate", that is welded to the side of the frame.

You can place a floor or bottle jack, on the "axle mounting plate" just rearward of the actual axle.

You can easily raise the trailer from there.

If the trailer will be elevated for a period of time, you should also use a couple or more of jack stands, to keep the trailer stabilized.

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Old 04-07-2013, 03:28 PM   #3
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I have never seen anyone say not to use the Airstream marked jack points. Airstream marks the trailers at a hard point that is suitable for jack placement.
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I have never seen anyone say not to use the Airstream marked jack points. Airstream marks the trailers at a hard point that is suitable for jack placement.
Michael.

The Airstream marked jack point should never EVER be used.

I have been on Airstreams case for over 3 decades to "QUIT" installing that marker.

WHY you might ask?

1. You cannot see the frame, therefore you most likely will not center the jack.

2. You must get under the trailer to assure that the jack is placed "dead center" of the label.

3. Should the jack not be centered, as the trailer lifts, the trailer becomes somewhat tilted.

4. When thast happens, the jack can easily slip off.

5. The frame will be bent if the jack slips inward.

6. A hole will be punched in the underbelly.

7. A hole may be punched through the floor as well.

8. If the jack does not slip you will at least damage the underbelly appearance.

Now lets see the disadvantage of placing the jack on the axle mounting plate, between the wheels on a tandem, or behing the wheel on a single axle trailer..

1. You should get under the trailer to make sure the jack will indeed lift the trailer from the axle mounting plate.

2. ?

3. ?

Sorry, can't think of any more.

There is way too much "guess work" using the Airstream lift point.

None at all using the axle mounting plate.

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Andy, thank you for voice of experience. The way you explain it makes sense.
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I also completely agree with Andy on this. Once, on the Alaskan Highway I had a flat on a single axel AS. Jacked it up using the jack points. A truck came by and the air pressure blew the AS off the Jack which then punched a hole through the belly pan and floor of the storage compartment that happened to be above the jack point. (a hydraulic jack, small cylinder). It was hell to get the thing re jacked up so I could remove the first jack. A real mess.
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I can vouch for what Andy said. My frame had 2 major dents from being jacked between the tandem wheels not using the axle mounting plate. I had them repaired along with reinforcement of the frame due to a stress crack right above the rear axle. The mounting plate is the safest location.
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Thanks all.
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Andy, you say to use a couple of additional jack stands to stabalize the trailer. Where would you recommend the stands be placed on a Bambi II?
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Andy, you say to use a couple of additional jack stands to stabalize the trailer. Where would you recommend the stands be placed on a Bambi II?
Place the jack stands on the 4 corners, if you wish.

2 on the frame at the rear and 2 on the A-frame as it enters the underbelly.

That covers most gusts of winds, as well as entering and walking in the trailer while it's off the ground.

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Andy, thank you
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Thank you Andy, I needed the correct information also.
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